Exhibition History

This is a comprehensive listing of the nearly 1,300 exhibitions held at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts since its opening in 1936. This list includes exhibitions organized by VMFA or by other institutions. It does not include exhibitions organized by VMFA which were not shown in Richmond. It also generally does not include exhibitions organized for children’s educational purposes. The exhibition history is maintained by the Freeman Library which holds further material on each entry.

To find a specific exhibition, you may select one of the decades below, or you can view the entire VMFA Exhibition History. Additionally, you can view charts which detail the number of exhibitions held each year, the duration of the exhibitions, and the various exhibition series held over the years.

1936 – 1939
1940 – 1949
1950 – 1959
1960 – 1969
1970 – 1979
1980 – 1989
1990 – 1999
2000 – 2009
2010 – Present

In addition, the Freeman Library maintains lists of the 60 exhibitions presented through the Artmobile program from 1953 to 1994, as well as hundreds of exhibitions that traveled throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia through the Statewide program, beginning in the 1930s. The documentation of the history of Statewide exhibitions is an ongoing project, so those lists will continue to be updated as more information is added.