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About The Fralin



Bruce Boucher

Bruce Boucher, an architectural historian and museum curator who has divided his career between education, scholarship and museum administration, became the director of the University of Virginia Art Museum on March 1, 2009. He was formerly the curator of European sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago, a position he held since 2002.

Boucher's career as an architectural historian, educator and museum curator spans more than 35 years. During his years at the Art Institute, he oversaw a staff of 10 and raised funds for acquisitions and exhibits. In addition, Boucher is an expert on the 16th-century Italian architect Andrea Palladio, whose work has had profound influence on the architecture of the Western world. Thomas Jefferson studied Palladio's work in preparation for his design of U.Va.'s Academical Village.

Boucher is the author of numerous books, among them "Andrea Palladio: The Architect in His Time," and he lectures widely on Palladio as well as Italian artists such as Donatello, Tintoretto and others, with a focus on the artists working in the Renaissance and Baroque periods. He was chief curator of the exhibition, "Earth and Fire: Italian Terracotta Sculpture from Donatello to Canova," which was shown at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and Victoria and Albert Museum in London in 2001-2002. He also co-authored the exhibition catalog.

Bruce Boucher

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Prior to joining the Art Institute, Boucher taught art history at University College London for 24 years. He also spent two years as visiting member of the Research Department of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, between 2000-2002. During his tenure at the Art Institute, Boucher taught at the University of Chicago, and he lectures regularly at institutions around the country and abroad.

This year he lectured in Vicenza, Italy, at a symposium marking the 500th anniversary of Palladio's birth. He has also spoken on Palladio's villas at New York's Institute of Classical Architecture and most recently at a symposium on Palladio at Notre Dame University.

Boucher earned his B.A., magna cum laude in Classics and English from Harvard University and a B.A., M.A., in English Language and Literature at Magdalen College, Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. Before entering Oxford, he traveled to Italy and fell in love with the art and architecture. This event led him to change his course of research. After Oxford he went on to earn a M.A. with distinction at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, and then a Ph.D. there with a thesis on the Venetian sculpture of the architect Jacopo Sansovino.

Boucher serves on numerous professional organizations and advisory committees. He has received various honors, including a fellowship at the prestigious Harvard Center for Renaissance Studies at the Villa I Tatti, the Alexander von Humbolt Fellowship, and the Salimbeni Prize for his monograph, "The Sculpture of Jacopo Sansovino." He also was a guest scholar at the J. Paul Getty Museum and served as guest curator on the research department of the Victoria and Albert Museum from 2000 to 2002.

Jennifer Farrell
Curator of Exhibitions

Jennifer Farrell, whose scholarly research, writing, foundation and curatorial work focuses on modern and contemporary art, joined the University of Virginia Art Museum staff Aug. 15, 2011 as curator of exhibitions. She will be in charge of developing in-house exhibitions, working with outside curators to formulate future projects and advising on museum purchases, among other duties.

Farrell brings a depth of experience working with museums, galleries and foundations to further their exhibition, publication and outreach efforts.

Since 2010, she was director of The Nancy Graves Foundation in New York, an organization focused on giving grants to artists and to preserving and exhibiting the work of artist Nancy Graves. Prior to that, she was at the Yale University Art Gallery for three years, first as the Florence B. Selden Senior Curatorial Fellow and then assistant curator in the Department of Prints, Drawings and Photography.

“The museum is pleased to welcome Jennifer Farrell as our new curator of exhibition,” museum director Bruce Boucher said. “She comes to us with a distinguished record of scholarship and curatorial experience at the City University of New York, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Yale University Art Gallery.”

Farrell has lectured and written extensively about modern and contemporary art for numerous institutions, including Christie's, the Museum of Modern Art and the Morgan Library and Museum, and she was an adjunct instructor at Yale University, the American University in Paris, School of the Visual Arts in New York City, New York University, and other institutions.

“I am thrilled to join the U.Va. community and look forward to working with my colleagues at the museum and in the art departments and other units to create exhibitions and programs that resonate with the research interests of the university,” Farrell said.

In addition to exhibition and curatorial projects for such organizations as White Box gallery in New York, Farrell co-curated a Whitney Museum of American Art exhibit, Empire/State: Artists Engaging Globalization.

Farrell has authored and edited more than 13 articles and essays.

She developed, organized and contributed to a forthcoming book, Get There and Decide Promptly: The Richard Brown Baker Collection of Postwar Art, which received a National Endowment for the Arts Award. The book is a comprehensive and contextual history of works in the Baker Collection and Baker's collection strategies. During his life, Baker, who died in 2002, collected the works of contemporary artists like Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, Hans Hofmann, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Morris, Richard Tuttle, Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Robert Bechtle, Agnes Martin, Dorothea Rockburne and Christopher Wool.

“Her edition of the collection of Richard Brown Baker will be published in the next months and will underscore her credentials in the study of contemporary art of the past 50 years,” Boucher said. “We look forward to a long and fruitful collaboration with her.”

Farrell earned her bachelor's in art history at Smith College and her Ph.D. in art history and a certificate in film studies from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She also studied Gothic and Renaissance art and 20th-century European political history at the L'Institut d'Art et Archéologie (L'Université de Paris IV) and L'Institut des Études Politiques.

