Literary Programs

Art, writing, reading, and books have a long and important connection. To investigate and illuminate this connection, VMFA offers a variety of literary programs sponsored by the Freeman Library.

VMFA Book Club

Using books about artists or works of art to pique curiosity and open discussions, VMFA Book Club explores specific works of art currently on view at VMFA as well as the setting and period surrounding the art featured in the book. These groups are limited to 25 participants and feature staff-led museum tours and discussions. Reading the book is helpful but not required.


VMFA Book and Author Events

Guest authors and experts talk about works of fiction or nonfiction that correlate with the museum’s collections and exhibitions. Check back soon for upcoming Book and Author events!


E201109_0088NEW! The Literature Studio: What Were They Thinking?

Have you ever wondered what people were reading or hearing as the world’s great art was created? How has art inspired writers over the centuries? How have writers influenced artists? Through gallery tours, talks, and readings, the Literature Studio explores inspirational connections between various types of art. Learn about upcoming poetry and prose Literature Studio events.


Learn About the Research Library and How to Use it

Learn proper art research methods from Freeman Library staff and find out about available library resources. Open to high school, undergraduate, and graduate classes.

Contact us to learn more about bringing your classes to the library!