The Louvre is the book in which we learn to read and through which we can come to understand and love everything.
...it occurred to me that if students could have works of art in their dormitory rooms, it would not only develop their aesthetic sensibilities, but might encourage ordered thinking and discrimination even in other areas of their lives.
Considered altogether, the university art museums and galleries in the Commonwealth of Virginia constitute an incredible network of institutions, with outstanding collections, manned by knowledgeable, dedicated, cheerful and overworked staff. These museums are unanimously committed to the various communities which they serve, while always striving to improve their facilities and build their collections. Standouts include the Hampton University Museum, at the traditionally black university Hampton College. Founded in 1868, it is the oldest museum in the state of Virginia, and the oldest museum of African art in North America. The University of Virginia Art Museum is also a total delight for both its stellar building and outstanding collection. Like many of these institutions it has plans to expand, and every effort should be made to provide a bigger and better home for such a diverse and rich collection, which includes, among other amazing items, the largest collection of Aboriginal art outside Australia. The Muscarelle also has a wonderful collection housed in what stands as the most avant-garde university art architecture in the Commonwealth. It is also embarking on an expansion, and as far as we are concerned no expense should be spared for the new arts complex at the oldest public university in the country.
The Longwood Center for Visual Art cannot be beat for its public programming and service to the surrounding 11 counties. Incredibly in Farmville, the self-proclaimed “middle of nowhere” this truly dynamic and energetic institution welcomes close to 40,000 visitors every year. They also boast a campus-wide sculpture program, insuring that students are surprised and delighted at every turn with lively and challenging works by sculptors from across the country. The Anderson Gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University, also stands out because it is, for all intents and purposes, Richmond’s Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, exhibiting the best contemporary art from the region and around the world. Finally, the Maier in Lynchburg of course deserves a mention. Not only because it has, as is unfortunately far too well known, one of the most amazing collections in the Commonwealth, with strengths in American art, and women artists, including works by Frankethaler and Wyeth to name just a few, but because it was also the emergency storage facility of the National Gallery during the Cold War.
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Christopher Newport University
The College of William & Mary
Eastern Mennonite University
George Mason University
James Madison University
Mary Baldwin College
Norfolk State University
Old Dominion University
Sweet Briar College
University of Mary Washington
University of Richmond
University of Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Virginia State University
Meredith Art Gallery
Washington and Lee University