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The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is a Supportive Showcase for the Arts

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is a public art museum in Richmond, Virginia. It is owned and operated by the Commonwealth of Virginia, and also houses a privately endowed educational institution created to benefit Virginia’s citizens in 1936.

The VMFA contains special exhibitions of artwork drawn from its collection and other museums or private collections traveling works. Each display has its specific narrative to share and bring arts and culture to and from Virginia. 

And as one of the most comprehensive art museums in North America; the VMFA has several captivating exhibits. Below are some of the best ones that they have right now:

REQUIEMS: Reframing History through the Photographic Lens

A free exhibit at the VMFA from May 29th – November 7th.

It offers visual representations from photographers Dawoud Bey, Marilyn Nance, and Carrie Mae Weems of some of the key defining moments of the mid-20th century: the assassination of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Medgar Evers, the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, as well as King’s funeral.

Permanent collection

Art Deco, English silver, and the art of South Asia are among the finest in the nation and are part of a permanent collection that spans more than 35,000 works of art across 5,000 years of world art and culture.

In particular, the collections of Art Nouveau and Fabergé are outstanding complements to accompany the more well-known Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works.

VMFA is open all year and general admission is free.

Across Time: Robinson House, It’s Land and People

Another ongoing exhibit at the VMFA with free admission. You get to explore the newly refurbished Robinson House on museum grounds and learn about its history from the 17th century to the present.

It also explores the half-century-long history of R. E. Lee. Camp Confederate Soliders’ Home, born out of a reconciliation of the North and South.

The narrative depicts the Cold War experimentation conducted by the Virginia Institute of Scientific Research before becoming the VMFA’s art annex offering exhibitions, programs, and studio classes. This exhibit also provides an interactive touch screen of rich illustrations using audio clips and vintage film footage.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in the community

In addition to the exhibits, VMFA offers on-site educational programs that support the local arts community with specialized studios and dedicated exhibition space.

The VMFA Fellowship Program, established in 1940, has provided grants in excess of $5 million to Virginia artists through 2011.

And through yet another program, the museum offered crated exhibitions, the Office of Statewide Partnerships delivered programs and exhibitions throughout the commonwealth through a voluntary network of more than 350 nonprofits.


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