The Carl H. and Martha S. Lindner Center for Art History
One of the most exciting developments in recent years is the gift of Carl and Martha Lindner establishing an endowment for the Carl H. and Martha S. Lindner Center for Art History. This Center funds a wide range of activities that enhance the teaching of Art and Architectural History and supports the research programs of both faculty and students. Among other things, the Lindner Center provides funding for graduate students’ travel to conferences and research sites, as well as support for language instruction. It also supports travel to museums and galleries for graduate seminars. Center support assists students and faculty with the costs associated with publication of research, and it also provides graduate research assistant funding for faculty projects. The annual graduate student symposium benefits from Lindner Center support as well.
The Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library collections support faculty, graduate, and undergraduate research in the areas of studio art, art history, classical and medieval archaeology, architecture, architectural history, landscape architecture, planning, and drama. The library contains approximately 187,000 volumes, 490 serial subscriptions, and more than 27,000 microforms. The image collection numbers about 250,000, ca. 1,000 photographs, and a rapidly growing digital image collection. The library also has many fine and rare editions in its Restricted Access Collection. The library uses an open-stacks system, and the reserves collection is also open for use within the library. Study space in the Fiske Kimball Library is available in the form of carrels and tables in designated areas.
The Fine Arts Library has a strong instructional program that focuses on research techniques and resources. Instruction includes credit classes taught in conjunction with specific art history courses, subject-specific classes, and tutorials. The library is shared with the School of Architecture and the Department of Drama, and consequently there are opportunities for contact with students and teachers in neighboring disciplines.
Alderman Library is the University’s main library and serves students and faculty in the humanities and social sciences at U.Va. Its extensive collections offer excellent resources in fields directly relevant to art history, such as history, literature, religion, social sciences and anthropology.
The Department of Art’s Visual Resources Collection houses 250,000, slides, and is rapidly developing a corpus of digital images, which are increasingly used in teaching in this Program. Many graduate students work in the VRC where they have the opportunity to develop skills working with digitized images and developing web sites for courses.
The Archaeology lab is home to two major archaeological projects, the Morgantina excavations in Sicily (Prof. M. Bell) and the Pompeii Forum project (Prof. J. Dobbins). It features a PC workstation, a scanner and a printer, and also serves as a meeting space for the Art History archaeologists.
The University of Virginia Art Museum contains a growing collection of American, European and Asian paintings, prints, and sculpture. Faculty are actively involved in acquiring objects for the Museum, and the Museum’s collections serve as the focus of some graduate courses.
The Art Museum and the McIntire Department of Art jointly sponsor an annual Research Internship in the Museum. Advanced students in American Art can also apply for an internship at Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson.
The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library houses the University’s collections of rare books and manuscripts, including the Waller Barrett Library of American Literature, the Gordon Collection of French literature, and the McGregor Library of American History.
Charlottesville sits in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It offers a quality of life that has been recognized in national publications including Money Magazine (No. 1 best small city in the South), Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine (Healthiest Place to Live), and Frommer’s Cities Ranked and Rated (No. 1 among American cities). Situated in the mountains and near the Shenandoah National Park, it is an excellent location for those who enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, backpacking, fishing, mountain biking, skiing, golf, tennis, and white water rafting.
Charlottesville is a sophisticated community that is strengthened by the University and University-related activities. For those interested in music there is the Chamber Music Series, the Charlottesville and University Symphony, and during the summers Fridays After 5 on the Downtown Mall. Theater has a major place in the community. In addition to the productions of the Department of Drama, events include the Virginia Film Festival, the Heritage Repertory Theatre, and the summer Opera Festival at Ash Lawn.
Charlottesville is by no means isolated from major centers of the arts. Just two hours away, Washington, D.C., houses the superb collections of the National Gallery of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum, the Phillips Collection, the Freer and Sackler Galleries, the Corcoran Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, as well as the museum and library at Dumbarton Oaks. Baltimore is three hours away and offers the Baltimore Museum and the Walters Art Gallery. Just one hour away in Richmond is the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, one of the few state-sponsored art museums in this country, which possesses an excellent collection with particular strengths in ancient, medieval, Renaissance, American, and modern French art.
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