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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.


Assistant Professor Agnieszka Szymanska:
Received 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

Associate Professor Elena Calvillo:
Received 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


Assistant Professor Sandy Williams IV:
"Killer Cute," Invitational Group Show. De Boer Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. July 2021.  
"Genesis Amnesia: Part
 1," Exhibition of one and two-dimensional work. Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA. Opening March 4, 2021 3-7PM

Professor Tanja Softić: 
"Displacements Revisitations of Home,"
 Exhibition of prints and online discussion with Dr. Marian Mazzone Associate Professor of Art History at the College of Charleston. Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston. 
"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. 

Assistant Professor Brittany Nelson:
"The Starry Rift," 
Die Ecke Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago, Chile, March 2020. 
"Urania," Sonnenstube, Lugano, Switzerland. November 2019. 

Assistant Professor Driscoll: 
"Anti-Racist Contemporary Art History," a Society of Contemporary Art Historians Executive Board Member, Professor Driscoll along with fellow board member Natilee Harren moderated an informal conversation with invited presenters and participants. October 2020. Organized by SCAH

Assistant Professor Driscoll:
Online exhibition review for "There Are Times and Places," for February 2021. 
Essay: "Art, Race, and the Internet: Mendi + Keith Obadike’s Black.Net.Art Actions," Smart History: Art/History/Conversation. October 2020. 

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: Received a three-book deal with Scholastic for an illustrated series "The Brooklyn School of Magic."

Faculty Highlights

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

Bronze Pour Demonstration

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
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