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University of Virginia Art Museum

Rugby Road
Charlottesville, VA

Phone: 804-924-3592 - Tty: -

Statement of Purpose

The University of Virginia Art Museum is dedicated to creating an environment in which our diverse constituencies, 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 through history and and of art as an enduring human endeavor.To this end, the Museum shall acquire, preserve, study, exhibit, and interpret works of art of the highest quality in a variety of media that represent the world's cultures from earliest times to the present.

The Bayly Art Museum, the fine arts museum of the University of Virginia, exhibits art from around the world dating from ancient times to the present day. In addition to its permanent collection, the Museum presents an ongoing schedule of changing exhibitions, accompanied by related programs and publications.

Highlights & Collections

The Museum's permanent collection is wide ranging. The Western tradition is represented by painting and sculpture of the 15th to 20th centuries with emphasis on American art and art from the Age of Thomas Jefferson (1775-1825).

Mediterranean, European, American and pre-Columbian art.

An important collection of Old Master and later prints spanning five centuries continues to grow.

Highlights of the collection of 20th-century paintings, sculpture and works on paper include American figurative art and photography.

Art from ancient Mediterranean, pre-Columbian, American Indian, Asian, and African cultures affords Museum visitors access to a rich variety of human cultural achievements.

Exhibits & Special Events


Admission & Directions:

Admission is free; donations are welcome.

Key Personnel:

Jill Hartz, Director

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