Piedmont Arts          
VMFA on the Road: An Artmobile for the 21st Century
 
3/22/19 thru 3/23/19
Piedmont Arts



Sponsored by Blue Ridge Bank

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts' new Artmobile, a state-of-the-art traveling museum and art studio, is coming to Piedmont Arts March 21 – 23, 2019.

The Artmobile will visit Piedmont Arts while the museum is host to two special exhibitions on loan from VMFA, Nightfall: Prints of the Dark Hours and Artists as Art: Photographic Portraits.

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 works of art from the VMFA collection up close. VMFA on the Road will visit remote corners of Virginia by way of the museum’s Statewide Partners program, which includes 1,000 locations—from community centers and small museums to colleges and universities.

The Artmobile's inaugural exhibition, How Far Can Creativity Take You: VMFA Fellowship Artists, which celebrates the role VMFA has played in the lives of fellowship recipients. The exhibition will include works by the following acclaimed artists, who all have some connection to Virginia: Julien Binford, Nell Blain, Ann Chenoweth, Esther Worden Day, Steven Fishman, Emmet Gowin, Sally Mann, Arthur Sawyers, Charles Sibley, Cy Twombly, Benjamin Wigfall, and Dennis Winston.

Nostalgia adds to the excitement of the Artmobile's launch because it was 1953 when the museum was among the first in the world to have what was then known as the 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. Since that time, VMFA has developed a robust Statewide Partners program and is now revving up with VMFA on the Road to reach an unprecedented number of Virginians with innovative art experiences.

Artmobile Schedule
Opening Reception: VMFA on the Road
Thursday, March 21, 2019 • 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Open to the Public
Friday, March 22, 2019 • 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday, March 23, 2019 • 10 am – 3 pm

Artmobile Family Day
Saturday, March 23, 2019 • 11 am – 1 pm

Artmobile today and Artmobile in 1966 © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts