Teacher Workshop: Romanticism: Over There and Over Here

Thu, Jan 26, 4:30–7 pm

Conference Room 1 & Galleries

European Romanticism, a movement that took place from about 1800 to 1850, emphasized individualism, intense emotion, and the exaltation of nature and the pre-industrial past. This workshop begins by exploring these themes in European art and literature of the post-Napoleonic era, then examines how Romanticism was transformed as the movement took root in the United…

How. . .do you work with encaustic?

with Karen Eide, VMFA Studio School Instructor and practicing artist

Wed, Jan 25, 11 am–noon

Meet at Visitor Services

Encaustic painting, also known as “hot wax painting,” is an artistic technique that dates back to the Egyptians and is still used today by contemporary artists. Many works in the special exhibition Jasper Johns and Edvard Munch: Love, Loss and the Cycle of Life were created using the encaustic process for which Jasper Johns is…

VMFA Book Club: The Kitchen Boy

Thu, Jan 12, 5:30–7 pm

Conference Room 1

In this novel, Robert Alexander tells the tale of the last days of Czar Nicholas II and his family. It is narrated by Mikhail Semyanov, an elderly immigrant who lives outside of Chicago. Mikhail provides an account of what it was like to be a servant of the captive family and witness their final tragic…

Artist Talk: Jaume Plensa

Thu, Apr 27, 6:30–7:30 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

Discover the museum’s newest addition to the Robins Sculpture Garden–a work by the internationally renowned Spanish sculptor, Jaume Plensa, who specializes in large-scale outdoor artworks. Unveiling of Chloe | 5:45 pm E. Claiborne and Lora Robins Sculpture Garden Free, no tickets required.

The Haunted Picture: Edvard Munch across Time

with Dr. Patricia G. Berman, Theodora L. and Stanley H. Feldberg Professor of Art, Wellesley College

Thu, Jan 19, 6:30–7:30 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

Edvard Munch had no direct students, but numerous artists have engaged with his work across time and space. This lecture examines Munch’s influence on New York artists—including Jasper Johns—in the 1970s and `80s while also considering the ways in which he continues to haunt canvases, prints, and screen culture. Educational programming for Jasper Johns and…

3 in 30: Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

with Trent Nicholas, Media Programs Coordinator

Tue, Jan 3, 11–11:30 am & Thu, Jan 5, 6:30–7 pm

Meet at Visitor Services

Inspired by the special exhibition Jasper Johns and Edvard Munch: Love, Loss, and the Cycle of Life, this gallery talk contemplates three works by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880–1938), part of the Ludwig and Rosy Fischer Collection, a key German Expressionist artist with consideration of the impact of his life experiences.

Film | America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age | WORLD PREMIERE!

Fri, Jan 20, 6:30–9 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

VMFA proudly presents the world premiere of a new documentary from writer/director Michael Maglaras and executive producer Terri Templeton. This will be a triumphant return for the 217 Films team, whose Enough to Live On: Arts of the WPA was shown at VMFA to popular acclaim last year. The exciting and compelling story covers “America’s Renaissance,”…

Zoya Gutina – Virginia Jewelry Artist

Sat, Dec 10, 11 am–5 pm & Sun, Dec 11, 11 am–4 pm


2-Day Only Exclusive! Born and raised in the USSR and based in the United States for 20 years, Zoya Gutina is an internationally known jewelry artist. A first-place winner of many design competitions, she is also a veteran exhibitor at various art shows and museums.  Zoya has developed her own unique style of intricate beaded jewelry using…

Community Conversation: Art and Health

with Sara Wilson McKay, PhD, Chair, Department of Art Education, Virginia Commonwealth University; Jeanne M. Walter, PhD, RN, FAAMA; and Carley Lovell, MS, MA, RN, WHNP-BC, VCU School of Nursing

Thu, Dec 8, 6:30–7:30 pm

Celeste Fetta, VMFA Chief Educator, moderates a discussion about the many different community programs that utilize VMFA’s permanent collection as a means of addressing wellness, including ArtLINKS and the VCU Nursing program. Join education staff members and community representatives to explore how art is being used to promote health and healing. Educational programming for Jasper…