Virginia Directory

This class was originally titled University Art Museums in Virginia, but at the very very end of the class it became clear that this title did not actually describe what the students had accomplished and so I took the liberty of changing the name to University Art Museums & Galleries in Virginia.
            The first problem we encountered when we began counting university art museums in Virginia was how to include galleries. This was trickier than it might seem. The reasonable solution would appear to be to distinguish clearly between museums and galleries and be done with it. But that move, as it turns out, is actually not as straightforward as it sounds. While some of those galleries might be focused on local contemporary art, without any collections, for some just the opposite is true
Virginia Commonwealth Universitys own Anderson Gallery being the obvious case in point. It is one of the leading venues for contemporary art in Richmond, and the whole Commonwealth in fact, in addition to having a small but still important permanent collection. Our final solution then was to list museums and galleries by college and university, and only if they are actively engaged in exhibiting art during the school year.
            About 50 of the 65 colleges and universities in Virginia (independent, private, and public) have university art museums and galleries. However, several schools have galleries only, which are not always open to students or the public, nor do they have any significant web presence. These include: Randolph-Macon College
s Flippo Gallery, Emory & Henry Colleges 1912 Gallery, and Byars Hall Student Galleries, the Cleo Driver Miller Gallery at Bridgewater College, Gallery 121 at The University of Virginias College at Wise, and finally the Barry Art Gallery at Marymount University in Arlington.
           Accordingly, please find below a list of 25 important sites for college and university art museums and galleries in Virginia organized alphabetically by school. Where possible we have included the date they were established. If you click on their names you will be immediately transported to their websites.

1. Christopher Newport University, Newport


David Alexick Student Gallery, and the Falk Gallery, and Ferguson Gallery

2. The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg

Muscarelle Museum of Art

est. 1901

Andrews Gallery

3. Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg


4. George Mason University, Fairfax


Fine Arts Galleries               


Gallery 123

Mason Hall Atrium Gallery

5. Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney


Esther Thomas Atkinson Museum

est. 1968

6. Hampton University, Hampton

Hampton University Museum

7. Hollins University, Roanoke


The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum

8. James Madison University, Harrisonburg


artWorks Gallery

Madison Art Collection

New Image Gallery

est. 1967


PRISM Gallery


Sawhill Gallery

est. 1965


9. Longwood University, Farmville

Longwood Center for the Visual Arts

est. 1978

10. Lynchburg College, Lynchburg


Daura Gallery

est. 1974

 11. Mary Baldwin College, Staunton


Hunt Gallery


12. Norfolk State University, Norfolk


Harrison B. Wilson Archives and Art Gallery


13. Old Dominion University, Norfolk


The Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries

est. 1971


14. Radford University, Radford


Radford University Art Museum
est. 1985

15. Randolph College, Lynchburg


Maier Museum of Art

est. 1920


16. Roanoke College, Salem


Olin Hall and Smoyer Galleries


17. Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar


Sweet Briar College Art Collection and Galleries

est. 1901


18. University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg


University of Mary Washington Galleries

est. 1956


19. University of Richmond, Richmond


Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art

est. 1968

oel and Lila Harnett Print Study Center
28 Westhampton Way, University of Richmond, VA 23173

Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature
28 Westhampton Way, University of Richmond, VA 23173


20. University of Virginia, Charlottesville

The University of Virginia Art Museum

est. 1935



21. Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond


Anderson Gallery

est. 1968

The Student Art Space in the student commons

Locker 50b

Fine Arts Building Gallery (or FAB Gallery)

Cary St. Gym

22. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
, Blacksburg


Armory Gallery 


Perspective Gallery 


23. Virginia State University, Petersburg


Meredith Art Gallery

est. 1984


24. Virginia Wesleyan College, Norfolk

Neil Britton Gallery


25. Washington and Lee University, Lexington


Staniar Gallery