Imperial Collection: The VMFA Shop and Cynthia Gale New York Jewelry Collection

Thu–Fri, Oct 20–21, 11 am–7 pm & Sat, Oct 22, 11 am–4 pm


The VMFA Shop is proud to announce an exciting partnership with Cynthia Gale New York! Join us for a trunk show featuring Cynthia’s exclusive new jewelry line inspired by VMFA’s renowned Fabergé collection. A former model, cultured entrepreneur, and trendsetting designer from the start of her 20-year career, Cynthia Gale has combined her fast-paced, eclectic New York City lifestyle with…

Valerie Sanson – Virginia Jewelry Artist Trunk Show

Sun, Oct 16, 12–5 pm & Mon, Oct 17, 10 am–4 pm


Early in her career, artist Valerie Sanson worked as a fashion coordinator for Richmond’s famed Thalhimer department stores. The retail experience she gained there, coupled with her own creative bent, later drove her to open one of the most imaginative home accessory and gift boutiques in Richmond: Lane Sanson. Her love of fashion soon inspired…

Artel Trunk Show – Fabergé-Inspired Egg Pendants & Collectibles

Thu–Fri, Oct 27–28, 11 am–9 pm
& Sat–Sun, Oct 29–30, 11 am–4 pm

The master jewelers of Artel replicate the timeless tradition of Carl Fabergé, whose masterpieces were sought by tsars and nobility and are still treasured today. Objects include Fabergé-inspired pendants, Russian lacquer boxes and dolls, carved Russian Santas, and more! Made of sterling silver, 24k gold vermeil, and enhanced by Swarovski crystals, fine Italian enamels, and semi-precious stones,…

Gabriel Ofiesh – Virginia Jewelry Artist

Sat, Dec 17, 11 am–5 pm & Sun, Dec 18, 11 am–4 pm


One of our favorite artists returns to VMFA Shop! Gabriel Ofiesh, a graduate of UVA and Charlottesville resident, is bringing his complete collection to VMFA just in time for the holidays. His signature jewelry design is both contemporary and sophisticated, using a mixture of 18k gold, sterling silver, precious and semi-precious stones in non-traditional ways.…

Art in Literature: An Undying Love Affair

Fri, Oct 14, 6–8 pm

Marble Hall

Winner of the 2016 Art in Literature: Mary Lynn Kotz Award Join us for a talk by this year’s winning author. Art in Literature: The Mary Lynn Kotz Award is given jointly by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Library of Virginia. This year’s winner is Portraits at an Exhibition, a novel about a…

Teacher Workshop: The Gilded Age in America: Influence and Identity

Thu, Mar 30, 4:30–7 pm

Conference Room 1 and Galleries

Great changes took place in the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many traditional, agrarian-based communities were giving way to urban centers largely controlled by industrial corporations. Captains of industry, including John D. Rockefeller, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and Andrew Carnegie, amassed fortunes through their interests in steel production, shipping and railroads, and…

Teacher Workshop: Food for Thought?

Thu, Apr 27, 4:30–7 pm

Conference Room & Galleries

What can food tell us about history, economics, literature, and language? This workshop delves into the intersection of food and art. Topics include the impact of agriculture on early civilizations, the consequences of the Columbian exchange, and contemporary culinary diplomacy. Activities incorporate analyses of food-related works of art that serve as primary sources for investigations…

Teacher Workshop: VMFA’s Grounds and Virginia History: 1630–2016

Sat, May 6, 10 am–3 pm

Pauley Center Parlor & Galleries

When VMFA’s doors opened for the first time in 1936, the building’s site and surrounding area already had a fascinating history. Many reminders of earlier eras can be seen in and around the sculpture garden today. This workshop provides opportunities to look back through time at the changes that have taken place on these grounds,…

Teacher Workshop: The Ash Can School: Beauty, Grit, and a New American View

Tue, May 11, 4:30–7 pm

Conference Room 1 & Galleries

“The Eight” were a group of 20th-century artists dedicated to creating art that provided an unflinchingly honest, and sometimes ugly, view of urban reality. Also known as members of the Ash Can school, these painters, illustrators, and printmakers turned to the margins of society for their inspiration: immigrants, the working-class, and urban poverty. In this…

Teacher Workshop: Civil Rights in America: The Camera as Witness

Thu, Sep 22, 4:30–7 pm

Conference Room 1 & Galleries

This workshop explores the integral role that photography played in affecting change during the Civil Rights Movement in America. Topics of discussion include James Van De Zee’s expressive documentation of African American life in New York City in the 1920s and 30s and the VMFA exhibition Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott. Activities include a…