Please join us for the Fall Meeting of the ARLIS/Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia Chapter at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) in Richmond.

Friday, November 5, 2010

RSVP to Kim Detterbeck at kim.detterbeck@gmail.com by 5 pm Wednesday, November 3.

The VMFA opened its renovated spaces this May after a major expansion that added 165,000 square feet and reshaped the look and feel of the entire museum. The expansion doubled the VMFA’s space for major traveling exhibitions and dramatically increased its space for permanent exhibitions. New features include a sophisticated granite entrance, a stunning 3 story glass atrium, and a beautiful new library: the Margaret R. and Robert M. Freeman Library.The VMFA and its new library is a must-see for our chapter members and this meeting will be a wonderful opportunity to learn about the VMFA directly from its curators and our chapter colleagues. Our gracious hosts, Suzanne Freeman and Lee Viverette, have arranged for three of the VMFA’s distinguished curators to lead our members on tours of their permanent collections.

There will be plenty of inexpensive parking, delicious dining, and great company! All are welcome to attend!

AGENDA:

9:30 Meet & greet with complimentary coffee and light refreshments

10:00-12:00 Museum Highlights tour and curatorial gallery talks in Deco Arts (Barry Shifman), American (Dr. Elizabeth O’Leary) & Asian (Dr. John Henry Rice)

12:00-1:30 Lunch in Best Café : Menu

1:30-2:30 Tour of The Margaret R. and Robert M. Freeman Library

2:30-3:45 Chapter Business Meeting, Founder’s Conference Room

4:00 Cocktails in Amuse Restaurant, Payne Dining Room, cash bar. Attendees are welcome to stay for dinner but reservations are required. Reservations and Menu

DIRECTIONS:

From Interstates 95 and 64

  • Take exit 78, the Boulevard exit.
  • Follow the Boulevard (Route 161 South) for 1 and ½ miles.
  • Turn right onto Kensington Avenue (Virginia Historical Society is at that corner).
  • Take first left onto Sheppard Street and go straight for 1/2 block.
  • The entrance to the parking deck will be on your left.

From Powhite Parkway and the I-195 Downtown Expressway

  • From the downtown expressway (I-195) take the Floyd-Cary exit. Follow Floyd Avenue east to Belmont (five blocks).
  • Turn left on Belmont, and proceed 3 blocks to Stuart Avenue.
  • Turn right on Stuart and proceed straight for 1 block; the entrance to the parking deck will be straight ahead.

From the Powhite Parkway take the Cary Street exit.

  • Follow Cary Street east to Belmont (five blocks).
  • Turn left on Belmont, and proceed 5 blocks to Stuart Avenue.
  • Turn right on Stuart and proceed straight for 1 block; the entrance to the parking deck will be straight ahead.

If you need a ride or are willing to share a ride, please feel free to post on the chapter listserv. If you have other concerns about travel arrangements, please let the officers know – we may be able to help you.

PARKING:

The parking deck is open daily 8 am – 7 pm and until 9 pm on Thursdays. Parking is free to VMFA members with membership card, $3 per day for nonmembers. There is also free street parking nearby.

The parking deck can be accessed from the main museum entrance on Boulevard, or from the intersection of Sheppard St. and Stuart Ave. Walkways leading to the museum are available on every level (the walkway at the middle level is flat, and is accessible via elevator from the upper or lower levels).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

The museum is open until 9 p.m. if you would like to see any of the traveling exhibitions while you are in Richmond. More information is available at http://www.vmfa.state.va.us/Exhibitions/At_The_Museum/At_the_Museum.aspx

For information about the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts see http://www.vmfa.state.va.us/default.aspx

For information about the Margaret R. and Robert M. Freeman Library see http://www.vmfa.state.va.us/Visit/Library/Library.aspx