Member Events

A Note Regarding COVID-19:

VMFA is mindful of how closings and cancellations as a result of COVID-19 (coronavirus) have affected your membership experience. While it may not be possible to reschedule all of the programs impacted, every effort will be made to deliver the same level of engagement you have come to expect as a VMFA member. We will continue to provide updates and details here and in emails sent to members. To learn more about how to prepare for your visit, please click here. Thank you for your support and for your love of the arts.

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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 sarah.burgess@VMFA.museum.

All Members

Events Open to All Members

These opportunities to engage with VMFA are open to all current museum members.


Member Preview: The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse

Members Only Preview | Thu & Fri, May 20 & 21 | Altria and New Market Galleries, Level LL

Curated by VMFA’s Valerie Cassel Oliver, this groundbreaking exhibition reveals aesthetic traditions of the African American South and their influences on art, music, and other forms of cultural expression over the last 100 years. Contemporary art and art created by those not academically trained converge with music in a relevant and culturally rich study that includes paintings, sculpture, assemblage, and collage, as well as the personal possessions of music icons.

VMFA Members FREE


Member Appreciation Nights: The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impul

Members Only | Wednesdays, 5pm - 9pm | Altria and New Market Galleries, Level LL

Beginning May 26, Enjoy a series of special evenings that provide VMFA members the opportunity to view The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse on a night of members-only access to the exhibition. Single-cardholder members may reserve one free guest ticket each week, and dual-cardholder members may reserve two free guest tickets to the exhibition.

The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse, organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, investigates the aesthetic impulses of early 20th-century Black culture that have proved ubiquitous to the southern region of the United States. The exhibition chronicles the pervasive sonic and visual parallels that have served to shape the contemporary landscape, and looks deeply into the frameworks of landscape, religion, and the Black body—deep meditative repositories of thought and expression.

VMFA Members FREE


Member Mornings

Jul 5, 8:00 am - 10:00 am | VMFA Members only

Members will have exclusive access to the museum on select mornings to enjoy and engage with the VMFA collection and special exhibitions during a time when the museum is not open to the public. 

Virginia Arcadia: The Natural Bridge in American Art
Explore the artistic legacy of an iconic natural wonder. Depicted and celebrated for centuries, the Natural Bridge is the Shenandoah Valley’s breathtaking centerpiece—a towering, primeval witness to human history and timeless muse. The exhibition examines its image in paintings, prints, decorative arts, photography and more. Featured artists include Frederic Church, David Johnson, Edward Hicks, and many others.

The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse
Curated by VMFA’s Valerie Cassel Oliver, this groundbreaking exhibition reveals aesthetic traditions of the African American South and their influences on art, music, and other forms of cultural expression over the last 100 years. Contemporary art and art created by those not academically trained converge with music in a relevant and culturally rich study that includes paintings, sculpture, assemblage, and collage, as well as the personal possessions of music icons.

VMFA Members FREE. Advanced reservations strongly recommended. 
Member Mornings are open exclusively to VMFA members. We encourage you to bring guests every Wednesday evening during Member Appreciation Nights.


Friends Circle

VMFA Circle Lectures

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

Wed, May 26, 6 pm | Join us via Zoom!

Some Great Convulsion: The Natural Bridge as Cultural Touchstone
with with Alan C. Braddock, Ralph H. Wark Associate Professor of Art History and Environmental Humanities, William & Mary

Thomas Jefferson famously described the Natural Bridge as “the most sublime of Nature’s works,” attributing its creation to “some great convulsion” in the past.  Jefferson’s reference to “convulsion” expressed his belief in catastrophism, a theory of violent upheavals in geological history, but it also echoed ideas about revolutionary change in modernity.  Exploring art, industry, and the cultural politics of modern infrastructure, this presentation considers how the Natural Bridge was not entirely “natural” in its significance.

Presented By


The VMFA Circle Lecture Series is open to members beginning at the Friends Circle level. Please register early as participation is limited. If you have questions, please contact the Donor Relations team at rsvp@vmfa.museum.


