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Richmond Arts: Art Scene in Richmond

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Richmond, the capital of the state of Virginia, is one of the nation’s most historically rich cities. It was a focal point of the American Revolution (this is where Patrick Henry gave his “Give me liberty or give me death” speech), and great pains have been taken to preserve its numerous historical sites. Present-day Richmond has its own distinct character and a large number of excellent performing arts institutions.

Richmond Arts Information

  • Style Weekly—An alternative newsweekly with coverage of arts, culture, music, and movies in Richmond
  • Richmond.com—Lifestyle and entertainment portal with local arts coverage
  • CultureWorks—Comprehensive directory of Richmond’s arts and cultural organizations, as well as event information.

Art Museums

University of Richmond Museums

University of Richmond Museums

There are three museums affiliated with the University of Richmond: the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, the Joel and Lila Harnett Print Study Center, and the Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature.  The first two are located in the same building in the Modlin Center for the Arts, and are devoted to the collection and study of visual …more…

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

This museum opened in 1936 in an English Renaissance-style building designed by Peebles and Ferguson architects. In May 2010 the museum opened its newly redesigned and expanded buildings; it is now the tenth-largest comprehensive art museum in the United States.  It is also one of the most visitor-friendly: free admission, open till 9 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, shoulder bags allowed in the museum, and …more…

Theater

American Shakespeare Center

American Shakespeare Center (Staunton, VA)

(Year Round) ‘Tis not London, or even the UK that houses the world’s sole re-creation of Shakespeare’s original indoor theatre, but the town of Staunton in Virginia’s gorgeous Shenandoah Valley, where the Blackfriars Playhouse has emerged as one of the globe’s most important purveyors (and preservers) of the good Bard’s works. Presenting a year-round season of Shakespeare’s plays in the ‘original environment’ in which they were first presented, theatrical productions at the Blackfriars are a totally unique event. ...more...

Barksdale Theatre

Barksdale Theatre

Gorgeous production values and a grandiose theatrical spirit characterize Central Virginia’s leading professional company, the Barksdale Theatre. Originally founded as a charming makeshift dinner theatre in 1953, the company “grew up” in the ’60s and ’70s, producing important area premieres by such luminaries as Tennessee Williams and Lorraine Hansberry. Now operating two full seasons at three distinct venues, Barksdale’s current tastes range from traditional musical theatre (The Sound of Music) …more…

Barter Theatre

Barter Theatre (Abingdon, VA)

Barter Theatre Information

Public Transportation: Poor
Handicapped Accessibility: Good. Free headphones are also available, upon request, for the hearing impaired patrons at the Gift Shop
Performances/Programs: 18–20 per season (usually 8–10 on Barter Stage II and 8–10 in the Barter Theatre)
Ticket Prices: $29–$39 depending on theater, date, and seating selection. $15 Student Rush tickets are available 15 minutes prior to any show. Seniors, AAA members, youth (5-17), and military receive discounts
Group Discounts: Discounts …more…

Classical Music

James River Singers

James River Singers

Since 1995, the James River Singers have provided the Richmond area with great choral repertoire in a variety of settings. The group performs both a cappella and accompanied works for chorus and is highly praised for its innovative and exciting programming. Concert themes might range from Baltic composers to entire Handel concerts or a concert “…Celebrating Things That Fly.” Under …more…

Richmond Symphony

Richmond Symphony

The Richmond Symphony has brought a unique cultural experience to Central Virginia for more than 50 years. The orchestra employs more than 30 full-time musicians, plus a number of part-time players, and their performances reach nearly 125,000 patrons annually. The symphony’s educational programs reach over 35,000 school children every year through masterclasses and in-school performances.

Hot on the tuxedo tails of many of the nation’s …more…

Jazz

Richmond Jazz Society

Richmond Jazz Society

Richmond has long had a thriving and fertile jazz scene. Since 1979, the RJS has published a jazz newsletter and sponsored educational workshops, jazz radio programs, and performances by artists of international renown.  Over the years it has presented hundreds of jazz concerts of the highest quality, as well as exhibits in a variety of media relating to the history …more…

Dance

Richmond Ballet

Richmond Ballet

Richmond Ballet began in 1957 as a performance outlet for local dance enthusiasts. By 1984, the company had gained full professional status, becoming the first professional ballet company in the Commonwealth of Virginia. They give over 50 performances of six productions each year and draw from a repertoire that includes a range of classic story ballets, some 20th century works, and regular commissions from …more…

