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Collegiate Students Help to Build the Forbidden City

The Chinese language teacher in Collegiate’s lower school is Xin-yi Fergusson. Her third and fourth grade students were inspired by VMFA’s Crowdfunding project and wanted to help to build the Forbidden City with 3D technology. Together, the children contributed $50 to be recognized in the Archery Pavilions level. “Our trip to VMFA is scheduled for…

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Helping VMFA Build the Forbidden City: A Crowdfunding Success

My husband Frank and I first came to the United States in 1986 and worked hard at building a business that, in less than twenty years, has become a global enterprise with more than 1,600 employees around the world and thousands of uniquely designed products that meet both indoor and outdoor decorative needs of American…

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Imperial Ceremonial Halls: Sponsor the Location of Emperors’ Birthdays and Enthronements & Help VMFA Build the Forbidden City

If you’ve been to VMFA recently, you’ve probably noticed the 3D printers humming away in the Atrium. They’re printing the hundreds of tiny buildings that make up the Forbidden City in honor of the upcoming special exhibition, which opens Oct 18. This printing project is part of a crowdfunding campaign to support the museum’s exhibition program.…

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Temples and Shrines: Sponsor the Ancient Places of Worship of Emperors & Help VMFA Build the Forbidden City

If you’ve been to VMFA recently, you’ve probably noticed the 3D printers humming away in the Atrium. They’re printing the hundreds of tiny buildings that make up the Forbidden City in honor of the upcoming special exhibition, which opens Oct 18. This printing project is part of a crowdfunding campaign to support the museum’s exhibition program.…

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Tea Houses: Sponsor an Important Facet of Chinese Culture & Help VMFA Build the Forbidden City

If you’ve been to VMFA recently, you’ve probably noticed the 3D printers humming away in the Atrium. They’re printing the hundreds of tiny buildings that make up the Forbidden City in honor of the upcoming special exhibition, which opens Oct 18. This printing project is part of a crowdfunding campaign  to support the museum’s exhibition…

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Archery Pavilions: Sponsor the Location of Athletic Feats of the Manchu Heritage & Help VMFA Build the Forbidden City

When you come to VMFA tomorrow you’ll see 3D printers at work in the Atrium. They’re printing the hundreds of tiny buildings that make up the Forbidden City in honor of the upcoming special exhibition, which opens Oct 18. This printing project is part of a crowdfunding campaign to support the museum’s exhibition program. Your tax-deductible donations support all…

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Evergreen Enterprises Announces Matching Gift

Since its launch on September 23, more than 75 people have participated in the campaign to Help VMFA Build the Forbidden City.  From here in Richmond’s Museum District to Ashland, Norfolk, Danville and even as far away as Barcelona, Spain, the idea of creating a 21st-century Forbidden City using 3D printers has sparked curiosity, donations…

Vistors with Esther Mahlangu from the right:
Tony Garcia, Director of Jazz Studies, VCUarts Susan King Roth, Senior Associate Dean, School of the Arts
Richard Roth, Professor, Painting & Printmaking, VCUarts
Kwena Ramahuta, University of kwaZula-Natal, Durban (UKZN)
Barbara Noble Howard, VMFA Foundation
Dalisu Ndlazi, UKZN
Jude Ganasen, UKZN
Burton Naidoo, UKZN
Neil Gonsalves, UKZN
Marriam Mahlangu, granddaughter and assistant to the artist
Richard Woodward, Curator of African Art, VMFA
Esther Mahlangu, artist
Mr. Ndumiso Mngadi, Third Secretary: Public Diplomacy, Embassy of the Republic of South Africa
Ms. Nowetu Ethel Luti, Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Republic of South Africa
Grace Masango, artist liaison
Rogan van den Berg, UKZN
Lungelo Ngcobo, UKZN
Sonya Clark, Chair, Craft &Material Studies, VCUarts
Daryl Harper, Music Chair, VCUarts
R. McKenna Brown, PhD, Executive Director, Global Education Office, VCU
Sandra Taylor, African art collector
Karen Getty, Docent and Tour Services Coordinator, VMFA

Jazz Group Meets Famed Painter and South African Embassy Officials

The Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Music has been delighted to welcome back students and faculty from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) from Durban, South Africa. For the past three years, musicians from VCU and UKZN have participated in the Jazz Bridge exchange program. During this year’s exchange, the South African five students and two faculty members…

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3D Printing: Extruders, G-codes and Filament … Oh My!

Recently, in the VMFA Design Department, we’ve had the challenge of printing two 3D, scale models of the Forbidden City, totaling over 1,400 buildings. One model will be complete for the exhibition opening and the second is being built in the Atrium, starting now and continuing through the run of Forbidden City (closing January 11), so…