||The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is a state agency and a privately endowed educational institution created for the benefit of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Its mission is to collect, preserve, and exhibit art; to encourage the study of the arts; and thus to enrich the lives of all. Founded in 1934 by Virginia’s General Assembly, VMFA is the nation’s oldest statewide art system. Education is at the core of VMFA’s mission to enrich the lives of all Virginians by preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting the state’s growing collection and encouraging the study of the arts. VMFA is committed to providing all visitors—“from infants to infinity”—with a multitude of ways to engage with the works of art entrusted to our care. Each year, the museum's educational programs serve more than one million people on its Richmond campus and across the Commonwealth through a network of more than 1,400 Statewide Partners. Visit vmfa.museum for details on specific programs.
The VMFA Foundation exists solely to support the activities of VMFA and to manage assets held in trust. Support includes transfers to the museum and direct expenditures to further VMFA's mission.