Cocktails with a Curator

This virtual program series is a special offering for VMFA members beginning at the Friends Circle level. We hope you will join us for a virtual cocktail and live Q&A with a museum curator.


Cocktails with a Curator: Dr. Sylvain Cordier

Wed, Jun 16, 5 pm | Join us via Zoom!

Join Dr. Sylvain Cordier, Paul Mellon Curator and Head of the Department of European Art, for a closer look at exciting acquisitions in European Portraiture. A spectacular Grand Portrait Gallery—with works ranging from the Renaissance through the 19th century—is a central feature of the new display of VMFA’s European collections that will be inaugurated in 2025. Portraiture incites a face-to-face encounter with its subject and with their specific cultural and historical contexts. Focusing on recent acquisitions and conservation projects, this talk will explore the dynamic relations between the artist’s vision, the sitter’s personality, and our contemporary perspectives.

Presented By

This free Webinar Series is a special offering for VMFA members beginning at the Friends Circle level. Please register early as participation is limited. If you have questions, please contact the Donor Relations team at rsvp@vmfa.museum.


Events Open to All Members

These opportunities to engage with VMFA are open to all current museum members


Member Preview: The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse

Members Only Preview | Thu & Fri, May 20 & 21 | Altria and New Market Galleries, Level LL

Curated by VMFA’s Valerie Cassel Oliver, this groundbreaking exhibition reveals aesthetic traditions of the African American South and their influences on art, music, and other forms of cultural expression over the last 100 years. Contemporary art and art created by those not academically trained converge with music in a relevant and culturally rich study that includes paintings, sculpture, assemblage, and collage, as well as the personal possessions of music icons.

VMFA Members FREE


Member Appreciation Nights: The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impul

Members Only | Wednesdays, 5pm - 9pm | Altria and New Market Galleries, Level LL

Beginning May 26, Enjoy a series of special evenings that provide VMFA members the opportunity to view The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse on a night of members-only access to the exhibition. Single-cardholder members may reserve one free guest ticket each week, and dual-cardholder members may reserve two free guest tickets to the exhibition.

The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse, organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, investigates the aesthetic impulses of early 20th-century Black culture that have proved ubiquitous to the southern region of the United States. The exhibition chronicles the pervasive sonic and visual parallels that have served to shape the contemporary landscape, and looks deeply into the frameworks of landscape, religion, and the Black body—deep meditative repositories of thought and expression.

VMFA Members FREE


Member Mornings

Jul 5, 8:00 am - 10:00 am | VMFA Members only

Members will have exclusive access to the museum on select mornings to enjoy and engage with the VMFA collection and special exhibitions during a time when the museum is not open to the public. 

Virginia Arcadia: The Natural Bridge in American Art
Explore the artistic legacy of an iconic natural wonder. Depicted and celebrated for centuries, the Natural Bridge is the Shenandoah Valley’s breathtaking centerpiece—a towering, primeval witness to human history and timeless muse. The exhibition examines its image in paintings, prints, decorative arts, photography and more. Featured artists include Frederic Church, David Johnson, Edward Hicks, and many others.

The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse
Curated by VMFA’s Valerie Cassel Oliver, this groundbreaking exhibition reveals aesthetic traditions of the African American South and their influences on art, music, and other forms of cultural expression over the last 100 years. Contemporary art and art created by those not academically trained converge with music in a relevant and culturally rich study that includes paintings, sculpture, assemblage, and collage, as well as the personal possessions of music icons.

VMFA Members FREE. Advanced reservations strongly recommended. 
Member Mornings are open exclusively to VMFA members. We encourage you to bring guests every Wednesday evening during Member Appreciation Nights.


Supporters Circle


Curator’s Choice

Curator’s Choice programs are a benefit for members beginning at the Supporters Circle level. We invite you to engage with the museum’s encyclopedic permanent collection and nourish your passion for art through exciting programs designed by the museum’s curatorial staff. These unique opportunities promise to provide the latest information about curatorial collecting strategies, care of the collections, and more!

