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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.


Member Appreciation Nights | Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art

Wednesdays, Oct 12–Mar 15 | 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 Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art. Single-cardholder members may reserve one free guest ticket each week and dual-cardholder members may reserve two.

Explore the guitar as visual subject, enduring symbol, and storyteller’s companion.

Free; VMFA members & guests only. Advance reservations recommended.


Sponsored by


Member Morning

Monday, Jan 23, 2023 | 8–10 am

During Member Mornings, experience members-only access to the museum to enjoy the VMFA collection and current special exhibitions during a time when the museum is not open to the public.

Visit Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art to explore the guitar as visual subject, enduring symbol, and storyteller’s companion through 125 works of art, as well as 35 musical instruments. Also visit Isaac Julien: Lessons of the Hour–Frederick Douglass, a film installation and poetic meditation on the great 19th-century abolitionist.

This Member Morning is open exclusively to VMFA members and their guests.* Timed tickets are required to view Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art. Tickets are not necessary to explore Isaac Julien: Lessons of the Hour–Frederick Douglass or VMFA's permanent collection galleries.


*Single-cardholder members may reserve one free guest ticket and dual-cardholder members may reserve two.


Member Preview | Isaac Julien: Lessons of the Hour—Frederick Douglass

Members Only Preview | Thu, Dec 8, 10:30 am - 9 pm; Fri, Dec 9, 10 am - 9 pm | Evans Court Gallery

Members have the exclusive opportunity to view Lessons of the Hour—Frederick Douglass before Isaac Julien's captivating film installation opens to the general public!

No tickets are required for the members-only preview. Please show your VMFA membership card at the gallery entrance.


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


Member Appreciation Nights | Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art

Wednesdays, Oct 12–Mar 15 | 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 Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art. Single-cardholder members may reserve one free guest ticket each week and dual-cardholder members may reserve two.

Explore the guitar as visual subject, enduring symbol, and storyteller’s companion.

Free; VMFA members & guests only. Advance reservations recommended.


Sponsored by


Member Morning

Monday, Jan 23, 2023 | 8–10 am

During Member Mornings, experience members-only access to the museum to enjoy the VMFA collection and current special exhibitions during a time when the museum is not open to the public.

Visit Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art to explore the guitar as visual subject, enduring symbol, and storyteller’s companion through 125 works of art, as well as 35 musical instruments. Also visit Isaac Julien: Lessons of the Hour–Frederick Douglass, a film installation and poetic meditation on the great 19th-century abolitionist.

This Member Morning is open exclusively to VMFA members and their guests.* Timed tickets are required to view Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art. Tickets are not necessary to explore Isaac Julien: Lessons of the Hour–Frederick Douglass or VMFA's permanent collection galleries.


*Single-cardholder members may reserve one free guest ticket and dual-cardholder members may reserve two.


Member Preview | Isaac Julien: Lessons of the Hour—Frederick Douglass

Members Only Preview | Thu, Dec 8, 10:30 am - 9 pm; Fri, Dec 9, 10 am - 9 pm | Evans Court Gallery

Members have the exclusive opportunity to view Lessons of the Hour—Frederick Douglass before Isaac Julien's captivating film installation opens to the general public!

No tickets are required for the members-only preview. Please show your VMFA membership card at the gallery entrance.


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!


Curator's Choice

Tue, Dec 13, 6–8 pm
Talk| 6 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater
Reception | 7 pm | Cochrane Atrium

African Art in Exciting Times: Ownership, Repatriation, and the Future of Benin art
with Dr. Ndubuisi C. Ezeluomba, Curator of African Art

Debates around the repatriation of Africa's cultural patrimony rage on. While there is evidence of progress, snags lie ahead on the path to speedy progress. In this talk, Dr. Ezeluomba will articulate the importance of restituting the cultural patrimony of Benin and address the unique place of these works in the canon of African art.

Ndubuisi C. Ezeluomba, better known as Endy, joined VMFA in 2022 as Curator of African Art. He received his doctorate in art history from the University of Florida, Gainesville, and previously served as the Françoise Billion Richardson Curator of African Art at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) and VMFA's Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Research Specialist in African Art. In addition to writing on museums and the politics of acquisition, Dr. Ezeluomba specializes in the visual cultures of shrines and has contributed articles and book chapters on the topic. 

Curator’s Choice programs are a benefit for members beginning at the Supporters Circle level.


Curator's Choice LIVESTREAM

Tue, Dec 13, 6 pm | Livestream via Zoom
African Art in Exciting Times: Ownership, Repatriation, and the Future of Benin art with Dr. Ndubuisi C. Ezeluomba, Curator of African Art

Debates around the repatriation of Africa's cultural patrimony rage on. While there is evidence of progress, snags lie ahead on the path to speedy progress. In this talk, Dr. Ezeluomba will articulate the importance of restituting the cultural patrimony of Benin and address the unique place of these works in the canon of African art.

