Get to Know Fellowships: Free Funding for Virginia’s Artists and Art Historians

with Jenny Harding, Former VMFA Fellowship Program Coordinator

Tue, Oct 22 | 1–2 pm

Pauley Center 2nd Floor Conference Room

Learn more about the VMFA Fellowship Program with this free discussion open to practicing and aspiring artists and art historians. Former Fellowship Program Coordinator Jenny Harding will provide a history of the program and review the eligibility requirements as well as helpful hints for navigating the application process.

Edward Hopper Movie Double Feature

Sun, Jan 12 2020 | 1–4:45 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

Edward Hopper was known for his love of movies. VMFA recreates the matinee double feature with movies inspired by Hopper’s painting style. Force of Evil (1948; B&W; 79 min) The great John Garfield plays a crooked lawyer who urges his small-time racketeer brother to move up into the hardcore gangster numbers racket. Director Abraham Polonsky…

The 3rd Annual Pocahontas Reframed “Storytellers” Film Festival

with guest speakers Trent Nicholas and Jeffrey Allison

Fri, Nov 22 | 2–5 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

The Searchers (Dir. John Ford; 1956; 119 min; Technicolor) The Searchers is known as one of Hollywood’s biggest, action-packed, epic Westerns. It complicates the Western myth primarily through the hero, Ethan Edwards (John Wayne), whose bouts of extreme racism and anger toward American Indians suggest he is psychologically imbalanced and is operating on a different…

Ability Job Fair

Wed, Oct 30 | 10 am–1 pm


People of all abilities are welcome to learn about job opportunities at VMFA and the other participating employers who will be onsite to engage with job seekers. This exciting event reflects VMFA’s own commitment to hiring persons with disabilities, engaging in diverse and inclusive hiring practices, creating an enriching workplace culture, and making a positive…

James River Short Film Showcase

Fri, Nov 8, 2019 | 6:30–9 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

This longest-running juried film competition in Virginia spotlights the year’s best short videos/films (20 minutes or less). Finalists are selected from international entrants. A special guest judge chooses the top entries at the screening and awards cash prizes. Many filmmakers will be on-hand for Q&A, and the audience votes for their favorites. Since 1994, the…

Art Meets Literature : An Undying Love Affair

Fri, Oct 18 | 6–8 pm

Marble Hall

The Library of Virginia and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts are pleased to announce the winner of the annual Art in Literature: The Mary Lynn Kotz Award. The judges selected Mary Gabriel’s Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler – Five Painters and the Movement That…

Navratri Celebration

Fri, Oct 18 | 6–8pm


The Navratri Celebration is an annual festival in India that celebrates the female deities of Hinduism. VMFA welcomes those who attend, strangers interested in learning, and the leaders of the event. This dance, performed in a circle, involves a small dowel which participants use to connect with one another as well as create rhythmic sound…

Ascend and Lead: A Women’s Empowerment Forum

Sat, Oct 19 | 10 am–3:30 pm, Doors open 9:30 am

Leslie Cheek Theater

Conversation and storytelling have informed and empowered women of color for generations. These same forms of communication are at the heart of a thought-provoking and inspiring leadership forum featuring panel discussions, reflections, and talks. The exciting lineup of leaders in the arts, education and policy, and business includes Kristen Cavallo, CEO, The Martin Agency; Linda…

Jazz Pianist Keiko Matsui With Saxophonist Marion Meadows

Sun, Oct 6 | Doors Open 2 pm, Show Time 3 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

Presented by JS Affair, this special evening of live jazz takes place in VMFA’s Cheek Theater. Doors open at 2 pm. Tickets are available through VMFA members can purchase their discount tickets at For information, phone 804.510.9999 or 804.353.9180.

Pop-Up Meditation Session

Oct 11 | 11:30 am–12:00 pm

Sculpture Garden

Join The Innerwork Center and VMFA for a guided meditation and contemplation of a work of art in the Sculpture Garden.