Carlton Abbott: 50 Years of Architectural Drawings.”

On view in our main galleries until January 7th, 2018, join us for this retrospective of Carlton Abbott’s work. This exhibition displays a remarkable collection of drawings created over Carlton Abbott’s career, celebrating over fifty-years of artistic expression and excellence. Abbott’s career began after he graduated from the University of Virginia and finished his studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Fontainebleau, France. After this, Abbott went on to become an artist and architect. Though primarily known for his landmark museums and high-profile structures, Abbott is an accomplished artist. Carlton received his first of over eighty design award recognition from the American Institute of Architects in 1968. His artistic talents are as widely renowned as his architecture and are displayed throughout the country in private and public collections as well as in permanent collections at the VMFA and the Virginia MOCA. His artwork is as diversified as his architecture, including drawings, paintings, collages, mixed media, sculptures, etchings, ink sketches, jewelry, and metal works.

This exhibit spans his entire career and celebrates his unique ability to affect his community in a profound way. More specifically, this exhibition holds a notable series of drawings which depict some of the buildings along the Blue Ridge Parkway. These images hold precedence due to Abbott’s father, Stanley Abbott, being the primary designer of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

This exhibition was generously made possible by Carlton Abbott.


Glavé & Holmes: 50 Years of Design

Join us to celebrate 50 years of Glavé & Holmes Architecture, an exhibition on view at The Branch Museum from through Jan. 14 in the Social Gallery.

This exhibition celebrates the work accomplished by the many architects who have been part of the firm, the people they’ve worked with, and the spirit and ideals that have inspired the firm for half a century.


Over fifty years ago, two young architects tossed a coin to determine in what order they would place their names on their new letterhead: the firm Glavé Newman Architects was born.

James (Jim) Glavé and William (Bill) C. Newman III were joined four years later by William (Pete) Anderson; the breadth of interest in architecture they each brought to the table came to define a practice – one that was always about more than the individual buildings that came from their hands. Their deep sense of responsibility towards excellence in architecture and design would be influential throughout Virginia, particularly here in Richmond.

Many architects have practiced at the firm known today as Glavé & Holmes Architecture, but the initial passion of Glavé, Newman, and Anderson continues to motivate each designer within the firm. The inspiration of the original partners was to elevate the human spirit, which continues to drive Glavé & Holmes Architecture’s work to this day.

This exhibition is second in a series at The Branch Museum highlighting architects who have had long term and sustained influence on architecture throughout Virginia and beyond. The first exhibition was the Carlton Abbott 50 Year Retrospective; the next is AIA Virginia’s 2017 Awards for Excelling in Architecture.

This exhibition was generously made possible by the Glavé & Holmes 50th Anniversary Legacy Project




Coming Soon


Linda Z. Hang / Way Wza / FIST:

Join us for this short visiting exhibition of small works, displayed on tables in our Long Gallery, from Nov. 30 – Dec. 2.

Way Wza is a multidisciplinary designer and artist who works in photography, painting, sculpture, textiles, book design, artists’ books and performance. Weaving distant cultural ingredients, she gathers esoteric patterns from the structures of her research. In composing these tapestries, what emerges is an itinerant discovery of form and dynamism, inherent and persistent in all complexities of matter regardless of the origination. Inspired by the palm gestures of Buddhism as well as ninja finger weaving exercises (or mudras), the identity for FIST (by Dante Carlos) expresses all the different combinations one can create by raising or retracting a finger.

Hang’s projects have exhibited at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Los Angeles (2013–present), MoMA PS1 (2013–present), Tokyo Art Book Fair (2014) and at NADA with Printed Matter, Inc., in New York (2016). Her work is held in private and public collections, including the Carl A. Kroch Library, RMC at Cornell University (NY) and the Marjorie G. and Carl W. Stern Book Arts & Special Collections Center at the San Francisco Public Library (CA). Hang studied at the Art Institute of San Francisco, California, and currently lives and works in New York City.

This short exhibition is generously made possible by the VCU Graphic Design Department.


Design 2017: A Retrospective of Winning Work of The Awards for Excellence

See the mid-Atlantic’s finest examples of architecture, interior design and preservation projects from 2017 in the tenth annual exhibition featuring award-winning work from the region. This exhibit will be on view in the Branch’s Social Gallery from January 16th through February 25th.

Held annually, the Awards for Excellence recognizes projects no older than seven years that contribute thoughtful, engaging, resource-efficient, and appealing works to our architectural landscape.

The jury reviewed a total of 169 projects in five distinct categories for this year’s awards. This exhibition highlights the results of that process. The honored projects represent the highest degree of design excellence by Virginia-based architects and their professional colleagues for a broad range of clients in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond.


This exhibition was generously made possible by AIA Virginia.


On Permanent Exhibit

The House That Branch Built

Architect John Russell Pope, FAIA, is renowned for the design of a number of national landmarks, including the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the U.S. National Archives, and the National Gallery of Art (West Building) in Washington, D.C., as well as Richmond’s Union Station, headquarters of the Science Museum of Virginia. The House That Pope Built includes photographs, narrative, and other educational media that shed light on the house — a 27,000-square-foot Tudor-Revival mansion — in addition to John Kerr Branch, the patron who commissioned its construction; the architect; the house’s interiors; its setting on Richmond’s historic Monument Avenue; and Compton Wynyates, the 15th/16th-century English country house that inspired the building’s design.

This exhibit is permanently in the chapel gallery, and generously made possible by a private Richmond foundation, and Tourism Cares.


Livable Communities for Virginia

What makes a community “livable?” Explore the American Institute of Architects’ 10 Principals for Livable Communities and find out how they apply to the diverse cities, towns, and villages in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This exhibit is located on the lower level.



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