Charlottesville apartment residents know that our city combines a special blend of urban sophistication, academic influence, and regional color that provides boundless opportunities to experience culture. Charlottesville’s lively and diverse art community contains a world of opportunities! Here are a few of our favorite stops on your art tour of Charlottesville:
McGuffey Art Center
Charlottesville’s oldest cooperative art center is a community of artists located one block from the Downtown Mall. Members are dedicated to helping artists develop and share their talents. Workshops, classes, art camps, tours, and an active gallery are a reflection of the Center’s mission – to serve artists and the community. Member artists rotate as residents of the Center to create networking between artists and creators throughout the local community. Art lovers won’t want to miss First Friday exhibitions at McGuffey.
Second Street Gallery
Second Street offers edgy contemporary art that refers to the world issues with which artist grapple and from which art often stems. Second Street Gallery represents some of the finest artists in the field. The gallery’s mission is to encourage a new way to see, make and talk about art, offering exhibitions, lectures, tours, classes, publications and workshops. This ultra chic space right on the downtown mall is an intriguing and fresh collection of modern artists.
The Fralin Museum of Art
The University of Virginia’s Fralin Museum of Art is an elegant gallery space that brings the academic community and the residents of Charlottesville together to experience fine art. Diverse exhibitions and tours led by knowledgeable speakers make this the perfect space to consider art’s identity and meaning. Exhibitions encourage visitors to explore the origins of pieces and consider their impact on culture.
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection
The University’s Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal collection also expands the perception of art by establishing the only non-Australian gallery outside of Australia dedicated entirely to Australian aboriginal art. The gallery is driven by the belief that understanding the similarities and differences between cultures could foster an appreciation for the innate qualities we share as humans. Gorgeous, unconventional art will amaze you with brilliant vision.
C’Ville Arts Cooperative Gallery
C’Ville Arts is an eclectic mixture of talented local artists right on the Historic Downtown Mall. Their collection includes high quality, affordably priced items, and the art offerings include photography, paintings and drawings, fiber arts, glass and ceramics, paper crafts, and so much more. A member artist is on the premises during open hours, allowing the Charlottesville community to connect to the art community and giving them an opportunity to interact.
Chroma Projects Art Laboratory
Chroma’s compelling vision produces exhibitions that reflect their mission to represent abstract and contemporary artists with truly unique collections. Chroma occupies various spaces for “pop up” art shows on the Downtown Mall as well as hosting private appointments at their Vincennes Road location. The gallery is devoted to enabling art collectors to imagine life with art in their homes, creating gallery spaces that reflect their attention to detail. Chroma is the perfect place to find the right statement piece for your new home or office.
Graves International Art
Graves International Art gallery is the best place to find original art and collector’s pieces by the world’s leading artists. Pieces by old masters and contemporary artists are available as originals or hand-made prints only thanks to the gallery’s refusal to offer signed reproductions. Collectors who want to experience the weight, texture, and lighting once felt by the artist who created the work will discover that Graves is the place to search for that one and only piece.
Telegraph Art & Comics
Telegraph is not just your average comic book store! You can shop through fine art prints that celebrate graphic art’s bold style, or find out about the local artists that Telegraph is helping to show work and start their own comics and graphic novels. Local up-and-coming artist prints allow you to own a piece of art from artists who are changing the face of modern graphic art in surprising and wonderful ways.
Harris Fine Art Gallery
The Harris Gallery houses a collection of fun, funky, contemporary art for the home. The gallery is delightfully packed with eye-catching and colorful pieces that can accent your home and add beauty to your walls. A relaxed atmosphere encourages visitors to get comfortable and live with the art in a free-spirited environment.
Les Yeux du Monde
Curators at Les Yeux du Monde hope to literally “open the eyes” of the local community and enable everyone to see art, the world, and even themselves differently. Both established and emerging artists create work that starts a conversation and inspires a life that is fully occupied by art. The gallery features intriguing modern architecture to create a viewing space that it is a work of art in itself.
Charlottesville offers so much for the art lover – in addition to a wealth of visual art, you can find theater, film, photography, poetry, dance and music throughout the city. “First Fridays” celebrate the local art community monthly, allowing you to explore local galleries, and many of the local book stores, coffee houses, restaurants and furniture stores exhibit outstanding local art. Begin your artistic journey today – it’s all right outside your Charlottesville apartment.