Archaeological view: Shaanxi province, China

Archaeology Forum

Fri, Feb 2, 9:30 am–3:30 pm

Cheek Theater

This program will feature six leading scholars and archaeologists from China and the United States addressing recent excavations, new research, and innovative approaches in archaeology. Topics range from new discoveries at the First Emperor’s mausoleum and Qin’s capital of Yongcheng, to Qin law inscribed on bamboo strips, bronze casting in the ancient Mediterranean, and archaeology…

2018 ChinaFest: Year of the Earth Dog

Sat, Feb 10, 10 am–4:30 pm

Celebrate the Lunar New Year and ChinaFest: Year of the Earth Dog! Create an Earth Dog lantern and make your own watercolor lotus card. Enjoy demonstrations and colorful performances, including the Lion Dance, to welcome the Chinese New Year! Parking: Overflow parking is available in First Baptist Church’s parking lot, located at the corner of…

Conservation of African Art: the Meeting of Art & Science

with Casey Mallinckrodt, Andrew Mellon Assistant Conservator

Tue, Feb 20, 11 am–noon

Marble Hall

Join Casey Mallinckrodt, Andrew Mellon Assistant Conservator for VMFA, as she discusses the conservation and technical analysis of objects in the museum’s African art collection. The talk will provide an overview of conservation and how a scientific analysis informs conservation treatment and reveals aspects of the cultural origins of objects in the collection.  

Artist Talk: Chester Higgins

Fri, Feb 16, 6:30-7:30pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

Photographer Chester Higgins sees his “life as a narrative and [his] photography as its expression.” Join us for an evening with the artist as he discusses his life and work.

3 in 30: Chester Higgins and P. H. Polk

with Dr. Sarah Eckhardt, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

Tue, Feb 6, 11-11:30am & Thu, Feb 8, 6:30-7pm

Meet at Visitor Services Desk

Explore the relationship between photographers Chester Higgins and P.H. Polk with Dr. Sarah Eckhardt, VMFA’s Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, on this thirty minute gallery talk highlighting three works of art.

Daphne Maxwell Reid Book Signing – Virginia Photographic Artist

Wed, Dec 6, 11am - 5pm


Daphne Maxwell Reid is best known as Aunt Vivian from the hit comedy, “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” Her 40-year acting career is still vital with roles on many new television programs including the host of “Virginia Currents” on Richmond’s WCVE (PBS). Ms. Reid is an avid photographer of DOORS from around the world. …

VMFA After Hours: One Night, Two Parties, Three Eras!

Saturday, Feb 3, 2018 7–11:30 pm

Dessert and Coffee Lounge 8:30–11:30 pm

Travel through time and space from ancient China to 20th-century Black America to modern-day RVA, all in one night. The journey also includes a free drink ticket, free parking, and appetizers plus a Dessert Lounge from 8:30-11:30 pm. Cash bar available. Attire: Museum Chic. Hosted by Kelli Lemon Marble Hall: Classic Hip-Hop and R&B with Heavy Hitter…

Jason McLeod Holiday Trunk Show – Virginia Goldsmith & Jewelry Artist

Fri – Sun, Dec 15 – 17

Fri- 11 am–7 pm

Sat & Sun- 11 am–5 pm

“Out of This World” Award Winning Jewelry Embellished with Gemstones & Celestial Coding! Working in 14k & 18k gold, sterling silver, platinum, high quality gemstones, and other natural materials, Jason McLeod creates each piece of his jewelry collection as limited edition or even one-of-a-kind objects for the wearer to cherish. This talented self-taught studio jeweler…

Barbara Mann of Mann Made Designs – Virginia Ceramic Artist Trunk Show

Fri–Sun, Dec 8–10

Fri- 11 am–7 pm

Sat & Sun- 11am–5 pm


Barbara Mann is a professional, juried artisan. Her designs stem from doodles with playful brushstrokes and sometimes her background in Botany will sneak in. She likes to throw simple, classical form to use as a vehicle for her busy surfaces. For the most part, Barbara paints on greenware and once-fire, which saves energy. Each piece…

Gloria Armentrout – Virginia Handbag Artist

Wed, Dec 6, 11am - 5pm & Thu, Dec 7, 11am - 7pm


Inspired by bold color, textures, and all things vintage since her childhood, Gloria Armentrout extended her interior design practice and sewing capabilities to a whole new art form. Her one-of-a-kind handbag creations, made from New York fabric or vintage family heirlooms, serve as both functional and funky pieces of wearable art. Join us in the…