Keynote Lecture: Edward Hopper and the Meaning of Home

with Dr. Erika Doss, Professor of American Studies, University of Notre Dame

Fri, Nov 15, 6:30–7:30 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

Edward Hopper is well known for his paintings of dwellings—houses, apartments buildings, and hotels. Traveling throughout the United States and Mexico with his wife, the painter Jo Nivison, and often staying in tourist houses or rooms for rent, Hopper was deeply familiar with how Americans made themselves at home. Recounting his travels and his pictures…

Edward Hopper’s Hotel Consciousness

Fri, Oct 25. 6:30–7:30 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

Dr. Leo Mazow, the Louise B. and J. Harwood Cochrane Curator of American Art for VMFA and curator of Edward Hopper and the American Hotel will provide an overview of the special exhibition.

VMFA After Hours: Awaken Your Soul

Sat, Jul 20, 2019 | 7–11:30 pm


A soulful museum-wide event hosted by Micah “Bam-Bamm” White and Kelli Lemon, featuring DJ Lonnie B on the spin and live performances! Groove to the soulful sounds of Fillmore Duo, performing live. Dance to R&B, Hip Hop, and Soul music. Kick back and enjoy comedy, music, and poetry stylings by Lyric Ave. Experience world-class art,…

3 in 30 – From Home to Territory and Back Again: Reclaiming Landscapes

Tue, Aug 6 | 11 am–12 pm

Thu, Aug 8 | 6:30–7 pm

Meet at Visitor Services

Whether as a site of memory or a mode of resistance, the landscapes we inhabit – and depend upon – are intimately connected to history, politics, and national identity. Departing from the exhibition History from Below the Mountain: Tshibumba Kanda- Matulu and Sammy Baloji, this 3 in 30 tour will explore issues of land use,…

Arthur Ashe Boulevard Celebration

Film Screening & Social Justice Forum: Thu, Jun 20, 7–9 pm

Dedication Ceremony at VMHC: Sat, Jun 22, 11 am–12:30 pm

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts proudly celebrates the dedication of Arthur Ashe Boulevard, the two-mile stretch from Byrd Park to Parker Field Annex, formerly known as the Boulevard. Join VMFA in honoring the legacy of this tennis champion and Richmond native. The first African American to win Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Australian…

Conservation on Display

Wed, Jul 17 | 12:30–3 pm

African Art Gallery

Three IMLS funded summer conservation interns, with assistant objects conservator Casey Mallinckrodt, will be treating a garment that is part of a Bamana Ci wara dance ensemble. They will demonstrate methods of cleaning and mending damaged plant fibers and discuss the overall conservation treatment and goals.

Sand Mandala Closing Ceremony

Sat, Aug 3 | 11:00–11:30am (VMFA), Noon (Maymont)

At the opening of the Awaken exhibition, The Mystical Arts of Tibet, featuring the Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in southern India constructed a sand mandala. The monks will dismantle the mandala, in a closing ceremony, sweeping up the colored sands to symbolize the impermanence of all that exists. The ceremony will…

Art Museum Day 2019

May 18, 2019

Visitor Services Desk

On May 18, 2019, stop by the Visitor Services desk to request up to two free vouchers for admission* to Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment, which runs through Aug. 18, 2019. Power down, unplug, and join a voyage into the visionary art of Tibetan Buddhism. The journey from clamor to clarity unfolds as you progress through a…

3 in 30: Setting the Stage: Looking at Art with a Theatrical Eye

Tue, Jun 4 | 11–11:30 am

Thu, Jun 6| 6:30–7 pm

Meet at Visitor Services

Visual and theatrical artists think about how to engage viewers and audiences in remarkably similar ways. Join educators Maggie McGurn and Sarah Rasich for a “dramatic”, closer look at three objects in VMFA’s permanent collection.

3 in 30 Plus: Awaken: The Divine Feminine

Tue, Jul 9 | 11 am-12 pm

Thu, Jul 11| 6:30-7:30 pm

Meet at Visitor Services

Join Dr. John Henry Rice, co-curator of Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment, and Sue “Vani” Agee, Yoga Teacher, RN, and Co-Founder,, for a discussion of three works in VMFA’s permanent collection and an exploration of a theme in the special exhibition: the varying forms assumed by Tibetan Buddhism’s goddesses.