RVA Community Makers Art Activity

Sun, Feb 2, 2020 | 1–4 pm

Art Education Center

During Open Studio Plus Performance, celebrate family with Richmond artist Hamilton Glass and local African American photographers. Take your digital family portraits onsite at VMFA to become part of a mixed-media public art collaboration. Glass will guide attendees in hands-on participation. You can also capture fun memories in the Family Portrait Photo Booth. Extending the…

Open Studio Plus Performance – Grandma’s Hands

Sun, Feb 2 | 1–4 pm

Performances in the Atrium 2 pm & 3 pm

Art Education Center

Join us as we encounter generational lessons from two sisters with remarkable stories to share from the perspective of the African American South. Through song, stories, and signed poetry, we will learn how women have made an impact on culture through practices passed down from family matriarchs. In addition, celebrate family with Richmond artist Hamilton Glass…

RVA Community Makers Unveiling

Thu, Feb 27, 2020 | 5:30 pm


Come see RVA Community Makers—a mixed-media public art mural in VMFA’s Atrium. The completed project will feature portraits of six local leaders who have been selected for their impact on the RVA community. The mixed-media mural of acrylic paint and photography will reflect the creative visions of Richmond artist Hamilton Glass and local photographers Regina…

Member Preview: Working Together: Louis Draper and the Kamoinge Workshop

Fri, Jan 31 | 10 am–9 pm

Evans Court

VMFA members get exclusive access to Working Together: Louis Draper and the Kamoinge Workshop before it opens to the public. This groundbreaking exhibition features 180 photographs by 15 of the New York-based group’s early members, including Richmond native Louis Draper.

VMFA After Hours: VMFA Is for Lovers

Sat, Feb 15 | 7–11:30 pm

Museum wide

Join host Kelli Lemon for a night of art, music, dancing, and love after dark. Catch DJ Lonnie B on the spin in the Marble Hall. Enjoy Legacy Band performing live music in the Atrium. Experience the exhibitions Edward Hopper and the American Hotel and Working Together: Louis Draper and the Kamoinge Workshop. All galleries…

Rumors of War, 2019, Kehinde Wiley (American, born 1977), bronze with stone pedestal, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Purchased with funds provided by Virginia Sargeant Reynolds in memory of her husband, Richard S. Reynolds, Jr., by exchange, Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Endowment, Pamela K. and William A. Royall, Jr., Angel and Tom Papa, Katherine and Steven Markel, and additional private donor

Community Event | Celebrate Wiley!

Sat, Feb 29

Art Activity

10–11 am | Atrium

African American Read-In for Families 2020

11 am–12:30 pm | Meet at Rumors of War

Featuring the African American Read Read-In for Families Join VMFA for a community celebration of Kehinde Wiley’s Rumors of War! This special event will offer families a chance to view this new work of art and welcome it to its permanent home through art-making, gallery activities, and readings of children’s literature. Featured on this day…

African American Read-In for Families 2020

Sat, Feb 29 | 11 am–12:30pm

Meet at Rumors of War

This program celebrates children’s literature and art created by African and African American artists. Experience these works with your children through discussion, music, movement, and enrichment activities. (Intended audience: children ages 2 1/2–8 years; everyone is welcome). All children’s literature featured in the African American Read-In for Families is available for purchase in the VMFA…

African American Read-In 2020

Thu, Feb 27 | 5:30–7:30 pm

Meet at Visitor Services

Literature and fine arts come together with African American Read-In at VMFA. See and hear notable figures from the greater Richmond community as they lend their voices in prose and poetry readings throughout the galleries. In this powerful display of storytelling, experience evocative and poignant pairings of works by African American artists and authors. The…

3 in 30: African American Art and the Power of the Written Word

Tue, Feb 11, 11–11:30 am

Thu, Feb 13, 6:30–7 pm

Meet at Visitor Services

Join Dr. Christopher C. Oliver for an exploration of three objects on view at in VMFA’s American Art galleries and discover their connection with the power of poetry and prose.

Black History Month 2020

Throughout the month of February

COMMUNITY CONVERSATION The Eggleston Family Legacy and Green Book Sun, Jan 26 | 2–3:30 pm Free, tickets required Leslie Cheek Theater Learn the history of The Negro Motorist Green Book through a screening of the Smithsonian Channel film The Green Book: A Guide to Freedom (51 min). The post-screening conversation features Melody Short, Director of Operations…