Member Events

Member Events

Members of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts are invited to enhance their experiences at the Museum through a variety of events including exhibition preview days, exclusive opportunities that highlight the permanent collection, and special programs that are tailored to specific membership levels and philanthropic interests. Click here to learn more or contact Sarah Burgess, at 804.204.2676 or

 VMFA Circle Lecture Series

Open to members at the Friends Circle level, the VMFA Circle Lecture Series features speakers sharing their expertise on a variety of topics in the art world as they relate to VMFA’s permanent collection and special exhibitions.

VMFA Circle Lecture Series

Thu, Feb 6, 6 pm 
On the Road with Edward and Jo Hopper
with Gail Levin, Distinguished Professor, The City University of New York

Join Gail Levin, art historian, biographer, and distinguished professor, for an intimate look at Edward and Jo Hopper from a biographer's point of view. Dr. Levin has been “around the block,” so to speak, with Edward and Jo Hopper since beginning work on a catalogue raisonné of Edward Hopper's work in 1976. Going on to author the definitive biography of the artist in 1995, today she continues to study this artist couple’s life and art and how the two interact. This talk will explore the role of travel in Edward’s art, with special focus on Jo's contributions to this aspect of his work.

The VMFA Circle Lecture Series is open to all members beginning at the Friends Circle level.

IMAGE Jo in Wyoming, 1946, Edward Hopper (American, 1882 - 1967), watercolor and graphite pencil on paper. Whitney Museum of American Art, Josephine N. Hopper Bequest. © Heirs of Josephine N. Hopper/Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

VMFA Circle Lecture Series

Thu, Mar 12, 6 pm 
Worshiping the Jina: Rituals of Jain Devotion
with Dr. John E. Cort, Professor of Asian & Comparative Religions, and Judy Gentili Chair in International Studies, Denison University

The Jains are well known for their innumerable depictions of the Jinas, the enlightened and liberated teachers of Jain history. These representations—whether three-dimensional icons or colorful paintings—may consist of a single Jina or sets of three, five, or even all twenty-four Jinas of the current cycle of time. In his talk, Cort explains the basic rituals of Jain devotion performed in temples and home shrines. He clarifies who the Jina is and how the Jains understand this holiest of all beings as simultaneously singular and multiple. This presentation complements Jainism’s Spiritual Victors, a painted series of Jinas recently installed in the South Asian galleries, and encourages viewers to appreciate how these objects are both works of art and foci of ritual devotion.

The VMFA Circle Lecture Series is open to all members beginning at the Friends Circle level.

IMAGE Padmaprabha: Sixth Tirthankara of the Present Age, 18th century, Indian, Jaipur, Rajasthan, opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper. Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Endowment, 2017.23.6 © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Curator’s Choice Lectures

Members beginning at the Supporters Circle level receive invitations to two additional lectures each year featuring VMFA curators, or their selected guest speakers, presenting on their work in the museum.

Fellows Programs

Members beginning at Fellows Society receive invitations to two programs each year that provide high level, exclusive access to the work of VMFA curators. With greater access to renowned visiting scholars and the museum’s curatorial staff, these unique opportunities promise to nourish your passion for art and allow you to delve more deeply in VMFA’s permanent collection and exhibitions program.

Fellows Program

Fri, Mar 27, 6 pm
Artist Talk: Annabeth Rosen

Annabeth Rosen is a pioneer in the field of contemporary ceramics, who brings fluidity to the practice and its discourse with contemporary art. Join the artist for a discussion of her practice and a closer look at the upcoming installation, Annabeth Rosen: Fables, which features four monumental sculptures alongside her works on paper created specifically for her debut presentation 
at VMFA. 

Annabeth Rosen: Fables is organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on the occasion of the 54th Annual NCECA Conference entitled, MULTIVALENT: Clay, Mindfulness, Memory being held in Richmond, March 25–28, 2020.

Fellows Programs are a benefit for members beginning at the Fellows Society level.
To reserve a seat or learn more, please call 804.340.1499. 

IMAGE Blue Dog (detail), 2019, Annabeth Rosen (American, born 1957), ceramic, glaze, wire. Courtesy of the artist. 

Other Programs

Members at all levels receive invitations to preview days for major exhibitions and special members-only hours on select Member Mondays (dates, when available, will be displayed below). Members starting at the Patrons Society level are also invited to invitation-only opening receptions for special exhibitions. Members also receive discounts on public

Member Preview: Working Together Louis Draper and

Fri, Jan 31, 10 am–9 pm | Evans Court Gallery

Member Preview | Inspired by the archive of Richmond native Louis Draper, VMFA has organized an unprecedented exhibition that chronicles the first twenty years of the Kamoinge Workshop, a group of African American photographers he helped to found in 1963. More than 180 photographs by fifteen of the early members—Anthony Barboza, Adger Cowans, Danny Dawson, Roy DeCarava, Louis Draper, Al Fennar, Ray Francis, Herman Howard, Jimmie Mannas Jr., Herb Randall, Herb Robinson, Beuford Smith, Ming Smith, Shawn Walker, and Calvin Wilson—reveal the vision and commitment of this remarkable group of artists.

