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Powerful Prints

This is the first in a series of blog posts discussing highlights of the exhibition A Celebration of Print: 500 Years of Graphic Art from the Frank Raysor Collection currently on display in VMFA’s Mellon Focus Galleries. Admission to this exhibition is free. The Frank Raysor collection spans 500 years, from the late 15th to…

Aryballos

My favorite work in the ancient collection

As an intern in the ancient art department in 2008, I grew attached to a few artifacts in the Greek collection that have enchanted me with their beauty. Now that I’ve returned to volunteer in the department and the ancient art galleries are open, I have an opportunity to once again work closely with the…

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Revised Sign Plan for VMFA

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will be developing its Boulevard sign in phases. An institutional identifying sign will be installed first, which will be composed of a stainless steel armature with a panel of frosted acrylic to complement the building materials of the McGlothlin Wing. The letters VMFA and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts…

Impressions in black and white

This is the first in a series of blog posts discussing highlights of the exhibition A Celebration of Print: 500 Years of Graphic Art from the Frank Raysor Collection currently on display in VMFA’s Mellon Focus Galleries. Admission to this exhibition is free. As we celebrate VMFA’s 75th anniversary, we must consider this year one…

Jun Kaneko in the snow

Our friend Greg Holzgrefe at the Department of Conservaion and Recreation stolled the sculpture garden during our recent snow and shared this evocative photo. Enjoy these works by Jun Kaneko now, becuase this temporary exhibtion will close in February!

The Sesquicentennial of the Civil War and Emancipation

I firmly believe there is still a great deal to be learned about the crisis of the Civil War, its causes and consequences. As a fine-arts museum, VMFA has chosen to focus its sesquicentennial programming on art of the period that sheds new light on and encourages fresh interpretations of the dramatic events that divided…

An alternative sign for VMFA?

An irreverent friend sent this suggestion for an alternative sign in front of VMFA. I think it’s time for a good laugh and a moment of reflection on this historic nod to Americana. But seriously, we hope to hear from all sides of our sign issue at the public forum Tuesday, January 11 at 6…

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Starting the year with random fun

VMFA has lots of friends and followers on social media. Over 9000 friends on Facebook almost 5500 followers on Twitter stay in conversation with VMFA with these dynamic communications tools. As we approached the magical 1.1.11 the date seemed too auspicious to ignore. So on New Year’s eve we announced a Flash Mob in the…