Virginia Arcadia Member Preview

Feb 5, 2021 | 10 am – 9 pm, 30 minute visits

Evans Court

VMFA presents Virginia Arcadia: The Natural Bridge in American Art. Explore the artistic legacy of an iconic natural wonder. Depicted and celebrated for centuries, the Natural Bridge is the Shenandoah Valley’s breathtaking centerpiece—a towering, primeval witness to human history and timeless muse. The free exhibition examines its image in paintings, prints, decorative arts, photography and…

Black History Month 2021

Month of February 2021

Explore the museum’s growing collection of African American art, and take part in virtual experiences that celebrate African American artists, the stories they tell, and the depth and breadth of the museum’s collection. To adapt to ongoing safety concerns related to COVID-19, most of our programs have been reimagined as virtual experiences. Studio classes will…

RVA Community Makers 2021

Wed, Feb 24 | 6–7 pm

Live on Facebook

See the program for the event! RVA Community Makers returns for the third year with a new mixed-media public art mural at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts that celebrates Richmond-area artists. In anticipation of the upcoming exhibition The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Culture (opens May 22), this year’s project…

Virtual African American Read-In for Families 2021

Feb 1–28, 2021

Virtual Gallery Program

To adapt to ongoing safety concerns related to COVID-19, VMFA will host this year’s AARI event virtually with prerecorded videos of community readers and educators presenting on our website. This program celebrates children’s literature and art created by African and African American artists. Experience works from the permanent collection by watching engaging videos that will…

Virtual African American Read-In 2021

VIRTUAL GALLERY PROGRAM | African American Read-In Day 1 Thu, Feb 4 | 6–7 pm Free, Zoom registration required Procession, 2020, Odili Donald Odita, (American, born Nigeria 1966), acrylic latex matte/flat wall paint, acrylic soft gel medium, varnish. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund Literature and fine arts come…

Natural Bridge, Rockbridge County, VA, from "Album of Virginia,” 1858, Edward Beyer (German, active in United States, ca. 1820–65). Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Virginiana Fund

Curator’s Opening Talk – Virginia Arcadia: The Natural Bridge in American Art

with Dr. Christopher Oliver, Assistant Curator of American Art and exhibition curator

Fri, Feb 5 | 6:30–7:30 pm

One of the most famous and frequently depicted sites in American landscape art of the 19th century, the Natural Bridge of Virginia was rendered by some of the nation’s preeminent artists, including Frederic Church, David Johnson, and Edward Hicks. Christopher Oliver will discuss the major themes associated with the site and share some highlights of…

Rumors of War: One-Year Anniversary Celebration

Dec 10–12 | See individual event details for times

Join VMFA for outdoor and virtual celebrations marking the one-year anniversary of the 2019 unveiling of Kehinde Wiley’s Rumors of War. As we approach the close of 2020, an unprecedented and unpredictable year, let’s pay tribute to the sculpture’s power, beauty, and prophetic relevance, reflecting on all that unfolded in our city and the nation…

3 in 30 PLUS: Was There Race in the Greek and Roman World?

with Dr. Peter Schertz, Jack and Mary Ann Frable Curator of Ancient Art with Dr. Patrice Rankine, Dean, School of Arts and Sciences & Professor of Classics, University of Richmond

Tue, Jan 12 | 11 am–noon


Explore how the Greeks and Romans viewed Africa through the life and writings of the Apuleius, author of the ancient Roman novel The Golden Ass and other writings. Drs. Peter Schertz and Patrice Rankine will discuss Apuleius’ pride in his North African heritage and the connections between the diversity of the ancient Mediterranean world and its art and literature.…

Virtual Meditation Session | Annabeth Rosen: Fables

Mon, Dec 7 | 11 am–noon

Join The Innerwork Center and VMFA for a virtual, guided meditation session and contemplation of work featured in the current exhibition Annabeth Rosen: Fables. Amanda Lynch, MA, CTP-E, is a writer and career educator specializing in Self-Care, Mindfulness-Based Trauma-Informed Practices, and Restorative Justice. She will be joined by Izzie Fuqua, VMFA’s Adult Programs Coordinator, for…

3 in 30: Recent Acquisitions for the Department of Decorative Arts, 1890 to the Present

Mar 2 | 11–11:30am

Gallery Program (VIRTUAL)

Join Barry Shifman, Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator for the Decorative Arts, 1890 to the Present, for a review of recently acquired Art Nouveau masterpieces, including a jeweled and enamel choker by Philippe Wolfers, a silver tureen by Faberge, and a French stoneware wall basin, which strengthened the collection.