3 in 30: Digital Thinking in Art

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

Meet at Visitor Services Desk

Digital thinking is both a response to and a result of a wide range of media that has erupted over the past century. Led by Dr. Meghan Rosatelli, Digital Learning Coordinator, this gallery talk will explore a diverse trio of works that attempts to answer a pressing question: how do we respond to the collapse…

Virginia Garden Week Featured Artist: Nora Baldacci

Wed, Apr 27, 11 am–4 pm & Thu, Apr 28, 11 am–7 pm


Nora Baldacci’s jewelry is not so much about fashion as it is emotion. “It’s fascinating,” she says, “to create a necklace that, simply through the combination of colors and textures, can bring back memories of a walk through the woods on a late fall afternoon. Or a bracelet with colors so bright and perky, they…

Artel Eggs-travaganza Trunk Show

Fri, Apr 7, 10 am–7 pm & Sat–Sun, Apr 8–9, 10 am–4 pm


Handcrafted by Russian master jewelers in the United States, these Fabergé-inspired pendants, Russian lacquer boxes, and other stunning collectibles will wow even the most discerning admirer of Fabergé-style jewelry and objects. The jewelers of Artel replicate the timeless tradition of Carl Fabergé, whose masterpieces were sought by czars and nobility of his era and given…

3 in 30: Earth, Sea, and Sky

with Kristie Couser, Curatorial Assistant for the Mellon Collections

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

Meet at Visitor Services

From birds and butterflies to marine life, Jean Schlumberger took the natural world in all its forms as inspiration for his jewelry designs. Join Kristie Couser, Curatorial Assistant for the Mellon Collections, for a gallery talk exploring animal motifs in jewelry presented in the exhibition The Rachel Lambert Mellon Collection of Jean Schlumberger, on view…

Burghers in Conversation: From Calais to Contemporary

with Mitchell Merling and Owen Duffy

Wed, Feb 10, 1–2 pm

Reynolds Lecture Hall

Join Dr. Mitchell Merling, Paul Mellon Curator and Head of the Department of European Art, and Owen Duffy, Exhibitions Manager at The Anderson at VCU (and former VMFA Curatorial Assistant for Contemporary Art), in a conversation about the forceful impact of Rodin on modern and contemporary art. They will also specifically discuss the video installation…

Talulah Designs – Virginia Jewelry Artist Trunk Show

Fri, Feb 12, noon–7 pm & Sat, Feb 13, noon–4 pm


Jan Dobrowolski, owner and artisan of Talulah Designs, finds inspiration in the rich textures discovered in nature. Elements of her designs include the patterns in the profile of a rock, the textures of lichen-covered bark, the repeating curves of a wave, and the pebbles in a shallow stream. Crafted from fine silver, gold, semi-precious gems, and pearls, her…

Pop-Up: Cut, Tear, Collage!

Fri, Feb 3, 6–8 pm


Inspired by the prominent American artist Romare Bearden, today’s magazines are your materials and sources of inspiration. Cut, tear, and create a completely new composition just as Bearden used LIFE magazine and other publications to create some of the most renowned works of the 20th century.

VMFA Book Club: Rodin’s Lover

with author Heather Webb

Thu, Jan 28, 5:30–7 pm

Pauley Center Parlor

Join us for a discussion about 19th-century sculptor Camille Claudel and her relationship with Auguste Rodin. Webb’s novel tells the tale of the artists’ working relationship and explosive love affair. The author will be in attendance to answer questions and sign books. Using books about artists or works of art currently on view at VMFA to pique curiosity…

Dejan Jovanovic – Virginia Jewelry Artist Trunk Show

Fri, Dec 18, noon–7 pm & Sat–Sun, Dec 19–20, noon–4 pm

VMFA Main Shop

Trained as a sculptor in Belgrade, Serbia before receiving an MFA in metal design from the ECU School of Art in North Carolina, Dejan Jovanovic has spent his life immersed in applied art and high craft. Inspired by the textures and colors of the natural world, his pieces subtly combine metals such as gold, platinum, and…

Jason McLeod – Virginia Jewelry Artist Trunk Show

Friday, Dec 4, noon–9 pm and Sat, Dec 5, noon–7 pm

VMFA Shop at Short Pump Town Center

Join us at our beautiful VMFA Shop at Short Pump for a holiday trunk show and sale featuring an award-winning jewelry artist from Charlottesville. 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…