Why Williamsburg?

Some endeavors succeed with few resources, while others fail with many. That’s the story of the Muscarelle Museum of Art, and invariably the arts community in Williamsburg, which began with a frame shop and a gallery, and took shape alongside a forward-thinking mid-sized university art museum that almost didn’t survive. In 2002, as the Muscarelle—on the campus of the College of William & Mary—faced closure, alumnus Aaron De Groft was overseeing a $15,000,000 conservation and restoration of the Ringling historic mansion in his role as deputy director and chief curator at The Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida. That’s when his alma mater came calling. “They contacted…

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