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Who is Downtown?

December 6, 2019 - March 13, 2020

The creation of UR Downtown ten years ago was a return to the city streets where the University of Richmond began.

This exhibition is an exploration of the University of Richmond’s downtown beginnings, UR Downtown’s historic building, and our downtown neighborhood.

Surrounding us here at 7th and Broad are historic landmarks, cultural institutions, government buildings, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and a diverse community.

We invite you to see downtown Richmond through the eyes of students with What Is Downtown?, an installation curated by Ayele d’Almeida, ’20.

We invite you to consider the borders of downtown through Where Is Downtown?, an installation curated by Joanna Hejl, ’20.

Finally, we invite you to meet individuals who live, work, and play downtown through portraits created during Who Is Downtown? workshops with Richmond artist Jonathan Lee. Participants also filled books created by Boatwright Library’s Book Arts Studio with sketches and notes.

It’s this community of individuals who learn, create, and connect downtown that fuels our work.


Top: Portraits by (left to right) Brooke Inman, Katie McBride, Jonathan Lee, Nathan Tersteeg, 2019