Fralin Museum of Art

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The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia
Fralin Museum Feb2013.jpg
Established 1935 (as the University of Virginia Art Museum)
Location Thomas H. Bayly Building, Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
United States
Coordinates 38°02′19″N 78°30′10″W / 38.038526°N 78.502786°W / 38.038526; -78.502786Coordinates: 38°02′19″N 78°30′10″W / 38.038526°N 78.502786°W / 38.038526; -78.502786
Type Art museum
Director Bruce Boucher
Website virginia.edu/artmuseum

The Fralin Museum of Art is an art museum at the University of Virginia. Before 2012, it was known as the University of Virginia Art Museum. It occupies the historic Thomas H. Bayly Building on Rugby Road in Charlottesville, Virginia, a short distance from the The Rotunda. The museum's permanent collection consists of approximately 13,000 works; African art, American Indian art, and European and American painting, photography, and works on paper are particularly well represented.[1] The Fralin serves as a teaching museum for academic departments in the university, and serves the community at large with several outreach programs. Admission to the museum is free for both students and community members.

In the spring of 2012, Cynthia and W. Heywood Fralin announced a bequest of their collection of American art to the museum. In honor of their gift and Heywood Fralin's service to the university and to the arts in Virginia, the Board of Visitors voted to name the museum The Fralin Museum of Art.[2]

History[edit]

The museum was inaugurated in 1935 in a building designed by Edmund S. Campbell, dean of the School of Art and Architecture, who also served as the museum's first director. A modest collection of art was initially housed in the building, with the university's Special Collections Library holding the majority of the university's collections, including significant pieces of decorative art and documents from Thomas Jefferson. The museum closed during the World War II and again during the 1960s, when the School of Architecture requisitioned it for additional classrooms. Subsequently, the museum was reconstituted in 1974 and placed under the Art Department with its Chair, Frederick Hartt, serving as director.[3] David B. Lawall was appointed as curator.

When Lawall assumed the directorship in 1985, the museum entered a phase of dramatic expansion through gifts, purchases and extended loans; by 1995 the collection contained an estimated 8,500 objects. Succeeding Lawall as director were Anthony G. Hirschel (1990–1996), Jill Hartz (1997–2007), Elizabeth Hutton Turner as interim director (2008–2009), and Bruce Boucher (2009 – present). Accreditation with the American Alliance of Museums was first achieved in 2001. Spaces devoted to exhibiting and teaching comprise 6,000 square feet, including Print Study and Object Study galleries, which were introduced after a $2 million renovation in 2009.[4]

Audience and outreach[edit]

A full-time academic curator was appointed to the staff with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in August 2012.[5] In 2007–2008, six academic departments incorporated objects from exhibitions or the permanent collection into their courses; by 2011–2012, that number had risen to nineteen.[6] Interactive web-based programming allows students and the general public to access permanent collections and to study individual objects.[7] Programs of service to the local community include Eyes On Art, for Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers, Early Visions, which partners university student docents with children from the Charlottesville Boys and Girls Club, and Writer's Eye, which invites children and adults to submit original prose and poetry inspired by works of art in the museum, providing visitors with opportunities to explore varied cultures and historical periods.[8]

The collection[edit]

Areas of strength in the collection include 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century American and European painting, Old Master and modern prints and drawings, 19th-, 20th- and 21st-century photography, East and South Asian painting, and African, Pre-Columbian, and Native American art and artifacts. Today, the museum features an encyclopedic permanent collection of approximately 13,000 objects and collects more systematically across key areas while refocusing upon holdings in Native American and non-western art.[9]

In addition, the university holds one of the most important collections of Australian Aboriginal art outside Australia with its own archive, the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About the Collection". Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia. Retrieved February 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ Ford, Jane. "U.Va. Names Art Museum for Cynthia and Heywood Fralin". UVA Today. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ "About The Fralin: History". Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia. Retrieved February 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ Ford, Jane. "Polishing a Gem: U.Va. to Renovate and Expand Bayly Building". UVA Today. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  5. ^ Ford, Jane. "Love Named First Full-Time Academic Curator of The Fralin Museum of Art". UVA Today. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ Annual Report, 2011–2012, The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia (PDF). Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia. 2012. p. 31. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Bookmarked: Please Touch the Artwork". U.Va. Alumni Association's University of Virginia Magazine. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Education". Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia. Retrieved February 12, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Highlights of the Collection". Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia. Retrieved February 12, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia". Retrieved February 7, 2013. 

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