Visiting Exhibitions

History Interpreted: Framing the Historical Event
Opens Friday, April 7

VCUarts Graphic Design students explored history and language, using poster art as the means to convey complex ideas. Sophomore students identified an event or issue in history that was relevant to them as an individual and designed posters that conveyed the significance of each event. The project invited students to explore how history is understood and its contect through style and aesthetics.

VCUarts Graphic Design MFA Candidacy Exhibition
Opens Friday, April 21

First-year students in the Design, Visual Communications graduate program display work from their first year. Student work is presented to and critiqued by visiting critic Paul Soulellis, a renowned graphic designer, artist, publisher, and teacher, working in New York City and Providence, RI. His writings and work in the field of experimental publishing and network culture are cited in influential scholarly research. He is the founder of Library of the Printed Web, a physical archive devoted to web-to-print artists’ books, zines, and other printout matter.


On Permanent Exhibit

The House That Branch Built

located in the chapel gallery

Architect John Russell Pope, FAIA, is renowned for the design of a number of national landmarks, including the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the U.S. National Archives, and the National Gallery of Art (West Building) in Washington, D.C., as well as Richmond’s Union Station, headquarters of the Science Museum of Virginia. The House That Pope Built includes photographs, narrative, and other educational media that shed light on the house — a 27,000-square-foot Tudor-Revival mansion — in addition to John Kerr Branch, the patron who commissioned its construction; the architect; the house’s interiors; its setting on Richmond’s historic Monument Avenue; and Compton Wynyates, the 15th/16th-century English country house that inspired the building’s design.

The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design thanks a private Richmond foundation and Tourism Cares for their generous support of this exhibition.

Livable Communities for Virginia

located on the lower level
What makes a community “livable?” Explore the American Institute of Architects’ 10 Principals for Livable Communities and find out how they apply to the diverse cities, towns, and villages in the Commonwealth of Virginia.