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.

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.

General Members

General Member Events


Member Appreciation Nights: Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities

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

Enjoy a series of special evenings that provide VMFA members the opportunity to view Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities 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.

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

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

Fri, Oct 2, 6 pm | Join us via Zoom!
Asher B. Durand’s Progress: Many Times, Many Voices 
with Rachael Z. DeLue, Christopher Binyon Sarofim ’86 Professor in American Art in the Department of Art & Archaeology at Princeton University

Asher B. Durand’s striking painting Progress (1853) has been described as an anomaly among his body of work for its focus on industry, technology, and commerce. In her lecture, Rachael DeLue will explore the possibility that the painting, alternately characterized as a paean to progress and an indictment of the destructive forces of civilization, in fact refuses both interpretations.

DeLue will propose instead that Progress presents a complex and ever-shifting meditation on human existence in relation to the deep time of the earth, one comprising a multitude of voices, including the voice of Durand himself and those belonging to North America’s indigenous people and settler colonists.  

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. Johanna Minich

Wed, Oct 7, 5 pm | Join us via Zoom!
Join us for a conversation with Dr. Johanna Minich, Assistant Curator of Native American Art. Learn more about the featured exhibition American Land, American People which investigates various artistic interpretations and cultural values of American land and people, highlights under-recognized narratives and counters misinterpretations of Native American culture.

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.

 


Cocktails with a Curator: Dr. Susan J. Rawles

Wed, Oct 28, 5 pm | Join us via Zoom!
Please join us for a conversation with Dr. Susan J. Rawles, Associate Curator of American Painting and Decorative Art. Dr. Rawles will provide a walk-through of the themes, objects, and plans for the newly installed American Decorative Arts Focus Gallery.

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.

 


Cocktails with a Curator: Barry Shifman

Wed, Dec 2, 5 pm | Join us via Zoom!
Join us for conversation and cocktails with Barry Shifman, the Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Decorative Arts 1890 to the Present. Looking back at important acquisitions during the past 10 years, Barry will share how he selects particular works to grow and shape the museum's collection, building strengths and filling gaps to create a narrative.

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.

 


General Member Events


Member Appreciation Nights: Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities

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

Enjoy a series of special evenings that provide VMFA members the opportunity to view Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities 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.

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

Supporters Circle

Curator’s Choice


Curator's Choice

Wed, Sept 30, 6 pm | Join us via Zoom!
A Romantic Bronze and a Tarnished Romance: New Discoveries concerning Antoine-Louis Barye’s sculpture Stag Brought Down by Two Greyhounds with Dr. Sylvain Cordier, Paul Mellon Curator and Head of the Department of European Art

Stag Brought Down by Two Greyhounds by Antoine-Louis Barye (1832) is an admirable example of French sculpture in the age of Romanticism. When acquired by VMFA in 2005, it came with an intriguing assortment of letters that had been in the possession of the original owner but had not been examined in detail until very recently.

A present from the eldest son and heir to the Throne of king Louis-Philippe, the Duke of Orleans, to one of his faithful attorneys, this exquisite bronze and the letters associated with it restage a fascinating long-forgotten royal affair and revive the memory of a scandal that besmirched the reputation of the final reigning French royal family in 1840. They tell the story of a moving romance spoiled by the implacability of politics. 

Presented By


Curator’s Choice programs are a benefit for members beginning at the Supporters 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. Johanna Minich

Wed, Oct 7, 5 pm | Join us via Zoom!
Join us for a conversation with Dr. Johanna Minich, Assistant Curator of Native American Art. Learn more about the featured exhibition American Land, American People which investigates various artistic interpretations and cultural values of American land and people, highlights under-recognized narratives and counters misinterpretations of Native American culture.

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.

 


Cocktails with a Curator: Dr. Susan J. Rawles

Wed, Oct 28, 5 pm | Join us via Zoom!
Please join us for a conversation with Dr. Susan J. Rawles, Associate Curator of American Painting and Decorative Art. Dr. Rawles will provide a walk-through of the themes, objects, and plans for the newly installed American Decorative Arts Focus Gallery.

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.

 


Cocktails with a Curator: Barry Shifman

Wed, Dec 2, 5 pm | Join us via Zoom!
Join us for conversation and cocktails with Barry Shifman, the Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Decorative Arts 1890 to the Present. Looking back at important acquisitions during the past 10 years, Barry will share how he selects particular works to grow and shape the museum's collection, building strengths and filling gaps to create a narrative.

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.

 


General Member Events


Member Appreciation Nights: Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities

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

Enjoy a series of special evenings that provide VMFA members the opportunity to view Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities 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.

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

Fellows Society

Fellows Programs

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General Member Events


Member Appreciation Nights: Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities

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

Enjoy a series of special evenings that provide VMFA members the opportunity to view Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities 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.

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.