Artist Talk: Hasan Elahi

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 5pm HCC Digital Auditorium The UMW Department of Art and Art History presents visiting artist Hasan Elahi. In 2002 Hasan Elahi, a Bangladeshi born American citizen, was mistakenly associated with terrorist activities, and was detained by the FBI at the Detroit airport. The FBI opened an investigation on him, and instead […]

Photo: David Stover © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

October 9, 2015

Dr. Leo G. Mazow, Cochrane Curator and Head of the Department of American Art, joined the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in 2015. He holds a Ph.D. in art history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.A. in art history from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Prior to VMFA, Dr. Mazow worked as associate professor of art history at the University of Arkansas. Preceding his tenure at the University of Arkansas, he held the position of curator of American art at the Palmer Museum of Art at The Pennsylvania State University for eight years. In 2013, his book Thomas Hart Benton and the American Sound won the Smithsonian’s Charles C. Eldredge prize for distinguished scholarship in American Art.

Lecture by Dr. Leo Mazow: Defining American Modernisms

February 2, 2017 6-7pm Hurley Convergence Center, Digital Auditorium Dr. Leo G. Mazow, Louise B. and J. Harwood Cochrane Curator of American Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will give a lecture entitled, “Defining American Modernisms.” The lecture is in association with  the exhibition American Perspectives on Modernism on view in the Ridderhof […]


Bus Trip 2016: Richmond

Destination: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia Saturday, November 5, 2016 Sign up and travel fee due by Nov. 1 Non-Members: $50 Members: $40 Students: $20 Please join the UMW Galleries for our annual bus trip! This year, we will be going to two important art […]

Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917)
Thoroughbred Horse Walking, cast 1919-21
5⅜”H x 4⅛”W x 8⅜”D
13.65 cm x 10.48 cm x 21.27 cm
Marks: base, Degas; founders mark in rectangle CIRE / PERDUE / A A HÉBRARD; 66 / E; on bottom, two labels, A6255 and 83; on bottom, written in black, A6255
Image must be credited with the following collection and photo credit lines:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon.
Photo: Katherine Wetzel      © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Drawing Session: The Horse

Ridderhof Martin Gallery (lawn) September 16, 2016 9:30am Love drawing but could never find the right horse? Now is your chance- come to the UMW Galleries for a rare drawing session with a live horse model and drawing instructor. This opportunity is free and open to the public but please bring your own drawing materials.

Integrate, 2016, Stoneware with multiple glaze firings, 18x11x11"

Artist’s Talk by Jon McMillan

September 15, 4-5pm duPont Gallery This artist’s talk is by Jon McMillan, Assistant Professor of Ceramics to accompany his solo exhibition, Confluence in the duPont Gallery. About the Artist Jon McMillan is an artist and educator residing in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where he is an Assistant Professor of Ceramics at the University of Mary Washington. He […]

Photo: Jay Paul © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Rodin Sponsor Private Tour and Reception
Wednesday, November 18th
6 to 8 p.m.

Rodin: Evolution of a Genius
November 21, 2015 – March 13, 2016

Organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Musée Rodin in Paris, this exhibition will feature nearly 200 works by the greatest sculptor of the 19th and early 20th centuries: Auguste Rodin. Revealing the evolving output of this genius of sculpture, the exhibition examines his techniques, materials, models and assistants, and explores the extraordinary working process behind some of his best known works.

Auguste Rodin completely revitalized the very language of sculpture with his passion for the creative act. Fragile plasters as well as patinated bronzes, marble figures, astonishing ceramics and never-before-exhibited photographs all attest to this creative intensity, with much of the work presented in North America for the first time.

Rodin: Evolution of a Genius is organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with the Musée Rodin, Paris. Rodin is organized for VMFA by Dr. Mitchell Merling, Paul Mellon Curator and Head of European Art. The exhibition catalogue, with contributions on Rodin’s process by leading scholars, will be published by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Lecture by Dr. Mitchell Merling

Tuesday, September 27, 7pm Trinkle Hall, Room 204 This lecture will accompany the exhibition The French Horse from Romanticism to Surrealism: Works from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on view in the Ridderhof Martin Gallery. Mitchell Merling  is the Paul Mellon Curator and Head of the Department of European Art at  the Virginia Museum of Fine […]

Beauvais Lyons, Micropterus Trichopilaris. Hand-printed lithograph.

Artist Lecture: Beauvais Lyons

Wednesday, October 26, 5pm Melchers Hall, Room 107 Artist Statement: My studio work over the past thirty years has explored various forms of academic parody. Initially I worked in the genre of archaeological fiction, which I defined as the fabrication and documentation of an imaginary culture. In this context I fabricated artifacts that embodied the […]