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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.


Professor Agnieszka Szymanska:
Receives funding from both the American Council for Learned Societies with the Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Art for the 2020-21 academic year and the American Philosophical Society. For more information visit: Szymanska
Professor Elena Calvillo:
Receives a Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellowship by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art. For more information visit: Calvillo

Professor Brittany Nelson:
"The Starry Rift," 
Die Ecke Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago, Chile, March 2020. 
"Urania," Sonnenstube, Lugano, Switzerland. November 2019. 
Professor Sable Elyse Smith:
"Colored People Time: Banal Presents," ICA Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 2019.
"Great Force," ICA Richmond, VA, October 2019.  
"or the song spilling out," Carlos/Ishikawa, London, England, November 2019.
Professor Tanja Softić: 
Exhibition of prints and lecture "Contemporary Variations of Mokuhanga (Japanese water-based woodcut)" at Universidad de Buenos Aires, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras (University of Buenos Aires, School of Philosophy and Literature), November 2019. 
"Contemporary Variations of Japanese Engraving," Museo Etnográfico Juan B Ambrosetti, Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 2019. 

Professor Allison Myers:
"Alan Ruiz: Infrapolitics," exhibition review at 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA, published in Art Papers 43.02, Fall 2019. 
Professor Brittany Nelson: 
"Brittany Nelson Puts a Sci-Fi Spin on Closeted Gay Life," 
review of the exhibition "10,000 Light Year From Home," by Jeremy Lybarger, Art in America, August 2019. 
"For Artist Brittany Nelson, Space is a Queer, Lonely Place," review of the exhibition "10,000 Light Year From Home," by Lauren Deland, Frieze Magazine, August 2019. 
"Brittany Nelson Out of the Everywhere,
Edited by Stefanie Hessler, Mousse Publications, 2019. 
Professor Tanja Softić:
Essay "Circle Back: Immigrant Memories and Fungal Networks," Journal of Speculative Philosophy 33, no.2 (2019): 300-10. 
Alumnae Elizabeth Montague,
UR'18: Luck of the Draw, written by Marin Cogan. Washington Citypaper, September 19, 2019. 
Professor Elena Calvillo:
Participated in a scholars day at the National Gallery of Art on the 16th-century artist "Alonso Berruguete: First Sculptor of Renaissance Spain," Washington, DC, November 2019.
Will continue her research on early modern Iberia and travel to Madrid, Spain to view an exhibition dedicated to the female artists Sofonisba Anguissola and Lavinia Fontana at the Prado Museum. December 2019. 
Art History Student Kate Wiley received the 2019 Harnett Summer Research Fellowship. She Co-curated "Satire and Social Criticism: Prints by William Hogarth from the Collection" and "The Age of Hogarth and Piranesi: Masterpieces of 18th-C. European Printmaking" alongside Richard Waller, Executive Director of UR Museums.

Alumnae Nene Aissatou Diallo UR'18 
was awarded a 2020 Artists-in-Residence at the Stoneleaf Retreat, Catskill Mountains NY, August-September 2020. 
Alumnae Vi Trinh UR'19 was awarded a 2020 Post Grad Residency at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA Jan-March 2020. 





Faculty Highlights

  • 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.

  • Calvillo awarded

    Elena Calvillo, Associate Professor of Art History, has received a Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellowship from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art  for her book project, Rome in Translation: Cultural Brokerage in Sixteenth-century Italy.

  • Calvillo published

    Elena Calvillo, Associate Professor of Art History and Art History Coordinator, published “L’epopea in un guscio di noce: Giulio Clovio e la questione della scala dimensionale" in the first volume of a new series on Michelangelo Studies published by the Casa Buonarroti museum in Florence.

  • 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). 

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
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