M. Jordan Love
Academic Curator

The Fralin has appointed art historian Melissa Jordan Love as the Museum's first full-time academic curator following a national search. She joined the museum staff August 2012.

The position, funded by a three-year, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant, strengthens the museum's curatorial and academic programming mission as a teaching institution. Love will develop educational programming around the Museum's exhibitions that will both enhance the learning of students at the University and the public's understanding of art.

She will also play an essential role in developing initiatives that integrate the museum with innovation in the humanities across the University, one of the goals of the grant. Love has a joint appointment in the College of Arts & Sciences' McIntire Department of Art, where she will teach from time to time, and will participate in the new Institute of the Humanities & Global Cultures.

"We are delighted to welcome Jordan Love to our staff," director Bruce Boucher said. "She brings a wealth of museum and academic

M. Jordan Love

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experience, tailor-made for the demanding role of an academic curator."

Her academic and museum experience will enable the museum to offer museum-based courses and continue to offer the museum as a laboratory for learning across disciplines, using its collection of more than 13,000 objects to create and analyze new knowledge, Boucher added.

Love earned a Ph.D. in art history in May 2012 from Columbia University, where she focused on medieval art and architecture and the development of towns in southwest France during a time of large-scale town planning. She earned a bachelor's degree in art history and economics at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass.

She honed her passion for museum education experience at the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, Mass., where she was a curator, and The Sterling and Francine Clark Art in Williamstown, Mass., where she said the opportunity to be involved in education, marketing and press efforts expanded her role and interaction with the collections and exhibits and her goal of making art accessible.

"Most museum experience is curatorial," Love said. "Working at smaller museums, you wear many hats. I like working directly with art and getting people interested in art. At U.Va., I have an opportunity to get back into the museum and academic world, too."

As academic curator, Love's responsibilities will include:

  • Teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in the McIntire Department of Art and the College's new Institute of the Humanities & Global Cultures in conjunction with exhibitions and leading seminars that produce new knowledge about objects in the museum's collection;
  • Working directly with members of the University faculty to include the museum's temporary exhibitions and permanent collections in their classroom activities;
  • Organizing exhibitions for the museum with direct connection to and in collaboration with research interests of faculty and students in diverse departments;
  • Managing a new, for-credit student internship initiative in partnership with the Global Development Studies Program and the University's Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, in which students will work at either the museum or the Kluge-Ruhe Collection;
  • Coordinating faculty- and student-curated exhibitions and research projects; and
  • Overseeing the museum's education department and its various outreach programs

Love will build on work spearheaded by Matthew Affron, professor of art history in the College and curator of modern art, who served as part-time academic curator beginning in 2009. He fostered expansion of academic programming and increased threefold the number of students using the museum as a classroom. The number of departments using the museum to enrich their curriculum has risen to 17 and includes drama, religious studies, French, English and anthropology as well as art history, studio art, architecture, education and medicine. Last year 20 percent of the College's departments had a museum component in their curriculum and more than 1,200 of U.Va.'s undergraduates, or 8.4 percent, used the museum for some of their academic work.

Elizabeth Wright
Director of Development

Elizabeth joined The Fralin Museum of Art in May of 2013. In this capacity, Elizabeth serves as the chief development officer for the Museum. She is focused upon raising major gifts for The Fralin’s planned expansion wing, as well as increasing endowed support for faculty and exhibitions and raising current operating support for the Museum’s membership and educational outreach efforts.

Elizabeth’s career in higher education fundraising has spanned more than fifteen years. She has served as Assistant Director of Development at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering, where she recruited engineering campaign committee members for the University’s $1 billion capital campaign. She also worked at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio and Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Elizabeth joins The Fralin from William & Mary Law School, where she served as Director of Annual Giving for nearly seven years.

A trained classical singer, Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and music from Denison University and earned a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from Indiana University in Bloomington. Although she is experienced in raising major gifts at the University level, Elizabeth’s passion lies with the arts and she looks forward to advocating for expanded funding for the Museum’s continued growth.

Adjunct Curators

Benjamin Ray
Professor of Religious Studies and Adjunct Curator of African Art

Benjamin Ray earned a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Chicago. For the past thirty years, his teaching and research has focused on the indigenous religions of Sub-Saharan Africa as well as African forms of Christianity. He teaches courses on African Art and Religion, Yoruba Religion, and Death and the Afterlife. His publications include African Regions: Symbol, Ritual and Community, Prentice-Hall, Inc., 2000, and Myth, Ritual and Kingship in Buganda, from Oxford University Press.

William Wylie
Professor of Art and Adjunct Curator of Photography

William Wylie received his Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan. He has published four books of his photographs, Riverwalk (University Press of Colorado, 2000), Stillwater (Nazraeli Press, 2002), Carrara (Center for American Places, 2009), and Route 36 (Flood Editions, 2010) all concerned with landscape and place. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in photography in 2005 and a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship in 2011. His photographs and films have been shown both nationally and internationally and can be found in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Yale University Art Museum, among others.