November 20, 2015–March 13, 2016* Sundays: 11 am–1 pm Wednesdays: 10 am–noon Fridays: 5–7 pm This program features contemporary sculptors who will demonstrate and discuss their creative processes as they create sculptures on the Sculptor Cart, a moveable demo cart in VMFA’s Atrium. The Sculptor Cart will also feature examples of sculpting tools as well as…

ChinaFest! Year of the Fire Rooster

Sat, Feb 11, 10 am–5 pm


 ChinaFest! Event Schedule Sat, Feb 11 | 10 am–5 pm Bring the whole family to celebrate the Lunar New Year and the Chinese Year of the Fire Rooster! Explore Chinese art and culture through fun art activities and collaborative events. Experience demonstrations and performances by Yu Dance, The Pride: Lion Dance at UVA, Lion Dance at…


National Bike Month

It’s National Bike Month, and what better way to celebrate than jumping on a bike and heading to the museum? (Look at those happy people!) Here is your challenge: 1.) Ride your bike to VMFA, 2.) Take a picture of the journey, 3.) Send your image to us on Tumblr ( OR use the #Bike2VMFA…

Virginia Tech Student Symposium: Keynote Lecture by Dr. Robert Hobbs

Sun, Nov 8, 3–4 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

Join us for the keynote lecture of the Virginia Tech Student Symposium given by Professor Robert Hobbs, Rhoda Thalhimer Endowed Chair in American Art at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Hobbs will address the German Neo-Expressionist artist Anselm Kiefer and his imposing mixed media Landscape with Wing in the Museum’s collection. Presented in collaboration with the Arts@VirginiaTech.

Museum Stores of Richmond: Holiday Shoppers Fair 2015

Fri, Nov 6 & Sat, Nov 7, 9:30 am–5 pm

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

In its 21st and final year, the Museum Stores of Richmond’s Holiday Shoppers Fair brings together Richmond’s premier museums, selling their many specialty items just in time for the holidays. A special Member Preview will be held on Thursday, Nov 5 from 5–8 pm. Members of any participating museum can show their membership ID to receive…

Valerie Sanson – Virginia Jewelry Artist Trunk Show

Member Preview: Thu, Nov 5, 5–8 pm
Fri, Nov 6 & Sat, Nov 7, 9:30 am–5 pm

VMFA Booth, Holiday Shoppers Fair 2015, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

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…

The Artist’s Choice: Intentions and Options

with Debra Stoss, Docent

Sun, Feb 15, 1 pm

Tue, Feb 17, 2 pm

Thu, Feb 19, 6 pm

Meet at Visitor Services Desk

On this gallery exploration, personal interpretation along with artist intention will guide our discussion of various works of art. Examine how artistic choices encourage us to uncover meaning. Docent Debra Stoss will be your guide through this artistic discovery process.

How…do you draw flowers?

with Artist and educator Megan Liles Endy

Fri, Apr 17, 1 – 2 pm

Meet at Visitor Services Desk

Join artist and educator Megan Liles Endy for a closer look at paintings of flowers in VMFA’s permanent collection. After a visit to the galleries, watch flowers come to life in the studio as Ms. Endy demonstrates drawing techniques using colored pencils and shows how the medium exhibits characteristics of both drawing and painting. Visitors…

Sunflowers and Still-life: From Monet Through van Gogh to Gauguin

with Dr. Richard Brettell, Margaret M. McDermott Distinguished Chair of Art and Aesthetic Studies, University of Texas, Dallas

Fri, Mar 27, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

This discussion traces the particular history of the sunflower still life. Dr. Richard Brettell, Margaret M. McDermott Distinguished Chair of Art and Aesthetic Studies, University of Texas, Dallas, explains how “Monet was the first great artist to stuff a bunch of recently cut sunflowers into a vase and paint it, . . . starting a…

3 in 30: African Traditions in Contemporary Art

with Karen Getty, Docent and Tour Program Coordinator

Tue, Feb 3, 11 – 11:30 am

Thu, Feb 5, 6:30 – 7 pm

Meet at Visitor Services Desk

Exploring three works by 20th- and 21st-century artists, Karen Getty, Docent and Tour Program Coordinator, shows how these artists refashion and implement historical visual content from Africa to bring greater cultural significance to the meaning.