Ndubuisi C. Ezeluomba, better known as Endy, joined VMFA in 2022 as Curator of African Art. He received his doctorate in art history from the University of Florida, Gainesville, and previously served as the Françoise Billion Richardson Curator of African Art at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) and VMFA's Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Research Specialist in African Art. In addition to writing on museums and the politics of acquisition, Dr. Ezeluomba specializes in the visual cultures of shrines and has contributed articles and book chapters on the topic. 

Curator's Choice programs are a benefit for members beginning at the Supporters Circle level. This program will be offered in person and virtually, via Zoom. 


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


Member Appreciation Nights | Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art

Wednesdays, Oct 12–Mar 15 | 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 Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art. Single-cardholder members may reserve one free guest ticket each week and dual-cardholder members may reserve two.

Explore the guitar as visual subject, enduring symbol, and storyteller’s companion.

Free; VMFA members & guests only. Advance reservations recommended.


Sponsored by


Member Morning

Monday, Jan 23, 2023 | 8–10 am

During Member Mornings, experience members-only access to the museum to enjoy the VMFA collection and current special exhibitions during a time when the museum is not open to the public.

Visit Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art to explore the guitar as visual subject, enduring symbol, and storyteller’s companion through 125 works of art, as well as 35 musical instruments. Also visit Isaac Julien: Lessons of the Hour–Frederick Douglass, a film installation and poetic meditation on the great 19th-century abolitionist.

This Member Morning is open exclusively to VMFA members and their guests.* Timed tickets are required to view Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art. Tickets are not necessary to explore Isaac Julien: Lessons of the Hour–Frederick Douglass or VMFA's permanent collection galleries.


*Single-cardholder members may reserve one free guest ticket and dual-cardholder members may reserve two.


Member Preview | Isaac Julien: Lessons of the Hour—Frederick Douglass

Members Only Preview | Thu, Dec 8, 10:30 am - 9 pm; Fri, Dec 9, 10 am - 9 pm | Evans Court Gallery

Members have the exclusive opportunity to view Lessons of the Hour—Frederick Douglass before Isaac Julien's captivating film installation opens to the general public!

No tickets are required for the members-only preview. Please show your VMFA membership card at the gallery entrance.


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.

Check back soon for events in this category


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!


Curator's Choice

Tue, Dec 13, 6–8 pm
Talk| 6 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater
Reception | 7 pm | Cochrane Atrium

African Art in Exciting Times: Ownership, Repatriation, and the Future of Benin art
with Dr. Ndubuisi C. Ezeluomba, Curator of African Art

Debates around the repatriation of Africa's cultural patrimony rage on. While there is evidence of progress, snags lie ahead on the path to speedy progress. In this talk, Dr. Ezeluomba will articulate the importance of restituting the cultural patrimony of Benin and address the unique place of these works in the canon of African art.

Ndubuisi C. Ezeluomba, better known as Endy, joined VMFA in 2022 as Curator of African Art. He received his doctorate in art history from the University of Florida, Gainesville, and previously served as the Françoise Billion Richardson Curator of African Art at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) and VMFA's Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Research Specialist in African Art. In addition to writing on museums and the politics of acquisition, Dr. Ezeluomba specializes in the visual cultures of shrines and has contributed articles and book chapters on the topic. 

Curator’s Choice programs are a benefit for members beginning at the Supporters Circle level.


Curator's Choice LIVESTREAM

Tue, Dec 13, 6 pm | Livestream via Zoom
African Art in Exciting Times: Ownership, Repatriation, and the Future of Benin art with Dr. Ndubuisi C. Ezeluomba, Curator of African Art

Debates around the repatriation of Africa's cultural patrimony rage on. While there is evidence of progress, snags lie ahead on the path to speedy progress. In this talk, Dr. Ezeluomba will articulate the importance of restituting the cultural patrimony of Benin and address the unique place of these works in the canon of African art.

Ndubuisi C. Ezeluomba, better known as Endy, joined VMFA in 2022 as Curator of African Art. He received his doctorate in art history from the University of Florida, Gainesville, and previously served as the Françoise Billion Richardson Curator of African Art at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) and VMFA's Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Research Specialist in African Art. In addition to writing on museums and the politics of acquisition, Dr. Ezeluomba specializes in the visual cultures of shrines and has contributed articles and book chapters on the topic. 

Curator's Choice programs are a benefit for members beginning at the Supporters Circle level. This program will be offered in person and virtually, via Zoom. 


