VMFA Blog

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

VMFA 365: #GivingTuesday

At VMFA, we believe that great art should be shared. From visitors finding moments of inspiration exploring our free permanent collection to others enjoying art at their local libraries, schools, and art centers through our statewide outreach, VMFA fosters art experiences across the commonwealth 365 days a year. Here are just a few ways that…

Winning Designs Recognized at Teen Stylin’

Exhibition in MWV Education Center: This exhibition features the 2014 Teen Stylin’ designer renderings and garments awarded Best Overall, Best in Show, Best Use of Alternative Materials and Creative Construction, and Best Interpretation of a Work of Art. Teen Stylin’ is VMFA’s eight-week program for Virginia students, grades 6–12, with a passion for clothing design,…

Behind the Scenes at Teen Stylin’

New-Fashioned from Briget Ganske on Vimeo. An average day of questions and answers during a Teen Stylin’ workshop: Q: Where are the scissors? A: Look in the blue bins on the table. Q: Is there any more hot glue? A: We have an endless supply. Look in the blue bins on the table. Q: I…

Forbidden City Is a Family-Friendly Adventure

Looking for an indoor family adventure?  Explore treasures of the Chinese emperors, while discovering stories about the family who lived in the largest palace in the world: The Forbidden City. In the past, ordinary citizens were not allowed into the imperial palace; however, today, you and your family can explore the Forbidden City at VMFA!…

Why Is My Favorite Art Off View?

Have you missed the Tiffany lamps, our beautiful Louis Majorelle bedroom suite, or a favorite Matisse or Picasso painting? Maybe you came to the museum to see Degas’s At the Milliners, one of the masterworks acquired by the museum from the Paul Mellon estate this summer, and found it off view. Just like any other…

The VMFA Visual Arts Fellowship Program Helps Virginia’s Artists Realize Their Dreams

Applications due November 7 “In a finance-based culture, sometimes it’s difficult to rationalize being an artist at all,” explains Rachel (Rainier) DeFrank, who received a VMFA Arts Fellowship in 2011. “All cultural measurements of achievement—in my case earning a living, having children, so many other things—are ignored in order to pursue something abstract and seemingly…

Collegiate School Students Help to Build the Forbidden City

The Chinese language teacher in Collegiate School’s lower school is Xin-yi Fergusson. Her third and fourth grade students were inspired by VMFA’s Crowdfunding project and wanted to help to build the Forbidden City with 3D technology. Together, the children contributed $50 to be recognized in the Archery Pavilions level. “Our trip to VMFA is scheduled…

Jazz Artists Meet Famed Painter and South African Embassy Officials

The Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Music has been delighted to welcome back students and faculty from the University of KwaZulu-Natal from Durban, South Africa. For the past three years, musicians from VCU and UKZN have participated in the Jazz Bridge exchange program. During this year’s exchange, the South African five students and two faculty…