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The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia is dedicated to creating an environment in which diverse audiences, including members of the University community and the general public, can study and learn from the direct experience of works of art.
The Museum promotes visual literacy as part of a broader, comprehensive education for all and seeks to enhance its visitors' perceptions and understanding of world cultures throughout history and of art as an enduring human endeavor.
The Fralin maintains a collection of approximately 13,000 objects in support of our mission. The Fralin exhibits American and European painting, works on paper, and sculpture; art from the pre-columbian Americas and ancient Mediterranean; Asian art; Native American art; and photography. Each year the Museum presents a selection of exhibitions drawn from these collections and from around the world.
The Museum's history is as rich as that of its collections, beginning in 1935 and stretching through the second World War, a stint as classroom space for art students at the University, and multiple renovations to the present day. It now serves more than 20 academic departments and over 1,000 students at UVa as well as several thousand K-12 school groups and countless independent visitors each year. Through tours, talks, lectures, and family programs, The Fralin strives to make its collections accessible to diverse communities throughout Central Virginia and beyond.
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