Fralin Museum of Art at University of Virginia Announces Two New Curatorial Appointments

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  • December 08, 2019

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Laura Minton appointed curator of exhibitions at Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.

The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia has named Laura Minton curator of exhibitions. Minton joins the Fralin from Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. A senior member of the curatorial team, Minton’s responsibilities at the Fralin include building a comprehensive national and international exhibitions schedule and curating rigorous, scholarly projects that provide a foundation for transdisciplinary and socially engaged discourse. Minton, who reports directly to the museum’s J.Sanford Miller Family Director and chief curator, began at the Fralin on Oct. 21, 2019. Minton expands a curatorial department at the Fralin that includes Hannah Cattarin, who was also recently promoted to assistant curator. Cattarin served as curatorial assistant at the museum prior to her promotion.

             “Laura Minton and Hannah Cattarin are deeply engaged in the values of inclusion, excellence and diversity that are central to the Fralin’s mission,” said Matthew McLendon, the museum’s J. Sanford Miller Family Director. “I look forward to collaborating with both of them on a range of dynamic and articulate museum initiatives that will foster meaningful conversations with UVA’s students, faculty and broader community, about the world we share.”


            Minton is a Ph.D. candidate in art history at the University of Kansas, where she received her M.A. in art history. She graduated cum laude from Wake Forest University with a B.A. in art history. Minton was awarded a 2019-2020 Tyson Scholar fellowship at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Minton was previously curatorial assistant in the department of prints and drawings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; curator of collections and exhibitions at the Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum in Cullowhee, North Carolina; and has held several positions at the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas.

Hannah Cattarin promoted to assistant curator at Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.

            Among the special exhibitions Minton has curated and co-curated are Fear and Wonder: Sublime Landscapes on Paper, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2019); Always Greener: Seeing and Seeking Suburbia, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2018-19); Willie Cole: Soles and Boards, WCU Fine Art Museum, Cullowhee, North Carolina (2018); Print Plus One: Beyond the Glass Matrix, WCU Fine Art Museum, Cullowhee, North Carolina (2017); and Material World: Adornments from Around the Globe at the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, Kansas (2014-15).

            Cattarin received her M.A. in art history and theory from the University of Essex, Colchester, in Essex, UK, and her B.A. in art history from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. Prior to her time at the Fralin, she served as a curatorial assistant in the UB Art Galleries at the University of Buffalo; research associate and collections manager at Tony Conrad Archives in Buffalo; documentation assistant at the Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA) in Colchester, UK; and registrar at the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University in Lewiston, New York.

            In her new role at the Fralin, Cattarin oversees gallery rotations and curates exhibitions drawn from its permanent holdings. Most recently, Cattarin reinstalled the collection to include more women artists and organized Otherwise, an exhibition that examines the influence LGBTQ+ culture has had on modern and contemporary art, on view at the Fralin through Jan. 5, 2020.


About the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia

Established in 1935, the University of Virginia Art Museum became the Fralin Museum of Art in 2012 in honor of a bequest of American art and service to the university by Cynthia and W. Heywood Fralin. The Museum maintains a collection of more than 13,000 works of art, including American and European painting, works on paper, and sculpture from the 15th through the 20th centuries; art from the ancient Mediterranean; Asian art; and Native and ancient American art. Housed in the historic Bayly Building near the Rotunda on the landmark UVA campus, the Fralin is dedicated to serving the widest possible audiences and engaging comprehensive visual education to enhance its visitors’ understanding of world cultures. Throughout the year the Museum presents a diverse selection of exhibitions, programs, research and events that bring the university and broader community together.

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