Check back soon for events in this category


VMFA Circle Lectures

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

Wed, May 26, 6 pm | Join us via Zoom!

Some Great Convulsion: The Natural Bridge as Cultural Touchstone
with with Alan C. Braddock, Ralph H. Wark Associate Professor of Art History and Environmental Humanities, William & Mary

Thomas Jefferson famously described the Natural Bridge as “the most sublime of Nature’s works,” attributing its creation to “some great convulsion” in the past.  Jefferson’s reference to “convulsion” expressed his belief in catastrophism, a theory of violent upheavals in geological history, but it also echoed ideas about revolutionary change in modernity.  Exploring art, industry, and the cultural politics of modern infrastructure, this presentation considers how the Natural Bridge was not entirely “natural” in its significance.

Presented By


The VMFA Circle Lecture Series is open to members beginning at the Friends Circle level. Please register early as participation is limited. If you have questions, please contact the Donor Relations team at rsvp@vmfa.museum.


Cocktails with a Curator

This virtual program series is a special offering for VMFA members beginning at the Friends Circle level. We hope you will join us for a virtual cocktail and live Q&A with a museum curator.


Cocktails with a Curator: Dr. Sylvain Cordier

Wed, Jun 16, 5 pm | Join us via Zoom!

Join Dr. Sylvain Cordier, Paul Mellon Curator and Head of the Department of European Art, for a closer look at exciting acquisitions in European Portraiture. A spectacular Grand Portrait Gallery—with works ranging from the Renaissance through the 19th century—is a central feature of the new display of VMFA’s European collections that will be inaugurated in 2025. Portraiture incites a face-to-face encounter with its subject and with their specific cultural and historical contexts. Focusing on recent acquisitions and conservation projects, this talk will explore the dynamic relations between the artist’s vision, the sitter’s personality, and our contemporary perspectives.

Presented By

This free Webinar Series is a special offering for VMFA members beginning at the Friends Circle level. Please register early as participation is limited. If you have questions, please contact the Donor Relations team at rsvp@vmfa.museum.


Events Open to All Members


Member Preview: The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse

Members Only Preview | Thu & Fri, May 20 & 21 | Altria and New Market Galleries, Level LL

Curated by VMFA’s Valerie Cassel Oliver, this groundbreaking exhibition reveals aesthetic traditions of the African American South and their influences on art, music, and other forms of cultural expression over the last 100 years. Contemporary art and art created by those not academically trained converge with music in a relevant and culturally rich study that includes paintings, sculpture, assemblage, and collage, as well as the personal possessions of music icons.

VMFA Members FREE


Member Appreciation Nights: The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impul

Members Only | Wednesdays, 5pm - 9pm | Altria and New Market Galleries, Level LL

Beginning May 26, Enjoy a series of special evenings that provide VMFA members the opportunity to view The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse on a night of members-only access to the exhibition. Single-cardholder members may reserve one free guest ticket each week, and dual-cardholder members may reserve two free guest tickets to the exhibition.

The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse, organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, investigates the aesthetic impulses of early 20th-century Black culture that have proved ubiquitous to the southern region of the United States. The exhibition chronicles the pervasive sonic and visual parallels that have served to shape the contemporary landscape, and looks deeply into the frameworks of landscape, religion, and the Black body—deep meditative repositories of thought and expression.

VMFA Members FREE


Member Mornings

Jul 5, 8:00 am - 10:00 am | VMFA Members only

Members will have exclusive access to the museum on select mornings to enjoy and engage with the VMFA collection and special exhibitions during a time when the museum is not open to the public. 

Virginia Arcadia: The Natural Bridge in American Art
Explore the artistic legacy of an iconic natural wonder. Depicted and celebrated for centuries, the Natural Bridge is the Shenandoah Valley’s breathtaking centerpiece—a towering, primeval witness to human history and timeless muse. The exhibition examines its image in paintings, prints, decorative arts, photography and more. Featured artists include Frederic Church, David Johnson, Edward Hicks, and many others.

