VMFA Blog

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

Fellowship serve artists throughout Virginia

Now that the 2014-15 VMFA Fellowship recipients have been announced, we at VMFA thought it might be fun to take a look ‘behind the scenes’ and explore a few facts about the Fellowship that you might not know. To start, did you know that the Fellowship has become an increasingly competitive process? While VMFA has…

Demonstrator During the march on Washington, D.C.

African American Read-In Schedule

African American Read-In February 20th, 2014: 5 – 6:30 pm Readers and Selections Paul Laurence Dunbar, 1928 / The Prodigal Son, 1927 Readers: Reverend Mischelle Townsend  / Saint Paul’s Baptist Church and Reverend Macio Freeman / Saint Paul’s Baptist Church Selections:  We Wear the Masks and The Prodigal Son   Christ and His Disciples on…

Celebrating Black History Month

In recognition of Black History Month, VMFA is offering a trio of amazing events highlighting African-American culture in music, film, and literature. February is also the birthday month of iconic singer Marian Anderson, the first black person to ever perform at the renowned Metropolitan in New York City in 1955. This Wednesday, February 19th, join…

Detroit Institute of Arts

The Detroit Institute of Arts Dilemma

The icy chill of an Arctic front has gripped the Motor City.  But the savage, bitter cold is not that of a weather front, it is the unfortunate circumstances of a city economy gone badly awry.  Last year, Detroit created a page for itself in the annals of American history by becoming the largest municipality…

Loving art and love in art

As Valentine’s Day creeps up, as it always does this time of year, we see love stories everywhere. It gets to be really hard to change the channel when A Charlie Brown Valentine is on tv. Outside of fiction, maybe you’re one half of a great love story yourself.  But how do we immortalize love?…

Art continues to inspire younger crowds

In December, the Teen Stylin’: Costume Couture runway exhibition showcased how young hearts are inspired, what their minds can conceive, and what their hands can build. The exhibition was made up of 60 Metro Richmond students grades 6-12 representing 38 of the city’s and surrounding county schools.  The exhibition also allowed students from all over…

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela 1918-2013

Nelson Mandela’s greatness as a fighter against apartheid and crusader for justice in South Africa was much celebrated, fortunately, during his lifetime and will stand for the ages as an inspiration to the world. His battle was not easy, but he never bowed or swerved, and four years after his release in 1990 from twenty-seven…

Kerry and Yandong

“Forbidden City” Cultural Exchange Recognized

U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE) It’s not everyday that VMFA is cited by the U.S. Secretary of State and the Vice Premier of China. Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 21, 2013   Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong co-chaired the fourth annual U.S.-China Consultation on…

Monkey Business at VMFA

 Allegory of Marital Fidelity, Jan Miense Molenaer. (1633) As a reference librarian, I am often asked to find things for people. These little hunts are often straightforward and informative. But sometimes I get to uncover funny little bits of history and lore along the way. Recently, I received a phone call from a woman in…

There’s no place like VMFA!

I’m excited for Hollywood Costume not just as an intern at VMFA, but as a Fashion Merchandising student at VCU. Since I’ll never get to wear the original Ruby Slippers from Wizard of Oz, I decided to make an inexpensive pair of my own that you can also make at home. After all, Halloween is…