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


Member Appreciation Nights | Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art

Wednesdays, Oct 12–Mar 15 | 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 Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art. Single-cardholder members may reserve one free guest ticket each week and dual-cardholder members may reserve two.

Explore the guitar as visual subject, enduring symbol, and storyteller’s companion.

Free; VMFA members & guests only. Advance reservations recommended.


Sponsored by


Member Morning

Monday, Jan 23, 2023 | 8–10 am

During Member Mornings, experience members-only access to the museum to enjoy the VMFA collection and current special exhibitions during a time when the museum is not open to the public.

Visit Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art to explore the guitar as visual subject, enduring symbol, and storyteller’s companion through 125 works of art, as well as 35 musical instruments. Also visit Isaac Julien: Lessons of the Hour–Frederick Douglass, a film installation and poetic meditation on the great 19th-century abolitionist.

This Member Morning is open exclusively to VMFA members and their guests.* Timed tickets are required to view Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art. Tickets are not necessary to explore Isaac Julien: Lessons of the Hour–Frederick Douglass or VMFA's permanent collection galleries.


*Single-cardholder members may reserve one free guest ticket and dual-cardholder members may reserve two.


Member Preview | Isaac Julien: Lessons of the Hour—Frederick Douglass

Members Only Preview | Thu, Dec 8, 10:30 am - 9 pm; Fri, Dec 9, 10 am - 9 pm | Evans Court Gallery

Members have the exclusive opportunity to view Lessons of the Hour—Frederick Douglass before Isaac Julien's captivating film installation opens to the general public!

No tickets are required for the members-only preview. Please show your VMFA membership card at the gallery entrance.


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.

Check back soon for events in this category


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!


Curator's Choice

Tue, Dec 13, 6–8 pm
Talk| 6 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater
Reception | 7 pm | Cochrane Atrium

African Art in Exciting Times: Ownership, Repatriation, and the Future of Benin art
with Dr. Ndubuisi C. Ezeluomba, Curator of African Art

Debates around the repatriation of Africa's cultural patrimony rage on. While there is evidence of progress, snags lie ahead on the path to speedy progress. In this talk, Dr. Ezeluomba will articulate the importance of restituting the cultural patrimony of Benin and address the unique place of these works in the canon of African art.

Ndubuisi C. Ezeluomba, better known as Endy, joined VMFA in 2022 as Curator of African Art. He received his doctorate in art history from the University of Florida, Gainesville, and previously served as the Françoise Billion Richardson Curator of African Art at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) and VMFA's Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Research Specialist in African Art. In addition to writing on museums and the politics of acquisition, Dr. Ezeluomba specializes in the visual cultures of shrines and has contributed articles and book chapters on the topic. 

Curator’s Choice programs are a benefit for members beginning at the Supporters Circle level.


Curator's Choice LIVESTREAM

Tue, Dec 13, 6 pm | Livestream via Zoom
African Art in Exciting Times: Ownership, Repatriation, and the Future of Benin art with Dr. Ndubuisi C. Ezeluomba, Curator of African Art

Debates around the repatriation of Africa's cultural patrimony rage on. While there is evidence of progress, snags lie ahead on the path to speedy progress. In this talk, Dr. Ezeluomba will articulate the importance of restituting the cultural patrimony of Benin and address the unique place of these works in the canon of African art.

Ndubuisi C. Ezeluomba, better known as Endy, joined VMFA in 2022 as Curator of African Art. He received his doctorate in art history from the University of Florida, Gainesville, and previously served as the Françoise Billion Richardson Curator of African Art at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) and VMFA's Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Research Specialist in African Art. In addition to writing on museums and the politics of acquisition, Dr. Ezeluomba specializes in the visual cultures of shrines and has contributed articles and book chapters on the topic. 

Curator's Choice programs are a benefit for members beginning at the Supporters Circle level. This program will be offered in person and virtually, via Zoom. 


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


Member Appreciation Nights | Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art

Wednesdays, Oct 12–Mar 15 | 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 Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art. Single-cardholder members may reserve one free guest ticket each week and dual-cardholder members may reserve two.

Explore the guitar as visual subject, enduring symbol, and storyteller’s companion.

Free; VMFA members & guests only. Advance reservations recommended.


Sponsored by


Member Morning

Monday, Jan 23, 2023 | 8–10 am

During Member Mornings, experience members-only access to the museum to enjoy the VMFA collection and current special exhibitions during a time when the museum is not open to the public.

Visit Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art to explore the guitar as visual subject, enduring symbol, and storyteller’s companion through 125 works of art, as well as 35 musical instruments. Also visit Isaac Julien: Lessons of the Hour–Frederick Douglass, a film installation and poetic meditation on the great 19th-century abolitionist.

