Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art
Wed., Aug. 20 to Mon., Oct. 6, 2014
Tanja Softic: Migrant Universe

University of Richmond Professor of Art, Tanja Softić creates work that combine images of natural and man-made structures with drawings, based on appropriated visual material: medical and botanical illustration, maps and charts, manuscript illuminations, and comic art. Her work addresses concepts of cultural hybridity, chaos, and memory. 

Featured are etchings by American pop artist Jim Dine (born 1935) from his 1984 folio book titled “The Temple of Flora,” inspired by botanical prints published 1799-1807 by Dr. Robert John Thornton in a folio book of the same title.

Tue., Oct. 28 to Fri., Dec. 12, 2014
The 2014 Harnett Biennial of American Prints

The eleventh competitive national exhibition organized by the University of Richmond Museums is a celebration of contemporary printmaking by artists throughout the United States. This year’s juror is artist Mary Fisher, Founder of Mary Fisher Clinical AIDS Research and Education (CARE) Fund at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Tue., Oct. 28 to Fri., Dec. 12, 2014
Mary Fisher: Messages from My Sketchbook

Over the past two decades, American political activist, artist, author, and advocate Mary Fisher has balanced her passion for art and her commitment to helping others. The exhibition features a collection of hand-dyed, hand-printed silk and cotton pieces with additions by the artist and based on her journal and accompanying sketchbook. The artist’s statement for each piece is uniquely related to her life.

Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature
Fri., Jan. 24, 2014 to Fri., Jul. 31, 2015
Virginia ROCKS! Geologic Selections from the Collection

Highlighting specimens from the museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition presents an introduction to geology as it relates to the state of Virginia. The exhibition explores the varied geological areas of the state and discusses the processes that shape the land. Special focus is placed on the history and future use of Virginia’s mineral and energy resources and how these resources impact the state’s economy and environment.

The exhibition features a selection of nineteenth-century American ceramics from the museum’s permanent collection, highlighting the recent gift of more than 200 pieces of nineteenth-century American pottery donated by New York collectors Emma and Jay Lewis.

Thu., Sep. 11 to Fri., Nov. 21, 2014
Janet Hamlin: Sketches from Guantanamo

Contemporary artist, author, and illustrator Janet Hamlin (American, born 1961) has worked as a courtroom sketch artist at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base tribunals since 2006, documenting the trials of the detainees. Since cameras and recording equipment are forbidden in the trials, her drawings form the only visual record of events that have taken place there. On view is a selection of drawings and sketchbooks from the 9/11 hearings. Many of the drawings are included in the accompanying book by Janet Hamlin, “Sketching Guantanamo: Court Sketches of the Military Tribunals 2006-2013,” published by Fantagraphics Books.

Joel and Lila Harnett Print Study Center

The exhibition celebrates recent gifts to the Harnett Print Study Center’s permanent collection. Highlights include screenprints by Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), woodcuts by J. J. Lankes (American, 1884-1960), a 1991 gouache drawing by Sol LeWitt (American, 1928-2007), etchings by Isabel Bishop (American, 1902-1988), stereoscopic cards dating from the nineteenth century, and portrait photographs by Nancy Rica Schiff (American, born 1945).

American artist Minna Citron (1896-1991) was at the forefront of major artistic movements of the twentieth-century, experimenting with cutting-edge styles and techniques with an often feminist perspective. This retrospective exhibition includes approximately 50 paintings, prints, drawings, and mixed media constructions created during the course of Citron’s 60-year career.

Museum Hours

Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art
Sunday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Closed Saturdays

Joel and Lila Harnett Print Study Center
Sunday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. and by appointment call (804) 287-6424.
Closed Saturdays

Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature
Sunday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Closed Saturdays

Special Closings

The University Museums are closed for University events and holidays including:

- Labor Day Weekend (8/30-9/1)
- Fall Break (10/10-14)
- Thanksgiving Week (11/22-30)
- Semester Break (12/13-1/11)
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (1/19)
- Spring Break (3/7-15)
- Easter Weekend (4/4-5)
- Summer Break (5/15-8/18)