The Little Museum of Art


The Little Museum of Art

CALL FOR ARTISTS! | UVA Faculty and Staff

Attention UVA Faculty and Staff! We are seeking your submissions for the Third Annual Little Museum of Art Faculty/Staff exhibition, opening on Friday October 27.

Artwork can be 2-D or 3-D. Dimensions may not exceed 6”x6” for 2-D work or 4”H x 2”D for 3-D work. To apply and submit samples of your work, please complete this form.

Artists will receive a stipend for their work and the exhibition will be featured on The Fralin’s social media outlets. At the close of the exhibition, submitted artwork will be placed in The Free Little Museum store, where it will be available to the public for taking or swapping.

The deadline to submit applications is October 15. Artwork must be received by Friday, October 23.


Launched in the summer of 2021, The Fralin’s Little Museum of Art was inspired by a desire to engage with the community during the museum’s closure and provide an opportunity to highlight the artwork of local and student artists. This miniature museum consists of six galleries, each measuring approximately one foot square, and showcases tiny works on a rotating basis.  At the close of each exhibition, the artwork is moved to the Free Little Museum Store. In the spirit of the Free Little Libraries, the public can take a piece or swap with one of their own, sharing art throughout the community. The Little Museum of Art and the Little Museum Store are located outside on the Cornell Plaza and are on view 24 hours a day.

For more information contact Lisa Jevack.  

Current Exhibition

  • The Fralin Museum of Art has partnered with Bad Milk Press in a special two-part collaboration. An exhibition in The Little Museum of Art along with a special-edition zine release, featuring the work of women, non-binary, and genderqueer creatives from Central Virginia. Limited copies of the zine will be available at The Fralin alongside The Little Museum exhibition for the duration of September 2023. An online version of the zine will be available for viewing at and copies will be distributed at select locations in Charlottesville, Crozet, and Staunton while copies last.
    • About the exhibition & zine: Loosely inspired by The Fralin Museum of Art’s Radioactive Inactives exhibition (curated by Hannah Cattarin), this collaboration zine and exhibition invited creatives to explore modern reinterpretations of the word “apocalypse”. While apocalypse has popularly become synonymous with catastrophe, dystopia, and disaster, the word’s Greek origins literally translate as “to un-cover”. When we consider the word as a potential for an unveiling or revealing of what is hidden or perhaps purposefully obfuscated, how do we create space for dis-covery, where things that are hidden can be seen, known, and tendered for purposeful renewal?

      On view through September 24, 2023, the exhibition at The Little Museum of Art features the visual art of 14 creatives: Joumana Altallal, Kristen Finn, Jessi Giannini, Meesha Goldberg, Taylor Hanigosky, Blue Jean, Sri Kodakalla, Sarah Lawson, Ramona Martinez, Ari Mosqueda, Gaby Perkes, Kori Price, Jess Walters, and Abigail Wilson.

Upcoming Exhibitions

  • September 29 – October 23 | The Arc Studio
  • October 27 – November 27

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does the artwork need to be smaller than the indicated specifications?

The Little Museum of Art is literally a miniature display—imagine a dollhouse version of a museum—divided into six separate areas that are each approximately 1 square foot. The walls measure approximately 12”x12”, which means we can only display small-scale artwork that fits within the stated parameters.

The artist application states that “artwork will become the property of The Fralin Museum of Art”. Will you please explain what this means?

Upon the closing of each Little Museum exhibition, the artwork gets placed into another miniature display box near the Little Museum where it is available to the public, and we encourage those who partake to take and leave a piece of art. This aspect of the program was inspired by the Free Little Library movement.  Because we are asking artists to hand over their work to us, they are compensated with a stipend. How much is the stipend that artists receive? Artists are typically compensated per piece, and that information is provided upon completion of the application. For more specific information on current stipend amounts, please contact Lisa Jevack at [email protected].

If I want to submit my artwork for consideration, does it need to be matted and framed?

Artwork needs to be ready-to-hang. That can mean framed, however we do not recommend matting or professional framing. The best type of frames are inexpensive, lightweight plastic frames typically found at craft or discount stores.

I just can’t visualize what the Little Museum is!

Then we encourage you to stop by and visit! The great thing about the Little Museum, is that it is always open and available to view, outside on our front plaza.

displays showing a small replica of the museum
The Little Museum of Art