Outside the Horses Tent by Gifford Beal: Surface Topography Illustration using Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI)

By Sydney Collins, Conservation Photographer; Carol Sawyer, Margaret H. & William E. Massey Sr. Conservator of Paintings; Aleyah Grimes, Meghan Mezera, and Morgan Shedd, IMLS Summer Interns As part of the “Connect to Conservation” program, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts was able to host three summer interns with the generous support of the Institute…

Q&A: Celebrate the Art of Latin America: Patagonia

In anticipation of VMFA’s next Family Day, which takes place Saturday, September 15, we sat down with Ana Ines King, artistic director for the Latin Ballet of Virginia, to discuss its  involvement in the recurring event. This Family Day, titled Celebrate the Art of Latin America, focuses on the region of Patagonia and includes performances…

Terry Melville standing at the entrance of the Napoleon exhibition

Image is Everything: Terry Melville Talks About Personal Branding

The concept of self-branding was revolutionary during the 19th century when Napoleon Bonaparte and his household worked diligently to craft his image as a war hero and later, as emperor of France. But today, one needs only to turn on the television or scroll though social media to see how self-branding has permeated our culture.…

South African Artist Esther Mahlangu Awarded Honorary Doctorate by the University of Johannesburg

Esther Mahlangu, whose dazzling, mural-size paintings provide a gateway to the VMFA African art galleries, has just been awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Johannesburg for “her legacy as a cultural entrepreneur and educator, skillfully negotiating local and global worlds.” Dr. Mahlangu, the most renowned artist of South Africa’s Ndebele people, developed the…

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…

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…

Perfecting his practice at a young age

As a teenager living in Algeria in the 1940s, Yves Saint Laurent took his first steps toward the fashion runway—not with fabric, but with paper. He created intricately designed and accessorized garments for paper dolls, a couture collection being shown publicly for the first time in the United States as part of Yves Saint Laurent:…

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…