Designed by world-renowned architect Steven Holl and completed in 2018, the ICA’s Markel Center is a sleek and contemporary urban venue for private and corporate events and weddings. With 41,000 square feet of flexible space, the Markel Center offers a variety of event options against an always stunning backdrop. Guests will have access to world-class exhibitions and architecture throughout the award-winning, LEED-Gold Certified building.

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The light-filled Royall Forum offers an architecturally-striking backdrop for any event, from intimate dinners to larger receptions for 200 guests. Modular furniture allows for unique layouts with a fresh, contemporary feel. The Abby W. Moore Cafe is the perfect addition to your Forum rental if you require more space, or can serve as a more intimate space for smaller gatherings.

“To call the sweeping Royall Forum a symphony in white and light hardly describes the magnificence of the irregularly defined, 33 foot high space.” —Edwin Slipek, Style Weekly, May 1, 2018


With its warm cherry wood tones and state-of-the-art technology, our 204-seat auditorium is the optimal space for hosting your film screening, awards ceremony, lecture, and more. To help you navigate the fully-equipped space, we pair you with an experienced AV specialist to support your unique event needs.

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With indigenous landscaping, reflection pool, and Pennsylvania bluestone, the Thinking Field is an elegant al fresco option for all or part of your event. This outdoor space, located on the artfully-illuminated western side of the Markel Center, offers a seamless transition between cocktail hour and your Royall Forum reception.

“With its intriguing, torqued geometry and camouflaged porosity, it is a gateway that metaphorically links art to the larger world and literally connects the surrounding neighborhood to the university.” —Beth Broome, Architectural Record, April 11, 2018


Providing cityscape views and an intimate setting, the New Market Terrace is ideal for cocktail hour, a VIP reception, or networking event. Additional space is available just inside on the second floor landing.

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The ICA provides opportunities for individual members, corporations and nonprofit organizations to reserve the facility for private events. If you are not currently a member of the ICA, we can start your new membership with your rental.


Auditorium — 204 seated — $1,500

Royall Forum — 200 standing, 100 seated — $2,000

Abby W. Moore Cafe — 80 standing, 50 seated — $1,000

Thinking Field — 300 standing — $500

New Market Terrace — 40 standing — $350

2nd Floor Landing — 40 standing — $250

2021 Wedding Rate $4,000 | Forum, Cafe, Thinking Field, Terrace and 2nd Floor Landing | 5-hour event + setup/breakdown | Includes tables, chairs, event staffing, security and housekeeping

*We offer a 20 percent discount to 501(c)3 organizations; ICA membership is not required. A special rate is available to VCU departments and recognized student organizations. Prices listed are for 4 hours of time.

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Facility rental hours are established around the ICA's programmatic schedule in an effort to minimize disruption of general visitor experience. With the exception of our auditorium, spaces are not available for rent during ICA business hours (10 am—6 pm Tuesday—Sunday). Wednesday evening rentals are also unavailable and are reserved for ICA programs.


Exhibition galleries are available for your special event rental for an additional fee. Learn more by contacting our experienced event coordinators:


Soul N' Vinegar (ICA Cafe Operator) | Michelle Parrish | michelle@soulnvinegar.com | 804.389.2473 | soulnvinegar.com/catering

A Sharper Palate | Kristen Walker | kwalker@asharperpalate.com | 804.553.0495 | sharperpalate.com

Garnish RVA | Louis Campbell | louis@garnishrva.com | 804.262.5787 | garnishrva.com

Groovin' Gourmets | info@groovingourmets.com | 804.868.8900 | garnishrva.com

Mosaic Catering + Events | Cassie Vestal | cassie@mosaiccateringevents.com | 804.380.2067 | mosaiccateringevents.com

Max's on Broad + Tarrant's Cafe | Frances Santarella | frances@RVAhospitality.com | 804.225.0400 | maxsonbroad.com

Apple Spice JunctionMac Purrington | mac@applespice.com | 804.249.3888 | applespice.com


E: icarentals@vcu.edu | T: 804.828.2823

601 W. Broad Street

Richmond, VA 23220