Art Museum’s Object Study Gallery Named
Currently in the midst of a campaign to raise funds to build a 16,340 square foot, four-level addition to the west side of the current museum building, The Fralin Museum of Art, has received a remarkable leadership gift from Joanne B. Robinson that will result in the renaming of the Object Study Gallery in the existing Bayly Building. “Joanne has been a leading supporter of the Arts at UVA,” said John Casteen, Chair of the Museum’s Advisory Board. “Her deep love of education and fine arts has led her to make this wonderful investment in the Museum’s future.
The Museum’s new wing will serve those in our community and on Grounds in innumerable ways, and we are deeply grateful for this remarkable gift.” Robinson, a member of the Museum’s Advisory Board and the Chair of the Grants Committee on the UVA Arts Council, did her postgraduate work at the Fashion Institute of Technology and spent more than 20 years in the design and graphic arts departments of Pilgrim Industries. She and her late husband Jerry (College ‘44) also patented a reproduction process for oil painting. Overall, The Fralin expansion project will increase the Museum’s exhibition space by 64%, allowing the Museum to accommodate larger, more innovative exhibitions, provide the space to showcase its growing collection, and better support the educational programs at the core of the Museum’s mission.