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 sarah.burgess@VMFA.museum.
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
The VMFA Circle Lecture Series is open to all members beginning at the Friends Circle level.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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+.
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 sarah.hendricks@VMFA.museum.