University of Richmond Museums comprises the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, the Joel and Lila Harnett Print Study Center, and the Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature. The museums are home to diverse and fascinating collections and exhibitions of art, artifacts, and natural history specimens. Admission to all museums is free and open to the public. The museums regularly present exhibitions, lectures, openings, gallery talks, workshops, concerts, symposia, and other programs. Guided tours can be arranged to accommodate school groups or special interest groups.
Tucked away in the rural countryside of southwest Virginia, only a few miles from Abingdon and interstate I-81, is the Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center. For over 50 years we have been providing once-in-a-lifetime experiences for young people of Southwest Virginia. In addition, businesses, state agencies, church groups, families and others use the outstanding meeting, dining and lodging facilities available at the 4-H Center.
4-H camping is a proven and effective method of teaching, and involving youth in leadership skill development. Each year, more than 2,000 participate in our ACA accredited 4-H camping programs at the Southwest 4H Educational Center. Both week-long residential and day 4-H camping programs have a rich history of youth development for thousands of youth through hands-on, experiential learning.
At the Chrysler Museum of Art we are in the process of expanding and renovating our main building, and the end result will be more gallery space, better amenities and freshly redesigned exhibits. Our reopening is scheduled for May 10, 2014.
A key component of our renovation is the replacement of outdated heating and cooling systems—which are absolutely crucial in protecting and preserving our works of art—with more modern, efficient systems. Such green initiatives will help us reduce our energy bill, which currently tops $40,000 per month.
The expanded and renovated Museum will allow us to display more works of art, including a major expansion of our display of glass and contemporary art. It will provide a more engaging visitor experience, including a vastly expanded Cafe and Wi-Fi access in every gallery. It will improve handicapped access, traffic flow and parking, and it will set the stage for a bright future for the entire Museum campus.