Members only. Free, no tickets required.

Member Monday: Tours Louis Draper and the Kamoinge Workshop

Mon, Feb 3, 6–6:30 pm & 6:45–7:15 pm | Meet at Visitor Services

Dr. Sarah Eckhardt, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, will present two 30 minute tours based around VMFA's upcoming exhibition, Working Together: Louis Draper and the Kamoinge Workshop. Inspired by the archive of Richmond native Louis Draper, VMFA has organized an unprecedented exhibition that chronicles the first twenty years of the Kamoinge Workshop, a group of African American photographers he helped to found in 1963.

Members only. Free, tickets required.

Richmond’s Historic Hotels: A Bus Tour

Fri, Feb 7, 2–6 pm| Meet at Visitor Services

Please join Valentine Director Bill Martin and VMFA’s Dr. Sarah Powers, Curatorial Research Specialist for the exhibition Edward Hopper and the American Hotel, for this member-exclusive bus tour exploring some of Richmond’s most iconic lodging. From the famous 19th century Jefferson Hotel to Richmond’s newest boutique hotels, we will discover the hotels, inns, taverns, and hostels that have served as a refuge for countless visitors since the City’s founding.

Developed in connection with VMFA’s exhibition Edward Hopper and the American Hotel, the program will begin at the museum with a tour of the exhibition and conclude with cocktails at the Jefferson Hotel, before returning to VMFA.

$45, open to members of VMFA and The Valentine. Must be age 21+.

Members of The Valentine should phone 804-340-1405 to reserve tickets. 
Admission to Edward Hopper and the American Hotel exhibition and cocktails at the Jefferson Hotel are included in the ticket price. This tour will be held rain or shine, however, in the event of extreme weather the tour may be re-scheduled for Wednesday, February 12.

Edward Hopper and the American Hotel: Member Mondays

Mondays, Nov 4, Dec 2, Jan 13, Feb 3, 5 - 9 pm| Altria and New Market Galleries, Level LL

Check in to Edward Hopper’s hotels, motels, tourist homes, and boarding houses in this first investigation of the celebrated artist’s images of hospitality settings. Culturally probing and formally beguiling, the selected paintings and works on paper explore America’s hotel consciousness and cultural landscape in the early to mid-20th century. At VMFA, the exhibition’s only East Coast venue, simulated spaces and other immersive design elements create a one-of-a-kind art experience. Rarely seen diaries and postcards provide personal travelogues, as told by the artist’s wife, Josephine.

Free, for VMFA Members only.

Select Member Mondays also feature tours and performances. Some events require tickets:

Nov 4, 6 - 6:30 pm & 6:45 - 7:15 pm | Meet at Visitor Services

Join Christopher C. Oliver, Assistant Curator of American Art, for a 30 minute tour based around VMFA's landmark new acquisition, Asher B. Durand's Progress (The Advance of Civilization). This major landscape painting will be discussed alongside works by two of Durand's contemporaries, Frederic E. Church and Fitz Henry Lane. Free, for members only. Get tickets here.

Nov 4, 6 - 9 pm | Atrium
Musical performance by Django Tango, Gypsy Jazz Band. Free, for members only. No tickets required.  

December 2, 6 - 7 pm | Cheek Theater

Member Monday presents “An Illustrated Concert: Hopper, Hotels, and American Song.” Explore the hotel metaphor in music, art, and popular culture with Leo Mazow, curator of Edward Hopper and the American Hotel. Mazow and his bandmate, Brittany Stephenson, will perform as the Coverlets - covering the world of hotels, motels, and hospitality services in a musical survey. Free, for members only. Get tickets here.

In addition to the member events outlined above, a number of highly customized events and programs are planned throughout the year that are tailored to specific membership levels and philanthropic interests. Leadership level members are invited to opening receptions for major exhibitions, members of Glasgow Society who have made planned gifts in support of VMFA’s mission are invited to learn about the impact of their giving, art donors are brought together to celebrate the growth of VMFA’s permanent collection each year as part of the John Barton Payne Society – these are just a few examples of the many wonderful opportunities to engage with VMFA and its mission that are provided each year. Click here to learn more or contact Sarah Hendricks, Manager of Individual Giving, at 804.340.1478 or