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About The Fralin

Director's Welcome

Elizabeth Wright

Summer in Charlottesville is an ideal time for respite. It is a time to slow down, have fun and relax—and what better place to do so, than at The Fralin! Our galleries are filled with art from our permanent collection and on loan from many great museums, galleries, and artists.

In My Room: Artists Paint the Interior 1950—Now invites the viewer to enter indoors and reflect upon what we see inside, while imagining what might lay outside of the confines of walls and windows. This beautiful exhibition, co-curated by Rebecca Schoenthal and Ryan Steadman, offers a perfect opportunity to be still and look inside, at ourselves and our surroundings.

Reflections: Native Art Across Generations showcases contemporary works by Native American artists alongside works from The Fralin’s collection of Native American works of art. Adriana Greci Green, Curator of the Indigenous Arts of the Americas, allows us to draw comparisons between past and present creative traditions, in a contemporary setting, while providing a platform for Native artists to speak about their traditions. 20th Century Still Lifes from the Permanent Collection, on view downstairs in the Pine Gallery, has been curated by Jennifer Camp, our 2017–2018 Barringer-Lindner Curatorial Fellow. Through a variety of artistic media, Camp encourages us to explore the genre of still life and illuminates the breadth and quality of The Fralin’s collection. On August 31st, we welcome Excavations, the works of Ethiopian-born artist Julie Mehretu, to our Pine Gallery. These densely-layered abstract etchings and lithographs are architectural in nature and are often preparatory studies for larger canvasses, which are shown around the world.

We invite you to walk our galleries and experience the remarkable art The Fralin offers. As a community resource, we aim to lead conversations about art and change your mind about what you may—or may not—think about museums. As I look over the many names on our honor roll who have been so generous, I am heartened by this community that supports and is served by The Fralin. Join us for a family art-making program, gallery talk, or guided meditation surrounded by art. I promise that you won’t be disappointed.

See you in the galleries soon,

Matthew McLendon, J. Sanford Miller Family Director 

(Photograph by Daniel Perales)