January 16, 2024


The Muscarelle Museum of Art is proud to present an exhibition of student photography submitted as part of a competition held in the fall semester of 2023. Juried by Cuban artist and photographer Adrián Fernández, this exhibition will feature photographic works by currently enrolled students at William & Mary from diverse disciplines.  “In today’s globalized society, photography is one of the most immediate forms of artistic expression. As our world becomes smaller, more interconnected, diverse, fast-paced and chaotic, photography continues to be the medium of choice that reflects this complex reality and provides us with an accessible means of expression […]
January 16, 2024


We are pleased to partner once again with Professor of Art Elizabeth Mead and Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences Jennifer Stevens on the exhibition Nascent Themes From a Conversation of Fragments: Recent Collages by Clive Knights. Curated by Elizabeth Mead, the exhibition will serve as the laboratory portion for the class Neuroaesthetics: The Artist and the Mind taught by Mead and Stevens. The course and exhibition will examine the roles of creativity and cognition through the collage work of English artist and architect Clive Knights. Twenty-five works by Knights will be on view from Feburary 9 through May 18 at […]
November 8, 2023


The Art History Fall 2023 Curatorial Project presents “Face to Face: Across Spaces and Places” on view November 3 – 28, 2023 in Andrews Gallery. This exhibition examines representations of people, either as portraits or imagined images created by artists of their subjects. It includes self-portraits, identified portraits and unidentified studies of individuals, as well as images that are constructed and staged. It asks viewers to consider certain questions about the faces they see, such as: Who gets to construct images of themselves? Whose faces are you seeing and why? Whose faces are missing and why? Within the exhibition are […]
August 17, 2023


As we celebrate 40 years since our founding in 1983, explore the story of art at the Muscarelle and William & Mary. From the origins of the collection nearly 300 years ago, through the establishment of the Museum in the 1980s, to our exciting next chapter as we prepare to re-open the Muscarelle in the Martha Wren Briggs Center for the Visual Arts, this exhibition spans our past, present and future. Learn more about our most significant works of art and the people whose vision, perseverance and generosity established and sustained a home for art at William & Mary. The […]
November 9, 2022

CARVING DEEP: J.J. Lankes’ American Story

The Art History Fall ’22 Curatorial Project presents “Carving Deep: J J Lankes’ American Story” on view November 14 – December 5 in Andrews Gallery. This exhibition has been curated by students in The Curatorial Project, under the direction of Professor Cristina Stancioiu. Participating students include: Madeline Dort, Olivia Gebreamlak, Daniel Kalish, Sandy Kelso, Isabella Kershner, Sophia Kim, Jessica Lightfoot, Lorelei Peterson, Faith Ronquest, Isabel Schreur, Lynn Trott, Sophie Vandevander, Anna Wershbale, Heidi Zmick. Artist and author Julius John Lankes (American, 1884 -1960) produced his first woodcut print in 1917, carving and printing more than 1,300 designs over the course […]
June 16, 2022


Recent works of William & Mary’s studio art faculty, including visiting instructors and emeriti professors, will be featured in the exhibition Faculty Show 15 on view from September 30 through December 11, 2022.  This exhibition will highlight the diverse talents of the William & Mary studio instructors in a variety of media including ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, and sculpture.
January 11, 2022
LEONARD BASKIN | American, 1922 - 2000 | Leonard Baskin at 51, 1973 | Woodcut in black and green on Japanese rice paper | © artist or artist's estate | Gift of Christian Vinyard | 2012.137

THE HUMAN FRAME: Prints by Leonard Baskin

This exhibition demonstrates Leonard Baskin’s use of the body as a vehicle for reflection, highlighting themes of mortality and morality in the natural world. Part of a required practicum course for Art History majors, The Curatorial Project (ARTH 331), was directed by Charles Palermo, Professor of Art History. Students selected, researched, documented, and wrote didactic texts for The Human Frame from the Muscarelle’s growing collection of works by the important mid-20th century American artist Leonard Baskin. The exhibition allowed student curators the rare opportunity to work closely with museum professionals and conduct hands-on research for the collection.  Read more about […]
January 11, 2022

MUSEUM EXPANSION: The Martha Wren Briggs Center for the Visual Arts

Learn more about the upcoming Martha Wren Briggs Center for The Visual Arts, the new home for the Muscarelle Museum of Art, through our new exhibition detailing the project in the Spigel Gallery. The presentation includes images, drawings, floor plans, and a model—all designed to give visitors a detailed glimpse of our future!
December 3, 2021
EDGAR DEGAS & AUGUSTE CLOT | Before the Race, circa 1895 | Color lithograph

EDGAR DEGAS: The Private Impressionist

Works by Degas in this exhibition consisted of drawings, prints, photographs, monotypes, one sculpture, and a letter, all from a single private collection. The collection endeavored to illuminate the background and personality of Edgar Degas the man, as well as to present his genius as an artist. The subject matter of these works by Degas is often quite personal. In addition to three rare self-portraits, the collection includes depictions of close family members, his loyal housekeeper Sabine Neyt, and multiple portraits of artists Édouard Manet and Mary Cassatt. Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist highlighted the artist’s interests and individual methods […]