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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.


UNFAMILIAR AGAIN: CONTEMPORARY WOMEN ABSTRACTIONISTS. Asst Professor Brittany Nelson's work is included in this invitational at Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane, New Orleans, LA,  from 8/24-12/23 2017. She participated in a panel discussion discussing the exhibition.  

The Department of Art and Art History welcomes our two new faculty, Asst Professor of Art History Agnieszka Szymanska and Asst Professor of Photography  Brittany Nelson. Please visit our faculty web page for bio information.

Cristina Peters, '18, had her photograph "Small Spaces - Dry-rot (self-portrait) " win second place in Photographer's Forum 37th Annual College and High School Photography contest.

Faculty Highlights

  • Softic Exhibit

    Tanja Softic's work was included in Unmoored Geographiesan exhibit at Wichita State University's Ulrich Museum of Art.

  • Nelson Book

    Professor Brittany Nelson recently published "Monuments to the Conquerors of Space," a book based on her art installation of the same name.

  • Calvillo Chapter

    Dr. Elena Calvillo contributed a chapter, "No Stranger in Foreign Lands": Francisco de Hollanda and the Translation of Italian Art and Art Theory," to the recently published book Trust and Proof.

  • Softic Exhibit

    Works from professor Tanja Softić's "Migrant Universe" series are currently on view at Taylor and Graham Gallery in New York City

  • Drummond Named Outstanding Faculty Mentor

    Professor Jeremy Drummond was named Outstanding Faculty Mentor at this year's Student Symposium awards dinner.

  • Sjovold Named Distinguished Educator

    Professor Erling Sjovold received the Distinguished Educator Award at this year's Colloquy ceremony.

  • Calvillo Conference

    Dr. Elena Calvillo organized a conference at the British School in Rome that will explore the 16th- and 17th-century artistic practice of painting in oil on stone supports.

  • Yuen Award

    Faculty member Mariam Yuen won the 2015 Leeds International Screendance Competition for Choreography for the Scanner.

  • Drummond Event

    Department chair Jeremy Drummond cocurated a Video Drive-In event featuring works by several Canadian artists.

  • Condon Featured in Book

    Faculty member Tom Condon's work is included in the New Collectors Book 2016.

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