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.…

Look inside an art museum for a career in technology

As a high school student, Sheila Payaqui went to her first art museum—and it changed her future. “It opened up a whole new world to me, and it showed me that there are so many career options out there,” said Payaqui, who found her fit working in conservation, a behind-the-scenes function that blends art and…

Ancient Coins and the Search for the Rightful Owner

Pull a coin from your pocket. How many times did that coin change hands until it found its way on to your open palm? How many goods has it purchased, and whose hands has it touched? I often ponder these questions, so when we received a message from the Virginia Treasury Department’s Division of Unclaimed…

VMFA team curates DePillars retrospective

Double Vision to close June 3 at Richmond’s Black History Museum An exhibition scheduled to close early next month reflects the growing interaction between the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia. Even the focus of the exhibition—a lifetime retrospective of paintings by the late Murry DePillars…

A Top 20 Museum in the USA!

“Fantastic free museum! VMFA has so many wonderful artworks, historic artifacts, and collections to browse and learn about.” – Nikki L. Thank you for all your support in making VMFA one of Yelp’s top-ranked museums in the USA! Read the entire article here!

Printmaker and Educator Kris Iden: VMFA Fellowship Took Her Career to New Levels

The second in a series of stories about the impact of the VMFA Visual Arts Fellowship program. These stories are in celebration of the 75th anniversary of this valuable program. Please watch this blog for future stories. Most Fellowship recipients feel the impact of their Fellowships for years, perhaps even throughout their careers. However, few…

Start the New Year with ChinaFest!

VMFA is ringing in the New Year with a cross-cultural celebration in honor of the Forbidden City exhibition. The 10th annual ChinaFest! Year of the Wood Sheep Family Event on Saturday, January 3, will feature nine treasure-making art activities as well as multiple performances and demonstrations. Here are some things that we learned while planning…

The Commonwealth’s Governor Calls on Virginia’s Art Museum for Christmas Card Art

When First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe decided she wanted a different sort of Christmas card this year—not her usual photo of the kids but a painting of the Governor’s Mansion and the family dogs instead—the obvious resource was VMFA’s Studio School.  Mrs. McAuliffe’s executive assistant, Victoria Lewkow, headed to the Studio School to talk to director,…