The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse
Curated by VMFA’s Valerie Cassel Oliver, this groundbreaking exhibition reveals aesthetic traditions of the African American South and their influences on art, music, and other forms of cultural expression over the last 100 years. Contemporary art and art created by those not academically trained converge with music in a relevant and culturally rich study that includes paintings, sculpture, assemblage, and collage, as well as the personal possessions of music icons.

VMFA Members FREE. Advanced reservations strongly recommended. 
Member Mornings are open exclusively to VMFA members. We encourage you to bring guests every Wednesday evening during Member Appreciation Nights.


Partners Circle


In addition to the option to bring four guests per visit to special ticketed exhibitions, at no charge, members beginning at the Partners Circle may elect to join Canvas.


Canvas Programs

In addition to all the benefits of their chosen level of membership, Canvas members receive invitations to two exclusive Canvas events per year, a quarterly online Canvas newsletter, and the opportunity to learn about and lend support to the museum’s newest initiatives and most urgent needs.

Check back soon for events in this category


Curator’s Choice

Curator’s Choice programs are a benefit for members beginning at the Supporters Circle level. We invite you to engage with the museum’s encyclopedic permanent collection and nourish your passion for art through exciting programs designed by the museum’s curatorial staff. These unique opportunities promise to provide the latest information about curatorial collecting strategies, care of the collections, and more!

Check back soon for events in this category


VMFA Circle Lectures

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

Wed, May 26, 6 pm | Join us via Zoom!

Some Great Convulsion: The Natural Bridge as Cultural Touchstone
with with Alan C. Braddock, Ralph H. Wark Associate Professor of Art History and Environmental Humanities, William & Mary

Thomas Jefferson famously described the Natural Bridge as “the most sublime of Nature’s works,” attributing its creation to “some great convulsion” in the past.  Jefferson’s reference to “convulsion” expressed his belief in catastrophism, a theory of violent upheavals in geological history, but it also echoed ideas about revolutionary change in modernity.  Exploring art, industry, and the cultural politics of modern infrastructure, this presentation considers how the Natural Bridge was not entirely “natural” in its significance.

Presented By


The VMFA Circle Lecture Series is open to members beginning at the Friends Circle level. Please register early as participation is limited. If you have questions, please contact the Donor Relations team at rsvp@vmfa.museum.


Cocktails with a Curator

This virtual program series is a special offering for VMFA members beginning at the Friends Circle level. We hope you will join us for a virtual cocktail and live Q&A with a museum curator.


Cocktails with a Curator: Dr. Sylvain Cordier

Wed, Jun 16, 5 pm | Join us via Zoom!

Join Dr. Sylvain Cordier, Paul Mellon Curator and Head of the Department of European Art, for a closer look at exciting acquisitions in European Portraiture. A spectacular Grand Portrait Gallery—with works ranging from the Renaissance through the 19th century—is a central feature of the new display of VMFA’s European collections that will be inaugurated in 2025. Portraiture incites a face-to-face encounter with its subject and with their specific cultural and historical contexts. Focusing on recent acquisitions and conservation projects, this talk will explore the dynamic relations between the artist’s vision, the sitter’s personality, and our contemporary perspectives.

Presented By

This free Webinar Series is a special offering for VMFA members beginning at the Friends Circle level. Please register early as participation is limited. If you have questions, please contact the Donor Relations team at rsvp@vmfa.museum.


Events Open to All Members


Member Preview: The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse

Members Only Preview | Thu & Fri, May 20 & 21 | Altria and New Market Galleries, Level LL

Curated by VMFA’s Valerie Cassel Oliver, this groundbreaking exhibition reveals aesthetic traditions of the African American South and their influences on art, music, and other forms of cultural expression over the last 100 years. Contemporary art and art created by those not academically trained converge with music in a relevant and culturally rich study that includes paintings, sculpture, assemblage, and collage, as well as the personal possessions of music icons.

