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DEADLINE: UVA in Italy: Photography and Italian Art History

Friday, March 1, 2024

5 pm | Online

Set the beautiful hills of Tuscany and the city of Rome, this program offers students a unique opportunity to learn the principles and techniques of photography, and to familiarize themselves with the art and history of Italy. Participants will use digital photography to document and explore the visually rich culture of Italy.


The program will begin in Rome. Along with its monuments of classical, renaissance, and baroque art and architecture the Eternal City has increasingly become a center for contemporary art. Students will visit Rome's major museums and cathedrals of art, including the Vatican and the Villa Borghese.

The program is based in the medieval Tuscan town of Castiglion Fiorentino, situated on the main train line between Rome and Florence. Perched on a hilltop overlooking the Val di Chio, the small, walled city and its environs offer students a friendly and manageable place in which to live and work. The region's juxtaposition of ancient and contemporary culture provides rich subject matter for photography as well as a beautiful and relaxing home base.

While living in Tuscany, students will visit Florence to explore museums, both old--including the Accademia and the Uffizi--and new. Florence is home to Italy's National Museum of Photography and to the experimental art space La Strozzina, in the cellars of a renaissance palace. Students will also take day trips to important Renaissance cities, such as Assisi and Siena.

Performing Country Closes

Sunday, March 3, 2024

On view | Kluge-Ruhe

March 16, 2023 - March 3, 2024

On view in the Kluge-Ruhe Main Galleries

Performing Country, an exhibition highlighting never-before-seen works from the museum’s permanent collection, explores the ways Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists explore the complex idea of Country – the people, plants, animals, creator beings, and stories that all emerge from the place they call home.

Each work offers a different perspective on the performance of culture and Country. The artworks invite you to consider a constantly unfolding artistic tradition, performed anew in each pattern, song and ceremony. In the gesture and movement of these artworks, consider the moment of creation: when the artist’s hand moved across the canvas or when the ancestors danced across the earth. Just as every action performed in ceremony is simultaneously new and old, these works call you to be in both the present and the eternal everywhen

From the sweeping brushstrokes of Emily Kame Kngwarreye, to the body paint designs of Tiwi ceremonies reproduced on canvas, to the scarred surfaces of Tony Albert’s photographic series Brothers, to the palpable vibrations of Yukultiji Napangati’s desert dot paintings, Performing Country celebrates the indelible bond between embodied Indigenous identities and the land.

Performing Country was sponsored by the UVA Parents Program. It was curated by Emmy Monaghan and Brendan O’Donnell with Henry Skerritt.


DEADLINE: Summer Undergraduate Internship Application

Friday, March 15, 2024

5 pm | Online

The UVA Department of Art is excited to be sponsoring a limited number of paid internship positions in Summer 2023! Internship applications are open to all rising 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year studio and art history undergraduate majors. Each internship will run for 8 weeks with a total stipend of $3000 up to 29 hours per week for a duration of 8 weeks beginning between May 22 and June 5, depending on the internship location. 

Interns will also meet as a cohort three times throughout the summer to discuss what they’re learning and participate in workshops with Art Department staff. All applicants will be notified of decisions by April 10th.  

To Apply:  Please submit an application and attach a cover letter, resume, writing sample (500 words), and contact information for at least two references by March 15th, 2024 at 5PM  -

It's Showtime!  Greek Vases and Ancient Performances

Friday, March 22, 2024

6:30 pm | VMFA Reynolds Lecture Hall

The Mary Ann Frable Lecture in Ancient Art: It's Showtime!  Greek Vases and Ancient Performances

Fri, Mar 22, 2024 | 6:30–7:30 pm
Reynolds Lecture Hall

Among the ancient Greek vases in VMFA’s collection are a number of examples that relate directly to ancient dance, drama, and other types of performance. In this talk, Dr. Tyler Jo Smith will highlight these vases—made not only in the city of Athens but also in other regions of ancient Greece—to show the ways their shapes and decorations have the power to reveal important information about settings, participants, and audiences. She will also consider the ways that vases may have been used within these specialized settings.

This program is made possible by the Jack and Mary Ann Frable Fund for Ancient Art. 

DEADLINE: UVA in Mexico Application

Monday, April 1, 2024

5 pm | Online

Muralism, Indigeneity & Contemporary Art in Cholula

This course is a studio art structured time of working together on a mural in Cholula, Mexico.  While working collectively on a mural, this course will also focus on the history, culture, and indigeneity specific to Cholula.  Learning about contemporary artists and muralists in Mexico will also be an emphasis in the course.  To better understand the local complex history, the class will visit archaeological sites and museums.  Contemporary galleries and museum site visits will also be an important part of the course activities with dedicated time to the City of Puebla.  Guest artists from Mexico will share their knowledge and artistic practice with the class to better understand contemporary art in Mexico and Latin America.  

The program will start with two days in Mexico City visiting contemporary museums and galleries as well as historical and archeological sites. Then the group will travel to Puebla, one of the 31 states in Mexico. It is located in East-Central Mexico. The capital city, Puebla City was founded in 1531. The city’s important sites include the oldest library in Latin America, the Museo Amparo, and the Forte de Loreto museum. We will be spending much of our time in the city of Cholula, one of the oldest preserved Mesoamerican cities in the continent with much history, culture, traditions, and art to offer.

