In January 1936, during the Great Depression, Virginia’s political and business leaders bravely demonstrated their faith in the future and their belief in the value of art by opening the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.
The original English Renaissance-style building was designed by Peebles and Ferguson Architects of Norfolk. And in the years since, there have been five expansions, including the most recent (completed in 2010), designed by Rick Mather.
This beautiful renovation houses the museum’s permanent collection, of 33,000 works of art from almost every major world culture — such as Paul Revere’s silver teapots and stands, circa 1790 (pictured above). Created for the benefit of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the museum’s art enriches visitors and it’s free admission enhances access.
In our interview with the museum director, Alex Nyerges, (pictured right) we gained insight into the strong ties between art history and American history. Scroll down for our Q&A. — David Bruce Smith, founder, Hope Katz Gibbs, executive producer, Grateful American™ Foundation
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