Statue of the Fertility God Hapy, 4th or 3rd century BC. Thonis-Heracleion, red granite, 5.4 m. high. Maritime Museum Alexandria. Image © Franck Goddio/Hilti Foundation

VMFA to Exhibit Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities

Richmond, Virginia — The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is pleased to announce the East Coast premiere of Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities. The exhibition features nearly 300 objects, mostly from underwater excavations of the ancient Egyptian cities of Canopus and Thonis-Heracleion. Sunken Cities is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for visitors to experience the grandeur…

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Announces Plan to Reopen July 4

Richmond, Virginia — The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) announced it will reopen to the public on Saturday, July 4, 2020; museum members will have early access beginning July 1. With its reopening, the museum will resume its regular operating hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with extended hours Wednesday, Thursday and…

Governor Northam and VMFA Announce Virginia Visual Artist Relief Program

Richmond, Virginia — Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, First Lady Pamela Northam and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) Director and CEO Alex Nyerges today announced a special program to assist visual artists impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic: the Virginia Artist Relief Fellowship Program.  “The arts are critically important—particularly in times of collective struggle and hardship,”…

VMFA to Receive $45,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Richmond, Virginia — The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded $45,000 in Art Works grant funds to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) to support its upcoming exhibition The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture and the Sonic Impulse. This is one of 1,015 grants nationwide that the agency has approved and…

Richmond Cultural Institutions Share Joint Reopening Statement as COVID-19 Restrictions are Lifted

Richmond, Virginia — Richmond area cultural institutions including museums, attractions and other sites have released a joint statement as Virginia continues to lift additional COVID-19 restrictions.  The statement, endorsed by several cultural institutions in the area, reflects a set of shared values and provides visitors, staff and volunteers with a unified response during this challenging time. Included…

Work by Dennis Wymer, Graduate Fellow (painting), SCAD, Mouth of Wilson

VMFA 2020-21 Fellowship Program Supports 26 Student and Professional Artists

Richmond, Virginia — The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is pleased to announce the 2020-21 recipients of VMFA fellowships. Twenty-six students and professional artists were selected from more than 500 applicants to receive a total of $146,000 towards professional advancements in the arts. The VMFA Fellowship Program has awarded more than $5.8 million to over…

Aaron Siskind (American, 1903-1991), Gloucester, 1944, Gelatin silver print, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of the Aaron Siskind Foundation, 2019 © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA.

VMFA receives more than 8,000 photographs from the Aaron Siskind Foundation

Richmond, Virginia — The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has been given an extraordinary gift of more than 8,000 photographs by Aaron Siskind (1903–1991) from the Aaron Siskind Foundation in New York. Established by the artist in 1984, the foundation’s mission has been to preserve and protect Siskind’s artistic legacy, as well as to foster…

Photo: David Stover © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Jeffrey Allison, Paul Mellon Collection Educator and Manager of Statewide Programs and Exhibitions.

VMFA Paul Mellon Educator and Statewide Manager Jeffrey Allison Named a Richmond Times-Dispatch 2019 Person of the Year Honoree

Richmond, Virginia –– Jeffrey Allison, VMFA’s Paul Mellon Collection Educator and Manager of Statewide Programs and Exhibitions, was named a Richmond Times-Dispatch Person of the Year honoree. Allison received his award for the instrumental role that he played in the design and successful implementation of VMFA on the Road: An Artmobile for the 21st Century.…

Kamoinge Group Portrait, 1973, Anthony Barboza (American, born 1944), digital print. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Eric and Jeanette Lipman Fund, 2019.249 © Anthony Barboza photog

VMFA to Exhibit Working Together: Louis Draper and the Kamoinge Workshop

Richmond, Virginia — Beginning this February, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will highlight the work of a remarkable group of African American photographers in the exhibition Working Together: Louis Draper and the Kamoinge Workshop. On display in Evans Court Gallery from Feb. 1 to June 14, 2020, the exhibition features nearly 180 photographs by…

Photo by Travis Fullerton © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, December 2019

Kehinde Wiley: Rumors of War Permanently Installed at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

RICHMOND, VA (DEC 13, 2019) — Kehinde Wiley’s 27-foot tall sculpture, Rumors of War, was permanently installed at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), at its entrance on historic Arthur Ashe Boulevard in Richmond, Virginia. A crowd estimated at more than 5000 people attended the unveiling in a community celebration that included remarks by…