Discovery
/ 05.19.2016
Photographs by Dan Addison and Sanjay Suchak

The Lawn has always been the heart of the University of Virginia.

It is a classroom, where professors and students study, discuss or simply read.

It is a home, for students and faculty currently residing there and for alumni who have walked its terraces over the years.

It is a stage—for music or megawatt Lighting of the Lawn celebrations. A playground—for students, families and plenty of puppies. A picture-perfect picnic site. A UNESCO World Heritage site.

Like UVA, the Lawn is both constant and constantly changing, its inhabitants living out Jefferson’s vision for shared lifelong learning as each new day dawns.

Birds Chirping

A Place To Call Home

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The Calm Before the Storm

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An Iconic Backdrop, With or Without Scaffolding

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You’ve Got Mail

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UVA’s Original Classrooms

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[Students] can see, in a literal way, through looking and drawing, the great variety we have in these Pavilions.

–John Dobbins, professor of art history

Learning From a Living Classroom

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Picnic Perfection

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Meet Mabel

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Raise Your Voice–Students Advocate for Renewable Energy

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One Last Class Picture

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Preparing Young Men for College: Chicago’s Kappa Leadership Institute Tour

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A Fine Balance–Slacklining Finds a Home on the Lawn

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Let Me Take a Selfie

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African Music & Dance Fill the Lawn

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African Drum Circle

Welcome Home

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We have both experienced players 
and others who are beginners. The advanced students have been wonderful musical mentors.

–Liza Flood, UVA graduate student and Bluegrass band member
Live Bluegrass Music

A Bluegrass Jam Session

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Another Day Fades Away

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Starstruck

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One Last Hurrah

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