Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

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Art museum; Richmond, Va.

From the description of Virginia Museum of Fine Arts records, 1919-1981. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 86132799

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the nation's first state-supported art museum, opened to the public in 1936, "to promote education in the realm of art throughout the commonwealth," (Section 9-78, Code of Virginia). Partnership between private donors and state legislators, however established a pattern begun in 1919 when John Barton Payne, jurist, and discriminating art collector, gave his collection of fifty paintings to the commonwealth, and in 1932 donated $100,000 for museum construction. Governor John Garland Pollard led a campaign to raise additional private funds, and promoted the use of state revenue for operating expenses. Additional monies from the Federal Works Project Administration completed the funding, and in 1934 the General Assembly designated the site for the building on the grounds of the Robert E. Lee soldiers' home at Boulevard and Grove avenues, named it the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and vested control and management in a Board of Trustees. A special fund composed of revenue received for operating expenses was set up for maintenance of the Museum. Works of art are acquired only through private donation and income from endowments.

In 1954, using state appropriations and private philanthropy, a north wing was added to increase gallery space and house a 530-seat theatre with a professionally equipped stage. The 1970 south wing, financed solely by the state, restored the originally-conceived Georgian style rectangle. This wing increased gallery space and expanded operational facilities. The later north wing, also funded by the state, opened in 1976, adding three more galleries, a sculpture garden with a cascading fountain, 375-seat auditorium, lecture hall, relocated members' suite, and a public cafeteria. In 1985, the west wing, financed by combined grants of $12 million from Paul Mellon and Sydney and Frances Lewis, and matched by $10 million appropriated by the commonwealth, opened. It houses the Mellon collection of British sporting art, French impressionist and post-impressionist art, the Lewis collection of contemporary art, art nouveau, art deco, furniture, glass, and other decorative arts. Since 1953, Artmobiles financed by private donors, businesses and foundations, have provided statewide opportunities for education in the arts.

From the beginning, the Board of Trustees was given full power and authority to manage, control, maintain, and operate the Museum. The Board numbers from 25 to 35 members appointed by the Governor. Ex-officio members are the Governor, Lieutenant-Governor, speaker of the House of Delegates, and the Mayor of Richmond. Terms of office are limited to five years, with no person eligible to serve consecutively more than two terms. The Board determines policy, and selects a Director to carry out Museum operations. Directors and their dates of service: Thomas C. Colt, Jr., 1935-1948; Leslie Cheek, Jr., 1948-1968; James M. Brown, 1969-1976; Dr. R. Peter Mooz, 1976-1981; Paul N. Perrot, 1984-1991; and Katharine C. Lee, 1991- . Under the Director, are the Deputy Director for Planning and Operations,who deals with admnistration and finance, and the Deputy Director of Programs and Planning, who focuses on the arts. There are four sections; education and outreach, planning and operations, curatorial services, and art support services. Through a network of affiliates, the museum shares art and art-related resources throughout the commonwealth for educational and cultural purposes. A large art reference library is available to the general public, as is a gift shop/bookstore.

Major activities include acquisition and display of art objects from all the world's major cultures, development of art instruction programs, including an apprenticeship training program for college art departments, resident craftsmen program, and fellowship program at the undergraduate,graduateand professional levels, loan exhibitions, mobile art exhibitions, and a year-round schedule of concerts, lectures, tours, films, dance, and theatre, from classical to avant-garde.

Collection highlights not previously mentioned include the Faberge jeweled objects, Gobelin tapestries, and the arts of India, Nepal and Tibet. Publications include "Arts in Virginia" (1-3 issues per year) and "Virginia Museum Bulletin" (6 issues per year), as well as catalogs of special collections and exhibitions.

The relationship between the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Commission of the Arts and Humanities, which evaluates art objects for state acquisition, has always been strictly defined. The Commission has no jurisdiction over the Museum except that the Museum may not exhibit works of art previously rejected or disapproved by the Commission.

