The Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art is a forum for the visual arts and a catalyst for widely varied issues of visual expression, art research, and scholarship within the University and throughout the greater Richmond community and region. To further this mission, the museum regularly presents exhibitions, lectures, gallery talks, workshops, concerts, symposia, and other programs. The museum currently utilizes its 4,000 square feet of public galleries to feature approximately 12 rotating exhibitions each year. Formerly known as the Marsh Art Gallery, the museum moved into new spaces at the George M. Modlin Center for the Arts in 1996, and acquired the I. Webb Surratt Jr. Print Collection, which began the museum's active acquisition of works for the permanent collection. In 2005, the Marsh Art Gallery was renamed the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art in honor of their long-time support of the visual arts on campus.
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