Member Events

 

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Member Events

Members of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts are invited to enhance their experiences at the Museum through a variety of events including exhibition preview days, exclusive opportunities that highlight the permanent collection, and special programs that are tailored to specific membership levels and philanthropic interests. Click here to learn more or contact Sarah Burgess, at 804.204.2676 or sarah.burgess@VMFA.museum.

All Members

 

Events Open to All Members

These opportunities to engage with VMFA are open to all current museum members.


Tsherin Sherpa: Spirits | Member Morning

Mon, Jul 25, 8–10 am | Evans Court Gallery

Members will have exclusive access to the museum to enjoy and engage with the VMFA collection and current special exhibition during a time when the museum is not open to the public.

Reserve tickets to view the captivating paintings and sculptures of Nepalese-born Tibetan American artist Tsherin Sherpa during this special morning.

Member Mornings are open exclusively to VMFA members. Separate, timed tickets are required to view Tsherin Sherpa: Spirits or Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France. No tickets are required for VMFA's permanent collection galleries.


Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France | Member Morning

Mon, Jul 25, 8–10 am | Lower Level Galleries

Members will have exclusive access to the museum to enjoy and engage with the VMFA collection and current special exhibition during a time when the museum is not open to the public.

Reserve tickets to explore more than 100 paintings by James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, and many others before the exhibition ends!

Member Mornings are open exclusively to VMFA members. Separate, timed tickets are required to view Tsherin Sherpa: Spirits or Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France. No tickets are required for VMFA's permanent collection galleries.


Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France | Member Appreciation Nights

Wednesdays, Apr 20–Jul 27 | 5–9 pm | Altria and New Market Galleries, Lower Level

Join us for a series of special evenings when VMFA members and their guests can enjoy special access to Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France. Single-cardholder members may reserve one free guest ticket each week and dual-cardholder members may reserve two.

Rediscover late 19th- and 20th-century painters who left the United States as expatriates and returned as some of the greatest influencers to shape the course of American art.

Free, VMFA members and guests only. Advanced reservations strongly recommended.

National Tour Sponsor


Friends Circle

 

VMFA Circle Lectures

Open to members at the Friends Circle level, the VMFA Circle Lecture Series features speakers sharing their expertise on a variety of topics in the art world as they relate to VMFA’s permanent collection and special exhibitions.

Check back soon for events in this category


Cocktails with a Curator

This virtual program series is a special offering for VMFA members beginning at the Friends Circle level. We hope you will join us for a virtual cocktail and live Q&A with a museum curator.

Check back soon for events in this category


Events Open to All Members

These opportunities to engage with VMFA are open to all current museum members


Tsherin Sherpa: Spirits | Member Morning

Mon, Jul 25, 8–10 am | Evans Court Gallery

Members will have exclusive access to the museum to enjoy and engage with the VMFA collection and current special exhibition during a time when the museum is not open to the public.

Reserve tickets to view the captivating paintings and sculptures of Nepalese-born Tibetan American artist Tsherin Sherpa during this special morning.

Member Mornings are open exclusively to VMFA members. Separate, timed tickets are required to view Tsherin Sherpa: Spirits or Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France. No tickets are required for VMFA's permanent collection galleries.


Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France | Member Morning

Mon, Jul 25, 8–10 am | Lower Level Galleries

Members will have exclusive access to the museum to enjoy and engage with the VMFA collection and current special exhibition during a time when the museum is not open to the public.

Reserve tickets to explore more than 100 paintings by James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, and many others before the exhibition ends!

Member Mornings are open exclusively to VMFA members. Separate, timed tickets are required to view Tsherin Sherpa: Spirits or Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France. No tickets are required for VMFA's permanent collection galleries.


Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France | Member Appreciation Nights

Wednesdays, Apr 20–Jul 27 | 5–9 pm | Altria and New Market Galleries, Lower Level

Join us for a series of special evenings when VMFA members and their guests can enjoy special access to Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France. Single-cardholder members may reserve one free guest ticket each week and dual-cardholder members may reserve two.

Rediscover late 19th- and 20th-century painters who left the United States as expatriates and returned as some of the greatest influencers to shape the course of American art.

Free, VMFA members and guests only. Advanced reservations strongly recommended.

National Tour Sponsor


Supporters Circle

 


Curator’s Choice

Curator’s Choice programs are a benefit for members beginning at the Supporters Circle level. We invite you to engage with the museum’s encyclopedic permanent collection and nourish your passion for art through exciting programs designed by the museum’s curatorial staff. These unique opportunities promise to provide the latest information about curatorial collecting strategies, care of the collections, and more!