VMFA Members FREE


Member Appreciation Nights: The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impul

Members Only | Wednesdays, 5pm - 9pm | Altria and New Market Galleries, Level LL

Beginning May 26, Enjoy a series of special evenings that provide VMFA members the opportunity to view The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse on a night of members-only access to the exhibition. Single-cardholder members may reserve one free guest ticket each week, and dual-cardholder members may reserve two free guest tickets to the exhibition.

The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse, organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, investigates the aesthetic impulses of early 20th-century Black culture that have proved ubiquitous to the southern region of the United States. The exhibition chronicles the pervasive sonic and visual parallels that have served to shape the contemporary landscape, and looks deeply into the frameworks of landscape, religion, and the Black body—deep meditative repositories of thought and expression.

VMFA Members FREE


Member Mornings

Jul 5, 8:00 am - 10:00 am | VMFA Members only

Members will have exclusive access to the museum on select mornings to enjoy and engage with the VMFA collection and special exhibitions during a time when the museum is not open to the public. 

Virginia Arcadia: The Natural Bridge in American Art
Explore the artistic legacy of an iconic natural wonder. Depicted and celebrated for centuries, the Natural Bridge is the Shenandoah Valley’s breathtaking centerpiece—a towering, primeval witness to human history and timeless muse. The exhibition examines its image in paintings, prints, decorative arts, photography and more. Featured artists include Frederic Church, David Johnson, Edward Hicks, and many others.

The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse
Curated by VMFA’s Valerie Cassel Oliver, this groundbreaking exhibition reveals aesthetic traditions of the African American South and their influences on art, music, and other forms of cultural expression over the last 100 years. Contemporary art and art created by those not academically trained converge with music in a relevant and culturally rich study that includes paintings, sculpture, assemblage, and collage, as well as the personal possessions of music icons.

VMFA Members FREE. Advanced reservations strongly recommended. 
Member Mornings are open exclusively to VMFA members. We encourage you to bring guests every Wednesday evening during Member Appreciation Nights.


Patrons Society


Leadership Programs

Leadership Giving Society memberships provide vital ongoing philanthropic support to advance the museum’s mission. The following opportunities, including opening-night preview events, are available to all Leadership Giving Society members, beginning at the Patrons Society level.


Summer Patrons Reception

Mon, Aug 2, 6–8 pm*

Celebrate 2021 exhibitions The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse and Virginia Arcadia: The Natural Bridge in American Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts with a cocktail reception honoring our generous exhibition sponsors and VMFA's Leadership Giving Societies.

*Depending on COVID-19 capacity guidelines and safety protocols, this event may be extended to two evenings. Final date(s) and additional details will be included in your invitation, which will be emailed in late June.
 

Patron Exhibition Opening Receptions are a benefit for members of VMFA's Leadership Giving Societies beginning at the Patrons Society Level. Please reach out to Donor Relations at 804.340.1499 or rsvp@VMFA.museum with questions or to RSVP.


Canvas Programs

In addition to all the benefits of their chosen level of membership, Canvas members receive invitations to two exclusive Canvas events per year, a quarterly online Canvas newsletter, and the opportunity to learn about and lend support to the museum’s newest initiatives and most urgent needs.

Check back soon for events in this category


Curator’s Choice

Curator’s Choice programs are a benefit for members beginning at the Supporters Circle level. We invite you to engage with the museum’s encyclopedic permanent collection and nourish your passion for art through exciting programs designed by the museum’s curatorial staff. These unique opportunities promise to provide the latest information about curatorial collecting strategies, care of the collections, and more!

Check back soon for events in this category


VMFA Circle Lectures

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

Wed, May 26, 6 pm | Join us via Zoom!