Film

Byrd Theatre

Byrd Theatre

Built in 1928, Richmond’s Byrd Theatre is a State and National Historic Landmark, one of the nation’s original grand movie palaces.  It was named after William Byrd II (1674 – 1744), one of the city’s original founders, and gone more than eight decades with very little change to its basic appearance, a rarity among movie palaces of the era.  Also unlike …more…

Art Museums

University of Richmond Museums

University of Richmond Museums

There are three museums affiliated with the University of Richmond: the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, the Joel and Lila Harnett Print Study Center, and the Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature.  The first two are located in the same building in the Modlin Center for the Arts, and are devoted to the collection and study of visual …more…

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

This museum opened in 1936 in an English Renaissance-style building designed by Peebles and Ferguson architects. In May 2010 the museum opened its newly redesigned and expanded buildings; it is now the tenth-largest comprehensive art museum in the United States.  It is also one of the most visitor-friendly: free admission, open till 9 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, shoulder bags allowed in the museum, and …more…

Theater

American Shakespeare Center

American Shakespeare Center (Staunton, VA)

(Year Round) ‘Tis not London, or even the UK that houses the world’s sole re-creation of Shakespeare’s original indoor theatre, but the town of Staunton in Virginia’s gorgeous Shenandoah Valley, where the Blackfriars Playhouse has emerged as one of the globe’s most important purveyors (and preservers) of the good Bard’s works. Presenting a year-round season of Shakespeare’s plays in the ‘original environment’ in which they were first presented, theatrical productions at the Blackfriars are a totally unique event. ...more...

Barksdale Theatre

Barksdale Theatre

Gorgeous production values and a grandiose theatrical spirit characterize Central Virginia’s leading professional company, the Barksdale Theatre. Originally founded as a charming makeshift dinner theatre in 1953, the company “grew up” in the ’60s and ’70s, producing important area premieres by such luminaries as Tennessee Williams and Lorraine Hansberry. Now operating two full seasons at three distinct venues, Barksdale’s current tastes range from traditional musical theatre (The Sound of Music) …more…

Barter Theatre

Barter Theatre (Abingdon, VA)

Barter Theatre Information

Public Transportation: Poor
Handicapped Accessibility: Good. Free headphones are also available, upon request, for the hearing impaired patrons at the Gift Shop
Performances/Programs: 18–20 per season (usually 8–10 on Barter Stage II and 8–10 in the Barter Theatre)
Ticket Prices: $29–$39 depending on theater, date, and seating selection. $15 Student Rush tickets are available 15 minutes prior to any show. Seniors, AAA members, youth (5-17), and military receive discounts
Group Discounts: Discounts …more…

Classical Music

James River Singers

James River Singers

Since 1995, the James River Singers have provided the Richmond area with great choral repertoire in a variety of settings. The group performs both a cappella and accompanied works for chorus and is highly praised for its innovative and exciting programming. Concert themes might range from Baltic composers to entire Handel concerts or a concert “…Celebrating Things That Fly.” Under …more…

Richmond Symphony

Richmond Symphony

The Richmond Symphony has brought a unique cultural experience to Central Virginia for more than 50 years. The orchestra employs more than 30 full-time musicians, plus a number of part-time players, and their performances reach nearly 125,000 patrons annually. The symphony’s educational programs reach over 35,000 school children every year through masterclasses and in-school performances.

Hot on the tuxedo tails of many of the nation’s …more…

Jazz

Richmond Jazz Society

Richmond Jazz Society

Richmond has long had a thriving and fertile jazz scene. Since 1979, the RJS has published a jazz newsletter and sponsored educational workshops, jazz radio programs, and performances by artists of international renown.  Over the years it has presented hundreds of jazz concerts of the highest quality, as well as exhibits in a variety of media relating to the history …more…

Dance

Richmond Ballet

Richmond Ballet

Richmond Ballet began in 1957 as a performance outlet for local dance enthusiasts. By 1984, the company had gained full professional status, becoming the first professional ballet company in the Commonwealth of Virginia. They give over 50 performances of six productions each year and draw from a repertoire that includes a range of classic story ballets, some 20th century works, and regular commissions from …more…

Film

Byrd Theatre

Byrd Theatre

Built in 1928, Richmond’s Byrd Theatre is a State and National Historic Landmark, one of the nation’s original grand movie palaces.  It was named after William Byrd II (1674 – 1744), one of the city’s original founders, and gone more than eight decades with very little change to its basic appearance, a rarity among movie palaces of the era.  Also unlike …more…