UVaM - University of Virginia Art Museum


Past Exhibitions

Tom Burckhardt
January 20 - June 3

Curated by Jennifer Farrell, Curator of Exhibitions

The Museum is pleased to host a focused exhibition of the paintings of contemporary artist Tom Burckhardt in conjunction with his U.Va. Arts Board residency. Burckhardt has worked in a variety of media, yet has consistently addressed questions about the practices and histories of painting. His paintings, made of oil on cast plastic supports, blur divisions between abstract and representational art. Often, his works evoke pareidolia, the psychological phenomenon in which people believe they randomly encounter images of objects or people, such as a face found in the clouds or a rock formation. In addition to his exhibition at UVaM, Burckhardt is working with U.Va. students to create an artistic interpretation of the Brooks Natural History Museum—located in Brooks Hall from 1877 through the 1940s—at U.Va.'s Ruffin Gallery.

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the U.Va. Arts Board, Albemarle Magazine, The Hook, and Ivy Publications LLC's Charlottesville Welcome Book.


Members' Preview Reception
Thursday, January 19
5:30-7:30 pm
In the Museum

Family Art JAM
Color, Pattern, Texture: Interpreting Burckhardt's Paintings
Saturday, January 21 & Sunday, January 22
1-3 pm & 3-5 pm
RSVP 434.243.2050

Lunchtime Talk
by Tom Burckhardt
Monday, January 23
12-1 pm
In the Museum

Mad Tom Gallery Talk
with Tom Burckhardt
Monday, January 23
5:30 pm
In the Museum

Saturday Special Tour
by Jennifer Farrell
March 24
2-3 pm
In the Museum

Bad Mustard by Tom Burckhardt

Pareidolia by Tom Burckhardt

Tom Burckhardt, American, b. 1964
Bad Mustard, 2011
Oil on cast plastic, 14 x 12 1/2 in, 35.56 x 31.75 cm
Courtesy of the Artist © Tom Burckhardt

Tom Burckhardt, American, b. 1964
Pareidolia, 2011
Oil on cast plastic, 12 1/2 x 14 in, 31.75 x 35.56 cm
Courtesy of the Artist © Tom Burckhardt