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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!

Fralin from Home

The Art in Life: Children's Books

Thursday, May 6, 7-8 pm

Register here.

In this iteration of The Art in Life, we’re exploring the art of children’s book illustrations. We’re bringing you three perspectives:

  • Dub Leffler (Bigambul), Children’s book author and illustrator
  • Henry Cole, Children’s book illustrator
  • Christy Ottaviano, Children’s book publisher at Little, Brown Books

“There is no distinction for us between art and life,” said Yolngu Aboriginal Australian artist Wandjuk Marika. This proclamation draws attention to the arbitrary distinctions we often make in western cultures between “fine art” and “craft,” “design” and other often-unhelpful labels. As museums, we actively work to break down such distinctions. As museum professionals, we are aesthetically minded people who see art all around us. And, as a global community, many of us are finding ourselves unable to visit the “fine art” institutions we love most. Because of all of these factors and more, the Fralin Museum of Art at UVA and the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVA have partnered to present THE ART IN LIFE, a series of programs that explore the artistic creativity, innovation, challenges and aesthetic decisions of practices that usually aren’t considered fine art.


Looking Inward 

Experience the restorative power of art—join docent June Heintz virtually for a 60-minute exploration of one work of art, including mindfulness practices, slow looking, and contextual information. Registration limited to 10 participants; email to RSVP.

Upcoming Virtual Programs:

Sally McLean's #6 
Tuesday, May 18, 6-7pm
Saturday, May 22, 11am-12pm


Compassionate Empathy Workshop: An Altered Book

Wednesday, May 19,  5:30-7 pm

This will be a hybrid workshop. We will be able to host 10 participants, in person outside of the museum. The workshop will also be streamed live over Zoom. Registrations are limited to 15 for the live stream. To register, please email More details will be provided after registering.

Compassionate empathy means to understand and feel what others are experiencing and to take action to help resolve distress. Peaceful protests are examples of this type of empathy. Compassion has an active component to it that calls attention beyond the constricting private concern of self and embraces wider circles of family, friends and community.

How does art play into this? Visual art is a powerful medium for communication and has been used by artists to express empathy and promote social awareness and change.  In this hybrid workshop (in person and virtual) we will repurpose a book from its original function and transform it into an art object that reflects a message and purpose of choice.

Looking at the art of Banksy, Keith Haring and Barbara Kruger, and an inspiring act of compassion by monks in SE Asia, will help to support our cause.  Two reflective exercises will support making the shift from empathy to compassionate empathy in a personal way that can be expressed in an altered book. Your book may be designated for someone you care about, shared as a remedy or source of delight, placed in a little free library box or even donated to a library for loan. 

You will need to choose a hardbound book. Watching this video will help in making that choice and imagining what is possible.


Writer's Eye Spotlight Tours

Explore the myriad of details in Roy Dean De Forest’s "Gimme the Baton Maestro", a featured selection for The Fralin Museum of Art’s 34th annual ekphrastic writing competition, Writer’s Eye 2020. In this Spotlight Tour, UVA student docent Maya Kim narrates guided viewing, and shares information about De Forest, a key figure in the Funk Art movement of the 1960s and 70s.

View the full playlist here.


Playing Favorites

In Playing Favorites, Matthew McLendon attempts to answer the question he is asked most: what is your favorite work of art? In this series, he will be sharing favorite works from The Fralin Museum of Art’s collection as well as some of his favorites farther afield. In this episode he looks at a painting by the artist Rozeal as well as the Edo Period woodblock print from which she takes her inspiration.

View the full playlist here.


Curatorial Clips

Join Fralin curators and their Faculty colleagues in this new series of short talks exploring favorite works from The Fralin’s collection as well as areas of expertise and interest beyond the collection.

View the full playlist here.


Museum Minute

Do you need a little tranquility and peace in your life? Join Matthew McLendon as he looks at a beautiful bronze in The Fralin Museum of Art’s collection depicting Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha. Though only 11 inches tall, this work from Ming Dynasty China is exquisitely detailed with a psychological force well beyond its size.



Video Tour | The Inside World: Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Memorial Poles


Signs of Change

In partnership with the Charlottesville Office of Human Rights, the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, and The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA is mounting a city-wide campaign to educate residents about the history of slavery and African-American life in Charlottesville, as well as current realities for residents of color.

View the full playlist here.


Family Activities

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Activity Booklets

Enjoy learning about The Fralin's permanent collection with coloring pages and puzzles. Click an image below to download each booklet and print from home.



Temporary Museum Closure

The museum will remain closed for pre-planned building maintenance including a new roof and HVAC system. We will reopen with an entirely reinstalled museum for the fall semester.