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


Virtual Member Evening: VMFA Vintages with Michael Shaps

Wed, Mar 3, 6 pm
VMFA is pleased to invite all members for a special evening exploring VMFA's private label wines.

Michael Shaps of Wineworks in Charlottesville has established himself at the forefront of the modern Virginia wine industry. Join VMFA's Director of Food Service and Special Events, Tony Karabaich, and Winemaker, Michael Shaps, for a conversation about their ongoing collaboration and the production of VMFA's exclusive wines. Joining Michael and Tony will be Amuse Chef, Greg Haley, and Restaurant Manager, Liz Skirpan, who will share food pairing ideas for the VMFA Meritage and Viogner and chat about how VMFA's private label wines complement Amuse's seasonal menu offerings.

Follow along from home with a tasting of the VMFA Meritage and VMFA Viognier!
Wine selections are available for pick up through VMFA 2GO. Additionally, direct shipping can be arranged through through Michael Shaps Wineworks

Presented By

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 Mornings

Members Only | Mar 1, Apr 5, Jul 5 | 8:00 am - 10:00 am 

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. Member Mornings are open exclusively to VMFA members. We encourage you to bring guests every Wednesday evening during Member Appreciation Nights.

March 1, April 5 & July 5: 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.

VMFA Members FREE. Advanced reservations strongly recommended. 

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, Apr 7, 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 in the South Asian galleries, and encourages viewers to appreciate how these objects are both works of art and foci of ritual devotion.

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. Leo G. Mazow

Wed, Mar 10, 5 pm
Dr. Leo G. Mazow, Louise B. and J Harwood Cochrane Curator of American Art, discusses artist Charles Sheeler’s visit to Colonial Williamsburg in 1935–36, with special emphasis on his master drawing Kitchen of Governor’s Palace, Williamsburg, Va., and his other paintings and photographs of the site. Join us for a conversation about this American modernist’s visit to the Commonwealth!

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


Virtual Member Evening: VMFA Vintages with Michael Shaps

Wed, Mar 3, 6 pm
VMFA is pleased to invite all members for a special evening exploring VMFA's private label wines.

Michael Shaps of Wineworks in Charlottesville has established himself at the forefront of the modern Virginia wine industry. Join VMFA's Director of Food Service and Special Events, Tony Karabaich, and Winemaker, Michael Shaps, for a conversation about their ongoing collaboration and the production of VMFA's exclusive wines. Joining Michael and Tony will be Amuse Chef, Greg Haley, and Restaurant Manager, Liz Skirpan, who will share food pairing ideas for the VMFA Meritage and Viogner and chat about how VMFA's private label wines complement Amuse's seasonal menu offerings.

Follow along from home with a tasting of the VMFA Meritage and VMFA Viognier!
Wine selections are available for pick up through VMFA 2GO. Additionally, direct shipping can be arranged through through Michael Shaps Wineworks

Presented By

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 Mornings

Members Only | Mar 1, Apr 5, Jul 5 | 8:00 am - 10:00 am 

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. Member Mornings are open exclusively to VMFA members. We encourage you to bring guests every Wednesday evening during Member Appreciation Nights.

March 1, April 5 & July 5: 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.

VMFA Members FREE. Advanced reservations strongly recommended. 

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, Apr 7, 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 in the South Asian galleries, and encourages viewers to appreciate how these objects are both works of art and foci of ritual devotion.

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. Leo G. Mazow

Wed, Mar 10, 5 pm
Dr. Leo G. Mazow, Louise B. and J Harwood Cochrane Curator of American Art, discusses artist Charles Sheeler’s visit to Colonial Williamsburg in 1935–36, with special emphasis on his master drawing Kitchen of Governor’s Palace, Williamsburg, Va., and his other paintings and photographs of the site. Join us for a conversation about this American modernist’s visit to the Commonwealth!

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


Virtual Member Evening: VMFA Vintages with Michael Shaps

Wed, Mar 3, 6 pm
VMFA is pleased to invite all members for a special evening exploring VMFA's private label wines.

Michael Shaps of Wineworks in Charlottesville has established himself at the forefront of the modern Virginia wine industry. Join VMFA's Director of Food Service and Special Events, Tony Karabaich, and Winemaker, Michael Shaps, for a conversation about their ongoing collaboration and the production of VMFA's exclusive wines. Joining Michael and Tony will be Amuse Chef, Greg Haley, and Restaurant Manager, Liz Skirpan, who will share food pairing ideas for the VMFA Meritage and Viogner and chat about how VMFA's private label wines complement Amuse's seasonal menu offerings.

Follow along from home with a tasting of the VMFA Meritage and VMFA Viognier!
Wine selections are available for pick up through VMFA 2GO. Additionally, direct shipping can be arranged through through Michael Shaps Wineworks

Presented By

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 Mornings

Members Only | Mar 1, Apr 5, Jul 5 | 8:00 am - 10:00 am 

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. Member Mornings are open exclusively to VMFA members. We encourage you to bring guests every Wednesday evening during Member Appreciation Nights.

March 1, April 5 & July 5: 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.

VMFA Members FREE. Advanced reservations strongly recommended. 

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, Apr 7, 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 in the South Asian galleries, and encourages viewers to appreciate how these objects are both works of art and foci of ritual devotion.

