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Director's Welcome

I hope that you have visited the Betsy and John Casteen Arts Grounds to view Patrick Dougherty’s site-specific installation On the Fly.

This remarkable work was constructed of saplings over a three-week period in October. Patrick Dougherty, his assistant, Professor Bill Bennett’s Stickworks studio art class, and nearly two hundred resolute volunteers all joined forces to create this inaugural sculpture for the Arts Grounds. We are pleased to add On the Fly to our ever-growing public sculpture program.

Our spring season launches on January 17 with two new exhibitions of great merit. The Jordan D. Schnitzer Family Foundation has generously lent us a number of outstanding prints that comprise Jasper Johns: Early Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation. Luzak-Lindner Fellow John Hawley will present an exhibition of 17th century portrait drawings and tronies (head studies) from the Maida and George Abrams Collection, arguably the finest collection of Dutch drawings in private hands.

Our Émilie Charmy retrospective will remain in the J. Sanford Miller Family Gallery until February 2 and Joseph Cornell and Surrealism, also curated by Matthew Affron, will open in its place on March 7. This major exhibition will feature works from our permanent collection as well as important domestic and international loans and will examine Joseph Cornell’s relationship with surrealism and the world of expatriate European artists from the 1930s and ’40s. International in scope, it represents an exciting collaboration between The Fralin and the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon.

I also must share the exciting news that our Board has viewed plans for the Museum’s new wing—thoughtfully conceptualized by architects Frederick Fisher and Partners—and the response was highly positive. We are energized by the many ways in which this new, expanded space could serve to create a museum that is even more worthy of the University of Virginia and the City of Charlottesville.

As always, on behalf of my colleagues at The Fralin, I sincerely thank you for your generosity to the Museum. I trust you will enjoy spending time in the Museum and look forward to seeing you in the galleries soon.

— Bruce Boucher, Director

Dougherty's On The Fly

On the Fly, Patrick Dougherty's Stickwork, during the opening reception. Photo by Stacey Evans.