Teacher Workshop: Egypt and China: Inventing, Writing, and Connecting

Thu, Mar 9, 4:30–7 pm

Conference Room 1 & Galleries

Are you a third grade teacher who will soon be adding Egypt and China to the ancient civilizations you teach? This workshop provides resources and strategies for helping students understand the contributions of the ancient Egyptians and ancient Chinese to today’s world. Topics include the Egyptian inventions of papyrus, the calendar, and the clock; the…

How. . .do you identify gemstones?

with Mark Palmgren, G.G. (GIA), C.G.A. (AGS), Gemologist, Carrera’s Jewelers

Thu, Mar 30, 11 am–noon

Reynolds Lecture Hall

Diamonds, rubies and sapphires are just a few of the gemstones featured in the exhibition, The Rachel Lambert Mellon Collection of Jean Schlumberger, but there are others to discover. Join Mark Palmgren, Gemologist and Appraiser for Carrera’s Jewelers, as he discusses how a gemstone is identified and classified and eventually selected to be used in…

Rajasthani Caravan

Sep 24, 2 - 3 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

Join us for a vibrant afternoon of live music and dance with the world-renowned Rajasthani Gypsy Caravan. The group of folk musicians and dancers who will perform the traditional arts from the desert of Rajasthan, India.  

Tuskegee University: Golden Voices Concert Choir

with Wayne A. Barr, D.M.A., Director & Brenda Shuford, M. Ed., Accompanist

Mon, Mar 6, 6–7:30 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

Singing has always been part of the Tuskegee experience. Dr. Booker T. Washington, who founded the original Tuskegee Institute in 1881, insisted on communal singing at weekly chapel services and developed a choir to lead the way. Before too long the choir was sent out to promote the Institute, establishing a rich choral tradition, steeped…

The Great Jewelry Spring Cleaning Sale

Mon, Feb 20–Sat, Feb 25


We’re cleaning out our drawers and shelves! The VMFA Shop Spring Cleaning Sale beings Monday, Feb 20 and runs through Sat, Feb 25. Stop by the shop and save up to 50% off select earrings, necklaces, accessories, and more! In-store only. All merchandise is final sale. No additional discounts apply.  

African American Read-In 2017

Thu, Feb 23, 5–7 pm

Meet at Visitor Services

As a part of the 27th annual African American Read-In, a national event, VMFA staff and members of the community share African and African American literature through readings and poetry related to work in the permanent collection. The VMFA Library will also be open on this night for extended hours with works from the Louis…

Artist Talk: LeRoy Henderson

Thu, Feb 16, 6:30–7:30 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

Born in Richmond and now based in Brooklyn, photographer LeRoy Henderson has been documenting America’s culture of protest since the late 1960s. Join us as he discusses his life and work with Dr. Sarah Eckhardt, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Job Fair for Veterans

Thu, Feb 16, 10 am–2 pm


Virginia Values Veterans VMFA recently received V3 certification from the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Veterans Services. This program helps employers implement nationally recognized best practices to recruit, hire, and retain veterans in the workforce. To celebrate VMFA’s commitment to this program, the museum is hosting a job fair where veterans will have the opportunity…

Karyn Shonk – Virginia Jewelry Artist Trunk Show

Fri, Feb 10, 11 am–9 pm &
Sat–Sun, Feb 11–12, 11 am–4 pm


Jewelry designer Karyn Shonk has drawn inspiration for this special collection the from Jean Schlumberger Collection! Her pieces are botanical in nature, with a Victorian-era style and design. Working in sterling silver and 14-karat gold mixed with vintage treasures, Karyn creates works of wearable art which are truly unique and very affordable. Join us in…

3 in 30: African Art

with Richard Woodward, Curator of African Art, and Ashley Durhkoop, Curatorial Assistant for African Art

Tue, Feb 7, 11–11:30 am & Thu, Feb 9, 6:30–7 pm

Meet at Visitor Services

Join Richard Woodward and Ashley Duhrkoop for a conversation about the beauty and power of art in its cultural context and in a museum setting. The dialogue will focus on three works of African and African-American art in the galleries.