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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.


Congratulations to our 2018 department award winners:

Frederick Award: Emma Felt
Chandler Award: Nene Diallo
Merit Award: Yuwei Lin, Vi Trinh, Carson Watlington, Izzy Pezzulo, Sofia Nicolet, Raelyn Williams

We also send hearty congratulations to Liz Montague, who received the A&S David Evans Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Creative Arts.

2018 SENIOR THESIS EXHIBITION Works by Nene Diallo, Emma Felt, Jinny Kang, Liz Montague, and Izzy Pezzulo. Joel and LIla Harnett Museum of Art. 4/20/18-5/10/18

Liz Montague was interviewed by Digital America about her senior thesis project Cyber Black Girl.

Harrison Moenich's work is featured in the exhibit VISUAL BASIC at CURRENT SPACE. 3/10/18-4/1/18.

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

  • Softic Exhibition

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

  • Nelson Exhibition

    Photography professor Brittany Nelson's work will be featured in the new exhibition "Science Fictions " at Crush Curatorial Gallery in New York City.

  • Softic Exhibit

    Tanja Softic's work was included in Unmoored Geographiesan exhibit at Wichita State University's Ulrich Museum of Art.

  • Nelson Book

    Professor Brittany Nelson recently published "Monuments to the Conquerors of Space," a book based on her art installation of the same name.

  • Calvillo Chapter

    Dr. Elena Calvillo contributed a chapter, "No Stranger in Foreign Lands": Francisco de Hollanda and the Translation of Italian Art and Art Theory," to the recently published book Trust and Proof.

  • Softic Exhibit

    Works from professor Tanja Softić's "Migrant Universe" series are currently on view at Taylor and Graham Gallery in New York City

  • 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.

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