In keeping with our mission, The Fralin Museum of Art at The University of Virginia encourages the spirit of curiosity and promotes diversity of thought through the study, care, and celebration of art.
The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia maintains a comprehensive collection of more than 13,000 works of art, including American and European painting, works on paper, photography, and sculpture from the 15th through the 21st centuries; art from the ancient Mediterranean; Asian art; and Native and ancient American art. This growing collection allows The Fralin to engage in broad cultural conversations based on meaningful object-based learning and ideas. Research is ongoing, and new information is added to this site which is updated frequently!
About This Site and Our Cataloguing
The new Online Collection site is a responsive web application (for better display on mobile devices). Please use the Browse menu above to begin exploring the Collection. This site features a curated subset of The Fralin's larger collection (currently around 25%). We add content daily. Our Online Collection is built on Gallery Systems Web Kiosk platform, and we use EmbARK Collection Manager to organize information about the care and management of objects in our collection.
The Fralin Museum applies data content standards, or controlled vocabularies and thesaurii, to insure consistency and integrity of information as well as contextual relevance with other collections and academic scholarship. Scholarship and research evolve. Historically, some Euro-centric collections have had little or insufficient interpretation of objects representing other geographies and cultures.
A broad multi-year (2016-2020) initiative for the study of Indigenous arts of Australia and the Americas was created through a partnership between the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and the Provost’s Office at the University of Virginia. This has enabled faculty, staff and students to use The Fralin Museum as the basis for new scholarly interpretation of the collection. It also supports an ongoing museum initiative to audit and revise cataloguing standards for the collection. While we continue to apply traditional structured terminologies such as Getty Vocabularies and the Chenhall derived Nomenclature for Museum Cataloging, we are working with faculty and content authorities to compensate for deficiencies or gaps in those frameworks. This is a work in progress.
In the fall of 2019, the Fralin Museum pledged to focus on historically underrepresented artists in at least half of its exhibitions. In a press release, Catherine Spear, associate vice president, UVA’s Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights, said “This public statement by The Fralin demonstrates its commitment as a leading and valuable partner within the University advancing our shared goals of diversity, equity and inclusion in a powerful and visible way.”
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