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Juana Straus with one of her confectionery creations.

Edible Art

Juana Straus is an artist. But rather than oil or acrylic, her mediums are sugar and flour. And instead of paintbrushes, her creative tools include whisks and spatulas. Straus is the pastry chef at VMFA’s Amuse Restaurant, where she has worked since it opened in 2010. Her artistry was recently recognized with a nomination for…

Inside VMFA with Martin Reamy, Associate

Inside VMFA: Martin Reamy, Associate

Meet Martin Reamy who has put his passion for art to work at VMFA for the past six years. “When I started working here, being in the galleries was like a kid in the candy store,” says Reamy, who was recently promoted to assistant manager of gallery associates.

Building understanding through cultural exchanges

By Alex Nyerges, VMFA Director For the past week, I’ve been traveling through China with a group of journalists, spending time in both Xi’an and Beijing—but, more importantly, traveling back in time. This trip builds on our long-term cultural partnerships with agencies in China, and I was delighted to show how VMFA has developed relationships…

Digging into the contemporary Chinese experience

By Jan Hatchette, VMFA Deputy Director for Communications The one thing I didn’t have time to do before leaving Richmond was perfect my chopstick skills. After nearly a week in China, I am getting a little better at eating my meals in the truly local fashion. Last night, we went to Made in China, which…

Making connections that define Terracotta Army exhibition

By Alex Nyerges, VMFA Director With a packed itinerary ahead of us, we started yesterday at the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, built during Tang Dynasty in 652, which is an important symbol of modern Xi’an culture—and a perfect place to reflect on today’s step back in time to the Qin nation. Curating a major art…

Uncovering the culture of Qin and the First Emperor

By Alex Nyerges, VMFA Director Yesterday, I introduced Richmond journalists to many of the partners who have loaned their work, knowledge, and resources to VMFA to help us best present the Qin story to our visitors. These interactions also underscore how our exhibition and the related Terracotta Army catalogue are generating new scholarship in this…

Journey back in time starts halfway around the globe

By Jan Hatchette, VMFA Deputy Director for Communications No one can ever prepare you for the hustle and bustle of China—even when there was a lot of preparation to get us here. We landed today in Beijing, then rushed to make our connection to Xi’an, an exciting city balancing its legacy as one of the…

Access to Artists: Kay WalkingStick

Kay WalkingStick, the Cherokee painter, focuses on the American Landscape and it’s metaphorical significances not only to Native Americans but also to all of our citizenry. The landscape sustains us physically and spiritually. It is our beautiful corner of the cosmos. The varied rendering of landscape in WalkingStick’s art is the thread that weaves together…

An Artist Passionate About Structures and the Idea of Shelter

Lewis Ginter challenged local and regional artists to complete a structure that was 75 percent natural material. Ehtesham chose dried grass from Lewis Ginter’s grounds and recycled paper from various sources. The completed structure contains 850 bricks of grass and paper. VMFA staff provided Ehtesham with shredded paper to use for the Persian-style dome installation.…