Shanice Aga (b.1995) is a khoja-american designer and art director. A trained architect and material culturalist, she is inspired by philosophy, (ancientpop) cultural phenomena and human expression.
    Aga has been primarily working for museums, brands, and artists across multiple touch-points: from digital and print, to (IRL) experiences.



Contact
Shanice Aga
shaniceaga@gmail.com
linkedin

Sectors
art/design
marketing/communications
brand/advertising
museums/galleries
experiences/events
education
Experience
graphic designer(VCUarts)
graphic designer/exhibitions(Institute for Contemporary Art VCU)
adjunct professor(Virginia Tech School of Architecture)
content developer(Ozmo, Inc.)
curatorial/design assistant(Moss Arts Center)
curatorial/design intern(Taubman Museum of Art)
gm/art director/dj(WUVT 90.7 FM)
graphics head/designer(Studio VT Archi. Journal)

Education
B.Arch, Architecture(Minor Art History)
(Virginia Tech 2018) Residencies: Riva San Vitale, CH 2017; WAAC 2016. Foci: Storytelling, Printmaking, Culture, and Expressive, Imaginative, and Conceptual architecture/design.

M.A., Material Culture + Public Humanities(Museum Studies)
(Virginia Tech 2020) Foci: Exhibition Design/Curation, Social Theory, Art/Arch Hist/Theory, Oceanic Art, Edo-Meiji Japanese Prints.

McLean
I worked with artist Navine G. Dossos to create digital versions of selected pieces from her series of watercolor paintings, No Such Organisation, which were then installed as a new mural titled McLean at the ICA at VCU.

Collaborator(s)
Navine G. Dossos (artist)
Meredith Carrington (marketing director)
Sarah Rifky (curator)
Cut Cut Creative (vinyl team)
David Hale (photographer)
Sector(s)
art/design
galleries
exhibitions
Year(s)
2023
Link(s)
navinegdossos.com
icavcu.org
theartnewspaper.com



HOYEHH Chili Oil
A homemade Chinese-Vietnamese-American chili oil brand I collaborated on with my partner and his family. Designs inspired by magazine culture, cantonese culture, the experiences of kids of immigrants, photos on film and the story of the monkey king from ancient art referencesDragon Ball Z. 
Collaborator(s)
Kevin Trinh (Co-founder / Photos)
Harry Trinh (Designer, Welcome to Chinatown)
Chung Bao Trinh (Kev’s dad / Chef)
Hua Trinh (Kev’s Mom/food pairing expert)
Foster K. White (Photos and #1 fan)
Sector(s)
art/design
brand/advertising
Year(s)
2023-24
Link(s)
@hoyehhchilioil
metmuseum.org


Context
VCUarts annual fashion event. 2024 theme: CONTEXT. Visual concept: “Layered Transparency.” We were inspired by the multi-layered nature of context to compose branding materials using elements like overlapping images, translucent layers, texture, and blurring to enable a more thoughtful, story-driven interpretation of the work. This framework enabled us to share student voices, processes, and behind-the-scenes footage with the audience, adding context to the garments seen on the runway.



Collaborator(s)
Committee: Deidra Arrington, Tammy Davis, 
Rudy Lopez, Kelly Kerr, Kim Guthrie
Ryan Sprowl (Art Director)
McNair Evans (Photographer)
Taylor Quinn / Filmspire (Videography)
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Sector(s)
art/design
experiences/events
marketing/communications
education
Year(s)
2023-24
Link(s)
arts.vcu.edu
full show



VCUarts selection of work


Collaborator(s)
Ryan Sprowl (Art Director)
Brian Ivasauskas (Copywriter/ Director of Content)
Wes Hester (Executive Director of Communications)
McNair Evans (Photographer)
Sector(s)
art/design
branding/advertising
marketing/communications
education
Year(s)
2023-2024
Link(s)
2023-mfa-thesis-catalog
VCUarts-BrandGuide.pdf
youtube.com



National Portfolio Day 2023


Collaborator(s)
Ryan Sprowl (Art Director)
Kelly Teeling (Executive Director of  Recruitment and Admissions)
Sector(s)
art/design
marketing/communications
events
education
Year(s)
2023




So it appears 
is an exhibition that — at first glance — addresses abstract art of the last twenty years, globally. At a deeper level, the exhibition shows how abstraction can be a visual strategy, a way of revealing the aesthetic or political challenges of what is difficult or impossible to present.



Collaborator(s)
Meredith Carrington (marketing director)
Anya Kobayashi (digital designer)
Andy Clifford (chief preparator)
Sarah Rifky (curator)
Cut Cut Creative (vinyl team)
David Hale (photographer)
Sector(s)
art/design
marketing/communications
exhibitions
galleries

Year(s)
2023
Link(s)
icavcu.org
onart.media
sicardi.com




Resume at the Point of Interruption
I worked with lens-based artist, dana washington-queen, who explores themes of freedom and escape through writing and video-making, to design and produce several pieces for their exhibition.
Collaborator(s)
dana washington queen (artist)
Meredith Carrington (marketing director)
Andy Clifford (chief preparator)
Cut Cut Creative (vinyl team)
Enjoli Moon (curator)
David Hale (photographer)

Sector(s)
art/design
exhibitions
galleries

Year(s)
2023
Link(s)
danawashington.com
icavcu.org


Built Different: WNBA x Supreme (imagined collaboration)
We believe in backing the women who are the shooters, the scorers, and everything in between. The women who dare to do, to dream, and love the game of basketball. And big talent and drive requires big support. It's the thumping in your shoes as you pass. It's the cheering in the stands that brings the energy up and up. It's the thousand-person roar backed by the final buzzer. Hype is all around us, and we're bringing it from the arena to the park. With the WNBA x Supreme collab, we're bringing a hype that's no longer out of our league. WE’RE  BUILT DIFFERENT.


Collaborator(s)
Anari Flemming (strategy)
Cat Clark (art director)
Amber Bills (brand manager)
Taylor Bendus (copywriter)
Max Warren (brand manager)
Sector(s)
brand/advertising
design
experiences/events

Year(s)
2022-23
Link(s)
Full Deck
anari.work the best strategist i know fr
catherineclark.work



Simultaneity
Selections from "Simultaneity," my undergraduate architecture thesis, integrating architecture, printmaking, and design to explore themes of identity, desire, time, space, power, multiplicity, narrative, storytelling, simulacra, and perspective. Through the creation of two distinct architectural environments and characters, I aimed to highlight the significance of considering the diverse perspectives and contexts of those who use and experience the buildings we design. Often, architects design in a "god-view" from above, overlaying grids and picking up relationships others cannot perceive. Which fails to capture the true experience of the building in its environment. My project aimed to shift this and design from the perspective view outwards while thinking about some of the most primal questions my human brain constantly wonders about.

After completing this project I became extremely interested in making mental x-rays of the world I live in, the phenomenon of representation, and Jean Baudrillard‘s theory discussing simulacra, copies or representations of something that has no original, or whose original has been lost or obscured. Simulations and imitations of reality that have become detached from the original reality it is meant to represent. Leading to a situation where the simulation is mistaken for the reality itself, blurring the line between what is real and what is artificial. This idea has significant implications for media, culture, and politics, where images and representations can be used to construct a particular reality or version of events and is something I continue to research and increasingly see the relevance of every day.

Sector(s)
art/design
architecture
Year(s)
2018
Link(s)
archdesign.caus.vt.edu