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Joel and Lila Harnett Print Study Center

Inaugurated on September 22, 2001, the Harnett Print Study Center opened with generous funding from Joel and Lila Harnett of Phoenix, Arizona. The Center is a facility dedicated to the education, research, and exhibition of works on paper, and it extends the Museums' mission to provide a forum for the study and appreciation of the visual arts.  

The 1,200-square-foot facility houses the permanent collection of prints, drawings, and photographs of the University of Richmond Museums and includes an exhibition space, a secure print storage area, a seminar room for the University's art history and studio art courses, and a viewing area for prints being researched by students, faculty, and visiting scholars.  

Prints provide a truly unique opportunity for viewers to learn about artists and their technical styles as well as their myriad influences and environments. The University Museums' collection features works by Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528), Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973), Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917), Francisco de Goya (Spanish, 1746-1828), William Hogarth (English, 1697-1764), Pat Steir (American, born 1940), and Fred Wilson (American, born 1954), among many others. The Harnett Print Study Center has also acquired an extensive collection of work by the following artists: Stefano della Bella (Italian, 1610-1664), Pierre Daura (American, born Spain, 1896-1976), Andreas Feininger (American, born France, 1906-1999), and J.J. Lankes (American, 1884-1960).  

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.