Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU voted one of USA Today’s top 10 new museums

The Institute for Contemporary Art.
Since its opening in April 2018, the ICA has welcomed approximately 150,000 visitors. (File photo)

The Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University has been named a top 10 best new museum by the USA TODAY 10 Best Readers' Choice Awards. The ICA at VCU was the only art museum recognized on the list.  

Contenders for the award  ranging from art galleries to history museums to children’s museums  represented the best museum openings of the past two years. 

Since its opening in April 2018, the ICA has welcomed approximately 150,000 visitors. The multidisciplinary institution has produced new art and ideas through exhibitions, talks, performances, film screenings and community events that drive conversations about art and society.

Its latest exhibition, “The Otolith Group: Xenogenesis,” is part fiction, part documentary, featuring films and installations that address contemporary global issues and is open through May 10. The ICA is the only U.S. venue for “Xenogenesis,” and this presentation marks the group’s first large-scale exhibition in North America. The ICA’s most recent exhibition, “Great Force,” was named by The New York Times as a show not to miss for fall 2019.

About the Institute for Contemporary Art

The Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University is a noncollecting institution that showcases a fresh slate of changing exhibitions and programs. The ICA is a place to explore new ideas, providing an open forum for dialogue and collaboration across the region and the world. Mirroring the increasing emphasis on cross-disciplinary studies across VCU, the ICA has created a new environment for artists and scholars from around the world to test ideas. As a university-wide resource, the ICA links campus, community, and contemporary artists by supporting local creative communities, engaging an international network of contemporary artists and organizations, and encouraging collaborations with VCU departments, faculty, students and the Richmond community. The ICA is a responsive institution that offers a broad range of artistic perspectives with the goal of questioning assumptions and encouraging critical discourse. For more information on the ICA, please visit

About VCU and the VCU School of the Arts

VCU is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 217 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. One of the nation's leading schools of arts and design, VCU School of the Arts offers 15 undergraduate and 10 graduate degree programs in fine arts, design, performing arts, historical research and pedagogical practice. Distinguished faculty members are internationally recognized in their respective fields, contribute significantly to the stature of VCU, and are committed to mentoring the next generation of artists, entrepreneurs, scientists, scholars and engaged citizens of diverse communities around the world. Its campus in Qatar provides students and faculty with a direct tie to the Middle East and underscores the school and university's commitment to global education and experience.