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Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art

The Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art is a forum for the visual arts and a catalyst for widely varied issues of visual expression, art research, and scholarship within the University and throughout the greater Richmond community and region. To further this mission, the museum regularly presents exhibitions, lectures, gallery talks, workshops, concerts, symposia, and other programs. The museum currently utilizes its 4,000 square feet of public galleries to feature approximately 12 rotating exhibitions each year.

Formerly known as the Marsh Art Gallery, the museum moved into new spaces at the George M. Modlin Center for the Arts in 1996 and acquired the I. Webb Surratt Jr. Print Collection, which began the museum's active acquisition of works for the permanent collection. In 2005, the Marsh Art Gallery was renamed the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art in honor of their long-time support of the visual arts on campus.

About Joel and Lila Harnett

Joel W. Harnett died August 11, 2006, at his home in Phoenix. He was a noted publisher, poet, civic leader, and art collector. The University’s art museum — the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art — is named in honor of him and his wife, Lila, as is the Joel and Lila Harnett Print Study Center. The exhibition, Lasting Impressions: Celebrating the 5th Anniversary of the Joel and Lila Harnett Print Study Center, September 27 to December 8, 2006, was dedicated to the loving memory of Joel Harnett for his generosity, nurturing and leadership of the museums at the University of Richmond.

A 1945 graduate of the University of Richmond, Joel Harnett was a former vice president of Look magazine and founder in 1969 of Media Horizons, a public radio broadcasting and magazine company. A civic leader in New York, he ran for mayor in 1977. Moving to Arizona in 1988 to focus on publishing, he and his wife launched and ran several prominent regional magazines. He served on the board and executive committee of the Heard Museum in Phoenix.