Gallery Programs

Upcoming Programs


African American Read-In 2021

Thu, Feb 4, 11, 18, 25, 6:00–7:00 pm | Virtual Gallery Program

Literature and fine arts come together with the African American Read-In at VMFA. See and hear notable figures from the greater Richmond community as they lend their voices in prose and poetry readings. In this powerful display of storytelling, experience evocative and poignant pairings of works by African American artists and authors.

Due to restrictions on large gatherings, VMFA will host this year’s AARI event virtually over the span of four weeks. Tune in each week to hear from community leaders and curators about works in the VMFA collection and the connections that can be made to literature.

Free, no tickets required.

Please note: registration is required for each date of the event.


Fridays After Five A Taste of Art: Buskey Cider Presented by Chase

Fri, Feb 26, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm | Virtual program 

Explore three selections from this Richmond-based cidery, and take a look at works of art that visually complement the flavor profiles of these refreshing ciders. Join Buskey Cider's founder, Will Correll, and Celeste Fetta, VMFA Director of Education. Drink selections are available for purchase through VMFA 2GO, Wed–Sat.

$15 for a sampler 6-pack containing 2 of each cider, or $3.50 for a single cider

RVA Cider. 5.5% ABV
RVA cider is a classic. It's 100% Virginia apples fermented the right way. This cider is refreshing and drinkable like a cider should be.

Tart Cherry Cider  6.5% ABV
This cider's 100% Montmorency cherries lend a signature blush color while complementing the apples to create one of the most bright and refreshing ciders you've ever had.

Peach Tea Cider 5.5% ABV
Semi-sweet Cider crafted with fresh-pressed Virginia apples and white peach tea from Carytown Teas in Richmond VA.

Free. Registration via Zoom required.


3 in 30: Recent Acquisitions for the Department of Decorative Arts, 1890 to the Present

Tue, Mar 2, 11 am-11:30 am | Virtual Gallery Program

Join Barry Shifman, Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator for the Decorative Arts, 1890 to the Present, for a review of recently acquired Art Nouveau masterpieces, including a jeweled and enamel choker by Philippe Wolfers, a silver tureen by Faberge, and a French stoneware wall basin, which strengthened the collection.

Free. Registration via Zoom required.


Collection Connection: American Land, American People

Wed, Mar 17, 11 am-12 pm | Virtual Gallery Program

Explore how pairing historical and contemporary artworks by Native American and Euro-American artists inspires new readings and unearths overlooked narratives of our nation's history and culture. Following a discussion on the current gallery exhibition, American Land, American People, Haley Clouser, Exhibitions Research Assistant, will present additional examples of collection pairings in an attempt to offer a more inclusive, more complete history of the United States.

Free. Registration via Zoom required.