The Barry Art Museum will be closed to the public on Friday, 12/1. We will resume our normal hours of operation on Saturday, 12/2.


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Nurture | Nature

September 16, 2023 - December 31, 2023

This exhibition featuring two ODU Art Department professors will be a conceptual companion to our fall festival, Fantastic Planet.

Fantastic Planet Festival: The Third Annual Public Arts Festival @ ODU

October 13, 2023 - October 15, 2023

Fashioning Innovation: Madame Alexander at 100

August 29, 2023 - December 31, 2023

“Love is in the details.” –Madame Alexander

PERSPECTIVES: Modern and Contemporary Glass from the Waitzer Collection

March 10, 2023 - December 31, 2023

The Great Exhibition: Bébés at the Barry

January 27, 2023 - July 30, 2023

Mars Fest 2022: Second Annual Public Arts Festival at ODU

October 14, 2022 - October 16, 2022

This fall, the second annual Public Arts Festival at ODU is proud to present Mars: a large-scale sculpture by UK-based artist Luke Jerram. 

Rhonda Holy Bear: Artist and Story-Keeper

August 30, 2022 - December 31, 2022

This exhibition highlights the work of Rhonda Holy Bear (Cheyenne River Lakota). Renowned for her exquisite sculpture, Holy Bear engages in the indigenous tradition of dollmaking, using painstaking micro-beading and other meticulous processes to create her intricate, highly detailed works.

This Will Be for Thousands of Years

May 1, 2022 - January 1, 2023

In an intimate pop-up exhibition titled “This will be for thousands of years,” Heather Beardsley presents work from her series “Strange Plants”.

Waxing & Waning: A Companion Exhibition to Museum of the Moon

October 1, 2021 - December 1, 2021

Barry Art Museum presents a jewel box companion exhibition to Luke Jerram’s Museum of the MoonWaxing & Waning examines views of the moon from the macro and microcosmos alike. The exhibition combines artworks from our own collection alongside works graciously loaned by renowned local artists, The Chrysler Museum of Art, and scientific specimens from the Michael and Kimthanh Lê Digital Theater and Planetarium. 

Hirata Gōyō: The Birth of the Japanese Art Doll

February 10, 2022 - July 31, 2022

This exhibition, the first of its type outside of Japan, explores the evolution of traditional Japanese dolls into Gōyō’s larger vision, that of sōsaku-ningyō or “art dolls.” Using examples drawn from the Barry Art Museum collection and selected borrowings from a private Collection we trace the contours of this transition through the specific lens of the ichimatsu-style doll. Displaying works of master craftsmen in the field, we can trace the transformation of ichimatsu from craft to art, and the stimulus given to the entire genre through Gōyō’s singularly creative vision.