Study O'Keeffe with Beth Turner

Saturday, May 11, 2024

Lifelong learning program in Santa Fe, NM May 11-15, 2024

Join the University of Virginia’s Lifetime Learning program May 11-15, 2024, as we host distinguished Professors Elizabeth Turner, Art History, and Stephen B. Cushman, Department of English, on an inspiring learning experience of Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico. Delve into O’Keeffe’s creative process and see how the many facets of New Mexico impacted her life and her artistic work. 

This 4-day seminar will take place in beautiful Santa Fe, the City of Enchantment—a city unique in the nation for its combination of a long and fascinating history, a layered culture from ancient to modern, and a culinary cornucopia of indigenous food styles. On day trips to Taos and O’Keeffe’s home and studio in Abiquiu, experience the curvaceous adobe-style architecture and undulating landforms that create the chiaroscuro light and shadow so adored by O’Keeffe. 

You will enjoy private visits to noteworthy O’Keeffe sites, delectable New Mexican cuisine, and lectures by our esteemed faculty, who will provide the intellectual and historical framework for understanding the complexity of O’Keeffe’s sense of place and artistic genius. 


Saturday, June 1, 2024

10am - 5pm | Fralin Museum of Art

August 28, 2021 - June 1, 2024

Fralin Museum of Art

Admission is always FREE

This dynamic selection of 20th- and 21st-century artworks from the Museum’s permanent collection explores the ways that art can speak to or question the formal, physical, environmental, social, and institutional structures of our world. Here you will encounter the work of Robert Reed, whose abstract paintings and collages contain coded references to his life and memories. The depopulated architectural paintings of Emilio Sánchez invite us to contemplate our built environment. DJ and visual artist Rozeal addresses racism and the complexities of cultural appropriation and globalization in our current times. Alberto Rey encourages viewers to consider their own ecological surroundings from which we are often disconnected. These connections to regional resources and materials are also seen in the work of Maria and Julian Martinez, who innovated upon ancient forms of pottery in ways that still inspire Pueblo artists. Oftentimes, multiple structures are present in the same artwork, providing pathways and opportunities for interpretation and inquiry. From paintings to collages, from pottery to jewelry, the artworks in this exhibition inspire conversations about how our world is structured. This exhibition is curated by Laura Minton, Curator of Exhibitions; Adriana Greci Green,Curator of Indigenous Arts of the Americas; Emily Lazaro, Docent Coordinator; and Rebekah Boggs, former Tour Coordinator and Education Assistant.

Emilio Sanchez, American, born Cuba, 1921–1999. Untitled (Looking West from My Studio), ca. 1985. Oil on canvas, 14 x 14 inches. Gift of the Emilio Sanchez Foundation, 2011.3.2. © Emilio Sanchez Foundation

CLOSING: Waŋupini: Clouds Of Remembrance And Return

Sunday, July 7, 2024

Upper West Oval Room of the Rotunda at the University of Virginia

Waŋupini (clouds) is the same story as my father taught me about the sunset.

—Bulthirrirri Wunuŋmurra

Curated by: Douglas Fordham, Professor and Chair of the Department of Art, University of Virginia. 

Clouds drift in subtly modified patterns in these artworks by Nawurapu Wunuŋmurra and  Bulthirrirri Wunuŋmurra, both Yolŋu artists from Arnhem Land at the top end of Australia’s Northern Territory. The thunderheads are associated with the beginning of the monsoonal wet season and the first sighting of perahu (boats) from Indonesia on the horizon. Fishermen based in the port of Makassar in Sulawesi, Indonesia, visited the north coast of Australia every year starting in late December or early January to gather trepang (sea cucumber) and engage in trade. They departed on the winds associated with bulunu, or the southeast cloud formations that herald the dry season.


CLOSING: Maḏayin: Eight Decades of Aboriginal Australian Bark Painting from Yirrkala

Sunday, July 14, 2024

The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia

Curated By: Djambawa Marawili, W. Wanambi, Yinimala Gumana, Wäka Munuŋgurr, Henry Skerritt and Kade McDonald. Organized by the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia in partnership with the Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre in Australia.

The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia showcases Indigenous art in Maḏayin: Eight Decades of Aboriginal Australian Bark Painting from Yirrkala and an exhibition of slit drums of New Guinea.

One of the most significant touring exhibitions of Aboriginal Australian art ever staged returns to the city where it was first envisioned. The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia presents “Maḏayin: Eight Decades of Aboriginal Australian Bark Painting from Yirrkala” from Feb. 3-July 14, 2024. The exhibition features more than 50 masterpieces of ochre painting on eucalyptus bark, many of which have never been on view outside of Australia.





Amy Chan's "Double Happiness" in Alderman closes

Saturday, May 31, 2025

Alderman Library 2nd floor lobby

To create the piece "Double Happiness", Amy Chan asked the UVA Asian / Pacific Islander / South Asian American community to submit greetings, proverbs, and colloquial sayings that are important to their cultural identity. Text left to right reads:

Ganbare, Japanese, to persevere
Double Happiness, Chinese, joy and unity
Hwaiting, Korean, you got this!
Padayon, Visayan dialect / Philippines, to carry on
Kya baat hai, Hindi, how amazing!
All places are ours, and all people are our kin, Tamil
Andamu, Telugu, inner beauty
Sudah makan, Malaysian, have you eaten?