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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.

Faculty Highlights

  • Baughan Awarded

    Elizabeth Baughan, associate professor of classics and archaeology and art history, was awarded a Samuel H. Kress Grant For Research And Publication In Classical Art And Architecture by the Archaeological Institute of America, for the co-edited book (with Lisa C. Pieraccini, UC Berkeley), Etruria and Anatolia: Material Connections and Artistic Exchange forthcoming with Cambridge University Press.

  • Williams Featured in Exhibition

    Sandy Williams IV, assistant professor of art, will exhibit "40 ACRES: Chimborazo Park," a skywriting performance that is part of an upcoming exhibition with 1708 and their long-term work, "The 40 Acres Archive.". Learn more.

  • Driscoll Published

    Megan Driscoll, assistant professor of art history, published the article "The Technicity of Blackness: On Failures and Fissures in the Art of Sondra Perry" in the Art Journal.

  • Nelson has Solo Exhibition

    Brittany Nelson, assistant professor of photography, has a solo exhibition, Beam Us Home, showing at the Reynolds Gallery. Read more

  • Williams Featured in Exhibition

    Sandy Williams IV, assistant professor of sculpture, is featured in "Killer Cute" Invitational Group Show presented by the De Boer Gallery in Los Angeles.  

  • Sjovold Selected as Mentor

    Erling Sjovold, professor of art, will mentor student Casey Murano for the project “At the Fall Line: Where Bodies Meet.” This was awarded through the A&S Research Grants Program.

  • Softic Discusses Work

    Tanja Softic, professor of art, recently discussed her work in “Displacements”, a virtual exhibition project by Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, SC. The recording of the conversation can be found here.

  • Softic Published

    Tanja Softić, professor of art and chair of the department of art and art history, published an essay in the series "Artists Quarantine with their Art Collections" in Hyperallergic, a contemporary art and culture magazine.

  • Softic Featured

    Tanja Softić, professor of art and chair of the department of art and art history, was featured in Dis/placements: Revisitations of Home presented by Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at College of Charleston.

  • Szymanska Awarded

    Agnieszka Szymanska, Assistant Professor of Art History, has been awarded $70k in support for her new book, Sacred Spectating: Monastic Architecture and Spirituality in Late Antique Egypt, from the American Council for Learned Societies and the American Philosophical Society.


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Feature Stories

Preserve, protectLaura Doyle, ’06, proves museums aren’t the only way to preserve cultural heritage.
Art for science's sakeThe persistent beauty of alumna Amanda Kwieraga's scientific vision.
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
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

Contact Us

Mailing Address:
Department of Art and Art History
451 Keller Road
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8272

Department Chair: Elena Calvillo
Visual and Media Arts Practice Coordinator: Jeremy Drummond 
Academic Administrative Specialist: Miriam Blackmon