Art Education Center & Interactive Gallery Opening

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan 21, 2019 | 1 – 4 pm

Teaching Gallery

Celebrate the opening of the newly renovated West Rock Art Education Center (AEC) & Memorial Foundation for Children Interactive Gallery exhibition! The day begins with a ribbon cutting at 1pm, followed by activities throughout the AEC with something for everyone to enjoy. The new Interactive Gallery exhibition, Rhythm of Art, explores the relationship of art…

ChinaFest: Year of the Earth Pig

Feb 16, 2019 | 10 am–4:30 pm

Join VMFA in a celebration of the Lunar New Year and ChinaFest: Year of the Earth Pig! Explore Chinese art and culture through art-making activities, demonstrations, and performances. Decorate your own folding fan and create a miniature Earth Pig sculpture. Watch the dynamic Lion Dance, beautiful performances by Yu Dance Arts, and so much more!…

Portrait of artist Glenn Ligon

Artist Talk: Glenn Ligon

with Glenn Ligon

Thu, Feb 7, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

New York-based artist Glenn Ligon will discuss his art and practice which has pursued critical perspectives of American history since the 1980s. This talk will highlight one of VMFA’s recent acquisition, A Small Band, currently on view in the Cochrane Atrium.

3 in 30: Perpetual Patterns

Tue, Jan 8, 11 – 11:30 am

Thu, Jan 10, 6:30 – 7 pm

Meet at Visitor Services

Join Izzie Fuqua, Adult Programs Coordinator, and discover three contemporary artists that employ all-over patterning and geometry in their works that are reminiscent of quilts.

Bugs! Fearful Symmetry in Hollar’s Insect Portraits

Fri, Mar 22, 2019 | 11 am – 12 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

Interest in the insect world of moths, butterflies, grasshoppers and other fascinating creatures increased dramatically with the invention of the microscope in the early 1600’s. Join Dr. Art Evans, of “What’s Bugging You?,” to identify the insects in Hollar’s works, discuss their current existence and habitats and share insights on the modern-day connections between art…

Vistas and Viewpoints of Wenceslaus Hollar’s World

Thu, Mar 28, 2019 | 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

Dr. Colleen Yarger, exhibition co-curator of Hollar’s Encyclopedic Eye: Prints from the Frank Raysor Collection, will discuss the art and life of Wenceslaus Hollar.

3 in 30: African Art

Tue, Feb 5, 2019 | 11 – 11:30 am

Thu, Feb 7, 2019 | 6 – 6:30 pm

Meet at Visitor Services

Join Richard Woodward for a closer look at three works in VMFA’s collection of African Art.

Pop-Up: Buggin’ Out

Fri, Apr 5, 2019 | 5 – 7 pm


Hollar turned to the natural world for inspiration, finding beauty in creepy, crawly bugs! All supplies will be provided for this pop-up art activity where you will make your own bug.

Dressing Zulu

Thu, Apr 4, 2019 | 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

Dressing Zulu celebrates the installation of elaborate beaded outfits for a Zulu man and woman in the museum’s African art gallery. This panel discussion explores the collaborative processes of acquiring, conserving, and exhibiting beaded attire. Hlengiwe Dube, noted Zulu beadwork artist and historian from Durban, South Africa, will offer an insider’s view and interpretation of…

At the Grove: Robinson House, Its Land and People

with Dr. Elizabeth O'Leary, Guest Curator and former VMFA Associate Curator of American Art, VMFA

Fri, Apr 12, 2019 | 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

Book Signing | 7:45 – 8:30pm Conference Center Suites | Free, no tickets required The newly renovated Robinson House has a multilayered story that resonates with the history of Virginia. This talk explores its land inhabitants, including native peoples, English colonists, an antebellum family, and the enslaved individuals who labored for them; as well as…