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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.


Film Screening: 

Exhibition: "HYPHAE:NEW PRINTS" Professor Tanja Softic's second solo exhibition with the Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA is on view until May 24, 2019. Professor Softic presents four series of works on paper which encompass aspects of printmaking, drawing, and photography. The works reflect her ongoing exploration of the impacts caused by the displacement she and countless others experienced in Yugoslavia during the wars of the early-to-mid-1990s. 

Elizabeth Montague UR'18 had a cartoon published in the March 11 issue of New Yorker Magazine To view follow link and look under "Cartoons from the Issue," her's is #16.  

Exhibition: A suite of works on paper "49 Ways of Being There" by Professor Tanja Softic is on view at Weatherspoon Art Museum at UNC Greensboro. Weatherspoon Art on Paper Biennial celebrates contemporary art in which the use of paper-either as surface or material-is a primary concern. Since 1965 the Weatherspoon's Art on Paper exhibition has charted a history of contemporary art through outstanding works on paper. Softic uses languages of printmaking, drawing, photography, and poetic text to explore questions of cultural belonging, hybridity, and memory.    

Film Screening: Professor Drummond’s new film Dark Holler (2018), collaboration with David Poolman; Professor of Art at Sheridan College, Ontario
                          UK premiere at the Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival in Hawick, Scotland May 2nd- 6th, 2019    
                          Premiered as part of PF-Sacale la miel's Pantala Fantasma Festival, Jan 21-23, 2019 (Donostia, Basque Country/Spain). 

Record Release: Professor Drummond’s new album Old Time Mountain Music, a collaboration with David Poolman; Professor of Art at Sheridan College, Ontario, has been released. This limited-edition vinyl record is composed of environmental soundscapes, field recordings, sound collages, and re-interpretations of tradition music as produced and documented by Never Met A Stranger (Jeremy Drummond & David Poolman) throughout central Appalachia.

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
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