Virtual Events

Join us online for these upcoming programs

Saturday Sparks

Watercolors with Tom Rutledge* / April 17, 2021 / 11am-1pm Eastern

This season we have doubled our watercolor offerings and will also be exploring the medium of oil pastels. Join us to express your creativity and fight off cabin fever! No experience necessary.

Each workshop costs $30 ($25 for Zimmerli members). Sign up for two workshops and get 10% off your total. Participants must provide their own materials. Supply lists for each workshop appear on the registration page.

To register, please click here.

*The April watercolor workshops will have different themes and projects than the January event.

Picturing American Stories: Celebrating Jersey City: A Student Research Symposium

Thursday, April 22 - 12:00-1:30pm Eastern

This symposium will feature presentations by undergraduate students who have been engaged in researching artworks in the Zimmerli Art Museum’s recently acquired Jersey City Museum Collection. These presentations will explore the historical, cultural, and artistic contexts of works that foreground the perspectives and art of people traditionally underrepresented in museum spaces, focusing on themes of gender, race, immigration, class, and labor. The work of these students, who are participating in the History Department’s Public History Internship program, will contribute to the ZAM’s forthcoming exhibition, American Stories: Celebrating Jersey City, including by recording a series of interviews with artists featured in the American art collection at the museum.

To register, please click here.

Wood carved portrait head from Kongo culture against a blue background
The Arts of Africa: Studying and Conserving the Collection, 2021. Cover Image: Unknown (Artist). Commemorative Portrait Head, 19th-20th century. Wood, kaolin, paint, traces of fiber. Kongo culture (Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Angola, Gabon). Collection Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

MEMBER EVENT - The Arts of Africa: Four Decades of Collecting at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Tuesday, April 27 - 6:00pm Eastern

Richard B. Woodward (RC‘72, Art History), will focus on his career as the founding curator building one of the country’s leading collections of the arts of Africa. Consisting of more than 1,200 works, it is noted for its broad geographic, chronological, and material scope, including the length and breadth of the continent from antiquity to today. He highlights the museum’s conscious decision to start the collection in 1977, as well as his approach to shaping the collection and the allied process of engaging the community.

The collection recently became the subject of an intensive, multi-year study supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Mr. Woodward will present some of the remarkable findings of the intensive technical studies made with a team engaging the museum’s conservation staff and more than one hundred scientific and art historical specialists worldwide.

Woodward was the founding curator of the African art collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and starting in 1977 he guided its development to include more than twelve hundred works of art. After receiving a BA in Art History from Rutgers University and an MA in Art History from the University of Virginia, he began working at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in 1975. For more than thirty years he held senior administrative positions in the museum, serving as Interim Director in 2000 and from then until 2010 as Senior Deputy Director for Architecture and Design, during which time he coordinated planning and construction of the $150 million expansion that substantially increased VMFA’s gallery space for collections and exhibitions.

Members are invited to register on Zoom. Not yet a member? Learn more here.

Black and white photo of two women looking at a glasses display in a store window
Zenta Dzividzinska, Untitled, 1965. Gelatin silver print on paper. Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union. © 2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / AKKA-LAA, Riga. Photo Peter Jacobs.

Virtual Exhibition Celebration

Communism Through the Lens: Everyday Life Captured by Women Photographers in the Dodge Collection

Thursday, April 29 - 5:00-6:30pm Eastern

Join us to celebrate our new online exhibition Communism Through the Lens: Everyday Life Captured by Women Photographers in the Dodge Collection. The event will feature a curator-led overview of the exhibition by Maria Garth, followed by a roundtable discussion with guest speakers and a question-and-answer session with the audience. Guest speakers include Alise Tifentale, Ph.D., Riga Stradins University and Mark Svede, Ph.D., Ohio State University. The event will be introduced and moderated by Julia Tulovsky, Ph.D., Curator at the Zimmerli Art Museum, and Jane Sharp, Ph.D., Research Curator at the Zimmerli Art Museum and Professor of Art History at Rutgers University.

To register, please click here.

Image reads Let's Make Art Together (At Home) with a colorful drawing of houses at right

Art Together - Free Family Art Class

Saturday, May 1 - 10:00-11:00am Eastern

Register for access to the program at this link. (Registration accepted up to program start time.)

Artists of all ages are welcome, but projects are best suited for those ages 5-13, and their grown-ups.

For our May project you will need: 2 different-colored sheets of paper, scissors, a pencil, and a glue stick.

As always, Art Together is free and you can stay as long as you like.

Can’t join us at that time? The program will be recorded and shared on our Videos page to watch whenever works best for your family.

The Zimmerli is committed to making its programs accessible for all; if you need accommodations to participate in an event, please contact us via email (education [at], ideally two weeks before the date of the event.

All listed times are Eastern time zone. Recorded programs will be archived in the Videos section of this site.

Click here for info on past virtual events.