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Expansion Fact Sheet

When the expanded Virginia Museum of Fine Arts re-opens to the public May 1, 2010, everything about the museum will be bigger, brighter and – with free admission – more welcoming. The expansion project is the largest in the museum’s history and enhances VMFA’s ability to serve Virginians in new ways.

Drawing of VMFA

E. Claiborne and Lora Robins Sculpture Garden Fact Sheet

The 3½-acre E. Claiborne and Lora Robins Sculpture Garden will be the heart of the museum’s campus when the VMFA expansion project is completed. The garden will include art, leisurely walkways, water features, stately trees, and flowers. The garden will partially cover a new and innovative 600-car parking deck tucked beneath a terraced, landscaped slope designed for sculpture display. The garden, which will replace a surface-parking lot, will bring part of the museum’s excellent collection and programming outside and provide memorable experiences of public art in a new environment of changing light, climate and seasons.

Alex Nyerges

Alex Nyerges, VMFA Director

Now entering his fourth year as director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Alex Nyerges is responsible for the management and realization of Rick Mather’s ambitious master plan for the museum’s expansion and renovation.

Rick Mather

Rick Mather, Architect

Mather is widely known for his virtuoso use of glass as a dematerialized wall and visual extension to street activity.

McGlothlin Wing

SMBW Architects: Leading Design in Virginia

In order to realize his vision for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, London-based architect Rick Mather formed a partnership for the VMFA expansion program with one of the leading architectural firms in Virginia, SMBW Architects.