The Taubman Museum of Art is part of the lively metro mountain mix of arts, culture and outdoor fun in the heart of downtown Roanoke, Virginia. Los Angeles-based architect Randall Stout, the visionary who designed the Museum’s contemporary building, took special care to honor naturalistic elements of the Roanoke region. Purposeful use was taken with both materials and architectural decisions such as the 77-foot glass peak in the atrium, which recalls the point of the Roanoke Star, and the undulating roofline, which reflects the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The Museum offers eleven galleries as part of the Fralin Center for American Art and hosts 15-20 exhibitions per year. Featured artists have ranged from Kehinde Wiley to John James Audubon and from Yoko Ono to Norman Rockwell. The Museum is also home to a renowned permanent collection featuring the work of artists such as Thomas Cowperthwaite Eakins, John Singer Sargent, Purvis Young, Petah Coyne and John Cage, to name just a few.
Located in Richmond, Virginia, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts holds a permanent collection of more than 35,000 works of art from almost every major world culture. The purpose of the VMFA is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret art, to encourage the study of the arts, and thus to enrich the lives of all. Opened on January 16, 1936, the VMFA is a state-supported, privately endowed educational institution created from a partnership between private donors and state legislators to benefit the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The museum’s first gift, received in 1919, was a group of 50 paintings from the collection of Judge John Barton Payne. A collaboration between Judge Payne, Virginia Governor John Garland Pollard, the Virginia General Assembly, and the Federal Works Projects Administration later led to the creation of the museum to house Judge Payne’s art collection. Between 1970 and 1985, the VMFA added its South Wing, North Wing and West Wing, as well as numerous other art collections spanning time and the globe. In 2010, the VMFA completed a four-year expansion project which added over 165,000 square feet to the museum’s previous 380,000 square feet.
The Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College houses an outstanding collection of American art, chiefly paintings, works on paper, and photographs dating from the early 19th century to the present day. The Maier hosts an active schedule of exhibitions including the Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art, the longest-running exhibition of contemporary art held by any academic institution in the United States. The Museum is both a teaching resource for Randolph College and an active public museum serving Lynchburg and the Central Virginia region. Students enrolled in the Museum Studies minor learn the theory and practice of museum operation, exhibition development and installation, professional registration practices, and museum education. The Museum also offers internship opportunities and a student docent club. As a community resource, the Maier provides a robust schedule of tours for area school children, family workshops and events, outreach programs, tours and lectures for adults, and a program for individuals experiencing early stage dementia.
Randolph College is a nationally recognized, private, liberal arts and sciences institution. Founded in 1891 as Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Randolph is known for its excellent academic program, diverse close-knit community, and exceptional faculty. The Maier Museum of Art is integral to the life of the campus.
Founded in Charlottesville in 1935, The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia maintains a collection of approximately 13,000 objects including American and European painting, works on paper, and sculpture of the 15th-20th centuries, as well as ancient Mediterranean, Asian, African, and Native American art. The Museum is dedicated to creating an environment in which the largest possible share of its diverse constituencies, including members of the University community and the general public, can study and learn from the direct experience of works of art. To this end, The Fralin offers a wide variety of innovative educational programs designed to meet the needs of our diverse community, from story times for our smallest visitors, to our Eyes on Art program for individuals with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. The Fralin hosts the country’s oldest student docent program as well the Writer’s Eye program, an annual literary competition now in its 30th year.
The Chrysler Museum in Norfolk holds a collection of over 30,000 objects of art spanning over 5,000 years of history including a world-renowned glass collection. In 2011 a state-of-the-art glassmaking studio was opened for daily glass blowing demonstrations, classes and workshops. The Museum originally known as the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences was founded by the Norfolk Society of Arts in 1933. When Walter Chrysler, Jr. donated his 10,000 piece collection to the museum in 1971 the museum name was changed to honor his donation. The Museum completed an expansion and renovation to its main building in May, 2014 bringing new life and enthusiasm to the collection. The Chrysler Museum exists to enrich and transform lives and its goal is to bring art and people together through experiences that delight, inform and inspire.