VMFA Blog

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

Trip Advisor

VMFA is a #1 TripAdvisor® Attraction

Out of 97 Richmond attractions, VMFA is ranked number one on TripAdvisor. Not only is the museum itself high on the list, but Amuse Restaurant ranks number three out of 1,296 Richmond restaurants. We are proud to be number one certainly for the recognition but also for what it says about the visitor experience. Rankings on…

Thomas Jefferson

Liberty Cast in Bronze: Moses Ezekiel’s Statue of Thomas Jefferson

Cast in bronze more than one hundred years ago, VMFA’s statue of Thomas Jefferson by Moses Ezekiel depicts the young statesman reading aloud his draft of the Declaration of Independence for the first time in the summer of 1776. The statue is a smaller version of the grander monument you’ll find on the plaza in…

Posing Beauty advertisement

A Change in Advertising for “Posing Beauty”

Recently you may have noticed that the advertisements for our current exhibition, Posing Beauty in African American Culture, have changed. After the opening of the exhibition, visitors told us that they thought this was an important show, plumbing issues of shared and individual identify, the shifting definitions of beauty, and a slice of historical and…

Pleinair

PleinAir Richmond – Painting Outdoors at VMFA

En plein air, translating to “in the open air,” is often used to describe painting outdoors. With natural light and the plethora of subjects readily available to them, artists—particularly the impressionists—have favored this style of painting for hundreds of years. This week, 33 nationally acclaimed artists have set up their easels (and their umbrellas) in…

Crowds Outside of a Fashionable Negro Church After Easter Sunday

Family Day on Saturday Brings Many New Faces to VMFA and Posing Beauty

Family Day on Saturday Brings Many New Faces to VMFA and Posing Beauty by Nicole Gilpin Hood, PhD, chapter journalist for Richmond (VA) Chapter, The Links, Incorporated Last Saturday, from 1 pm until 4 pm, the doors were open and the whole world came. The family event was called Celebrate African and African American Art…

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VMFA Family Events: Fun and then Some!

With performances, demonstrations, and a variety of activities, VMFA’s Family Events are a whole lot of fun! But beneath the busy atmosphere, VMFA has a much larger mission for these celebrations. Our Family Events help us introduce the museum and collections to a larger community. By giving families a taste of the museum in an…

Sylvia Yount

VMFA and The Metropolitan Museum of Art Are Channels for Talent

It is with pride and a touch of wistfulness that we congratulate Sylvia Yount, Chief Curator and the Louise B. and J. Harwood Cochrane Curator of American Art, who will be joining the staff of New York’s The Metropolitan Museum of Art this September as the Lawrence A. Fleischman Curator in Charge of The American…

Tar Beach

Memories of “Tar Beach”

I experienced a déjà vu moment recently while viewing Faith Ringgold’s Tar Beach quilt, which is part of the Identity Shifts exhibition at VMFA. Many years ago, I lived in New York City and served on the board for Children’s Museum of Manhattan, a great organization. I vividly recall a wonderful exhibit at that museum…

Piece

Poets’ term for poetry inspired by art: Ekphrastic

The Poetry Society of Virginia group wrote for an Ekphrastic Day visit to VMFA. As you may know, ekphrastic means poetry inspired by art. STUDY FOR HOMAGE TO THE SQUARE: TRANSMUTE A square yellow box, inside a square aqua box, inside a square box, slate-grey, inside a square box, russet. (Their colors a lush, blotched…