From the description of Agency history. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 145406763

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referencedIn Postcards of Richmond, Va, 1924-1978, n.d. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Charlottesville-Albemarle Association for the Fine Arts. Papers of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Association for the Fine Arts, 1988-1977. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Rothbort, Samuel, 1882-1971. Papers, 1915-1966. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
referencedIn Toole family. Papers, 1860-1979. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Campbell, Edmund S. (Edmund Schureman), 1884-1950. Edmund Schureman Campbell papers. [manuscript] 1884-1950. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Virginia. Museum of Fine Arts. Agency history. Library of Virginia
creatorOf Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Papers relating to the Charlottesville-Albemarle Chapter of Virginia Museum of Fine Arts [manuscript], 1967-1968. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn American Federation of Arts records, 1895-1993 (bulk 1909-1969) Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn American Federation of Arts. American Federation of Arts records, 1895-1993 (bulk 1909-1969). Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn This Century Art Gallery Records, 1959-2001 Special Collections Research Center
creatorOf Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts records, 1919-1981. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Jo Mielziner papers, 1903-1976 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Cram & Ferguson. Architectural drawings, blueprints, and maps [manuscript] 1911-1948. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Agency history files, 1935-1960. Library of Virginia
referencedIn Brownell, Charles E. Making of Virginia Architecture collection, 1988-1994 Virginia Commonwealth University, VCU Libraries
referencedIn Richmond, Va, postcards [graphic], 1924-1978, n.d. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Toole family. Toole family papers [manuscript], 1860-1979. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Letter, 1946, to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Virginia. Museum of Fine Arts. Agency history. Library of Virginia
referencedIn Aldrich, Larry,. Oral history interview with Larry Aldrich, 1972 Apr. 25-June 10 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Helms, James Strother, 1926-1959,. Papers concerning the College Drama Festival of Virginia [manuscript], 1959-1960. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Virginia. Treasurer's Office. Virginia Art Museum Fund check book, July 11, 1933-July 2, 1937. Library of Virginia
referencedIn DuPont Family. Papers, 1767-1982. Washington & Lee University, James G. Leyburn Library
referencedIn Papers, 1907-1979 Harvard Art Museum Archives, Harvard University
referencedIn Gore Vidal papers, 1875-2004 (inclusive), 1936-2000 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Curatorial Office Records of the American Paintings Catalogue, 1985-1999 (bulk 1985-1990) Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, The Clark
referencedIn Pratt, John Lee, 1879-1975. John Lee Pratt papers, 1919-1975. Kettering University
creatorOf Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Institutional file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
creatorOf Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1920-1943. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Pollard, Violet McDougall, 1889-1977. Papers, 1907-1976 1933-1968. William & Mary Libraries
referencedIn Virginia. Treasurer's Office. Treasurer's vouchers, special funds, 1931-1951. Library of Virginia
referencedIn George Grosz papers, 1893-1981 (inclusive) 1919-1959 (bulk). Houghton Library.
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associatedWith Aldrich, Larry, person
associatedWith American Federation of Arts. corporateBody
associatedWith Brownell, Charles E. person
associatedWith Brown, James., b. 1917. person
associatedWith Campbell, Edmund S. (Edmund Schureman), 1884-1950. person
associatedWith Charlottesville-Albemarle Association for the Fine Arts. corporateBody
associatedWith Cheek, Leslie, b. 1908. person
associatedWith Colt, Thomas, 1905-1985. person
associatedWith DuPont Family. family
associatedWith Fabergé, Peter Carl, 1846-1920. person
correspondedWith Grosz, George, 1893-1959 person
associatedWith Lewis, Frances person
associatedWith Lewis, Sydney person
associatedWith Mellon, Paul person
associatedWith Mielziner, Jo, 1901-1976 person
associatedWith Mooz, Peter R., b. 1940. person
associatedWith Payne, John Barton, 1855-1935 person
associatedWith Perrot, Paul N. person
associatedWith Pollard, Violet McDougall, 1889-1977. person
correspondedWith Pope, Arthur, 1880-1974 person
employerOf Pope, John Alexander, 1906-1982 person
associatedWith Pratt, John Lee, 1879-1975. person
associatedWith Pratt, Lilliam Thomas person
associatedWith Rothbort, Samuel, 1882-1971. person
associatedWith Sherman, Roger person
associatedWith Shiflett, Glenna Graves person
associatedWith Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. corporateBody
associatedWith This Century Art Gallery corporateBody
associatedWith Toole family. family
associatedWith Toole family. family
correspondedWith Vidal, Gore, 1925- person
associatedWith Virginia. Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond, Va.). corporateBody
associatedWith Virginia. Treasurer's Office. corporateBody
associatedWith Williamsburg Historic Records Association (Williamsburg, Va.) corporateBody
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