Walter Ufer's On the Rio Grande

VMFA Acquires Major Taos School Painting

Among the significant acquisitions accepted by the VMFA’s board of trustees on June 17 are a painting of a Pueblo Indian by a leading member of the Taos Society, an Egyptian mummy portrait mask, a South Asian shield of steel, gold and silver, and a Japanese Noh mask.

THE GREAT WAR: Printmakers of World War I

This exhibition marks the centenary of the start of World War I—July 28, 1914—which involved more than 40 nations before the conflict ended on November 11, 1918. Rather than presenting a chronology of events, this exhibition focuses on how artists—many of whom witnessed combat firsthand as official War Artists—represent the moods and transformative experiences particular to this global conflict.

Media Advisory: Free Admission on Thursdays for Posing Beauty

Posing Beauty in African American Culture and the companion exhibition Identity Shifts: Works from VMFA will be free all day on Thursdays, beginning on June 26 and continuing until the exhibitions close on July 27, 2014. Hours on Thursdays are 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Inspired by the generosity of The Richmond (VA) The Links,…

Program and Event Calendar

VMFA offers a variety of programs throughout the year, from films to lectures to art classes. For more information about these programs, please call Visitor Services at 804-340-1400 or Also, keep in mind that some events may change and the best way to find an updated list of programs is on the calendar or program page.

Dr. Sylvia L. Yount Named to Post at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dr. Sylvia L. Yount, Chief Curator and the Louise B. and J. Harwood Cochrane Curator of American Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, will be joining the staff of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art this September as the Lawrence A. Fleischman Curator in Charge of The American Wing.

Mellon Acquisition 2014

Important Benefactor Adds to VMFA Holdings

Works from the Life Estate of Paul Mellon, longtime donor and trustee at VMFA, are being gifted to the museum upon the death of his widow, Rachel Lambert Mellon, who died March 17, 2014. Mrs. Mellon held a life estate in 26 works of art originally bequeathed to VMFA in 1999 by Mr. Mellon. Among the gifts are six masterworks, including Vincent van Gogh’s Daises, which will be officially acquired at the June 17 Board of Trustees meeting.

Fabergé's Imperial Rock Crystal Easter Egg

Fabergé Display on View in Time for Easter

In time for Easter, a small collection of Fabergé objects, including the Imperial Rock Crystal Easter Egg, will be on display in the European art galleries. Most of VMFA’s Fabergé and Russian Decorative Arts collection is on international tour, returning to the museum in 2016. Several of the pieces in this display, including the Imperial Easter Egg, were deemed too fragile for travel. This display will remain on view until the newly designed galleries reopen.