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About The Fralin

Director and Chief Curator's Welcome

Elizabeth Wright

With the New Year, we anticipate fresh opportunities to creatively expand our thoughts and open our minds to new experiences.

As we begin 2018, The Fralin promises the chance to learn about Thomas Jefferson’s architectural accomplishments as well as the classical tradition to which his architecture was aligned. Sponsored by the Office of the President as part of UVA’s Bicentennial celebration and curated by Richard Guy Wilson, UVA’s Commonwealth Professor of Architecture, From the Grounds Up: Thomas Jefferson’s Architecture & Design provides a wonderful opportunity to reassess Thomas Jefferson’s achievements as an architect and designer. It is a marvelous prelude, as we celebrate the history and look toward the future of the University. Also on view in the Pine Gallery, A Painter’s Hand: The Monotypes of Adolph Gottlieb, on loan from The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation, offers a look at a largely unexamined aspect of one of the most highly influential thinkers and artists of the twentieth century.

As an academic Museum whose mission enriches the UVA student experience through object-based inquiry, we are excited to share our work with community members like you! 

A slate of educational opportunities aimed at every age offers a chance to connect, interact, and learn from each of these remarkable exhibitions. Join us for public lectures, fun social opportunities, tours for all ages, and family art-making programs and meditations. They will enrich your learning experience and deepen your appreciation of the art on view.

Every time you walk into The Fralin, it is an opportunity to change your mind—to experience art and history and community in an entirely new way. I invite you to join us on this journey. See you soon in our galleries!

Matthew McLendon, Director and Chief Curator

(Photograph by Daniel Perales)