E Claiborne and Lora Robins Sculture Garden views. May 2017

VMFA Announces the Upcoming Retirement of Two Exceptional Museum Leaders

Left: Stephen Bonadies © David Stover, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts August 2013; Right: Hossein Sadid © David Stover, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts August 2015 Richmond, Virginia — The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) today announced the upcoming retirement of two members of the museum’s senior leadership team. Stephen Bonadies, Chief Conservator and…

Bev Perdue Jennings

VMFA Recipient of Major American Arts Endowment

Gift from Bev Perdue Jennings Funds New Curator Title Richmond, Virginia — The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) announced today the establishment of an endowment that will provide significant ongoing funding for an important new position at the museum — the Bev Perdue Jennings Assistant Curator of American Art. “Bev and her husband, Ed…

Patrick Patrong, VMFA’s new Chief Diversity Officer,Assistant Deputy Director for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion and HR Strategic Initiatives

Patrick Patrong Named VMFA’s Chief Diversity Officer, Assistant Deputy Director for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion and HR Strategic Initiatives

Richmond, Virginia — The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts(VMFA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Patrick Patrong to the position of Chief Diversity Officer, Assistant Deputy Director for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion and HR Strategic Initiatives. Patrong comes to VMFA with more than 25 years of experience as a public service leader. Currently the…

VMFA Museum Exterior

VMFA Announces International Firm SmithGroup Will Design the Museum’s New Wing

Richmond, VA — Following its recent Board of Trustees meeting, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) announced that the integrated design firm SmithGroup has been selected to design the museum’s upcoming $190 million expansion and renovation project. The decision follows a comprehensive international search. SmithGroup will be charged with designing a new wing at…

Governor Northam Announces Free Admission for State Employees and Teachers to VMFA’s Exhibition The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse

Richmond, Virginia –– Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Commonwealth of Virginia employees, preschool and K–12 teachers (public and private), as well as active-duty military personnel and their immediate families can receive free admission to the groundbreaking exhibition The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse on view at the Virginia Museum…

VMFA Recipient of Major Decorative Arts Endowment

Richmond, Virginia — The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) announced today the establishment of a significant endowment, the Elizabeth Locke Associate Curator of American Decorative Arts Fund, created by jewelry designer Elizabeth Locke and husband, John Staelin. This endowment marks the couple’s single largest gift to VMFA to date.  “Elizabeth and John are longtime…

VMFA Awarded $345,815 Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Richmond, Virginia — The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded nearly $346,000 in grant funds to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) to support its new three-year Preservation Training Initiative focusing on conservation and archives. This is one of 11 projects NEH selected to receive a Preservation Education and Training Grant as…

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Announces Winter Holiday Hours

Richmond, Virginia — The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) announced special hours of operation for the winter holidays. The museum will close at 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve this Thursday, December 24; Christmas Day on Friday, December 25; New Year’s Eve on Thursday, December 31 and New Year’s Day on Friday, January 1. “VMFA…