Teacher Workshop: Jasper Johns and Edvard Munch: Reading Between the Lines

Thu, Dec 8, 4:30–7 pm

Conference Room 1 & Galleries

This workshop explores the numerous thematic and art-process connections between American painter and printmaker Jasper Johns and Norwegian painter and printmaker Edvard Munch. Participants will visit the VMFA special exhibition Jasper Johns and Edvard Munch: Love, Loss, and the Cycle of Life and experiment with the use of line in their own works of art.…

The Private Life of Mrs. Rachel Lambert Mellon: Life into Art

with Mac Griswold, Cultural Landscape Historian

Thu, May 11, 6:30–7:30 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

With a laser eye, witty intelligence, and nimble hands, Rachel Lambert Mellon, nicknamed “Bunny,” fostered her life as an art form. Painted flowers bloomed as real as the ones in her gardens. Inspired by her imagination, Jean Schlumberger designed jewels drawn from every aspect of nature. Bunny said, “I know what I want to get done.”…

Fabergé-Inspired Egg Pendants & Collectibles

Wed, Dec 7, 10 am–5 pm


BACK FOR ONE DAY ONLY! Artel returns with a full collection of Fabergé-inspired egg pendants, carved Russian Santas, Russian lacquer boxes and other stunning collectibles for your gift giving. Handcrafted by Russian master jewelers in the United States, the Fabergé inspired eggs are little jewels that you will treasure for a lifetime. The jewelers of…

3 in 30: The Artist’s Self Portrait

with Lulan Yu, Education Programs Manager

Tue, Dec 6, 11–11:30 am & Thu, Dec 8, 6–6:30 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 takes a closer look at self-portraits made by 20th-century artists in VMFA’s collection. Educational programming for Jasper Johns and Edvard Munch: Love, Loss, and the Cycle of Life is generously supported by the Robert Lehman…

Dejan Jovanovic – Virginia Jewelry Artist

Fri, Dec 2, 11 am–3 pm; Sat, Dec 3, 11 am–5 pm;
& Sun, Dec 4, 11 am–4 pm


Back by popular demand! Three days only! Dejan Jovanovic has spent his life immersed in applied art and high craft. Trained as a sculptor in Belgrade, Serbia, Dejan received an MFA in metal design from the ECU School of Art in North Carolina. Inspired by the textures and colors of the natural world, his pieces…

James River Short Films Juried Competition

Fri, Dec 2, 6:30–9 pm

View the best, most current short videos and films (20 minutes or less) during this popular annual competition from the James River Film Society. A special guest filmmaker will choose the top entries from finalists across North America and award approximately $2,000 in cash prizes. Many filmmakers will be present for comments and Q&A sessions. For…

Virginia Tech Student Symposium: Keynote Lecture

Royal Patronage, Historical Portraiture, and the Vicissitudes of Fashion: Benjamin West’s Portrait of Prince William and His Elder Sister, Princess Sophia With Dr. Douglas Fordham, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Virginia Thu, Dec 1, 6–7 pm Leslie Cheek Theater VMFA’s recent acquisition of Prince William and His Elder Sister, Princess Sophia…

Collection Connection: The Gothic Spirit

with Christopher C. Oliver, Assistant Curator of American Art, and Kristie Couser, Curatorial Assistant for the Mellon Collections

Wed, Nov 30, 11 am–noon

Meet at Visitor Services

This gallery talk will explore Remnants and Revivals: Architectural Etchings by Charles Meryon and John Taylor Arms, a special exhibition that reveals how Gothic art and architecture inspired artists centuries after the iconic Notre-Dame Cathedral was constructed in Paris. Join Kristie Couser, Curatorial Assistant for the Mellon Collections and Christopher C. Oliver, Assistant Curator of…

Fabergé: The Path of a Brilliant Jeweler

with Dr. Wilfried Zeisler, Curator of Russian and 19th Century Art at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, Washington, D.C.

Sun, Nov 13, 2–3 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts holds hundreds of Russian decorative arts masterpieces, many made by the Fabergé firm, including five imperial eggs. This lecture will explore the collections of VMFA and other institutions to discover the history of the House of Fabergé as well as some of its Russian and European competitors.

Jasper Johns and Edvard Munch: Inspiration and Transformation

with John Ravenal, Executive Director of the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum; former Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at VMFA

Fri, Nov 11, 6:30–7:30 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

Due to overwhelming demand, this lecture is now sold out. To see more of our related events  Jasper Johns and Edvard Munch: Love, Loss, and the Cycle of Life is the first exhibition to explore the unexpected connections between Norwegian Expressionist painter Edvard Munch (1863–1944) and one of America’s greatest artists, Jasper Johns (born 1930). This talk explores how…