The Gallery

Academic Year

Pannell Gallery: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m.;
Babcock and Benedict Galleries: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Please note, the galleries are closed to visitors for all College exam periods and vacations, including winter break (late December-late January), spring break (mid-March) and summer vacation (mid-May to late August).

The galleries are open evenings and weekends for special events and College programs as announced.

Free admission. Community and class tours and College program use of the gallery spaces available on request.
For tours and event scheduling please call (434) 381-6248 or email [email protected].

Pannell Gallery is located on the main floor of the Anne Gary Pannell Center (the former Refectory), on the Upper Quad near the chapel.

Babcock Gallery is located off the lobby in the Babcock Fine Arts Center, next to the Williams Gymnasium and across the street from the Guion Science Building.

Benedict Gallery is located in the lobby of Benedict Hall, next to Cochran Library.



Pannell GalleryPannell facade detail

The Sweet Briar art collection is housed in the award-winning Anne Gary Pannell Center. Formerly the Refectory (dining hall), it is one of the four original campus buildings designed by the firm of Cram Goodhue & Ferguson in 1906. Reflecting the architect's characteristic historicism, the exterior design is a rare collegiate example of Ralph Adam Cram's Georgian Revival style. The interior was renovated in 1984 to include climate-controlled display and storage facilities appropriate to the scope and quality of the Sweet Briar art collection.

More than a century after its construction the building's graceful facade continues to provide a timeless focal point for the College's quadrangle, serving as a backdrop for activities such as students' traditional step-singing and Commencement ceremonies. In 1995, the College's original core buildings, including Pannell, were named to the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places. For more information about the building and the campus's distinctive architecture, see Aileen H. Laing, Sweet Briar College and Ralph Adams Cram: Dreams and Reality (Sweet Briar, VA: Sweet Briar College Art Gallery, 2001).