1619 / 2019

October 28, 2019
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Muscarelle Museum of Art (Sheridan & Spigel Galleries) | November 6, 2019 – January 12, 2020

This exhibition marks the 400 year-anniversary of the arrival of the first documented African slaves in Colonial Virginia that, while part of the greater narrative of slavery in the Americas, helped to set into motion the ongoing repercussions of this historical event.  As a contemporary response to the 1619 commemoration in Virginia, 1619 / 2019  will feature art works from African American and Native American emergent and established artists in a variety of media expressing a complexity of experience, addressing the past and present.

Press Release is available here.

Upcoming Members’ Trips

August 30, 2019
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Thank you to all our Members who traveled with us to the National Gallery of Art for Verrocchio: Sculptor and Painter of Renaissance Florence.  Online registration is now available for our November trip to Glenstone HERE.

Glenstone | Thursday, November 14, 2019

Travel with the Muscarelle Museum of Art’s Interim Director, David Brashear, to Glenstone, a private contemporary art museum opened by Emily and Mitchell Rales in 2006. Discover an oasis outside of Washington, D.C., that offers an environment of architecture, art and designed landscapes. Engage in a self-guided tour of Glenstone’s collection of modern and contemporary fine art, with the help of guides who are available to provide answers at every turn. Experience the vast grounds and architectural pavilions, which house outdoor sculpture, a water court and Glenstone’s Environmental Center where you can learn about the museum’s sustainability efforts and how its practices of composting, reforestation, water usage and organic landscaping can be adapted to your own home.

Sign up today to see this extraordinary collection with the Muscarelle Museum of Art on November 14th!  Online registration now available HERE.




February 11, 2019
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VIRTUAL MUSCARELLE is proud to present Building on the Legacy: African American Art from the Permanent Collection comprised of paintings, drawings, and sculptures by renowned artists.

Created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first African American students in residence at William & MaryBuilding on the Legacy: African American Art from the Permanent Collection was part of a yearlong program of special events during the 2017-2018 academic year, which spoke to themes of parity and desegregation. The original exhibition, held at the Muscarelle Museum of Art (September 2, 2017 – January 14, 2018), featured works that encompassed a variety of media, styles, and eras, exemplifying the plurality of vision among these accomplished artists. Re-created and expanded for VIRTUAL MUSCARELLE as part of AMERICAN EVOLUTION™, the 2019 commemoration in the Commonwealth, Building on the Legacy embraces a panoply of approaches, ranging from the 19th-century realism of Henry Ossawa Tanner to the contemporary conceptualism of Martin Puryear.