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…

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…

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…

Beneath the Surface of African Art: Studying an 18th Century Ethiopian Cross

The research on the African Collection being carried out as part of the recently awarded Andrew W. Mellon grant is continuing to produce new insights into the objects in our collection. For example, as part of a comprehensive study of the Ethiopian crosses in our collection, an 18th century hand cross (#2015.319) has undergone a…

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!

Esther Mahlangu’s Magic Wand

In 2014, VMFA commissioned South African artist Esther Mahlangu to create two large-scale paintings for the museum’s collection. The most renowned artist among South Africa’s Ndebele people, Mahlangu has developed the art of mural painting from a tradition of designs painted on the exterior of rural homes to projects created in a global, contemporary art…

Free Speakers Bureau Presentations Introduce VMFA to the Community

Did you know that viewing the VMFA permanent collection is free? Do you have any idea of the next exhibition that’s coming to the museum? Did you know VMFA is open 365 days a year? No? Then perhaps you should have the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ Speakers Bureau present at your social or civic…

Fellowship Gave Painter Josephine Haden Public Exposure and Recognition for Her Work

Winning a VMFA Fellowship in 2008 was a significant achievement for painter Josephine Haden, but also being one of the first winners to have her work on view at VMFA as part of the debut of the Fellowship Exhibitions Program gave that honor even greater impact. “The Pauley Center exhibition brought me considerable professional attention, which…

Shaken Not Brushed . . .

Espolon Blanc, St. Germain, apricot, orange blossom water, lime, hibiscus, apple wood-smoked sugar rim. Just reading these ingredients suggests beauty and creativity and artistry just brushstrokes away from hanging on a museum wall. However, to see Tyler Harvey, bartender extraordinaire at Amuse, actually mixing the Marguerite (the moniker they’ve given this masterpiece), pouring and splashing, swirling and shaking, you’re…