Leslie Cheek, Jr., was the founder of the Fine Arts Department of The College of William & Mary, and a noted architect, designer and innovative leader in the arts.  During his career, Mr. Cheek served as director of the Baltimore Museum of Art and as the director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Cheek combined the elements of drama – costume, lighting, music and props, with the fine arts to revolutionize the museum experience and to bring the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to national prominence. 

Another Cheek innovation was the Artmobile, a self-contained art gallery on wheels, which took to the roads in 1953, to bring art and art education to students and citizens throughout Virginia.  The Artmobile was part of Cheek’s commitment to fulfilling the mandate of the museum mandate to “promote throughout the Commonwealth education in the realm of art.”


Muscarelle Museum of Art
Lamberson Hall

The College of William & Mary
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795

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