Gallery Programs

Upcoming Programs


African American Read-In

Thu, Feb 22, 4–7 pm | Meet at Visitor Services

As a part of the 28th Annual African American Read-In, VMFA staff and members of the community share African and African American literature through readings, poetry, and speeches related to works in the permanent collection. 

New this year! Children, and their families, are invited to join us from 4-5pm for an exploration of artwork and stories by African and African American artists lead by VMFA Early Childhood Education Staff (intended audience 2 1/2-8 years of age).

Free, no tickets required.


3 in 30: Luck (of the Draw)

Tue, Mar 6, 11–11:30 am & Thu, Mar 8, 6:30–7 pm | Meet at Visitor Services

There are many types of luck: good luck, bad luck, beginner’s luck, the list could go on… Join Colleen Yarger, Curatorial Assistant for the Mellon Collections, for a gallery talk that will explore the concept of luck across time from coin tosses to rabbit’s feet to the artistic design process.

Free, no tickets required.


3 in 30: Shared Artistic Roots

Tue, Apr 3, 11–11:30 am & Thu, Apr 5, 6:30–7 pm | Meet at Visitor Services
with Jeffrey Allison, Manager of Statewide Programs and Exhibitions

“There are a number of things that set Southern artists apart from anyone else,” said photographer Sally Mann regarding her relationship with painter Cy Twombly. Discover on this tour Twombly and Mann’s deep connection to the place where they lived and created their art.

Free, no tickets required.


Animating the Past: Bringing the Horse to Life in Ancient Greek Art

Thu, Mar 29, 6:00–8:00 pm | Evans Court Gallery

Explore the special exhibition The Horse in Ancient Greek Art with curator, Dr. Peter Schertz and VCU Kinetic Imaging students as they share tips and animation processes they learned while creating animated scenes inspired by artwork featured in the exhibition. Try your hand at your own Greek art-inspired animations led by members of VMFA’s College Advisory Council.

Free, no tickets required.


Poetry Reading with Ron Smith

Thu, Apr 19, 6:30–7:30 pm | Evans Court Gallery

Join poet and author, Ron Smith, in the special exhibition The Horse in Ancient Greek Art as he reads poetry that was inspired by artwork featured in the exhibition. Smith, poet laureate of Virginia from 2014 to 2016, is also the author of four books and is currently writer-in-residence at St. Christopher's School, where he also holds the George O. Squires chair of distinguished teaching.

Smith will be available following the reading to sign copies of his latest book, “The Humility of Brutes” (LSU Press, 2017), which is available for purchase in the VMFA Shop. 

Free, no tickets required.