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Beyond the Classroom


In addition to experiential learning at the Maier Museum of Art and with the Randolph College Natural History and Archaeology Collections, majors are required to complete at least two internships.

Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, and other local and regional historical and archaeological sites, and a variety of archives, collections, and museums give students access to exceptional resources for research and career exploration.

The program also capitalizes on Randolph College’s impressive range of internships and fieldwork with professional organizations in the US and abroad, including at the Preservation Institute Nantucket, The National Gallery (London), and the Archaeological Conservation Institute (Italy), the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

The Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College

Randolph College’s nationally recognized Maier Museum of Art features works by outstanding American artists of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. The College has been collecting American art since 1920 and now holds a collection of several thousand paintings, prints, drawings, and photographs.  The Maier’s permanent collection tells the story of the development of American Art and the intrinsically connected growth of America’s expansion and history.

An annual exhibition of contemporary art, known as “The Annual,” continues the narrative with a focus on the art and issues of our time. The Annual has been staged at the Museum since 1911, making it the longest running exhibition of contemporary art presented at an academic institution in the United States.  Artists recently exhibited in The Annual include, Lee Bontecou, Louise Bourgeois, Nick Brandt, Nick Cave, Binh Danh, Tara Donovan, Richard Estes, Teresita Fernandez, Walton Ford, Sam Gilliam, April Gornik, Hans Haacke, David Maisel, Sally Mann, Toyin Odutola, Judy Pfaff, Kiki Smith, Betye Saar, Hank Willis Thomas, Carrie Mae Weems, and Kehinde Wiley.

The Maier hosts an active schedule of special exhibitions, visiting artists and scholars, and education programs throughout the year. Through its programs, internships, museum studies practicums, and class visits, the Maier Museum of Art provides valuable learning opportunities for Randolph students and our community at large.

Randolph College Natural History and Archaeology Collections

The Randolph College Natural History and Archaeology Collections, established in 1895, contain hundreds of zoological specimens including birds, mammals, fishes, reptiles, insects, marine invertebrates, and fossils. The collections boast an excellent herbarium containing thousands of specimens of plants indigenous or introduced to the eastern United States, specifically Central Virginia. Also notable is the large geology collection, featuring thousands of rock and mineral samples from around the world. The archaeological collections contain artifacts and remains from local and classical Mediterranean sites.

Through classwork, internship, and volunteer opportunities, the Natural History and Archaeology Collections offer a cross-disciplinary approach to developing crucial skills of observation and methodology in the research of natural sciences.

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