VMFA Blog

A blog by staff and others about the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

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Thank You VMFA Volunteers!

Every year, more than 800 incredible community volunteers and interns of all ages, backgrounds, and interests donate their time and talents to VMFA. Volunteers are utilized seven days a week, from before the museum opens to after it closes, and serve in a wide variety of roles. Whether they’re greeting and escorting visitors, assisting children…

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What’s new (and old) in Richmond, Virginia’s trendy capital

By Erica Jackson Curran Washington Post In June visitors will see Kehinde Wiley’s “A New Republic,” a collection of portraits that explores themes such as race, gender and politics. From the stately mansions on Monument Avenue to the ramshackle rowhouses of historic Jackson Ward, Richmond is a city of contrasts — populated by everyone from…

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A Curator’s Gallery-by-Gallery Guide to Rodin

Dr. Mitchell Merling, Paul Mellon Curator and Head of the European Art Department, who organized this exhibition for VMFA, points out some of the not-to-be-missed highlights in each gallery of the exhibition. Gallery 1 Gallery 2 Gallery 3 Gallery 4  Gallery 5     Gallery 6 Gallery 7 Gallery 8   Curator’s Tip I encourage all visitors to dip into the…

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Nightfall: Sensory Experiences

This post is one in a series highlighting the special exhibition Nightfall: Prints of the Dark Hours, which explores evocative artistic images of night, called nocturnes. The exhibition is on view through March 22, 2016, in the VMFA Works on Paper Focus Gallery. Admission is free. Many of the prints in Nightfall focus on responses…

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Nightfall: Divine Apparitions

This post is one in a series highlighting the special exhibition Nightfall: Prints of the Dark Hours, which explores evocative artistic images of night, called nocturnes. The exhibition is on view through March 22, 2016, in the VMFA Works on Paper Focus Gallery. Admission is free. Nightfall includes two scenes of divine apparitions: William Strang’s…

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Nightfall: Nighttime

This post is one in a series highlighting the special exhibition Nightfall: Prints of the Dark Hours, which explores evocative artistic images of night, called nocturnes. The exhibition is on view through March 22, 2016, in the VMFA Works on Paper Focus Gallery. Admission is free. Nighttime, a period in which darkness and drowsiness often…

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Nightfall: Nightlife

This post is one in a series highlighting the special exhibition Nightfall: Prints of the Dark Hours, which explores evocative artistic images of night, called nocturnes. The exhibition is on view through March 22, 2016, in the VMFA Works on Paper Focus Gallery. Admission is free. During the 19th and 20th centuries, rampant industrialization and…

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Congratulations to VMFA Class of 2015!

French Horse Exhibition Seminar Professors  Jeffrey Allison (VMFA Paul Mellon Collection Educator), Dr.  Mitchell Merling (VMFA Paul Mellon Curator and Head of the Department of European Art), and Richard Waller (Director of Museums, University of Richmond) wish to congratulate their students and also to thank them for their participation in this exciting project, which has garnered…

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Nightfall: Nighttime Acts

This post is one in a series highlighting the special exhibition Nightfall: Prints of the Dark Hours, which explores evocative artistic images of night, called nocturnes. The exhibition is on view through March 22, 2016, in the VMFA Works on Paper Focus Gallery. Admission is free. Nighttime acts, for many, as a sphere in which…