The GRADE Exhibition and Awards Ceremony is a night to recognize the power of design and celebrate the excellence of those working in the Central Virginia region. The event attracts a diverse audience of art directors, designers representing all design disciplines, copywriters, illustrators, photographers, account representatives, students and vendors from a variety of businesses.

The GRADE Exhibition consists of all the submitted work that the judges deemed excellent — those projects that they felt “made the grade.” Attendees can view the exhibition before the ceremony, where hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar is available.

This year, we are pleased to have as host Visual Arts Center of Richmond, celebrating 50 years of creativity.The Visual Arts Center of Richmond engages the community in the creative process through the visual arts. The Visual Arts Center of Richmond believes there is a creative spirit in all of us that nourishes our humanity and enriches our society, and helps to foster a creative culture that encourages people of all backgrounds, ages and skill levels to explore, participate and experiment in the visual arts.

Founded in 1963 as the Hand Workshop by Elisabeth Scott Bocock, the Visual Arts Center began in a house on historic Church Hill where craft artists worked, exhibited and taught neighborhood children to create with their hands. Completed in 2007, the renovation of the historic Virginia Dairy Building, on Main Street in the Fan District, transformed the facility into an inviting and inspiring space and a state-of-the-art regional arts center.

Today, through a broad range of studio classes and workshops, it serves approximately 5,000 adults and children each year. The Center provides opportunities for people to express themselves through clay, wood, fiber, painting, photography, printmaking, glass, metal, drawing, writing and the decorative arts. It also offers five exhibitions annually, with work by emerging and established artists and a focus on innovative materials and processes.

AIGA Richmond is grateful to The Visual Arts Center of Richmond for hosting the GRADE 7 Exhibition and Awards Ceremony, and for its continual commitment to creativity.

A limited number of seats will be available. Pre-registration ticket sales end April 12th.
Online ticket sales end April 24th, but tickets may be purchased at the door.

AIGA Member: Pre-Registration (before April 12) $25, Registration (after April 12): $30; At Door $35
Student Member: Pre-Registration (before April 12) $10, Registration (after April 12): $15; At Door $20
Non-Member: Pre-Registration (before April 12) $50, Registration (after April 12): $60; At Door $75