Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art

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.

Thu., Jan. 15 to Fri., Mar. 6, 2015
Anti-Grand: Contemporary Perspectives on Landscape

Featuring 24 contemporary, international artists, and artists’ collectives who examine, challenge, and re-define the concept of landscape while simultaneously drawing attention to humanity’s  attempts to relate to, preserve, and manage the natural environment. The exhibition features 33 works of art, including video, installation, and traditional two- and three-dimensional work. Part of the Tucker-Boatwright Festival of Literature and the Arts, hosted by the Department of Art and Art History in collaboration with the University Museums. (

Garry Winogrand (American, 1928-1984) is a renowned photographer of New York City and of American life from the 1950s through the early 1980s. The legendary curator and critic John Szarkowski called him the central photographer of his generation, and he is widely considered one of the greatest photographers of the twentieth century. This exhibition features a selection of personal, never exhibited, family photographs from the collection of his first wife, Adrienne Judith Lebeau-Winogrand. The images reflect an intimate orientation of the photographer to his family — his wife Adrienne, his daughter Laurie, and his son Ethan — and express a side of the artist rarely seen in major exhibitions of his work.

Sun., Mar. 22 to Fri., May 15, 2015
Sense of Place: Landscapes from the Permanent Collection

Selected from the permanent collection of the University Museums, the exhibition features landscapes by various media and the works range from the 1600s to the present.

The Dutch Golden Age is explored through Dutch landscapes from the seventeenth century, primarily with prints from the Harnett Print Study Center collection and additional important loans from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) and several private collections. Highlights include a painting from the VMFA by Salomon van Ruysdael (1602-1670), prints by Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (1606-1669), Roelant Roghman (1627-1692), Jacob van Ruisdael (1628/29-1682), Esaias van de Velde (1587-1630), Jan van de Velde (1593-1641), Antonie Waterloo (1609-1690), and two prints after Adam Elsheimer (1578-1610) by Hendrik Goudt (1583-1648) and Magdelena de Passe (1600-1638), among others. The exhibition was curated by undergraduate students in the University’s Museums Studies Seminar course.

Fri., Apr. 17 to Thu., May 7, 2015
Senior Thesis Exhibition

Selected by the faculty of the Art and Art History Department to participate in the thesis exhibition, graduating senior studio art majors present their artwork: Sarah Kadison, Emily King, Isabel Moffly, and Amy Reader.   

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.

Focusing on the themes of stories, status, and patriotism, the exhibition features a selection of nineteenth-century American ceramics that were donated by the New York collectors Emma and Jay Lewis in 2012. This exhibition is concurrent with the long-term installation in the Lora Robins Gallery devoted to nineteenth-century American ceramics that was co-curated by the museum director with Richard Barnett, ’13, as a student research project.

The exhibition features recent work by Anna Líndal (Icelandic, born 1957) and Erling Sjovold (American, born 1961). Líndal lives and works in Reykjavik, Iceland, and creates installation, video, and mixed media that addresses themes of exploration, gender, national identity, and the transference of culture among generations. Sjovold is Associate Professor of Art, University of Richmond, and his paintings and photographs consider the materiality and history embedded, conveyed, and lost within the glaciers of Iceland. Sjovold’s work was inspired by a summer 2013 residency at the Hafnarborg Centre of Culture and Fine Art, Hafnarfjörŏur, Iceland. Líndal will participate in a two-week residency at the University of Richmond during the exhibition.

Joel and Lila Harnett Print Study Center

Ray Ciarrocchi (born 1933), continues to focus on the landscape in his paintings and drawings. Throughout his long career, the artist has maintained an abiding interest in the complexities of the landscape and its power as a visual metaphor. Dividing his time between New York and Italy, the artist found his inspiration for this series of charcoal drawings primarily in the provinces of Le Marche and the Abruzzo. The series of drawings captures the mysterious and evocative nature of the region and its intermingling of Italy’s past and present, a setting Ciarrocchi describes as “heavy and dark and filled with a timeless uncertainty.”

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:

- 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)