Art Is Not Linear (panel 5), 2009, Ryan McGinness (American, b. 1972), acrylic on panels, 8' x 32', overall; 16 in panels, each 4' x 4'. National Endowment for the Arts Fund for American Art Moses and the Burning Bush, 17th century, Charles Poerson (French, 1609 – 1667), 152 x 106 in. Museum Purchase, funds provided by Mrs. Alfred I. duPont

Collection Connection: Ryan McGinness and European Tapestries: Weaving the Present from the Past

with Curators Mitchell Merling and John Ravenal

Wed, Jul 16, 11 am – noon

Meet at Visitor Services Desk.

Current exhibition Ryan McGinness: Studio Visit provides an excellent opportunity to reconsider VMFA’s outstanding collection of European tapestries in contemporary terms. Join Mitchell Merling, Paul Mellon Curator and Head of the Department of European Art, and John Ravenal, the Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art,  in the galleries for a discussion…

Tattoo Arts and Film Festival

Fri, Sep 4, 3 – 9:30 pm

Sat, Sep 5, 10:30 am – 5 pm; Reception: 5 – 7 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

To complement our special exhibition Japanese Tattoo: Perseverance, Art, and Tradition, VMFA will present the only major Tattoo Arts and Film Festival in Virginia. Honoring the rich history and tradition of tattooing and its enduring and evolving impact on contemporary visual culture, the two-day festival will include feature films plus a session exploring Japanese anime,…

My First Art Camp

with Lori Valente

Five-day camps beginning Jun 2, 9, 16, Mon  –  Fri, 10 am –  noon

MWV Art Education Center

VMFA’s youngest artists embrace a world of art, culture, and imagination. Designed with Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning in mind, these programs foster cognitive and motor development, creative growth, and self-expression. Budding young artists discover their talents in the studio with art materials, educational games and story time alongside adventures in the gallery. Register online or…

First Fridays: Major and the Monbacks

Fri, Jun 6, 6 – 8 pm


Major and the Monbacks have infused the party energy of southern soul, blending old-school style with pop melodies, ska, and soul horn riffs. This nine-piece band with four vocalists, a hypeman, and horn section wields an original blend of retro R&B, ’60s twang, and new-school garage pop jams. They’ve reached “monback mania” status in their…

Modeling, Music & Wine!

Fri, Mar 11, 6–8 pm

VMFA Atrium & Best Café

Kick off spring 2016 with a unique night of modeling, music, and wine! Back by popular demand, the VMFA Shop presents an informal modeling session featuring the hats of award-winning designers Ignatius Creegan and Rod Givens as well as the Shop’s new lines of spring jewelry and accessories.  Enjoy dinner in the Best Café, complete with…

3 in 30: Women Artists of VMFA

Tue, Mar 8, 11–11:30 am & Thu, Mar 10, 6:30–7 pm

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Celebrate Women’s History Month with VMFA by exploring three of the many women artists included in the permanent collection. Join Adult Programs Coordinator Izzie Fuqua to discover three tenacious and creative artists as well as their individual inspirations and artistic processes.

Ayala Naphtali – New York Jewelry Artisan

Fri, Mar 4, noon–7 pm & Sat–Sun, Mar 5–6, noon–4 pm


New York jewelry designer Ayala Naphtali draws her inspiration from ancient alphanumeric systems, contemporary architecture, and her own cultural history. Intrigued by balance and proportion, the artist utilizes minimal forms and bold colors to create elegant works of wearable art.  In addition to receiving numerous awards, Ayala’s pieces have been exhibited both nationally and internationally and can be…

K. Benner Designs – Virginia Fiber Artisan

Fri, Mar 4, noon–7 pm & Sat & Sun, Mar 5–6, noon–4 pm


Inspired by organic shapes and textures and crafted through a unique process of hand dyeing and nuno felting, Katherine Benner’s handmade scarves, belts, shawls, and clothes convey the energy and beauty of the natural world while complementing any fashion style. Join us in the VMFA Shop to meet Katherine and see her beautiful works for…

Ignatius Hats – Virginia Hat Artisans

Thu–Fri, Mar 10–11, noon–7 pm & Sat, Mar 12, noon–4 pm

Since 1995, hat designers Ignatius Creegan and Rod Givens have blended their artistic flair and technical expertise to create one-of-a-kind, wearable works of art. Each hat is sewn from bundled wheat straw or synthetic braid and trimmed with a unique array of feathers, flowers, and handmade decorations, offering a fashionably modern take on the styles of…

3 in 30: It Takes Two

Tue, Feb 2, 11–11:30 am & Thu, Feb 4, 6:30–7 pm

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Join Karen Getty, VMFA Coordinator of Tour Services, as she explores the significance of “twoness,” or duality, in traditional African art. Find out why two is better than one!