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About The Fralin

Director and Chief Curator's Welcome

Elizabeth Wright

Spring has arrived and The Fralin continues to move from success to success.

From The Grounds Up: Thomas Jefferson’s Architecture & Design has been very favorably received. We garnered our first (outstanding) review in the Wall Street Journal, and Richard Guy Wilson led a group of renowned scholars in a two-day symposium. You have until April 29th to marvel at our founder’s genius.

This spring we bring you another series of exhibitions offering diverse experiences. Guest curator Rebecca Schoenthal, along with Ryan Steadman, a visual artist and former art critic at the New York Observer, have joined forces in assembling In My Room: Artists Paint the Interior 1950—Now. As the curators write, “interior spaces, unpeopled, allow us to imagine our own physical bodies in the space as well as our emotional and intellectual responses to how we feel when looking at that space.”

In Reflections: Native Art Across Generations, our Curator of Indigenous Arts of the Americas Adriana Greci Green has paired historical Native American art from our collection with contemporary work by Native artists to create an important dialogue among objects past and present.

Finally, continuing our commitment to regularly display more of our permanent collection, we will be showing a selection of 20th century still-lifes in the Pine Gallery. Our University Museums Interns class, led by Jordan Love, considers the timely theme of protest and the various ways it has been explored in art in an exhibition in the Print Study Gallery.

These sterling exhibitions will be complemented by our popular community programs. I encourage you to experience one of our Lunchtime Talks or a Looking Inward Meditative Art Tour. For those of you with children in your lives, Babies and Toddlers in Artland as well as Family Art JAMs will help you bring them the critical early engagement with art and museums that we know helps to establish life-long connections to culture.

Step out of the frenetic world and into the Museum, and give yourself the gift of a direct experience with art. I promise you, it will change your mind.

I’ll see you in the galleries,

Matthew McLendon, Director and Chief Curator

(Photograph by Daniel Perales)