Bayly Art Museum Opens 
Charlottesville Collects 
on September 16, 2000
Drawn from more than sixty private collections in the Charlottesville area, this major exhibition features approximately 170 works, representing a range of media, time periods, and cultures.  On view through November 5, Charlottesville Collects includes paintings by the American artists Milton Avery, Albert Bierstadt, and Rembrandt Peale, and by the European artists Eugene Boudin, Frank C. Cowper, and Pierre Puvis de Chavannes. Contemporary artists such as Sol LeWitt, Sally Mann, Dennis Oppenheim, Pat Stier, and Jasper Johns are also represented.  In addition, the exhibition offers rare Old Master prints by Durer, Rembrandt, and Goltzius, modern and contemporary prints, photographs, sculpture, glass and ceramics, and fine examples of Asian and African art.   An exhibition brochure accompanies the show.

ãWe think our visitors will be both surprised and delighted to see the wonderful works in Charlottesville Collects,ä says Jill Hartz, director of the Bayly Art Museum. ãWe are thrilled to share these works with the public, and are so grateful to the many lenders for their generosity as well as their collecting acumen.ä

The works will be presented throughout the Bayly Art Museum on both exhibition floors. The Entrance Gallery in the foyer will pay tribute to the Virginia Film Festivalâs Year 2000 theme, ãAnimal Attractions,ä and will include photographs by William Wegman, a Festival and Museum guest. This yearâs Gladys S. Blizzard Lecturer, Mr. Wegman will speak about his work on Sunday, October 29, at 2:00 p.m. in Campbell Hall at the University. 

Charlottesville Collects is sponsored by the Bayly Art Museum Volunteer Board. The following local businesses also provided financial and in-kind support for the exhibition: Alana's, Albemarle Magazine, Animal Hospital of Ivy Square, Blue Bird Cafe, BRIX Marketplace, C & O Restaurant, Clifton Inn, Custom Express, DeLoach Antiques, Eastern Standard, Everyday Gourmet, Festive Fare, Galerie LaParliere, HotCakes, Inn at Court Square, 1817 Antique Inn, Kenny Ball Antiques, Market Street Wineshop, Mono Loco, Rapture, Sotheby's Inc., SNL Securities, and the Tea Room Cafe at Starr Hill.

The curatorial committee composed of Volunteer Board members, the Museum director and curators, and area collectors visited numerous private homes over the past year to select the pieces.  Early on, it was determined that a separate exhibition of folk art would be organized at a later date.  It was also decided that for space onsiderations, decorative arts would not be featured at this time. 

On Thursday, September 21, at 5:30 p.m., the Museum will host a panel on ãCollecting and Connoisseurship.ä The panel is open to the public.

The Bayly Art Museum is open without charge Tuesday-Sunday, 1-5 pm.  The Museum is located on Rugby Road, a short distance from the Rotunda. Limited parking is available behind the Museum and in the parking lots on Emmet Street and on the Corner.

August 29, 2000
Contact: Jill Hartz, Director
804/924-3592 Fax: 804/924-6321