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Find Art Doors

Find Art Doors . . . and Open Doors for People in the Community

If you’ve strolled through the VMFA Sculpture Garden recently, you may have noticed a lone purple and green door standing in the grass, seemingly leading nowhere. But nothing could be further from the truth. Part of the Find Art Doors project, this door, along with 39 others decorated by local artists and installed at museums,…

Japan’s Complex Relationship with Tattoo

VMFA submitted the following blog post about the history of Japanese tattoo to Tattoo Artist Magazine. Read “Japan’s Complex Relationship with Tattoo,” published on Jul 2, 2015. Tattoo Artist Magazine is the only tattoo-related publication created, owned, and financed by a tattoo artist, designed specifically for tattoo artists and the growing international community. The magazine’s…

The Google Art Project Helps VMFA Share its Collection with Virginia . . . and the World

Sadly, some people will never have the opportunity to walk inside an art museum, but that limitation shouldn’t prevent them from experiencing and learning about art. To make the treasures in our collection accessible beyond the museum’s four walls, VMFA has launched ARTshare, an ambitious multi-year digital outreach initiative. Part of that initiative is the…

“I must have flowers, always, and always.”

“I must have flowers, always, and always.” ― Claude Monet “A flower blossoms for its own joy.” ― Oscar Wilde  “The earth laughs in flowers.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson “Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food, and medicine to the mind.” ― Luther Burbank “In joy or sadness flowers…

Megan Barber

Exploring Richmond Tattoo

A heavily inked and pierced mom arrived early, before anyone else, and waited patiently with her young son while the photographer set up his camera and lights. Getting her first tattoo at 18, the woman had built up quite a collection of body art since then, her favorite being the intricate roses and spider webs…

Serious about Tattoos in “The New York Times”

Excerpted from “Tattoo History, Antique Typewriters and Letting Go at the Toledo Museum” in the May 21st issue of The New York Times. Tattoos, particularly the modern iterations of the form, keep rising in esteem among historians, curators and collectors. An exhibition of Japanese tattooing traditions opens next Friday at the Virginia Museum of Fine…

Fellowship Recipients’ Exhibitions Go Statewide

Since 2009, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has displayed the work of Visual Arts Fellowship recipients on the museum’s campus, as well as at Richmond International Airport. In recognition of the 75th anniversary of the VMFA Fellowship program this year, VMFA is expanding the exposure of this artwork across the Commonwealth with the opening…