One of Thomas Jefferson’s most important legacies was his role as a designer and advocate for the creation of an iconic architectural identity for our fledgling country that still endures today. Jefferson’s architectural vision for the United States will be explored in a special exhibition, curated by Richard Guy Wilson, Commonwealth Professor of Architectural History. From the Grounds Up: Thomas Jefferson’s Architecture & Design will investigate and illuminate Jefferson’s many architectural accomplishments, as well as the classical tradition to which his architecture was aligned. The exhibition will consist of drawings, prints, paintings, photographs and building and construction artifacts, among other archival materials.
Complementing the exhibition will be a suite of public programs, including a two-day symposium to be held at UVA on March 16-17, 2018. This exhibition is supported by the University of Virginia Bicentennial, with funding provided by the Alumni Board of Trustees. The Fralin Museum of Art’s programming is generously supported by The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation. We also wish to thank our in-kind donors: WTJU 91.1 FM and Ivy Publications LLC’s Charlottesville Welcome Book.