Maggie Ingram and the Ingramettes

Fri, Feb 6, 6-8pm


Maggie Ingram, known as the “Gospel Queen” of Richmond, Virginia, celebrates 65 years of gospel music this year. Enjoy three generations of gospel singers, including Maggie, her daughter Almeta, granddaughter Cheryl, and close family Valerie Stewart, when this renowned group performs at VMFA. Together for 50-plus years, the group has performed at venues such as…

Frankie Slaughter

Frankie Slaughter: Virginia Textile & Jewelry Artist

Mon, Nov 3 – Sat, Nov 8, 10 am - 5 pm


An internationally known mixed-media artist who divides her time between Richmond, VA, and Hong Kong, Frankie Slaughter bridges East and West with her one-of-a-kind textile jackets and jewelry. Approaching each design as a creative journey with no preconceived destination, Slaughter allows her keen eye and artistry to guide her as she combines layers of texture,…

VMFA Presents Red Sorghum at the Byrd

Sun, Nov 23, 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Byrd Theatre, Carytown

In conjunction with VMFA’s exhibition Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing, VMFA celebrates Chinese cinema with this rare, English-subtitled version of Red Sorghum (1987). This film catapulted actress Gong Li to international stardom as well as launched the career of director Zhang Yimou who went on to make Hero (2002), House of…

Teen Stylin 2014: Forbidden

Sat, Nov 22, 1:30 – 4:00 pm

Cheek Theater and Atrium

Designed for students with a passion for clothing design, studio arts, installation art, and/or sculpture, Teen Stylin’ provides aspiring designers with the guidance and assistance to create their own one-of-a-kind, wearable works of art. More than 80 Virginia student designers in grades 6 – 12 worked over the course of eight weeks to create wearable…

How to Read Chinese Paintings

with Maxwell K Hearn, Douglas Dillon Chairman Department of Asian Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thu, Dec 4, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

The Chinese way of appreciating a painting is often expressed by the words du hua, “to read a painting.” How does one do that? Because art is a visual language, words alone cannot adequately convey its expressive dimension. Spanning a thousand years of Chinese art from the eighth through the seventeenth century, the lecture will…

Sally Mann Reads from Hold Still

Fri, Oct 23, 6:30–7:15 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater Book Signing, 7:30–8 pm | Conference Suite Photographer Sally Mann will read from her recently released memoir, Hold Still. A book signing with the author will be held following the reading from 7:30-8 pm in the Conference Suite. Sally Mann is a finalist for these two…

Hanako’s Teahouse

Sun, Nov 16, 2 – 3 pm

Marble Hall

We are celebrating the opening weekend of the exhibition, Water and Shadow: Kawase Hasui and the Japanese Landscape Prints with several events. Join us Sunday for special program with artist Hanako Miwa. She will perform tea ceremonies with her special tea objects and her portable Teahouse. The Japanese tea ceremony is a way of communication and a way…

Kawase Hasui and the Power of Landscape

with Dr. Ken Brown

Fri, Nov 14, Lecture: 6 – 7 pm, Catalog signing: 7 – 7:30 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

We are celebrating the opening weekend of the exhibitionWater and Shadow: Kawase Hasui and the Japanese Landscape Prints with several events. Why is Hasui so popular? In this this lecture, Dr. Ken Brown, Professor of Asian Art History at California State University, Long Beach, will answer that question as he explores how this artist’s works fulfill fundamental…

Twelve Views of Virginia

Fri, Nov 14, 3 – 4 pm

Works on Paper Gallery

We are celebrating the opening weekend of the exhibition Water and Shadow: Kawase Hasui and the Japanese Landscape Prints with several events.Join Japanese artist Miwako Nishizawa as she discusses her Twelve Views of Virginia print project on display in the VMFA galleries. This multi-year project was commissioned by collectors Rene and Carolyn Balcer and includes images of many notable…

James River Short Films/Video Competition

Fri, Nov 7, 6:30–9 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

Cutting-edge, conventional, digital, experimental, animation, fiction, non-fiction — view the best and most current short videos/films (30 minutes or less) in this juried competition from the James River Film Society. Filmmaker/screenwriter Megan Holley will judge and award approximately $2,000 in cash prizes. Finalists are selected from entries from all over North America. Many filmmakers will be present…