September 11, 2009
The University of Virginia Art Museum reopened Saturday after several months of renovation. CBS19 got a sneak peek Friday.
The museum has more exhibit space, new classrooms, better lighting for the artworks, and a new climate control system to protect the works.
Upstairs, you'll find an exhibit on Thomas Jefferson and the design for the University of Virginia, including original drawings by Jefferson.
"Anyone can derive pleasure from works of art because, after all, they're made by other human beings, and a work of art is tantamount to a communication," says Bruce Boucher, the Art Museum Director.
The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 12:00 pm until 5:00 pm. It's located on Rugby Road.
This is the first of a two-phase campaign. Staff members are looking to expand and add a conservation lab on site to take care of the art.