VMFA Blog

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

VMFA Outside

The VMFA transformation continues. Taking full advantage of the spectacular summer weather, we invite visitors to enjoy the initial phase of VMFA Outside. We’ve learned from our advisors at the Project for Public Spaces that people want movable tables and chairs to enable them to find the perfect patch of sun or shade, and to…

Ryan McGinness

Gallery Hunting: Ryan McGinness Style

Rarely do people enter an art museum hoping to see art being made, but rather they venture in to see the completed masterpieces. At least not until recently, that is. Ryan McGinness: Studio Visit is a full-blown recreation of contemporary artist (and VMFA favorite) Ryan McGinness’s New York loft studio, right inside the museum. This…

Andy Warhol Elvis

Happy Birthday Andy Warhol

Blog post courtesy of  http://warholessays.tumblr.com/ Andy Warhol was born 86 years ago today. Since we have Warhol’s Triple Elvis print on display, we thought it appropriate to celebrate the King of Pop Art and his print of the King of Rock and Roll. Why is Warhol the King of Pop Art? His accessible consumer content…

Danya Smith

The VMFA Visual Arts Fellowship Program Has Supported Virginia’s Artists and Art Historians Since 1940  

Need help with your art school tuition? How about some cash for art supplies? Over the past 74 years, the VMFA Visual Arts Fellowship program has awarded more than $4.6 million to help more than 1,100 professional artists, art students, and art historians in Virginia realize their educational and career goals. “This Fellowship is really…

Jamel Shabazz

Continue the Conversation: VMFA and African American Art and Heritage

As visitors enjoy the final days of VMFA’s powerful companion shows, Posing Beauty in African American Culture and Identity Shifts, they will find a panel in the galleries inviting them to “Continue the Conversation” by visiting two additional exhibitions. Those smaller unticketed shows, States of Change in Africa and Signs of Protest: Photographs from the…

Amuse Cook-In

Amuse Cook-In: Here’s Your Chance to Cook Out in a Museum!

When you think of Amuse, VMFA’s fine dining restaurant, you probably think upscale, deliciously prepared gourmet meals that you have to use a fork and knife (in fact, a couple forks and knives) to eat! While we’re sure you love the magic chef Greg Haley works with the food here, most of you would probably…

House At Dusk - Edward Hopper

Happy Birthday Edward Hopper!

If you are not familiar with Edward Hopper, you ought to take a few minutes to look at his work, even if that means not reading the rest of this post. The beauty in his work is eerie and solitary, but nonetheless striking. What pushes the elegance of his paintings is the strong presence of…