VMFA Blog

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

Bed, Louis Majorelle. Floral interpretation by Suzanne Winters, The Garden Club of the Northern Neck (program no. 54) Photo: Travis Fullerton ©Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Why Is My Favorite Art Off View?

Have you missed the Tiffany lamps, our beautiful Louis Majorelle bedroom suite, or a favorite Matisse or Picasso painting? Maybe you came to the museum to see Degas’s At the Milliners, one of the masterworks acquired by the museum from the Paul Mellon estate this summer, and found it off view. Just like any other…

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The VMFA Visual Arts Fellowship Program Helps Virginia’s Artists Realize Their Dreams

Applications due November 7 “In a finance-based culture, sometimes it’s difficult to rationalize being an artist at all,” explains Rachel (Rainier) DeFrank, who received a VMFA Arts Fellowship in 2011. “All cultural measurements of achievement—in my case earning a living, having children, so many other things—are ignored in order to pursue something abstract and seemingly…

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Collegiate School Students Help to Build the Forbidden City

The Chinese language teacher in Collegiate School’s lower school is Xin-yi Fergusson. Her third and fourth grade students were inspired by VMFA’s Crowdfunding project and wanted to help to build the Forbidden City with 3D technology. Together, the children contributed $50 to be recognized in the Archery Pavilions level. “Our trip to VMFA is scheduled…

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Helping VMFA Build the Forbidden City: A Crowdfunding Success

My husband Frank and I first came to the United States in 1986 and worked hard at building a business that, in less than twenty years, has become a global enterprise with more than 1,600 employees around the world and thousands of uniquely designed products that meet both indoor and outdoor decorative needs of American…

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Imperial Ceremonial Halls: Sponsor the Location of Emperors’ Birthdays and Enthronements & Help VMFA Build the Forbidden City

If you’ve been to VMFA recently, you’ve probably noticed the 3D printers humming away in the Atrium. They’re printing the hundreds of tiny buildings that make up the Forbidden City in honor of the upcoming special exhibition, which opens Oct 18. This printing project is part of a crowdfunding campaign to support the museum’s exhibition program.…

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Temples and Shrines: Sponsor the Ancient Places of Worship of Emperors & Help VMFA Build the Forbidden City

If you’ve been to VMFA recently, you’ve probably noticed the 3D printers humming away in the Atrium. They’re printing the hundreds of tiny buildings that make up the Forbidden City in honor of the upcoming special exhibition, which opens Oct 18. This printing project is part of a crowdfunding campaign to support the museum’s exhibition program.…

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Tea Houses: Sponsor an Important Facet of Chinese Culture & Help VMFA Build the Forbidden City

If you’ve been to VMFA recently, you’ve probably noticed the 3D printers humming away in the Atrium. They’re printing the hundreds of tiny buildings that make up the Forbidden City in honor of the upcoming special exhibition, which opens Oct 18. This printing project is part of a crowdfunding campaign  to support the museum’s exhibition…

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Archery Pavilions: Sponsor the Location of Athletic Feats of the Manchu Heritage & Help VMFA Build the Forbidden City

When you come to VMFA tomorrow you’ll see 3D printers at work in the Atrium. They’re printing the hundreds of tiny buildings that make up the Forbidden City in honor of the upcoming special exhibition, which opens Oct 18. This printing project is part of a crowdfunding campaign to support the museum’s exhibition program. Your tax-deductible donations support all…

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Evergreen Enterprises Announces Matching Gift

Since its launch on September 23, more than 75 people have participated in the campaign to Help VMFA Build the Forbidden City.  From here in Richmond’s Museum District to Ashland, Norfolk, Danville and even as far away as Barcelona, Spain, the idea of creating a 21st-century Forbidden City using 3D printers has sparked curiosity, donations…