Friday, 10/15, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, 10/16, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, 10/17, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
On Monarch Way, between 46th St. and 47th St., in front of the Goode Theatre and Barry Art Building.
George H. Ben Johnson, American, 1888-1970 (Artist); Idyll of Virginia Mountains; 1945
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is pleased to announce the launch of VMFA on the Road’s new exhibition A View from Home: Landscapes of Virginia. Each year, VMFA on the Road, an Artmobile for the 21st Century, travels across Virginia from the Eastern Shore to the mountains of the Southwest. This exhibition of paintings, photographs, woodblock prints and engravings from the museum's permanent collection explores the diversity and beauty of the Commonwealth’s natural landscape. The collection showcases artists of various styles and periods, who together record both the sublimity of unspoiled nature and the impact of human activity on the countryside. A View from Home: Landscapes of Virginia features multiple artists such as Adele Clark, Hullihen Williams Moore, George H. Benjamin Johnson, Miwako Nishizawa and others.
In 1953, VMFA became one of the first museums in the world to have an Artmobile. For four decades as many as four Artmobiles toured 59 exhibitions and served more than 2.5 million Virginians. Due to conservation concerns and the fragility of traveling works of art, VMFA replaced the program in the early 1990s with a strategy to develop stronger partnerships with schools, community centers and museums around the state.
Artmobile in 1962 ©Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
VMFA re-launched its state-of-the-art traveling museum and art studio called VMFA on the Road in October 2018. The climate-controlled 53-foot Volvo trailer includes Wi-Fi to connect visitors with VMFA educators and interactive components to meet their 21st-century expectations. The main attraction of VMFA on the Road, however, is the opportunity for residents of the Commonwealth to see and experience authentic works of art from VMFA’s collection up close.
For the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, the Artmobile gallery may accommodate up to 10 people, students and adults included, for 15-minute visits. All staff and visitors are required to wear masks. More information about VMFA on the Road can be found at www.VMFA.museum.