The University Of Virginia

The University of Virginia pulled through the 1970s with a newly won reputation—in the words of a national educational journal, "a first-rate institution according to all the traditional barometers of academic excellence." New buildings, new programs, and new advances in the arts and sciences, technology, engineering and architecture, athletics, and the library system helped the University of Virginia move from a school with regional stature into a full-scale university gaining national and international recognition.

With the nation's 1976 bicentennial in view, many argued that the Rotunda should be returned to Jefferson's original design. Students and alumni raised money for the cause. Renovated as closely as possible according to plans from the 1800s, a three-story Rotunda opened on the founder's birthday, April 13, 1976. To commemorate the anniversary of America's independence, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II strolled the University of Virginia Lawn and lunched in the Dome Room of the Rotunda, one of five American sites she visited publicly.

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VA 22903
Phone: (434) 924-6123
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Our Aims

The University of Virginia is distinctive among institutions of higher education. Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University sustains the ideal of developing, through education, leaders who are well-prepared to help shape the future of the nation. The University is public, while nourished by the strong support of its alumni. It is also selective; the students who come here have been chosen because they show the exceptional promise Jefferson envisioned.  

Location and Getting there  

Department and information about the department

Since the summer days in 1912 when the young Georgia O’Keefe came to study drawing with Alon Bement, Studio Art classes have been part of the University of Virginia’s liberal arts curriculum. Today, Studio Art at U.Va. is a rigorous undergraduate program in the College of Arts and Sciences. The department teaches artistic skills and application in the following areas: drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, new media, film, installation and performance art. Courses acquaint the student with the concerns and issues of visual art through practical studio experience.  

Academic Staff and Description

UVa’s Studio Art faculty members are nationally and internationally recognized artists who combine a dedication to teaching with an active life in the making of art. They are first and foremost professional artists, maintaining studios in the community and exhibiting nationally and internationally. Among the awards and honors garnered by faculty are Guggenheim Fellowships, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, The Rome Prize, inclusion in multiple Sundance Film Festivals, Virginia Commission of the Arts Awards, and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowships. Works by the faculty are in many prestigious museum collections, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Art Museum, the Hirschhorn Museum, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Yale University Art Museum.  

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Information For  Undergraduates

The art department’s studio major is designed to accommodate students with various interests and abilities. It serves students who expect to become professional artists as well as welcoming those who plan to pursue careers in fields requiring creative, spatial and design abilities. Many Studio Art majors also go on to pursue graduate studies at leading institutions around the country.

In addition to taking courses across the spectrum of studio art, students are also encouraged to take courses in Art History so that they may acquire knowledge of the wide range of artistic expression and interpretation found in different cultural periods. Students who wish to do intensive work in a single area may work in project courses that provide both flexibility and faculty feedback.  

Information For  Postgraduates

Joining the faculties and resources of two strong departments, the Graduate Program in the History of Art and Architecture replaces the Ph.D. programs in Art History and Architectural History at the University of Virginia. Over 23 faculty teach in diverse fields with particularly strong concentrations in Ancient, Renaissance, Modern, American, and Asian art and architecture. Our large faculty enables us to offer both a wide range of graduate courses and a faculty/student ratio that encourages close faculty mentoring of each student in the program.

The Art History program recently received a major gift endowing the Carl H. and Martha S. Lindner Center for Art History. This Center provides significant new financial resources for the merged graduate program, notably for funding graduate student research and students’ public presentation of their work. In addition, a competitive fellowship program is available for entering students, which includes the five-year Jefferson Scholars Fellowships and the President’s Fellowships, as well as a range of other financial aid packages.  

Information For  International Students

The University of Virginia welcomes international students. Since 1826, when the first international student was enrolled, the University has encouraged citizens of other countries to live, work, and study in an institution created and nurtured by one of the architects of the American experiment in democracy, Thomas Jefferson. Approximately 5 percent of undergraduate students are internationals, coming from 90 different countries.  


Student Life

The Student Activities Center (SAC), a partnership between Student Council, Newcomb Hall, and the Office of the Dean of Students, supports more than 600 independent student organizations at the University of Virginia.

The SAC is a place where students can gather, work, relax, and socialize in a comfortable and technologically sophisticated environment.  


How To Apply  

Visit us (open days)

The best way to get to know the University of Virginia is to visit. Prospective undergraduates and their families receive a warm welcome from the admission office, from faculty, and from students. We invite you to attend an information session hosted by one of the Deans of Admission. And be sure to stay for the student-led tour--often the highlight of a visit to!  

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