Check back soon for events in this category


VMFA Circle Lectures

Open to members at the Friends Circle level, the VMFA Circle Lecture Series features speakers sharing their expertise on a variety of topics in the art world as they relate to VMFA’s permanent collection and special exhibitions.

Check back soon for events in this category


Cocktails with a Curator

This virtual program series is a special offering for VMFA members beginning at the Friends Circle level. We hope you will join us for a virtual cocktail and live Q&A with a museum curator.

Check back soon for events in this category


Events Open to All Members


Tsherin Sherpa: Spirits | Member Morning

Mon, Jul 25, 8–10 am | Evans Court Gallery

Members will have exclusive access to the museum to enjoy and engage with the VMFA collection and current special exhibition during a time when the museum is not open to the public.

Reserve tickets to view the captivating paintings and sculptures of Nepalese-born Tibetan American artist Tsherin Sherpa during this special morning.

Member Mornings are open exclusively to VMFA members. Separate, timed tickets are required to view Tsherin Sherpa: Spirits or Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France. No tickets are required for VMFA's permanent collection galleries.


Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France | Member Morning

Mon, Jul 25, 8–10 am | Lower Level Galleries

Members will have exclusive access to the museum to enjoy and engage with the VMFA collection and current special exhibition during a time when the museum is not open to the public.

Reserve tickets to explore more than 100 paintings by James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, and many others before the exhibition ends!

Member Mornings are open exclusively to VMFA members. Separate, timed tickets are required to view Tsherin Sherpa: Spirits or Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France. No tickets are required for VMFA's permanent collection galleries.


Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France | Member Appreciation Nights

Wednesdays, Apr 20–Jul 27 | 5–9 pm | Altria and New Market Galleries, Lower Level

Join us for a series of special evenings when VMFA members and their guests can enjoy special access to Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France. Single-cardholder members may reserve one free guest ticket each week and dual-cardholder members may reserve two.

Rediscover late 19th- and 20th-century painters who left the United States as expatriates and returned as some of the greatest influencers to shape the course of American art.

Free, VMFA members and guests only. Advanced reservations strongly recommended.

National Tour Sponsor


Partners Circle

In addition to the option to bring four guests per visit to special ticketed exhibitions, at no charge, members beginning at the Partners Circle may elect to join Canvas.


Canvas Programs

In addition to all the benefits of their chosen level of membership, Canvas members receive invitations to two exclusive Canvas events per year, a quarterly online Canvas newsletter, and the opportunity to learn about and lend support to the museum’s newest initiatives and most urgent needs.


Canvas Exclusive | An Evening with the Artist: Tsherin Sherpa

Mon, Sep 19, 6–8 pm 

VMFA is thrilled to welcome Tsherin Sherpa back to Richmond in the midst of a momentous year for the Nepalese-born Tibetan American artist. In addition to the opening of his first solo museum exhibition and the premiere of a documentary film exploring his life and work, Sherpa is also representing Nepal in its inaugural Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale. For this special evening with Canvas, Sherpa will join Dr. John Henry Rice, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Curator of South Asian and Islamic Art, to reflect on the success of Tsherin Sherpa: Spirits at VMFA, these other recent milestones, and further developments on the horizon.

To RSVP or learn more about joining Canvas, please call 804.340.1499. 


Curator’s Choice

Curator’s Choice programs are a benefit for members beginning at the Supporters Circle level. We invite you to engage with the museum’s encyclopedic permanent collection and nourish your passion for art through exciting programs designed by the museum’s curatorial staff. These unique opportunities promise to provide the latest information about curatorial collecting strategies, care of the collections, and more!

Check back soon for events in this category


VMFA Circle Lectures

Open to members at the Friends Circle level, the VMFA Circle Lecture Series features speakers sharing their expertise on a variety of topics in the art world as they relate to VMFA’s permanent collection and special exhibitions.

Check back soon for events in this category


Cocktails with a Curator

This virtual program series is a special offering for VMFA members beginning at the Friends Circle level. We hope you will join us for a virtual cocktail and live Q&A with a museum curator.

Check back soon for events in this category


Events Open to All Members


Tsherin Sherpa: Spirits | Member Morning

Mon, Jul 25, 8–10 am | Evans Court Gallery

Members will have exclusive access to the museum to enjoy and engage with the VMFA collection and current special exhibition during a time when the museum is not open to the public.

Reserve tickets to view the captivating paintings and sculptures of Nepalese-born Tibetan American artist Tsherin Sherpa during this special morning.

Member Mornings are open exclusively to VMFA members. Separate, timed tickets are required to view Tsherin Sherpa: Spirits or Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France. No tickets are required for VMFA's permanent collection galleries.


Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France | Member Morning

Mon, Jul 25, 8–10 am | Lower Level Galleries

Members will have exclusive access to the museum to enjoy and engage with the VMFA collection and current special exhibition during a time when the museum is not open to the public.

Reserve tickets to explore more than 100 paintings by James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, and many others before the exhibition ends!

Member Mornings are open exclusively to VMFA members. Separate, timed tickets are required to view Tsherin Sherpa: Spirits or Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France. No tickets are required for VMFA's permanent collection galleries.


Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France | Member Appreciation Nights

Wednesdays, Apr 20–Jul 27 | 5–9 pm | Altria and New Market Galleries, Lower Level

Join us for a series of special evenings when VMFA members and their guests can enjoy special access to Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France. Single-cardholder members may reserve one free guest ticket each week and dual-cardholder members may reserve two.

Rediscover late 19th- and 20th-century painters who left the United States as expatriates and returned as some of the greatest influencers to shape the course of American art.

Free, VMFA members and guests only. Advanced reservations strongly recommended.

National Tour Sponsor


Patrons Society

 


Leadership Programs

Leadership Giving Society memberships provide vital ongoing philanthropic support to advance the museum’s mission. The following opportunities, including opening-night preview events, are available to all Leadership Giving Society members, beginning at the Patrons Society level.

Check back soon for events in this category


Canvas Programs

In addition to all the benefits of their chosen level of membership, Canvas members receive invitations to two exclusive Canvas events per year, a quarterly online Canvas newsletter, and the opportunity to learn about and lend support to the museum’s newest initiatives and most urgent needs.


Canvas Exclusive | An Evening with the Artist: Tsherin Sherpa

Mon, Sep 19, 6–8 pm 

VMFA is thrilled to welcome Tsherin Sherpa back to Richmond in the midst of a momentous year for the Nepalese-born Tibetan American artist. In addition to the opening of his first solo museum exhibition and the premiere of a documentary film exploring his life and work, Sherpa is also representing Nepal in its inaugural Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale. For this special evening with Canvas, Sherpa will join Dr. John Henry Rice, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Curator of South Asian and Islamic Art, to reflect on the success of Tsherin Sherpa: Spirits at VMFA, these other recent milestones, and further developments on the horizon.

To RSVP or learn more about joining Canvas, please call 804.340.1499. 


Curator’s Choice

Curator’s Choice programs are a benefit for members beginning at the Supporters Circle level. We invite you to engage with the museum’s encyclopedic permanent collection and nourish your passion for art through exciting programs designed by the museum’s curatorial staff. These unique opportunities promise to provide the latest information about curatorial collecting strategies, care of the collections, and more!

Check back soon for events in this category


VMFA Circle Lectures

Open to members at the Friends Circle level, the VMFA Circle Lecture Series features speakers sharing their expertise on a variety of topics in the art world as they relate to VMFA’s permanent collection and special exhibitions.

Check back soon for events in this category


Cocktails with a Curator

This virtual program series is a special offering for VMFA members beginning at the Friends Circle level. We hope you will join us for a virtual cocktail and live Q&A with a museum curator.

Check back soon for events in this category


Events Open to All Members


Tsherin Sherpa: Spirits | Member Morning

Mon, Jul 25, 8–10 am | Evans Court Gallery

Members will have exclusive access to the museum to enjoy and engage with the VMFA collection and current special exhibition during a time when the museum is not open to the public.

Reserve tickets to view the captivating paintings and sculptures of Nepalese-born Tibetan American artist Tsherin Sherpa during this special morning.

Member Mornings are open exclusively to VMFA members. Separate, timed tickets are required to view Tsherin Sherpa: Spirits or Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France. No tickets are required for VMFA's permanent collection galleries.


Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France | Member Morning

Mon, Jul 25, 8–10 am | Lower Level Galleries

Members will have exclusive access to the museum to enjoy and engage with the VMFA collection and current special exhibition during a time when the museum is not open to the public.

Reserve tickets to explore more than 100 paintings by James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, and many others before the exhibition ends!

Member Mornings are open exclusively to VMFA members. Separate, timed tickets are required to view Tsherin Sherpa: Spirits or Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France. No tickets are required for VMFA's permanent collection galleries.


Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France | Member Appreciation Nights

Wednesdays, Apr 20–Jul 27 | 5–9 pm | Altria and New Market Galleries, Lower Level

Join us for a series of special evenings when VMFA members and their guests can enjoy special access to Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France. Single-cardholder members may reserve one free guest ticket each week and dual-cardholder members may reserve two.

Rediscover late 19th- and 20th-century painters who left the United States as expatriates and returned as some of the greatest influencers to shape the course of American art.

Free, VMFA members and guests only. Advanced reservations strongly recommended.

