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

Mia Rickenbach's Teen Stylin' gown

$10,000 Scholarship Awarded to 2013 Teen Stylin’ Winner

Former Teen Stylin’ McLean Project for the Arts alumni and award winner Mia Rickenbach just won a $10,000 scholarship from Duck Brand duct tape for her prom dress creation made entirely of the colorful tape. Read more about the teen from Chantilly High School in the Washington Post story. The photo at right is Mia’s…

Find Art Doors

Find Art Doors . . . and Open Doors for People in the Community

If you’ve strolled through the VMFA Sculpture Garden recently, you may have noticed a lone purple and green door standing in the grass, seemingly leading nowhere. But nothing could be further from the truth. Part of the Find Art Doors project, this door, along with 39 others decorated by local artists and installed at museums,…

Tattoo by Miyazo. Photo by Kip Fulbeck.

Japan’s Complex Relationship with Tattoo

VMFA submitted the following blog post about the history of Japanese tattoo to Tattoo Artist Magazine. Read “Japan’s Complex Relationship with Tattoo,” published on Jul 2, 2015. Tattoo Artist Magazine is the only tattoo-related publication created, owned, and financed by a tattoo artist, designed specifically for tattoo artists and the growing international community. The magazine’s…

On the Beach, Boulogne-sur-Mer, 1868, Edouard Manet (French), oil on canvas. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon

The Google Art Project Helps VMFA Share its Collection with Virginia . . . and the World

Sadly, some people will never have the opportunity to walk inside an art museum, but that limitation shouldn’t prevent them from experiencing and learning about art. To make the treasures in our collection accessible beyond the museum’s four walls, VMFA has launched ARTshare, an ambitious multi-year digital outreach initiative. Part of that initiative is the…

Édouard Manet (French, 1832–1883) Flowers in a Crystal Vase, ca. 1882, oil on canvas, 127/8 × 95/8 in. National Gallery
of Art, Washington, D.C., Ailsa Mellon Bruce
Collection,1970.17.37

“I must have flowers, always, and always.”

“I must have flowers, always, and always.” ― Claude Monet “A flower blossoms for its own joy.” ― Oscar Wilde  “The earth laughs in flowers.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson “Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food, and medicine to the mind.” ― Luther Burbank “In joy or sadness flowers…