Some Great Convulsion: The Natural Bridge as Cultural Touchstone
with with Alan C. Braddock, Ralph H. Wark Associate Professor of Art History and Environmental Humanities, William & Mary

Thomas Jefferson famously described the Natural Bridge as “the most sublime of Nature’s works,” attributing its creation to “some great convulsion” in the past.  Jefferson’s reference to “convulsion” expressed his belief in catastrophism, a theory of violent upheavals in geological history, but it also echoed ideas about revolutionary change in modernity.  Exploring art, industry, and the cultural politics of modern infrastructure, this presentation considers how the Natural Bridge was not entirely “natural” in its significance.

Presented By


The VMFA Circle Lecture Series is open to members beginning at the Friends Circle level. Please register early as participation is limited. If you have questions, please contact the Donor Relations team at rsvp@vmfa.museum.


Cocktails with a Curator

This virtual program series is a special offering for VMFA members beginning at the Friends Circle level. We hope you will join us for a virtual cocktail and live Q&A with a museum curator.


Cocktails with a Curator: Dr. Sylvain Cordier

Wed, Jun 16, 5 pm | Join us via Zoom!

Join Dr. Sylvain Cordier, Paul Mellon Curator and Head of the Department of European Art, for a closer look at exciting acquisitions in European Portraiture. A spectacular Grand Portrait Gallery—with works ranging from the Renaissance through the 19th century—is a central feature of the new display of VMFA’s European collections that will be inaugurated in 2025. Portraiture incites a face-to-face encounter with its subject and with their specific cultural and historical contexts. Focusing on recent acquisitions and conservation projects, this talk will explore the dynamic relations between the artist’s vision, the sitter’s personality, and our contemporary perspectives.

Presented By

This free Webinar Series is a special offering for VMFA members beginning at the Friends Circle level. Please register early as participation is limited. If you have questions, please contact the Donor Relations team at rsvp@vmfa.museum.


Events Open to All Members


Member Preview: The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse

Members Only Preview | Thu & Fri, May 20 & 21 | Altria and New Market Galleries, Level LL

Curated by VMFA’s Valerie Cassel Oliver, this groundbreaking exhibition reveals aesthetic traditions of the African American South and their influences on art, music, and other forms of cultural expression over the last 100 years. Contemporary art and art created by those not academically trained converge with music in a relevant and culturally rich study that includes paintings, sculpture, assemblage, and collage, as well as the personal possessions of music icons.

VMFA Members FREE


Member Appreciation Nights: The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impul

Members Only | Wednesdays, 5pm - 9pm | Altria and New Market Galleries, Level LL

Beginning May 26, Enjoy a series of special evenings that provide VMFA members the opportunity to view The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse on a night of members-only access to the exhibition. Single-cardholder members may reserve one free guest ticket each week, and dual-cardholder members may reserve two free guest tickets to the exhibition.

The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse, organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, investigates the aesthetic impulses of early 20th-century Black culture that have proved ubiquitous to the southern region of the United States. The exhibition chronicles the pervasive sonic and visual parallels that have served to shape the contemporary landscape, and looks deeply into the frameworks of landscape, religion, and the Black body—deep meditative repositories of thought and expression.

VMFA Members FREE


Member Mornings

Jul 5, 8:00 am - 10:00 am | VMFA Members only

Members will have exclusive access to the museum on select mornings to enjoy and engage with the VMFA collection and special exhibitions during a time when the museum is not open to the public. 

Virginia Arcadia: The Natural Bridge in American Art
Explore the artistic legacy of an iconic natural wonder. Depicted and celebrated for centuries, the Natural Bridge is the Shenandoah Valley’s breathtaking centerpiece—a towering, primeval witness to human history and timeless muse. The exhibition examines its image in paintings, prints, decorative arts, photography and more. Featured artists include Frederic Church, David Johnson, Edward Hicks, and many others.

The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse
Curated by VMFA’s Valerie Cassel Oliver, this groundbreaking exhibition reveals aesthetic traditions of the African American South and their influences on art, music, and other forms of cultural expression over the last 100 years. Contemporary art and art created by those not academically trained converge with music in a relevant and culturally rich study that includes paintings, sculpture, assemblage, and collage, as well as the personal possessions of music icons.

VMFA Members FREE. Advanced reservations strongly recommended. 
Member Mornings are open exclusively to VMFA members. We encourage you to bring guests every Wednesday evening during Member Appreciation Nights.


Fellows Society

Fellows Programs

VMFA is delighted to offer Fellows Programs as a benefit for members beginning at the Fellows Society level. This special series of programs will provide high-level, exclusive access to the work of VMFA curators, thought leaders, and museum-field experts.


Fellows Program

Tue, Jun 8, 6 pm | Join us via Zoom!

VMFA: A Look Ahead

Join Alex Nyerges, Director and CEO, Dr. Michael R. Taylor, Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Art & Education, and Tom Gutenberger, Chief Development Officer and Deputy Director for Advancement, for an inside look at the future of VMFA. This program will update members of the museum's Fellows, Fabergé, Founders, Commonwealth, and Director's Societies on VMFA's comprehensive campaign.

VMFA has been laying the groundwork for this campaign for the past decade by growing its collections, building a world-class exhibition program, and setting a new standard for accessibility among American art museums. With an expanded footprint, including new and renovated gallery space and an additional exhibition suite, VMFA will deepen its commitment to celebrating every area of the museum's permanent collection and to fulfilling its mission to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret art. We invite you to be a part of this exciting time for the arts in Virginia!

Presented By

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. 


Join Alex Nyerges, Director and CEO, Dr. Michael R. Taylor, Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Art & Education, and Tom Gutenberger, Chief Development Officer and Deputy Director for Advancement, for an inside look at the future of VMFA. This program will update members of the museum's Fellows, Fabergé, Founders, Commonwealth, and Director's Societies on VMFA's comprehensive campaign.

Register in Zoom


Leadership Programs

Leadership Giving Society memberships provide vital ongoing philanthropic support to advance the museum’s mission. The following opportunities, including opening-night preview events, are available to all Leadership Giving Society members, beginning at the Patrons Society level.


Summer Patrons Reception

Mon, Aug 2, 6–8 pm*

Celebrate 2021 exhibitions The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse and Virginia Arcadia: The Natural Bridge in American Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts with a cocktail reception honoring our generous exhibition sponsors and VMFA's Leadership Giving Societies.

*Depending on COVID-19 capacity guidelines and safety protocols, this event may be extended to two evenings. Final date(s) and additional details will be included in your invitation, which will be emailed in late June.
 

Patron Exhibition Opening Receptions are a benefit for members of VMFA's Leadership Giving Societies beginning at the Patrons Society Level. Please reach out to Donor Relations at 804.340.1499 or rsvp@VMFA.museum with questions or to RSVP.


Canvas Programs

In addition to all the benefits of their chosen level of membership, Canvas members receive invitations to two exclusive Canvas events per year, a quarterly online Canvas newsletter, and the opportunity to learn about and lend support to the museum’s newest initiatives and most urgent needs.

Check back soon for events in this category


Curator’s Choice

Curator’s Choice programs are a benefit for members beginning at the Supporters Circle level. We invite you to engage with the museum’s encyclopedic permanent collection and nourish your passion for art through exciting programs designed by the museum’s curatorial staff. These unique opportunities promise to provide the latest information about curatorial collecting strategies, care of the collections, and more!

Check back soon for events in this category


VMFA Circle Lectures

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

Wed, May 26, 6 pm | Join us via Zoom!

Some Great Convulsion: The Natural Bridge as Cultural Touchstone
with with Alan C. Braddock, Ralph H. Wark Associate Professor of Art History and Environmental Humanities, William & Mary

Thomas Jefferson famously described the Natural Bridge as “the most sublime of Nature’s works,” attributing its creation to “some great convulsion” in the past.  Jefferson’s reference to “convulsion” expressed his belief in catastrophism, a theory of violent upheavals in geological history, but it also echoed ideas about revolutionary change in modernity.  Exploring art, industry, and the cultural politics of modern infrastructure, this presentation considers how the Natural Bridge was not entirely “natural” in its significance.

Presented By


The VMFA Circle Lecture Series is open to members beginning at the Friends Circle level. Please register early as participation is limited. If you have questions, please contact the Donor Relations team at rsvp@vmfa.museum.


Cocktails with a Curator

This virtual program series is a special offering for VMFA members beginning at the Friends Circle level. We hope you will join us for a virtual cocktail and live Q&A with a museum curator.


Cocktails with a Curator: Dr. Sylvain Cordier

Wed, Jun 16, 5 pm | Join us via Zoom!

Join Dr. Sylvain Cordier, Paul Mellon Curator and Head of the Department of European Art, for a closer look at exciting acquisitions in European Portraiture. A spectacular Grand Portrait Gallery—with works ranging from the Renaissance through the 19th century—is a central feature of the new display of VMFA’s European collections that will be inaugurated in 2025. Portraiture incites a face-to-face encounter with its subject and with their specific cultural and historical contexts. Focusing on recent acquisitions and conservation projects, this talk will explore the dynamic relations between the artist’s vision, the sitter’s personality, and our contemporary perspectives.

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This free Webinar Series is a special offering for VMFA members beginning at the Friends Circle level. Please register early as participation is limited. If you have questions, please contact the Donor Relations team at rsvp@vmfa.museum.


Events Open to All Members


Member Preview: The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse

Members Only Preview | Thu & Fri, May 20 & 21 | Altria and New Market Galleries, Level LL

Curated by VMFA’s Valerie Cassel Oliver, this groundbreaking exhibition reveals aesthetic traditions of the African American South and their influences on art, music, and other forms of cultural expression over the last 100 years. Contemporary art and art created by those not academically trained converge with music in a relevant and culturally rich study that includes paintings, sculpture, assemblage, and collage, as well as the personal possessions of music icons.

VMFA Members FREE


Member Appreciation Nights: The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impul

Members Only | Wednesdays, 5pm - 9pm | Altria and New Market Galleries, Level LL

Beginning May 26, Enjoy a series of special evenings that provide VMFA members the opportunity to view The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse on a night of members-only access to the exhibition. Single-cardholder members may reserve one free guest ticket each week, and dual-cardholder members may reserve two free guest tickets to the exhibition.

The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse, organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, investigates the aesthetic impulses of early 20th-century Black culture that have proved ubiquitous to the southern region of the United States. The exhibition chronicles the pervasive sonic and visual parallels that have served to shape the contemporary landscape, and looks deeply into the frameworks of landscape, religion, and the Black body—deep meditative repositories of thought and expression.

VMFA Members FREE


Member Mornings

Jul 5, 8:00 am - 10:00 am | VMFA Members only

Members will have exclusive access to the museum on select mornings to enjoy and engage with the VMFA collection and special exhibitions during a time when the museum is not open to the public. 

Virginia Arcadia: The Natural Bridge in American Art
Explore the artistic legacy of an iconic natural wonder. Depicted and celebrated for centuries, the Natural Bridge is the Shenandoah Valley’s breathtaking centerpiece—a towering, primeval witness to human history and timeless muse. The exhibition examines its image in paintings, prints, decorative arts, photography and more. Featured artists include Frederic Church, David Johnson, Edward Hicks, and many others.

The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse
Curated by VMFA’s Valerie Cassel Oliver, this groundbreaking exhibition reveals aesthetic traditions of the African American South and their influences on art, music, and other forms of cultural expression over the last 100 years. Contemporary art and art created by those not academically trained converge with music in a relevant and culturally rich study that includes paintings, sculpture, assemblage, and collage, as well as the personal possessions of music icons.

VMFA Members FREE. Advanced reservations strongly recommended. 
Member Mornings are open exclusively to VMFA members. We encourage you to bring guests every Wednesday evening during Member Appreciation Nights.

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.