Art historian Rebecca Schoenthal, PhD, has been appointed to the staff of The Fralin Museum of Art as the Curator of Exhibitions, following an extensive nationwide search. After serving in this role as Interim Curator since December 2014, she joined the Museum’s full-time staff in August of 2015.
As Curator of Exhibitions, Schoenthal’s primary job will be highlighting the Museum’s vast collection and adding new perspectives to those already represented. She also hopes to continue to teach art history classes and work with students to identify and display works that fit their interests.
“The Fralin has strong holdings in such a wide variety of time periods, media and styles,” shared Schoenthal. “So I look forward to working on shows that not only captivate students and members of our community with intellectually engaging art objects on loan, but that also seek to highlight the diversity of the Museum’s collection of more than 13,000 objects.”
Schoenthal earned her Ph.D. in art history from the University of Virginia in 2004 and received her bachelor’s degree in art history from Connecticut College. She has taught classes in contemporary art for the McIntire Department of Art over the past seventeen years, largely focusing on the 20th century. Her vast background combines academic instruction with curatorial experience in for-profit and non-profit museums. Prior to joining The Fralin, Schoenthal spent five years as the curator of Charlottesville’s Second Street Gallery, known for its focus on contemporary art. She has also been an independent art consultant and is well known as an expert on American art from the post-World War II period to the present.
(Photograph by Courtney Coker)