UVA Arts, University of Virginia

Vol 07 Winter 17 Library
Coe Sweet

We need your support!

Financial contributions to the Arts at UVA ensure that our students and faculty have opportunities to pursue their creative work. Your gifts directly impact the vibrant artistic landscape at the University of Virginia.

Thank you for your support!

To learn more about how to make a gift to UVA Arts visit:

Annual Giving to the Arts

Annual support from alumni and friends advances educational and  programming excellence and ensures cultural activities and facilities are accessible to students, our University community, Charlottesville, and beyond. Administered by the Vice Provost for the Arts, funds are awarded across schools and units to support high-quality projects and initiatives in the arts. To make a gift to the Arts & Arts Grounds Fund click here

The Virginia Belles, the oldest all-female a cappella group at UVA, perform at The Fralin Museum of Art during October’s Final Friday, a monthly showcase of the Arts at UVA highlighting exhibits, performances, and lectures on the Betsy and John Casteen Arts Grounds and across the University.
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Yinimala Gumana and Wukun Wanambi, Yolngu artists from Yirrkala, Northern Territory, Australia, perform traditional Yolngu songs during a special event at Kluge-Ruhe in September 2017.
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Enriching the Arts through Advocacy & Participation

Members of the UVA Arts Council provide advice and support for the arts at the University of Virginia. Arts Council members meet on Grounds twice annually with the Vice Provost for the Arts, arts faculty, and students to strengthen collaboration within the University arts community and encourage participation in the collective programs offered. Membership is secured through a nominations process for interested individuals who make a gift of $2,500 or more to the Arts Council. The Arts Council sponsors an annual grants program which provides awards up to $10,000 to arts projects across Grounds. For information on membership, contact Christine Hollins, Director of University Arts Development, at 434-924-0917 or chollins@virginia.edu.

During their biannual meetings on Grounds, Arts Council members enjoy special, behind-the-scenes opportunities to hear from University experts about new projects in the arts and to engage with arts faculty and guest artists.

Arts Council members enjoyed a private tour of the newly-restored Rotunda and the Lawn following their fall 2017 meeting.
Arts Council member Ruth Cross talks with artist Mark Dion at the unveiling of The Virginia Curiosity Shop, a large-scale public art installation sited on UVA’s Arts Grounds that he created in collaboration with students.
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Sustaining the Future for UVA Arts

The Arts Endowment supports, expands, and promotes the highest level of excellence in the arts at the University of Virginia. Established in 2014, the Arts Endowment provides sustainable funding for high-impact arts projects that place creativity at the core of learning and teaching across the University, thereby enhancing the University’s profile as a leader in arts learning, teaching, and service. Individuals who make a gift to the Arts Endowment of $100,000 or more are invited to serve a five-year trustee term to advise the Office of the Provost on the use and strategic investment of endowment earnings. To become a part of this distinguished group of investors, please contact Christine Hollins, Director of University Arts Development, at 434-924-0917 or chollins@virginia.edu.


Joseph Erdman (College ‘56), Co-chair
J. Sanford Miller (College ‘71), Co-chair
John H. Birdsall (College ‘66) and Mary Scott B. Birdsall (Curry ‘66)
A. Cary Brown (College ‘84)
The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation
The J. Sanford Miller Family
Joanne B. Robinson
Bruce Robson and Emily Robson (College ‘88)
Mrs. Hunter J. Smith, Honorary Trustee
Gretchen Tibbits (College ‘89)

Arts Endowment grants enable the University to bring world-renowned artists to Grounds and to provide necessary funding to develop and implement major arts projects that engage students and faculty across disciplines.

Funds from the Arts Endowment supported a three-day residency with composer Claude-Michel Schönberg and lyricist Alain Boublil in February 2017, during which the artists spoke to the University and broader Charlottesville communities about their creative process, moderated by Professor Emeritus Marva Barnett.
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In addition to coaching student performers, Alain Boubil and Claude-Michel Schönberg participated in a first-year University Seminar exploring why the novel and the musical Les Misérables still resonate deeply with people today.
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Thank you for your support!

To learn more about how to make a gift to UVA Arts, visit: