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 by the museum’s closure, 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 when the museum reopens for members on July 1, 2020, please click here. Thank you for your support and for your love of the arts.

 

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.

 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.


Cocktails with a Curator: Dr. Colleen Yarger

Wed, Aug 5, 5 pm | Join us via Zoom!
Join us for an evening with Dr. Colleen Yarger, Assistant Curator for European Art and the Mellon Collections. Colleen will give us a look into her upcoming exhibition Sir Frank Short: Out of the Shadows, which will highlight the life of this turn of the twentieth century engineer who left this career behind to ultimately become one of the most celebrated modern masters of printmaking.

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.

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.

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
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Sunken Cities: Diving Deeper

Thu, Jul 16, 5 pm | Join us via Zoom!
Destroyed by natural catastrophes in the 8th century AD, Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus were once mighty centers of trade, where Egyptian and Greek cultures merged in art, worship, and everyday life. Today, maritime archaeologist Franck Goddio, Founder and President of European Institute for Underwater Archaeology (IEASM), has given new life to these sunken cities in the exhibition Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities. An exhibition opening lecture with Goddio will be offered to the public on July 9. On July 16, in a presentation exclusively for VMFA Members, Goddio will take a "deeper dive" into a selection of his favorite objects from the exhibition and will talk in detail about their discovery, importance, and how they fit into the exhibition as seen at VMFA. A question and answer session will follow the talk. 

All VMFA Members are invited to join us for this program. Please register early as participation is limited. If you have questions, please contact the Donor Relations team at rsvp@vmfa.museum.



Member Monday: Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities

Members Only | July 6, Aug 3, Sep 7, Oct 5, Nov 2, Dec 7, Jan 11 | Altria and New Market Galleries, Level LL

Enjoy a series of eight special evenings that provide VMFA members the opportunity to view Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities on a night the museum is closed to the general public. Members are encouraged to bring up to two guests (per membership).

Dive into one of the most astonishing underwater discoveries of all time. The exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see treasures recovered from two powerful ancient Egyptian cities that sank into the Mediterranean more than a thousand years ago. Destroyed by natural catastrophes in the 8th century AD, Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus were once mighty centers of trade, where Egyptian and Greek cultures merged in art, worship, and everyday life.

VMFA Members FREE

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.