The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ outstanding permanent collection belongs to the citizens of Virginia and should be enjoyed by everyone. ARTshare is an ambitious, multiyear initiative to expand opportunities for digital learning and outreach at VMFA. Through innovative tools that enhance the gallery experience and extend it beyond the museum’s walls, your donation to ARTshare will enable visitors—both onsite and online—to engage with Virginia’s art collection in new and dynamic ways:
- Digitize VMFA’s extensive cultural assets, making high-resolution images of our nearly 40,000 objects and related archival materials freely available to all
- Interpret our encyclopedic permanent collection through a mobile app, revamped website, in-gallery interactives, and an ever-expanding suite of digital educational resources
- Integrate arts learning into preK-12 classrooms throughout Virginia by offering teachers resources related to math, history, geography, science, literature and world languages rooted in the museum’s collection
- Empower all visitors to explore the world-class collections for which VMFA has become known, finding their own connections and inspiration
VMFA extends its gratitude to all those who have contributed to ARTshare. Expanding the museum’s digital outreach remains one of VMFA’s highest institutional priorities with numerous projects already in progress or slated to begin soon. With your support, we can make VMFA’s collection, archives, and resources more accessible than ever before. In addition to giving online, you may also make a gift by phone 804.340.1479 or by mail:
Send a check payable to VMFA Foundation to:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Foundation
200 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard
Richmond, Virginia 23220
All gifts to ARTshare are tax deductible.
Recent Progress and Upcoming Projects
Digitizing the Collection and Archives
- Digitizing a collection of VMFA’s size is multi-year project. More than 10,000 works of art have been digitized. Those works currently on view in the galleries—approximately 10% of the collection—are also available via the museum’s website.
- VMFA has also begun digitizing its archival holdings. The Lillian Thomas Pratt Collection of Fabergé and Russian Decorative Arts is now available for visitors and scholars to explore thanks to a pilot project funded by National Endowment for the Humanities.
Sharing the Collection
- VMFA recently joined the Google Art Project, which features 45,000 works of art from 250 museums, galleries, and cultural heritage institutions around the world. In the coming year, new objects will be uploaded, a select few will be scanned for gigapixel views, and VMFA’s galleries will be added to Google Gallery View.
- VMFA began contributing to Art Babble, a repository of art-related videos, in 2015.
- In 2016, VMFA uploaded digital images of its collection to Artstor, a scholarly resource with 1.9 million images from museums, libraries, and photo archives.
- VMFA on the Road, a reimagination of the original Artmobile designed to meet the needs of 21st-century Virginians, will begin traveling the state in 2018. Both a mobile museum and a classroom, the VMFA on the Road vehicle will be outfitted with a themed exhibition featuring original works of art as well as hands-on activities, classroom materials to share with teachers in each location visited, and digital components based on Virginia Standards of Learning.
- The renovated Fabergé and Russian Decorative Arts Galleries, which opened opening in October 2016, feature multiple new interactives that are also available online via the VMFA website.
- A new distance learning program, Evans 360, will enable students across Virginia to interact with a VMFA educator broadcasting live from the museum’s galleries. The pilot phase of this project is geared towards students in grades 6-12 and community colleges.
- VMFA’s library of digital educational content continues to grow. Grounded in Virginia’s Standards of Learning, these online resources are available to students, teachers, and visitors of all ages at no cost, including:
Gallery guides and gallery hunts for families with children
Teacher-directed gallery tours, pre- and post-visit activities, and lesson plans
Special exhibition resources such as audio guide content, didactic panels, lectures, and digital interactives like the award-winning Beyond the Walls mobile app
Audio clips and artist videos featuring Chuck Close, Esther Mahlangu, Ryan McGinnis, Julie Mehretu, Robert Pruitt, Hank Willis Thomas, among others
Art in Depth Modules on ten conservation projects created by student participants in M.Lit program