April 3, 2018

Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virgina Receives Major Gift

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA—University of Virginia’s Fralin Museum of Art received a $2 million gift from the J. Sandford Miller family to endow the museum’s directorship, a position held by Matthew McLendon since January 2017. The gift was matched by a $1 million gift from the university’s Bicentennial Professors Fund, Alexandra Rebhorn reports for UVAToday.

“The Fralin Museum of Art is central to the educational mission and values of inclusion and excellence of this great public university,” J. Sandford Miller said. “The arts are essential to translate and humanize our shared experience in an increasingly technology-based society. Through this gift we aim to support in perpetuity the leadership of the Fralin and their goal to foster meaningful engagement with the arts and culture for all students and visitors.”

Miller graduate from the university’s College of Arts & Sciences in 1975 and is a general partner at Institutional Venture Partners, a Menlo Park, California-based technology and media venture capital firm. He is a member of the Fralin’s advisory board. Fralin’s daughters Christine and Charlotte, both UVA art history graduates, serve on the UVA Arts Council and the Fralin Museum Advisory Board, respectively.

“This transformational gift from the Miller family repositions the Fralin on a national and international stage and allows the museum to continue to build momentum on numerous programmatic, scholarly, and engagement fronts,” McLendon said. “I look forward to guiding the Fralin through this dynamic and exciting next phase.”

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