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The study of art at the university level, embedded in the ideals of a liberal arts education, allows students to develop both their creativity and their critical faculties through visual media. Visual and Media Arts Practice and Art History have separate curricula, but links between the two, and other disciplines, are encouraged.


The Department of Art and Art History welcomes our two new faculty; Asst Professor of Art History Agnieszka Szymanska and Asst Professor of Photography  Brittany Nelson. Please visit our faculty web page for bio information.

UNFAMILIAR AGAIN: CONTEMPORARY WOMEN ABSTRACTIONISTS. Asst Professor Brittany Nelson's work is included in this invitational at Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane, New Orleans, LA,  from 8/24-12/23 2017. She participated in a panel discussion discussing the exhibition.  

2017 Annual Student Exhibition, 8/23-9/20 2017 at the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art. Selected by the studio art faculty , the exhibition features works by visual media and arts practice majors and minors along with non-majors enrolled in beginning through advanced studio art classes during the University's 2016-2017 academic year.

SAFFRON, by Teresa Cole. 10/27-12.8 2017. Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature. Lecture 10/26 6PM-8PM at the International Center Commons.

Izzy Pezzulo, '18, won the arts competition at this year's Student Symposium.

Cristina Peters, '18, had her photograph "Small Spaces - Dry-rot (self-portrait) " win second place in Photographer's Forum 37th Annual College and High School Photography contest.

Faculty Highlights

  • Drummond Named Outstanding Faculty Mentor

    Professor Jeremy Drummond was named Outstanding Faculty Mentor at this year's Student Symposium awards dinner.

  • Sjovold Named Distinguished Educator

    Professor Erling Sjovold received the Distinguished Educator Award at this year's Colloquy ceremony.

  • Calvillo Conference

    Dr. Elena Calvillo organized a conference at the British School in Rome that will explore the 16th- and 17th-century artistic practice of painting in oil on stone supports.

  • Yuen Award

    Faculty member Mariam Yuen won the 2015 Leeds International Screendance Competition for Choreography for the Scanner.

  • Drummond Event

    Department chair Jeremy Drummond cocurated a Video Drive-In event featuring works by several Canadian artists.

  • Condon Featured in Book

    Faculty member Tom Condon's work is included in the New Collectors Book 2016.

  • Calvillo Conference

    Dr. Elena Calvillo organized a conference at the Morris E. Curiel Institute for European Studies at Tel Aviv University: Rivalries and Socio-Political Networks

  • Calvillo Article

    Dr. Elena Calvillo's review of Francisco de Hollanda’s On Antique Painting was published in

  • Schlatter Named to Board

    Elizabeth Schlatter has been elected to serve a four-year term on the board of the College Art Association.

Bronze Pour Demonstration

Feature Stories

Photo by Gordon Schmidt
The Artful ScholarLindsey Hamm, '17, talked her way into a gallery job and created an interdisciplinary major in art conservation. Read more
Photo by Erin Rommel
Structural integrityWith each stretch and staple of linen, and every textured layer of color, Julia Rommel, ’02, sculpts a painting. Read more
2016 Student Symposium Presentations

Contact Us

Mailing Address:
Modlin Center for the Arts
Department of Art and Art History
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8272
Fax: (804) 287-6006

Department Chair: Erling Sjovold
Administrative Coordinator: Tracie Taylor
Art History Coordinator: Elena Calvillo