Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries

University Gallery Art Exhibit, circa 1990-1999

The Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries are one of the two art museums on the campus of Old Dominion University (ODU). Located along Monarch Way between 45th Street and 46th Street, the galleries feature works by national and international self-taught artists, contemporary artists, and artists connected with ODU. The facility features two 2,600 square-foot galleries and are named after Baron and Ellin Gordon, two folk art collectors from Williamsburg, Virginia.


Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries, circa 2007-2017

In the early 1970s, the Department of Art was looking for exhibit space for student and faculty works. In 1974, the department, with the help of professor Ken Daley, opened the University Gallery at 765 Granby Street in downtown Norfolk. In 1999, the University Gallery moved to 21st Street in Norfolk’s artsy Ghent neighborhood. With the expansion of the University Village project, the University Gallery became part of the Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries in 2007. The galleries also feature a storage room, offices, and a reception area.


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