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While the museum is closed, we are getting creative with ways to bring the museum to you! Visit our Fralin from Home tab and check back often for new online programs, videos, activity booklets, and more!


Oct 01, 2020

6:30 pm @ Online - Fralin from Home

Making the Buddha: The Creation of the Buddha’s Image in Early South Asia

Thursday, October 1 @ 6:30 pm

Register here.

by Robert DeCaroli, Professor of South and Southeast Asian Art History, George Mason University

Robert DeCaroli is a Professor of South and Southeast Asian art history at George Mason University. He is a specialist in the early history of Buddhism and has conducted fieldwork in India, Sri Lanka, and Southeast Asia. His first book, Haunting the Buddha: Indian Popular Religions and the Formation of Buddhism was published by Oxford University Press 2004, and his second book, Image Problems: The Origin and Development of the Buddha’s Image in Early South Asia, was published by the University of Washington in 2015. More recently, he co-curated the Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia exhibition at the Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution. He is also the author of several articles and book chapters. He was awarded a Getty Research Institute Fellowship and is currently a Robert N.H. Ho Family Foundation Research Fellow.

Oct 15, 2020

6:30 pm @ Online - Fralin from Home

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Join Matthew McLendon, J. Sanford Miller Family Director, in the first of a series of panel discussions with UVA alumni who are now leading and working in museums and the wider cultural sector. The first discussion is a conversation about the current and future state of museums with museum directors.


Bill Eiland, Director of the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia

A native of Sprott, Ala., William Underwood Eiland is the director of the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia. He has a bachelor’s degree from Birmingham-Southern College and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Virginia. Eiland has edited and contributed to more than 60 publications. He has served on the boards of the American Alliance of Museums, the Southeastern Museums Conference and the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries; was a trustee of the Association of Art Museum Directors; and was chairman of the Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Advisory Panel for the National Endowment for the Arts. Since 2013 he has been a trustee of the International Council of Museums. He served as Vice-Chairman of AAM’s Accreditation Commission. Among his many honors, Eiland, in 2013, received the American Alliance of Museums Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his contributions to the field on a national level.

Melanie Adams, Director of the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

Melanie A. Adams, PhD, currently serves as the Director of the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum. Before joining the Smithsonian, Melanie served as the Deputy Director for Learning Initiatives at the Minnesota Historical Society overseeing the state’s 26 historic sites. Prior to Minnesota, Melanie spent twelve years at the Missouri Historical Society as the Managing Director for Community Education and Events. She is an active member of the museum community serving on the board of the American Association for State and Local History and former president of the Association of Midwest Museum.

Oct 16, 2020

6:00 pm @ Online - Fralin from Home

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It’s Oktoberfest time! Join us for an evening of Beer & Art when we host a virtual beer tasting and art talk, Friday October 16. Co-hosted by Starr Hill Brewery, a long-time sponsor of The Fralin’s Final Friday event, we will taste Starr Hill’s Fall Tour beers and learn about them from Brewmaster & Manager of Brewery Operations, Robbie O’Cain.

While you enjoy the beer selections, Fralin Curator, Laura Minton will be discussing selected works by German artists (inspired by the beer tasting) from The Fralin’s collection. Beers featured in the tasting will be Grateful Pale Ale, Last Leaf Maple Brown Ale, Festie Oktoberfest Lager, Reviver Red IPA. Prost!

Information about online ordering or where to purchase the Fall Tour Variety Pack can be found here.


Robbie O'Cain

Brewmaster and Manager of Brewery Operations at Starr Hill Brewery

Robbie joined the Starr Hill team in 2011 after completing the World Brewing Academy’s Master Brewers program. He achieved his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Hampden-Sydney College, and has called Virginia home for 15 of the last 20 years. Robbie quickly worked his way up the ranks at Starr Hill as a brewer, Quality Manager, Manager of Brewing Operations and eventually was promoted to Brewmaster in 2015. Originally from Asheville, NC, Robbie now calls Afton and Lynchburg home. Robbie is most proud of the production team’s achievements over the past ten years at Starr Hill with significant strides in beer quality, beer creativity and brand execution. It is his opinion, that there is not a finer production team in the commonwealth.

Laura Minton

Curator of Exhibitions at The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia

Laura Minton became curator of exhibitions of The Fralin Museum of Art in the fall of 2019. Prior to joining The Fralin, Minton held curatorial positions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum; and the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas. Minton received a BA from Wake Forest University and an MA from the University of Kansas, where she is currently a PhD candidate. She was awarded a 2019-2020 Tyson Scholar fellowship at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art for her research on the drawings of Joseph Yoakum.


Oct 24, 2020

11:00 am @ Online - Fralin from Home

Limited to 10 participants. Email to RSVP by 5 pm of the previous Friday.

Experience the restorative power of art—join docent June Heintz for a 60-minute exploration of art through a variety of mindfulness practices. 


Temporary Museum Closure

In addition to COVID-19 restrictions, the museum will remain closed for pre-planned building maintenance including a new roof and HVAC system. We will reopen in the spring semester.