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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.


Harrison Moenich, department digital/media arts technician and Nene Diallo UR'18 have been awarded an artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center.

Jon Henry, '12, won a Common Field Grant for his project "The Old Furnace Artist Residency."

Faculty Highlights

  • Smith Participates in For Freedoms┬┐50 State Initiative

    Art professor Sable Elyse Smith, in partnership with 1708 Gallery as part of the For Freedoms–50 State Initiative, created a billboard in Richmond's Jackson Ward neighborhood.

  • Nelson Exhibition

    Art professor Brittany Nelson's exhibition with Danishta Rivera, Warm Worlds and Otherwise, is currently on view in the Harnett Gallery, University Museums.

  • Smith Exhibition

    Art professor Sable Elyse Smith will present a solo exhibition, BOLO Be on (the) lookoutat JTT Gallery in New York City.

  • Smith Exhibition

    Art professor Sable Elyse Smith's work was included in SITElines.2018: Casa tomada, an exhibition presented by SITE Santa Fe.

  • Waller Article

    University Museums' director Richard Waller published "The Joel and Lila Harnett Print Study Center @ 17" in the October 2018 quarterly issue of The Journal of the Print World.

  • Softic Print Commissioned

    Art professor Tanja Softic was commissioned to create a print for Re-Riding History, an exhibition at the Trout Gallery at Dickinson College.

  • Calvillo Book

    Art history professor Elena Calvillo published the book Almost Eternal: Painting on Stone and Material Innovation in Early Modern Europe.

  • Smith Feature

    Sable Elyse Smith, a new faculty member in Visual Media and Arts Practice, had her work featured in an article in Art in America magazine.

  • Harrison Moenich awarded artist residency

    Harrison Moenich, digital/media arts technician in the Department of Art and Art History, has been awarded an artist residency in January 2019 to attend the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont.

  • Softic Exhibition

    Four of Tanja Softic's prints were curated into the International Print Triennial exhibition in Krakow that opens in July.

Bronze Pour Demonstration

Feature Stories

Every Day, Good DayWendy Wan, '18, shares lessons about frustrations from 40 days of painting at the James River's Pony Pasture.
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