In 2012 Heywood and Cynthia Fralin, major collectors of 19th- and early 20th-century American art, donated the largest gift of art in the University of Virginia’s history. The collection includes works by John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Robert Henri, Reginald Marsh and many other notable artists of the period. The couple initially responded to the work by the artists of the Ashcan School, who sought to capture gritty urban scenes to document modern times, but their collection expanded to incorporate a range of artists with diverse stories to tell about the American experience. This installation of highlights from The Fralin family’s collection will round out an exhibition season celebrating American art, a particular strength of the Museum. It is presented in conjunction with exhibitions of Georgia O’Keeffe’s work during her time at the University of Virginia and historical and contemporary Native American works from the Museum’s holdings.
The Fralin Museum of Art’s programming is generously supported by The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation. We also thank our in-kind donors: WTJU 91.1 FM and Ivy Publications LLC’s Charlottesville Welcome Book.