University Of Richmond

The University of Richmond blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. A nationally ranked liberal arts university, Richmond offers a unique combination of undergraduate and graduate programs through its schools of arts and sciences, business, leadership studies, law and continuing studies.

A Richmond education provides an engaging blend of academic programs found at no other university in the nation. Featuring 108 majors, minors and concentrations, our programs afford students ample time for intellectual exploration prior to choosing a major. Plus, the nation’s first school of leadership studies and a top 25 undergraduate business school greatly enhance our strong liberal arts curriculum.

All learning begins with a question, a premise, a curious mind. Every two years, our students are invited to submit a challenging question and rationale for in-depth exploration by the entire campus as part of the Richmond Quest. The student who submits the winning question receives a $25,000 cash prize. The goal of t... [ Read All ]


United States

University of Richmond
VA 23173
Phone: +1 (804) 289-8272
Fax: +1 (804) 287-6006

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Our Aims

The mission of the University of Richmond is to sustain a collaborative learning and research community that supports the personal development of its members and the creation of new knowledge. A Richmond education prepares students to live lives of purpose, thoughtful inquiry, and responsible leadership in a global and pluralistic society.

Mission of the School of Arts & Sciences
Our mission is to explore the liberal arts through intellectual inquiry, shared investigation, and creativity, thereby fostering a community whose members pursue knowledge for its intrinsic value and its contributions to professions, society, and the world.


Location and Getting there

Modlin Center for the Arts
Department of Art and Art History
University of Richmond, VA 23173
Phone: (804) 289-8272 Fax: (804) 287-6006
Department Chair: Mark Rhodes


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Department and information about the department

About Art & Art History
The Department is distinctive because of the close cooperation of the studio art, art history, and University Museums programs. This cooperation allows for a rich student experience. Students can count on the faculty to work closely with them to develop their interests, may apply for internal grant support for independent research and studio projects, and have the opportunity to work as studio assistants, visual resources assistants, and museum assistants. Also, internships in local museums and other institutions offer students valuable experience outside the classroom. A significant number of our majors successfully compete for undergraduate summer research fellowships that fund independent creative, curatorial or research projects.


The School of Arts and Sciences offers a majority of the courses taken by undergraduate students at the University. Even students who major in business or leadership studies take up to two-thirds of their courses - elective as well as general education courses - in the School of Arts and Sciences. The School provides a broad range of majors and offers numerous oppo...  [ Read All ]

Academic Staff and Description

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News and Events

Faculty News:

Dr. Margaret Denton was selected to be included in the new Who's Who Among America's Teachers.

Jeremy Drummond's upcoming exhibitions include the Toronto Free Gallery (Toronto, ON, Canada - Spring 2006), Truck Gallery (Calgary, AB, Canada - Spring 2006), Anderson Gallery (Des Moines, IA, Fall 2006), Artspace (Peterborough, ON, Canada- Spring 2007), and Skol Centre Des Arts Actuels (Montreal, QC, Canada - Spring 2007).

Erling Sjovold was one of 14 artists out of 1,300 nominees to win a Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Award. The award provides free studio space in the TriBeCa area of New York City for one year. Sjovold will be able to use it during his sabbatical year, 2006-07. The award allows artists to accomplish concentrated studio work, be a part of the community of artists and make connections with other artists. The competition was juried by a panel of leading artists.

Duane Keiser was featured in an August 23, 2006, article in USA Today entitled, "Artists take paintings to masses."

Mia Reinoso Genoni will give a talk on Fiona Ross' work at the 95th Annual College Art Association Conf...  [ Read All ]

Information For  Undergraduates

In its course offerings, the Department of Art and Art History attempts to address the interests and needs of both the general student population and majors. Several 100- and 200-level studio courses, in particular, may be taken to fulfill the Visual and Performing Arts field of study (FSVP). This designation is given to classes that combine both the exploration of process in visual media and a consideration of the historical contexts in which works of art have been created.

Your Advisor
At the beginning of the spring semester of the second year, all students are asked to select a major. If you major in art or art history, then at that time you will also be assigned an advisor. In some cases, this may be the same advisor you were assigned to when you first arrived on campus.  

Information For  Postgraduates

The University of Richmond does not offer an advanced degree in art history or studio art.  

Information For  International Students

With students from more than 70 countries, visiting scholars from around the globe and a thriving study abroad program, Richmond has a dynamic international focus. More than half of undergraduates participate in one of the University's 75 study abroad programs. In fact, the Institute of International Education recently ranked Richmond fifth among baccalaureate colleges for its number of students studying abroad. We also offer an international studies major and special funding for student research abroad.  


Stay up-to-date with the latest information from your Alumni Association. Follow events, updates, personalities and plans to keep in touch with your alma mater, classmates and friends.  

Student Facilities

No matter what your interests, you'll be able to pursue them with passion at Richmond. You'll find your niche within our approximately 220 student clubs and organizations, our unique Greek system and very active athletic and intramural programs.

And you'll never run out of things to do at Richmond. Our Campus Activities Board makes sure of that through sponsorship of a wide variety of on-campus entertainment options ranging from concerts to movies to comedians.

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Student Support

Each year, Richmond gives more than $36 million in financial aid to over two-thirds of its students. This year, the average "need-based" aid package awarded to entering students was $30,640. And, 1 out of every 15 incoming students receives a full-tuition, merit scholarship.

In addition to making Richmond affordable, we also make the financial aid process as clear and as easy as possible. You will receive real guidance from real people in a timely manner.  

Student Life

The University offers more than 250 clubs and organizations covering a wide range of interests—as well as access to world-renowned performers, speakers and exhibitions—to cultivate student involvement, critical thinking, intellectual inquiry and individual expression. More than 90 percent of students choose to live on campus all four years due to the quality of housing and student programming. Visit our students’ Spider Diaries to get a first-hand look at life at Richmond.  

Student Testimonials

From science research to study abroad, Richmond students have a ton of opportunities you simply won’t find at most other small universities. But don’t just take our word for it—experience Richmond for yourself.  


Because campus life is so active, 92 percent of students choose to live on campus all four years in one of 13 residence halls, our on-campus apartments or the Global House.

How To Apply

While the deadline for applicants for first-year admission for Fall 2007 has passed, transfer students may continue to submit the Common Application. First-year applicants for the Fall of 2008 are invited to read more about our admission process on this page and hopefully to plan a visit to campus at their convenience.  

Visit us (open days)

Register Online for an information session or call (800) 700-1662 [toll-free] or (804) 289-8640 to make a reservation.  

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