Photo: Jérôme Delafosse © Franck Goddio/Hilti Foundation

Opening Talk: Sunken Treasures from Ancient Egypt

with Franck Goddio, Founder and President of the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology 

Thu, Jul 9, 2020 | 5–6 pm

Virtual Presentation

Franck Goddio will highlight the thrilling discoveries at the heart of the exhibition Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities. Since 1996, Goddio and his team of archaeologists, Egyptologists, historians, geologists, geophysicists, and computer engineers have been surveying Aboukir Bay. After four years, they located the submerged ancient city of Thonis-Heracleion and parts of the city…

Wine Tasting & Art Making with Imagery Estate Winery

Wed, Mar 11, 2020, 6–8 PM

Best Cafe

At VMFA’s Best Café, taste the new collection of Imagery wines, blending the spirit of our Sonoma estate with today’s most popular varietals. Each of Imagery’s new California tier of wines takes a traditional varietal and adds a little twist – something unexpected, something out of the ordinary, something very Imagery. For this new collection…

Quill Theatre Presents: The Great Gatsby

March 6–22 | Fri & Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, passionately pursues the elusive Daisy Buchanan. Nick Carraway, a young newcomer to Long Island, is drawn into their world of obsession, greed, and danger. The breathtaking glamor and decadent excess of the Jazz Age come to the stage in this adaptation by Simon Levy from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel.…

The 27th James River Film Festival

Wed, Mar 18 | 6:30–9 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

Two true tales from Andy Warhol’s Silver Factory by Catherine O’Sullivan Shorr and Patrick Nagle: How Andy Discovered (and lost) Edie and Created the Superstars (2018; 43 min): When Warhol opened the doors to his Studio/Factory in his prolific period of the 1960s a glamorous muse showed up to inspire him, Edie Sedgwick. Uncensored interviews and…

3 in 30: Kamoinge

Tue, May 5 | 11–11:30 am

Thu, May 7 | 6:30–7 pm

Meet at Visitor Services

Join Professional Photographer and Studio School Administrative Assistant for the Studio School, for a tour that highlights three works of art in the special exhibition, Working Together: Louis Draper and the Kamoinge Workshop.

3 in 30: Dress to Impress

with Izzie Fuqua, Adult Programs Coordinator

Tue, Mar | 3–11:30 am

Thu, Mar 5 | 6:30–7 pm

Meet at Visitor Services

Explore three artworks currently on view in the modern and contemporary galleries that are inspired by everyday clothing, like blouses, sweaters and bathrobes. Discover the moments of inspiration for each artist and examine how they featured, transformed or destroyed the article of clothing in their creative process.

Conservation on Display

Wed, Feb 19 | 1–3 pm

McGlothlin Lounge, American Galleries

Join VMFA Paper Conservation Technician, Heather Emerson, for a discussion of tape and its impact on artworks on paper.

RVA Community Makers Art Activity

Sun, Feb 2, 2020 | 1–4 pm

Art Education Center

During Open Studio Plus Performance, celebrate family with Richmond artist Hamilton Glass and local African American photographers. Take your digital family portraits onsite at VMFA to become part of a mixed-media public art collaboration. Glass will guide attendees in hands-on participation. You can also capture fun memories in the Family Portrait Photo Booth. Extending the…

Open Studio Plus Performance – Grandma’s Hands

Sun, Feb 2 | 1–4 pm

Performances in the Atrium 2 pm & 3 pm

Art Education Center

Join us as we encounter generational lessons from two sisters with remarkable stories to share from the perspective of the African American South. Through song, stories, and signed poetry, we will learn how women have made an impact on culture through practices passed down from family matriarchs. In addition, celebrate family with Richmond artist Hamilton Glass…

RVA Community Makers Unveiling

Thu, Feb 27, 2020 | 5:30 pm


Come see RVA Community Makers—a mixed-media public art mural in VMFA’s Atrium. The completed project will feature portraits of six local leaders who have been selected for their impact on the RVA community. The mixed-media mural of acrylic paint and photography will reflect the creative visions of Richmond artist Hamilton Glass and local photographers Regina…