The Institute for Contemporary Art is part of Virginia Commonwealth University, the second best graduate level arts and design school in the nation ranked by U.S. News & World Report. The building was designed by the famous architect Steven Holl and the dramatic architecture complements the thought-provoking non-collection exhibitions. Upon opening, the museum’s first exhibit is designed to confront current social issues. Thanks to the generous funding of Richmond-headquartered, Fortune 500 company the building itself is named The Markel Center.
The opening of the Institute is the latest in a region ranked one of the “Best American Cities for Creatives” (Thrillist) and one of the “Most Inspiring Art Scenes in America” (Departures). The region welcomes visitors with some of the “Best Street Art in the World” (Buzzfeed) and hosts an annual festival for the goal of creating a gallery of 100 murals by world-renowned talent. With private-sector, university and community support, it’s easy to see why Richmond has become a magnet for creativity.