VMFA Celebrates Black History Month and New African American Art Acquisitions

Events include a public art project, African American Read-In and Artist Talk with Glenn Ligon Richmond, VA––As part of its longstanding initiative and 2015–2020 strategic plan, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will celebrate Black History Month with special events honoring African American artists and the museum’s growing African American art collection. In 2018, VMFA…

Asher B. Durand’s Progress, Most Valuable Gift of a Single Work of Art in VMFA’s History, Enters Museum Collection

Gift marks first time the painting has been in public domain since its creation in 1853 Richmond, VA – The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts recently received the generous anonymous gift of Asher B. Durand’s painting Progress (The Advance of Civilization), which was approved by the VMFA Board of Trustees yesterday. One of the most…

VMFA Acquires 250 Works for Permanent Collection

Works range in age from circa 2040-1786 BC to the present   Richmond, VA––The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is pleased to announce a number of new significant acquisitions to its collections, including works by Nick Cave, Frederic Edwin Church and Hale Woodruff. In addition to several other notable acquisitions this quarter, the purchase of…

VMFA Installs Sculpture by Richmond Artist in Robins Sculpture Garden

Neptune Virginia Beach Maquette Served as Model for the Well-Known Virginia Beach Statue of “King Neptune” Richmond, VA – The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is pleased to announce the addition of Neptune Virginia Beach Maquette by Richmond-based sculptor Paul DiPasquale to the E. Claiborne and Lora Robins Sculpture Garden, which was installed on Thursday. This is the…

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Acquires 34 Artworks from Souls Grown Deep Foundation

Acquisitions includes numerous works by Thornton Dial and Gee’s Bend Quiltmakers Richmond, Virginia — The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has added 34 artworks by African American artists to its collections. The works, acquired from the Atlanta-based Souls Grown Deep Foundation, are part of a gift/purchase program designed to strengthen the representation of African American…

VMFA to install Chloe in Robins Sculpture Garden

Museum commissions major work by acclaimed Spanish artist Jaume Plensa The grounds of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will undergo a bold transformation with the April 2017 installation of Chloe, a 24-foot tall newly commissioned sculpture, which will be visible from both the Boulevard and Grove Avenue in Richmond. Chloe continues a long series…

VMFA Acquires Masterpiece by Romare Bearden

Three Folk Musicians, one of the most renowned works by American artist Romare Bearden (1911–1988), was recently acquired by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and will go on view in the Mid to Late 20th-Century Galleries on the museum’s second floor for a limited time from February 1 to March 6, 2017. The VMFA…

VMFA Acquires 35 Photographs by Louis Draper and his Complete Archive

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts recently acquired 35 photographs by the Richmond-born, African-American artist Louis Draper (1935-2002), as well as his complete archive, which includes his papers, working prints, negatives, and camera equipment. This acquisition places VMFA at the forefront of museums and research institutions collecting African American art.