University of Virginia’s Fralin Museum of Art Receives $3 M. to Endow Directorship

The Fralin.


The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville has received $3 million that will endow its directorship, which has been held by Matthew McLendon since January of 2017. Of that sum, $2 million is coming from the family of J. Sanford Miller, a venture capitalist and UVA alumnus who is now a general partner at Institutional Venture Partners in Silicon Valley; $1 million is from the university’s Bicentennial Professors Fund, which provides matching grants for various philanthropic efforts.

“The Fralin Museum of Art is central to the educational mission and values of inclusion and excellence of this great public university,” Miller said in a statement released to press. “The arts are essential to translate and humanize our shared experience in an increasingly technology-based society.”

The Fralin, which was established in 1935, is currently home to a show of Adolph Gottlieb’s monotypes, and another of the architecture and design drawings of the university’s founder, Thomas Jefferson. Both run through April 29.

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