The Rotunda as seen from the east colonnade

Explore UVA’s Fralin Museum of Art





Join Lifetime Learning as it hosts Matthew McLendon, the J. Sanford Miller Family Director of The Fralin Museum of Art, for an overview of the museum’s history and collection in ten objects. McLendon will share the core mission of The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia to encourage the spirit of curiosity and promote diversity of thought through the study, care, and celebration of art. By actively serving the students and faculty of the University of Virginia, The Fralin Museum of Art has become a significant hub for cross-disciplinary inquiry and groundbreaking scholarship across Grounds.

The Fralin Museum maintains a comprehensive collection of more than 13,000 works of art, including American and European paintings, works on paper, photography, and sculpture from the 15th through the 21st centuries; art from the ancient Mediterranean; Asian art; and Native and ancient American art. This growing collection allows The Fralin to engage in broad cultural conversations based on meaningful object-based learning and ideas.


Matthew McLendon

J. Sanford Miller Family Director, The Fralin Museum of Art

Matthew McLendon, PhD, is an art historian and curator of modern and contemporary art. An energetic and influential leader, McLendon is widely recognized for his cross-disciplinary curatorial practice, an emphasis on community engagement and education, and activating marginalized voices in the museum setting.

Since coming to The Fralin in 2017, McLendon has focused on activating the museum within the University community and beyond. Under his leadership, a broad communications strategy has been implemented, earning extensive coverage in national and regional publications. Museum visitorship increased a staggering 26% in 2018 along with the launch of several new public programs. Among these programs are Greenbrier Global Artists, an afterschool program serving the children of refugees and asylum seekers as well as a partnership with the Violet Crown Cinema Group for “The Fralin Downtown,” a series of monthly films and documentaries addressing both the visual and performing arts. Now entering its second year, “The Fralin Downtown” continues its run of sold-out screenings, bringing Museum programming into the community.

McLendon earned his MA and PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art of the University of London. He earned dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in music and art history at Florida State University, with magna cum laude honors. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Association of Art Museum Directors, American Alliance of Museums, and the College Art Association.