VMFA Blog

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

Helping VMFA Build the Forbidden City: A Crowdfunding Success

My husband Frank and I first came to the United States in 1986 and worked hard at building a business that, in less than twenty years, has become a global enterprise with more than 1,600 employees around the world and thousands of uniquely designed products that meet both indoor and outdoor decorative needs of American…

Imperial Ceremonial Halls: Sponsor the Location of Emperors’ Birthdays and Enthronements & Help VMFA Build the Forbidden City

If you’ve been to VMFA recently, you’ve probably noticed the 3D printers humming away in the Atrium. They’re printing the hundreds of tiny buildings that make up the Forbidden City in honor of the upcoming special exhibition, which opens Oct 18. This printing project is part of a crowdfunding campaign to support the museum’s exhibition program.…

Temples and Shrines: Sponsor the Ancient Places of Worship of Emperors & Help VMFA Build the Forbidden City

If you’ve been to VMFA recently, you’ve probably noticed the 3D printers humming away in the Atrium. They’re printing the hundreds of tiny buildings that make up the Forbidden City in honor of the upcoming special exhibition, which opens Oct 18. This printing project is part of a crowdfunding campaign to support the museum’s exhibition program.…

Tea Houses: Sponsor an Important Facet of Chinese Culture & Help VMFA Build the Forbidden City

If you’ve been to VMFA recently, you’ve probably noticed the 3D printers humming away in the Atrium. They’re printing the hundreds of tiny buildings that make up the Forbidden City in honor of the upcoming special exhibition, which opens Oct 18. This printing project is part of a crowdfunding campaign  to support the museum’s exhibition…

Archery Pavilions: Sponsor the Location of Athletic Feats of the Manchu Heritage & Help VMFA Build the Forbidden City

When you come to VMFA tomorrow you’ll see 3D printers at work in the Atrium. They’re printing the hundreds of tiny buildings that make up the Forbidden City in honor of the upcoming special exhibition, which opens Oct 18. This printing project is part of a crowdfunding campaign to support the museum’s exhibition program. Your tax-deductible donations support all…

Evergreen Enterprises Announces Matching Gift

Since its launch on September 23, more than 75 people have participated in the campaign to Help VMFA Build the Forbidden City.  From here in Richmond’s Museum District to Ashland, Norfolk, Danville and even as far away as Barcelona, Spain, the idea of creating a 21st-century Forbidden City using 3D printers has sparked curiosity, donations…

Jazz Group Meets 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 (UKZN) 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 members…

3D Printing: Extruders, G-codes and Filament … Oh My!

Recently, in the VMFA Design Department, we’ve had the challenge of printing two 3D, scale models of the Forbidden City, totaling over 1,400 buildings. One model will be complete for the exhibition opening and the second is being built in the Atrium, starting now and continuing through the run of Forbidden City (closing January 11), so…

Meridian Gate: Sponsor the City’s Tallest Structure & Help VMFA Build the Forbidden City

Starting tomorrow, 3D printers will begin humming away in the Atrium at VMFA. They’re printing the hundreds of tiny buildings that make up the Forbidden City in honor of the upcoming special exhibition, which opens Oct 18. This printing project is part of a crowdfunding campaign  to support the museum’s exhibition program, with your tax-deductible donations…