Muscarelle shows two engaging exhibits before closing for renovations

The Muscarelle Museum of Art is a staple on the campus of The College of William and Mary and in Williamsburg. In the near future, it will be larger to offer more innovative programming.

Dr. Aaron H. De Groft, museum director and a 1988 William and Mary graduate, said they have not yet determined the exact timing that the museum will close for construction. But there is still time to see the current exhibitions, which run until May 13.

In the Light of Caravaggio: Dutch and Flemish Paintings from Southeastern Museums, shows significant works from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., The Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, and from Bob Jones University Museum in Greenville, S.C. The rare collection shows his use of light and human emotion. This is the first time in 20 years the collection has been on view together.

Also, on display, is Women With Vision: Masterworks from the Permanent Collection. In conjunction with William and Mary’s 100 Years of Women celebration, which allowed women as undergraduate students, it shows more than 30 works by important classic women artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe.

Contemporary artists are shown with the recent acquisition of Barbara Holtz's allegorical painting “Prospects” and Sue Johnson's digital perspectives on “Duchamp.”

The admission is $10, free to members, children younger than 12, William and Mary students, faculty and staff. It is open Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday noon- 4 p.m. with docent-led public tours at 1 p.m. The museum is at 603 Jamestown Road. For more information, call 221-2700 or visit muscarelle.org.

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