VCU School of Business’ renowned artist-in-residence presents first installation

via VCU News

This month, nationally renowned artist Noah Scalin, the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business’ first ever artist-in-residence, will present his first pop-up installation at the school.

Scalin will begin “Portrait of Innovation: Maggie Walker” in the Snead Hall Atrium, 301 W. Main St., on Oct. 10. The artist and several VCU School of Business students will arrange clothing donated by students, faculty and staff to create a 30-foot-by-10-foot portrait of Walker based on a photograph provided by The Valentine museum. A reception will be held upon its completion Monday, Oct. 17, at 1 p.m.

Walker, a Richmond businesswoman, became the first female African-American bank president in the United States in the early 1900s.

“As a successful businesswoman of color, Maggie Walker represents the diverse students who are currently enrolled at the School of Business,” Scalin said. “As the first woman to charter a bank in America, she was a true pioneer in her time and the embodiment of the values the school wants to instill in its students. She was also a resident of the neighborhood that abuts VCU, so recognizing her importance helps the school show that it is thoughtfully connected to its community.”

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