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The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia

The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia maintains a collection of approximately 13,000 objects in support of our mission. The Fralin exhibits American and European painting, works on paper, and sculpture of the 15th-20th centuries; art from the ancient Mediterranean; Asian art; American Indian art. Highlights of the collection of modern paintings, sculpture and works on paper include American figurative art and photography.

The new Online Collection provides access to over 1,000 images and catalogue information for browsing, study, research, and teaching. Museum curators selected these major works of art from the 13,000-object collectiont.

The Online Collection offers special features such as quick and advanced searches, Zoomable images, collection-specific and exhibition image portfolios, personalized community portfolios, and social media options for e-mail, MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter.

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The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia
Albert and Shirley Small
Special Collections Library

The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library administers over 13 million manuscripts, 3.6 million items in the University archives, and 325,000 rare books, as well as approximately 5,000 maps, over 4,000 broadsides; more than 250,000 photographs and small prints; over 8,000 reels of microfilm; and substantial holdings of audio recordings, motion picture films, and ephemera.

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Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection

The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia came into being in 1997 through a gift by American businessman, John W. Kluge. Influenced by the Dreamings exhibition in New York, Mr. Kluge began collecting Aboriginal art in 1988. Over the next decade he compiled one of the finest private collections of Australian Aboriginal art in the world.

In 1993, Kluge purchased the collection and archives of the late Professor Edward L. Ruhe of Lawrence, Kansas. Ruhe began collecting Aboriginal art while visiting Australia as a Fulbright Scholar in 1965. He built a collection of the highest quality and exhibited it widely in the United States between 1965 and 1977. Ruhe’s research on Aboriginal art resulted in the publication of several exhibition catalogues and articles. His archives comprise the core of the Kluge-Ruhe Study Center.

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Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection
The Music Library

The Music Library holds most of the University Libraries' materials related to the subject of music. The collection of over 135,000 musical scores, recordings and books supports research in the following disciplines: musicology, theory and analysis, composition, performance, jazz, musical theater, ethnic and world music, popular music and folk music.

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Reproduction, including downloading of ARS works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.