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. Leo G. Mazow

Wed, Mar 10, 5 pm
Dr. Leo G. Mazow, Louise B. and J Harwood Cochrane Curator of American Art, discusses artist Charles Sheeler’s visit to Colonial Williamsburg in 1935–36, with special emphasis on his master drawing Kitchen of Governor’s Palace, Williamsburg, Va., and his other paintings and photographs of the site. Join us for a conversation about this American modernist’s visit to the Commonwealth!

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


Virtual Member Evening: VMFA Vintages with Michael Shaps

Wed, Mar 3, 6 pm
VMFA is pleased to invite all members for a special evening exploring VMFA's private label wines.

Michael Shaps of Wineworks in Charlottesville has established himself at the forefront of the modern Virginia wine industry. Join VMFA's Director of Food Service and Special Events, Tony Karabaich, and Winemaker, Michael Shaps, for a conversation about their ongoing collaboration and the production of VMFA's exclusive wines. Joining Michael and Tony will be Amuse Chef, Greg Haley, and Restaurant Manager, Liz Skirpan, who will share food pairing ideas for the VMFA Meritage and Viogner and chat about how VMFA's private label wines complement Amuse's seasonal menu offerings.

Follow along from home with a tasting of the VMFA Meritage and VMFA Viognier!
Wine selections are available for pick up through VMFA 2GO. Additionally, direct shipping can be arranged through through Michael Shaps Wineworks

Presented By

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 Mornings

Members Only | Mar 1, Apr 5, Jul 5 | 8:00 am - 10:00 am 

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. Member Mornings are open exclusively to VMFA members. We encourage you to bring guests every Wednesday evening during Member Appreciation Nights.

March 1, April 5 & July 5: 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.

VMFA Members FREE. Advanced reservations strongly recommended. 


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.


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, Apr 7, 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 in the South Asian galleries, and encourages viewers to appreciate how these objects are both works of art and foci of ritual devotion.

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. Leo G. Mazow

Wed, Mar 10, 5 pm
Dr. Leo G. Mazow, Louise B. and J Harwood Cochrane Curator of American Art, discusses artist Charles Sheeler’s visit to Colonial Williamsburg in 1935–36, with special emphasis on his master drawing Kitchen of Governor’s Palace, Williamsburg, Va., and his other paintings and photographs of the site. Join us for a conversation about this American modernist’s visit to the Commonwealth!

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


Virtual Member Evening: VMFA Vintages with Michael Shaps

Wed, Mar 3, 6 pm
VMFA is pleased to invite all members for a special evening exploring VMFA's private label wines.

Michael Shaps of Wineworks in Charlottesville has established himself at the forefront of the modern Virginia wine industry. Join VMFA's Director of Food Service and Special Events, Tony Karabaich, and Winemaker, Michael Shaps, for a conversation about their ongoing collaboration and the production of VMFA's exclusive wines. Joining Michael and Tony will be Amuse Chef, Greg Haley, and Restaurant Manager, Liz Skirpan, who will share food pairing ideas for the VMFA Meritage and Viogner and chat about how VMFA's private label wines complement Amuse's seasonal menu offerings.

Follow along from home with a tasting of the VMFA Meritage and VMFA Viognier!
Wine selections are available for pick up through VMFA 2GO. Additionally, direct shipping can be arranged through through Michael Shaps Wineworks

Presented By

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 Mornings

Members Only | Mar 1, Apr 5, Jul 5 | 8:00 am - 10:00 am 

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. Member Mornings are open exclusively to VMFA members. We encourage you to bring guests every Wednesday evening during Member Appreciation Nights.

March 1, April 5 & July 5: 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.

VMFA Members FREE. Advanced reservations strongly recommended. 


Fellows Society

Fellows Programs


Fellows Program

Wed, Feb 24, 6 pm
What Makes a Photographic Masterpiece?

In 2016, Denise Bethel, a former VMFA Fellowship recipient, was engaged by the museum to begin a review of VMFA’s photography collection. After surveying thousands of photographs, Bethel selected nineteen works she considers masterpieces for display in the museum's Photography Gallery. In this talk, Bethel will discuss the photographers she chose for her current exhibition and what, in her mind, makes a photographic masterpiece.

Masterpieces From The VMFA Collection: The First Hundred Years of Photography, 1839-1939 is on view at VMFA now, through May 23, 2021.

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. 


General Member Events


Virtual Member Evening: VMFA Vintages with Michael Shaps

Wed, Mar 3, 6 pm
VMFA is pleased to invite all members for a special evening exploring VMFA's private label wines.

Michael Shaps of Wineworks in Charlottesville has established himself at the forefront of the modern Virginia wine industry. Join VMFA's Director of Food Service and Special Events, Tony Karabaich, and Winemaker, Michael Shaps, for a conversation about their ongoing collaboration and the production of VMFA's exclusive wines. Joining Michael and Tony will be Amuse Chef, Greg Haley, and Restaurant Manager, Liz Skirpan, who will share food pairing ideas for the VMFA Meritage and Viogner and chat about how VMFA's private label wines complement Amuse's seasonal menu offerings.

Follow along from home with a tasting of the VMFA Meritage and VMFA Viognier!
Wine selections are available for pick up through VMFA 2GO. Additionally, direct shipping can be arranged through through Michael Shaps Wineworks

Presented By

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 Mornings

Members Only | Mar 1, Apr 5, Jul 5 | 8:00 am - 10:00 am 

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. Member Mornings are open exclusively to VMFA members. We encourage you to bring guests every Wednesday evening during Member Appreciation Nights.

March 1, April 5 & July 5: 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.

VMFA Members FREE. Advanced reservations strongly recommended. 

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.