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 permanent collection of The Fralin Museum of Art at The University of Virginia consists of nearly 14,000 objects. In support of our academic mission, the museum provides opportunities for study and scholarship through direct engagement with the collection and virtual access through digital resources. Nearly a quarter of the collection is available online for research and exploration through our Online Collection, while our open storage and study areas—the Joanne B. Robinson Object Study Gallery, the Print Study Gallery, and select accessible storage—offer further insight into the collection for faculty, students, and the general public. 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 Anglo-centric collections have had little or insufficient interpretation of objects representing other geographies and cultures.
In 2018, with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the University of Virginia created a research center for the study of indigenous art of Australia and the Americas. This has enabled faculty, staff and students to use "a treasure trove of underutilized materials" at The Fralin Museum as the basis for new scholarly interpretation of the collection. It also supports an ongoing museum intitatiave 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.” (see link)
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