The Museum is pleased to host a focused exhibition of the paintings of contemporary artist Tom Burckhardt in conjunction with his U.Va. Arts Board residency. Burckhardt has worked in a variety of media, yet has consistently addressed questions about the practices and histories of painting. His paintings, made of oil on cast plastic supports, blur divisions between abstract and representational art. Often, his works evoke pareidolia, the psychological phenomenon in which people believe they randomly encounter images of objects or people, such as a face found in the clouds or a rock formation. In addition to his exhibition at UVaM, Burckhardt is working with U.Va. students to create an artistic interpretation of the Brooks Natural History Museum—located in Brooks Hall from 1877 through the 1940s—at U.Va.'s Ruffin Gallery.