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Virginia Commonwealth University’s Institute for Contemporary Art Appoints Assistant Curators

The Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) at Virginia Commonwealth University—a new noncollecting contemporary art institution that will open in Richmond on April 21, 2018—announced the promotion of Amber Esseiva to assistant curator and the appointment of Enjoli Moon to the newly created position of adjunct assistant curator of film.

Esseiva has served as the ICA’s curatorial assistant since 2016. Her new role is effective immediately. Moon, who is the founder and creative director of Richmond’s Afrikana Independent Film Festival, which celebrates the works of artists in the African diaspora, will join the ICA team in January 2018. She will continue to run Afrikana as an independent project.

“We are thrilled to have Amber and Enjoli as part of our curatorial team,” said chief curator Stephanie Smith. “Both are dynamic, ambitious, and deeply collaborative thinkers who are poised to make major contributions to their fields. Amber has been an instrumental partner in our first exhibition, ‘Declaration,’ continues to develop a strong voice advocating for emerging artists, and is an integral member of Richmond’s vibrant local art scenes and VCUArts . . . Enjoli’s entrepreneurial curatorial practice brought Richmond a new but already beloved cultural forum, the Afrikana Independent Film Festival. We look forward to her continued stewardship of that independent initiative and the creation of new film-based programming at the ICA, using our new institution as a platform to convene conversation around the art and issues of our times.”

“Declaration,” will explore contemporary art’s power to respond to pressing social issues and will feature thirty-three emerging and established artists, including Tania Bruguera, Peter Burr, Porpentine Charity Heartscape, Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr., Autumn Knight, Lily Lamberta, Paul Rucker, Marinella Senatore, and Stephen Vitiello. It will open in April 2018 and remain on view through September 9, 2018.