Style Weekly reports about recent changes to VCU’s plans to build a student art gallery. A proposed site near the Jefferson Hotel was scuttled after opposition from the owners of the Jefferson (Booty Armstrong and William Goodwin Jr. ) who also just happened to donate the land (and who plan a future donation of adjacent land in 2011). Evidently and understandably they desire a more consistent (and perhaps less artsy) design plan for development near the Jefferson.
As for the gallery itself, Style offers this:
The desire for a new gallery is also driven, in part by the school’s rankings lust. The School of the Arts is the highest-ranking public art and design graduate program in the country and fourth overall behind Rhode Island School of Design, Yale University and the School Art Institute of Chicago, according to a 2008 ranking by U.S. News & World Report. In the past five years, those other programs have all built or renovated new galleries.