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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.


Exhibitions: Large-scale exhibition of artist Dan Mills’ work on view at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, this piece notes a former University Museums exhibition “Crooked Data: (Mis)Information in Contemporary Art.

Publication: Elizabeth Montague, UR'18, has another cartoon published in the July 1, 2019 issue New Yorker Magazine

Publication: Professor Tanja Softic's essay "Circle Back: Immigrant Memories and Fungal Networks" was published in the Journal of Speculative Philosophy 33, no.2 (2019): 300-10. 

Exhibition: Professor Sable Elyse Smith solo presentation titled ScapeG.O.A.T. with JTT in the Statements Section of Art Basel, summer 2019

Exhibition: Professor Sable Elyse Smith is one of 3 artists included in Mirror/Echo/Tilt a a video, performance, and pedagogical project at the New Museum NY, NY runs through Oct 6, 2019. 

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. 

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 and 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.

Alumni: Kenta Murakami, Art History '15, is now Associate Curator at Red Bull Arts New York. He worked on the recent retrospective of Gretchen Bender, which was featured in the NYTimes, Artnet news, Artforum and other outlets.

Faculty Highlights

  • Smith On Display

    Professor Sable Elyse Smith’s work will be on display at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in Philadelphia in the exhibition’s third installment entitled Banal Presents. On view starting September 13.

  • Smith at ICA

    Professor Sable Elyse Smith’s work will be on display at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) at Virginia Commonwealth University. The exhibition Great Force will be on view starting October 5. 

  • Nelson Exhibition Reviewed

    Professor Brittany Nelson’s exhibition “10,000 Light Years From Home” at Chicago’s PATRON Gallery was reviewed by Frieze and Art in America, calling the work “a poignant meditation on love, isolation, and queer desire."    

  • Nelson on Display

    Professor Brittany Nelson’s work is on display at the Cosmological Arrows exhibition at Bonniers Konsthall in Stockholm, Sweden. The exhibition is open now until November 10.

  • Smith Opens Exhibition

    Professor Sable Elyse Smith’s solo show will open at the Carlos Ishikawa Gallery in London on November 6.

  • Nelson Book Launch

    Professor Brittany Nelson’s book Out of the Everywhere launched at Casa Caníbal on August 19 and published by Mousse Publishing. Highlights topics such as feminist science fiction, space travel, and isolation.

  • Smith at MoMA

    Professor Sable Elyse Smith’s work is currently displayed in MOOD: Studio Museum Artist-in-Residence 2018-19 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). 

  • Smith Exhibition Reviewed

    Professor Sable Elyse Smith’s work was reviewed in a New York Times’ article about must-see art shows in New York City.

  • Smith Featured

    Professor Sable Elyse Smith was featured in an article by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Smith discusses her hands-on approach to her work and the brutality in everyday objects.

  • Softic Published

    Tanja Softic published a paper in the Journal of Speculative Philosophy entitled "Circle Back: Immigrant Memories and Fungal Networks."

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 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
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: Tanja Softic
Administrative Coordinator: Tracie Taylor
Art History Coordinator: Elena Calvillo