VMFA’s “3 in 30” Programs

Explore three art objects in 30 minutes. VMFA’s “3 in 30” programs are offered on the first Tuesday (in-person) and Thursday (virtually) of every month*. Curators and educators discuss works in the permanent collection and in special exhibitions, considering different themes found across the collection, artistic movements, or a single artist’s body of work. “3 in 30 PLUS” is an expanded version of this program where two speakers come together to present a program that is one-hour long. The “3 in 30” programs are free and open to the public.

*Exceptions to this schedule may occur if a holiday falls on the first Tuesday of the month. Please check the website in advance.


Upcoming Programs


3 in 30: Willie Anne Wright: What Inspires an Artist | In-person

Tue, Mar 5, 2024 | 11–11:30 am
In-person Gallery Program

In this 3 in 30 presentation, Mary Holland, director of VMFA's Studio School and a professional artist, will examine the inspiration for three of Willie Anne Wright's photographic artworks.

Free; no registration required.


3 in 30: Willie Anne Wright: What Inspires an Artist | Virtual

Thu, Mar 7, 2024 | 11–11:30 am
Virtual; registration via Zoom required

In this 3 in 30 presentation, Mary Holland, director of VMFA's Studio School and a professional artist, will examine the inspiration for three of Willie Anne Wright's photographic artworks.

Free; registration via Zoom required.


Collection Connection: Samurai

with Li Jian, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Curator of East Asian Art
Wed, Jun 5, 2024 | 11 am
Free; no reservations required
Meet at Visitor Services

Join VMFA's Li Jian for a 45-minute walking tour of the East Asian Galleries and explore permanent collection pieces that correlate with the special exhibition Samurai Armor from the Collection of Ann and Barbier-Mueller, which opens at VMFA on April 20. We will get up close with some of the great examples of Japanese art spanning more than six centuries, examining how each piece relates to samurai culture.


View previous virtual programs on YouTube.