Black Friday in the VMFA Shop

Fri, Nov 22 | 10 am–9 pm


Join us in the VMFA Shop for the most anticipated shopping day of the year! Members save 20%* all day in-store and online. To shop online, enter your member ID at checkout to receive the 20% discount. *Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. Excludes Chihuly Studio Editions, Marie Chamblin, Gabriel O’Fiesh, Memberships, Sale…

Artist Talk: Paul Rucker

Fri, Feb 21 | 6:30–7:30 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

Join artist Paul Rucker for a discussion of his multidisciplinary practice as a visual artist, composer, and musician. He combines media, live performance, sound, original compositions, and visual art to explore issues related to mass incarceration, racially motivated violence, and the continued impact of policies that sustain inequity. To describe the video installation Proliferation (pictured…

Now Upon a Time Listening Party

Sun, Nov 17 | 1–3:00 pm


Join the VMFA on Nov. 17 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for the launch of Now Upon A Time, a new storytelling podcast that reimagines classic tales with modern, empowering messages. Kids and parents will hear live music, participate in hands-on activities and listen to the stories of two smart, brave and bold princesses…

3 in 30: Impersistence of Surrealism?

with Trent Nicholas, Media Programs Coordinator, VMFA

Tue, Dec 3 | 11:00 –11:30 am

Thu, Dec 5, 6:30–7:00 pm

Meet at Visitor Services

This gallery tour will explore three works in the VMFA’s French Modernist Gallery that have contentious, submerged or even estranged relationships with Surrealism.

*Sold Out*
Community Conversation: The Eggleston Family Legacy and The Green Book

Sun, Jan 26 | 2–3:30 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

*Sold Out* Discover the history of The Negro Motorist Green Book through a screening of the Smithsonian Channel film The Green Book: Guide to Freedom (51 min) followed by a discussion between Melody Short, Director of Operations and Marketing, Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast Inns; Dr. Michael Hall, Assistant Professor of English, VCU; and Neverett Eggleston…

Get to Know Fellowships: Free Funding for Virginia’s Artists and Art Historians

with Jenny Harding, Former VMFA Fellowship Program Coordinator

Tue, Oct 22 | 1–2 pm

Pauley Center 2nd Floor Conference Room

Learn more about the VMFA Fellowship Program with this free discussion open to practicing and aspiring artists and art historians. Former Fellowship Program Coordinator Jenny Harding will provide a history of the program and review the eligibility requirements as well as helpful hints for navigating the application process.

Edward Hopper Movie Double Feature

Sun, Jan 12 2020 | 1–4:45 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

Edward Hopper was known for his love of movies. VMFA recreates the matinee double feature with movies inspired by Hopper’s painting style. Force of Evil (1948; B&W; 79 min) The great John Garfield plays a crooked lawyer who urges his small-time racketeer brother to move up into the hardcore gangster numbers racket. Director Abraham Polonsky…

The 3rd Annual Pocahontas Reframed “Storytellers” Film Festival

with guest speakers Trent Nicholas and Jeffrey Allison

Fri, Nov 22 | 2–5 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

The Searchers (Dir. John Ford; 1956; 119 min; Technicolor) The Searchers is known as one of Hollywood’s biggest, action-packed, epic Westerns. It complicates the Western myth primarily through the hero, Ethan Edwards (John Wayne), whose bouts of extreme racism and anger toward American Indians suggest he is psychologically imbalanced and is operating on a different…

Ability Job Fair

Wed, Oct 30 | 10 am–1 pm


People of all abilities are welcome to learn about job opportunities at VMFA and the other participating employers who will be onsite to engage with job seekers. This exciting event reflects VMFA’s own commitment to hiring persons with disabilities, engaging in diverse and inclusive hiring practices, creating an enriching workplace culture, and making a positive…

James River Short Film Showcase

Fri, Nov 8, 2019 | 6:30–9 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

This longest-running juried film competition in Virginia spotlights the year’s best short videos/films (20 minutes or less). Finalists are selected from international entrants. A special guest judge chooses the top entries at the screening and awards cash prizes. Many filmmakers will be on-hand for Q&A, and the audience votes for their favorites. Since 1994, the…