A blog by staff and others about the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Revisiting Esther Mahlangu at VMFA

A lively spontaneity results from this approach, revealing the human touch of creation. No straight edge is used, no tape. Just the eye and the hand—although it’s important to mention the acrobatics and exertion also! Esther and Marriam painted standing, sitting, kneeling, and even reclining on scaffolding, ladders, and the floor. All the climbing was…

Fine Arts & Flowers was a tremendous success!

Thank you to everyone that made Fine Arts & Flowers a tremendous success this year!   Presented by The Council of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, with floral designs by The Garden Club of Virginia, Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs, and Garden Clubs of Virginia. Proceeds support re-installation of VMFA’s internationally acclaimed Fabergé Collection.

Objects Conservation Internship Experience

Our names are Keisha Horne and Sydney Johnson, and we were the Andrew W. Mellon interns in Objects Conservation at VMFA during summer 2016. Both of us are recent college graduates—Keisha from James Madison University and Sydney from Virginia Commonwealth University—with bachelors’ degrees in art history and a strong interest in objects conservation. We wanted…

Kehinde Wiley: Women & Fashion

Just when you thought you could identify a Kehinde Wiley painting (strong men in urban clothing), Kehinde Wiley “flipped the script,” as he says. Learn about his project Economy of Grace, featuring women in couture gowns.