This Member Morning is open exclusively to VMFA members and their guests.* Timed tickets are required to view Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art. Tickets are not necessary to explore Isaac Julien: Lessons of the Hour–Frederick Douglass or VMFA's permanent collection galleries.


*Single-cardholder members may reserve one free guest ticket and dual-cardholder members may reserve two.


Member Preview | Isaac Julien: Lessons of the Hour—Frederick Douglass

Members Only Preview | Thu, Dec 8, 10:30 am - 9 pm; Fri, Dec 9, 10 am - 9 pm | Evans Court Gallery

Members have the exclusive opportunity to view Lessons of the Hour—Frederick Douglass before Isaac Julien's captivating film installation opens to the general public!

No tickets are required for the members-only preview. Please show your VMFA membership card at the gallery entrance.


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.

Check back soon for events in this category


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!


Curator's Choice

Tue, Dec 13, 6–8 pm
Talk| 6 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater
Reception | 7 pm | Cochrane Atrium

African Art in Exciting Times: Ownership, Repatriation, and the Future of Benin art
with Dr. Ndubuisi C. Ezeluomba, Curator of African Art

Debates around the repatriation of Africa's cultural patrimony rage on. While there is evidence of progress, snags lie ahead on the path to speedy progress. In this talk, Dr. Ezeluomba will articulate the importance of restituting the cultural patrimony of Benin and address the unique place of these works in the canon of African art.

Ndubuisi C. Ezeluomba, better known as Endy, joined VMFA in 2022 as Curator of African Art. He received his doctorate in art history from the University of Florida, Gainesville, and previously served as the Françoise Billion Richardson Curator of African Art at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) and VMFA's Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Research Specialist in African Art. In addition to writing on museums and the politics of acquisition, Dr. Ezeluomba specializes in the visual cultures of shrines and has contributed articles and book chapters on the topic. 

Curator’s Choice programs are a benefit for members beginning at the Supporters Circle level.


Curator's Choice LIVESTREAM

Tue, Dec 13, 6 pm | Livestream via Zoom
African Art in Exciting Times: Ownership, Repatriation, and the Future of Benin art with Dr. Ndubuisi C. Ezeluomba, Curator of African Art

Debates around the repatriation of Africa's cultural patrimony rage on. While there is evidence of progress, snags lie ahead on the path to speedy progress. In this talk, Dr. Ezeluomba will articulate the importance of restituting the cultural patrimony of Benin and address the unique place of these works in the canon of African art.

Ndubuisi C. Ezeluomba, better known as Endy, joined VMFA in 2022 as Curator of African Art. He received his doctorate in art history from the University of Florida, Gainesville, and previously served as the Françoise Billion Richardson Curator of African Art at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) and VMFA's Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Research Specialist in African Art. In addition to writing on museums and the politics of acquisition, Dr. Ezeluomba specializes in the visual cultures of shrines and has contributed articles and book chapters on the topic. 

Curator's Choice programs are a benefit for members beginning at the Supporters Circle level. This program will be offered in person and virtually, via Zoom. 


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


Member Appreciation Nights | Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art

Wednesdays, Oct 12–Mar 15 | 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 Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art. Single-cardholder members may reserve one free guest ticket each week and dual-cardholder members may reserve two.

Explore the guitar as visual subject, enduring symbol, and storyteller’s companion.

Free; VMFA members & guests only. Advance reservations recommended.


Sponsored by


Member Morning

Monday, Jan 23, 2023 | 8–10 am

During Member Mornings, experience members-only access to the museum to enjoy the VMFA collection and current special exhibitions during a time when the museum is not open to the public.

Visit Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art to explore the guitar as visual subject, enduring symbol, and storyteller’s companion through 125 works of art, as well as 35 musical instruments. Also visit Isaac Julien: Lessons of the Hour–Frederick Douglass, a film installation and poetic meditation on the great 19th-century abolitionist.

This Member Morning is open exclusively to VMFA members and their guests.* Timed tickets are required to view Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art. Tickets are not necessary to explore Isaac Julien: Lessons of the Hour–Frederick Douglass or VMFA's permanent collection galleries.


*Single-cardholder members may reserve one free guest ticket and dual-cardholder members may reserve two.


Member Preview | Isaac Julien: Lessons of the Hour—Frederick Douglass

Members Only Preview | Thu, Dec 8, 10:30 am - 9 pm; Fri, Dec 9, 10 am - 9 pm | Evans Court Gallery

Members have the exclusive opportunity to view Lessons of the Hour—Frederick Douglass before Isaac Julien's captivating film installation opens to the general public!

No tickets are required for the members-only preview. Please show your VMFA membership card at the gallery entrance.

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.