Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art
Wed., Aug. 21, 2013 to Sun., Jun. 29, 2014
Notebooks: Prints by Matt Mullican

American artist Matt Mullican (born 1951) rose to prominence as a member of the “Pictures Generation,” a group of young artists coming of age in the early 1970s in the United States. Since then, he has created a body of work that focuses on systems of knowledge, meaning, language, and archetypal symbols. He works with the relationship between perception and reality, between the ability to see something and the ability to represent it. The exhibition features selected works from an untitled portfolio of ten screenprints and 64 etchings based on twenty years of notebooks.

Stephen Addiss, Tucker-Boatwright Professor Humanities: Art, Emeritus, University of Richmond, has been studying and practicing East Asian-style ink painting and calligraphy for more than forty years. He believes in the Asian concept of the scholar-artist, and his works have been exhibited in a number of countries including England, Germany, France, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and China. In the last two decades he has also become a potter, and his wood-fired ceramics are included in the exhibition.

Presented in conjunction with the University of Richmond’s Sophomore Scholars in Residence program, the exhibition showcases Russian and French artwork from the collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibition allows the viewer to examine many elements that provide evidence of the narratives of art history in both countries and the pressures that led artists to make different aesthetic choices in their work. Highlights include paintings and drawings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919), Berthe Morisot (French, 1841-1895), Ilya Repin (Russian, 1844-1930), and Sergei Soudeikine (Russian, 1882-1946)

Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature

This exhibition focuses on Soviet Jewish immigrants who left behind family, friends, language, and professional identity to create a new life in Richmond, Virginia, during the late 1980s and 1990s. The history and stories of this multigenerational community inform the exhibition, which is based interviews conducted for an upcoming student-produced documentary supported by Jewish Family Services, the Richmond Jewish Foundation, and University of Richmond Hillel.

The textiles of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) represent the culmination of more than two thousand years of Imperial rule dictating the styles of dress not only for the Royal family and the tens of thousands of people living and working in the Forbidden City but also for everyone involved in China’s vast civil bureaucracy and military and their families spread throughout the country. The exhibition, selected from the Franklin B. Propert Collection, includes examples of most of the techniques used to produce these remarkable textiles, and explains many of the symbols employed including those used to denote the wearers’ rank and position in Chinese society.

Fri., Jan. 24, 2014 to Fri., Jun. 12, 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.

Sun., Mar. 30, 2014 to
Museums Family Day

The University of Richmond Museums is hosting a FREE Family Day on Sunday, March 30, 2014, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The event will feature hands-on activities for children, story time, refreshments, a scavenger hunt, face painting, and exploration of the exhibitions at the Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature. Visitors of all ages are invited!

Families can explore the permanent collection of gemstones, artifacts, fossils and decorative arts and these special exhibitions:

  • Virginia ROCKS! Geologic Selections from the Collection
  • The American Dream, Right? Exhibiting Soviet Jewish History in Richmond
  •  Threads of Silk and Gold: Chinese Textiles from the Qing Dynasty

Story time at 2 p.m., features a reading from Byrd Baylor’s book “Everybody Needs a Rock”.  Hands-on activities including embroidery, rock making with clay, creating trace fossils, and making clay pots will be on-going and available from 1 to 4 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public and takes place at the Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature, University of Richmond Museums.

Fri., May 30 to Fri., Jun. 20, 2014
2014 Alumni Exhibition

As part of the University of Richmond reunion weekend, University of Richmond class of 1994 graduates and artists Jeffrey Deane Hall and Inga Clough Falterman will present their work in an exhibition opening May 30 at the Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature, University Museums. They will present an artists’ talk from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 31. The exhibition is on view from 1 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, from Friday, May 30 through Friday, June 20, 2014.

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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 3 p.m.
Closed Saturdays
and by appointment call (804) 287-6424.

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

Special Closings

The Museums are closed during University breaks and holidays:

- Spring Break (March 8-16)
- Easter (April 20th)