Procession Forms at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Richmond, Virginia — Visitors to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) will notice a large, colorful painting along the elevation of the museum’s Atrium north wall. The expansive new mural, Procession, is the work of Nigerian-born American artist Odili Donald Odita. The work, completed on Sept. 20, 2020, can now be viewed in its…

VMFA and Chase Announce Partnership to Expand and Diversify Arts Access

Richmond, Virginia — The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) and Chase today announced their new partnership to expand access to the arts over the next year through innovative and inclusive community programs, digital educational resources and virtual events.  “VMFA is committed to providing greater accessibility to the arts, and Chase’s generous support strengthens our…

Governor Northam and VMFA Announce Recipients of Virginia Visual Artist Relief Grants

Richmond, Virginia — Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, First Lady Pamela Northam and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) Director and CEO Alex Nyerges today announced the names of forty Commonwealth artists who will receive relief grants as part of a special program to help visual artists impacted by COVID-19. Each recipient will receive $5,000 from…

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…