Fabergé returns to VMFA

Russian treasures reinstalled in renovated galleries named for Eda Hofstead Cabaniss The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ renowned Fabergé collection is returning from an international tour, and will be displayed in a new suite of renovated galleries opening to the public on October 22, 2016. The new installation will feature 280 objects– composed of Fabergé…

Mellon Grant Puts African Art at Center of Research and Conservation Project

$1.5M grant enables unprecedented study of VMFA collection The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts a $1.5 million grant that will support in-depth technical examination, conservation, and art historical studies focused on the museum’s stellar African art collection. This significant award will help launch VMFA’s newly conceived center for…

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts presents Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott Exhibition opens July 23, 2016 featuring work by noted Life magazine photographer

An exhibition featuring works by the noted African American photographer Gordon Parks will be on view from July 23 to October 30 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The 42 photographs that comprise Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott examine the realities of life under segregation in 1950s America. As the first African American…

VMFA Special Exhibitions & Gallery Installations

NOTE: Exhibitions are subject to change. General admission to VMFA permanent collections is always free. Some special exhibitions require an admission fee, and members receive free admission to all ticketed exhibitions, as noted in each description.

Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic

An exhibition featuring portraits by one of the country’s leading contemporary artists will be on view June 11 through September 5 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Composed of more than 50 monumental paintings and sculptures, Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic raises intriguing questions about race, identity, and the politics of representation.

VMFA Acquires 35 Photographs by Louis Draper and his Complete Archive

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts recently acquired 35 photographs by the Richmond-born, African-American artist Louis Draper (1935-2002), as well as his complete archive, which includes his papers, working prints, negatives, and camera equipment. This acquisition places VMFA at the forefront of museums and research institutions collecting African American art.