National Tour Sponsor


Fellows Society+

 

Fellows Programs

VMFA is delighted to offer Fellows Programs as a benefit for members beginning at the Fellows Society level. This special series of programs will provide high-level, exclusive access to the work of VMFA curators, thought leaders, and museum-field experts.

Check back soon for events in this category


Leadership Programs

Leadership Giving Society memberships provide vital ongoing philanthropic support to advance the museum’s mission. The following opportunities, including opening-night preview events, are available to all Leadership Giving Society members, beginning at the Patrons Society level.

Check back soon for events in this category


Canvas Programs

In addition to all the benefits of their chosen level of membership, Canvas members receive invitations to two exclusive Canvas events per year, a quarterly online Canvas newsletter, and the opportunity to learn about and lend support to the museum’s newest initiatives and most urgent needs.


Canvas Exclusive | An Evening with the Artist: Tsherin Sherpa

Mon, Sep 19, 6–8 pm 

VMFA is thrilled to welcome Tsherin Sherpa back to Richmond in the midst of a momentous year for the Nepalese-born Tibetan American artist. In addition to the opening of his first solo museum exhibition and the premiere of a documentary film exploring his life and work, Sherpa is also representing Nepal in its inaugural Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale. For this special evening with Canvas, Sherpa will join Dr. John Henry Rice, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Curator of South Asian and Islamic Art, to reflect on the success of Tsherin Sherpa: Spirits at VMFA, these other recent milestones, and further developments on the horizon.

To RSVP or learn more about joining Canvas, please call 804.340.1499. 


Curator’s Choice

Curator’s Choice programs are a benefit for members beginning at the Supporters Circle level. We invite you to engage with the museum’s encyclopedic permanent collection and nourish your passion for art through exciting programs designed by the museum’s curatorial staff. These unique opportunities promise to provide the latest information about curatorial collecting strategies, care of the collections, and more!

Check back soon for events in this category


VMFA Circle Lectures

Open to members at the Friends Circle level, the VMFA Circle Lecture Series features speakers sharing their expertise on a variety of topics in the art world as they relate to VMFA’s permanent collection and special exhibitions.

Check back soon for events in this category


Cocktails with a Curator

This virtual program series is a special offering for VMFA members beginning at the Friends Circle level. We hope you will join us for a virtual cocktail and live Q&A with a museum curator.

Check back soon for events in this category


Events Open to All Members


Tsherin Sherpa: Spirits | Member Morning

Mon, Jul 25, 8–10 am | Evans Court Gallery

Members will have exclusive access to the museum to enjoy and engage with the VMFA collection and current special exhibition during a time when the museum is not open to the public.

Reserve tickets to view the captivating paintings and sculptures of Nepalese-born Tibetan American artist Tsherin Sherpa during this special morning.

Member Mornings are open exclusively to VMFA members. Separate, timed tickets are required to view Tsherin Sherpa: Spirits or Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France. No tickets are required for VMFA's permanent collection galleries.


Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France | Member Morning

Mon, Jul 25, 8–10 am | Lower Level Galleries

Members will have exclusive access to the museum to enjoy and engage with the VMFA collection and current special exhibition during a time when the museum is not open to the public.

Reserve tickets to explore more than 100 paintings by James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, and many others before the exhibition ends!

Member Mornings are open exclusively to VMFA members. Separate, timed tickets are required to view Tsherin Sherpa: Spirits or Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France. No tickets are required for VMFA's permanent collection galleries.


Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France | Member Appreciation Nights

Wednesdays, Apr 20–Jul 27 | 5–9 pm | Altria and New Market Galleries, Lower Level

Join us for a series of special evenings when VMFA members and their guests can enjoy special access to Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France. Single-cardholder members may reserve one free guest ticket each week and dual-cardholder members may reserve two.

Rediscover late 19th- and 20th-century painters who left the United States as expatriates and returned as some of the greatest influencers to shape the course of American art.

Free, VMFA members and guests only. Advanced reservations strongly recommended.

National Tour Sponsor

In addition to the member events outlined above, a number of highly customized events and programs are planned throughout the year that are tailored to specific membership levels and philanthropic interests. Leadership level members are invited to opening receptions for major exhibitions, members of Glasgow Society who have made planned gifts in support of VMFA’s mission are invited to learn about the impact of their giving, art donors are brought together to celebrate the growth of VMFA’s permanent collection each year as part of the John Barton Payne Society – these are just a few examples of the many wonderful opportunities to engage with VMFA and its mission that are provided each year. Click here to learn more or contact Stacy Newport, Annual Giving Officer, at 804.340.1439 or stacy.newport@VMFA.museum.