The Visual Arts Center of Richmond is a 30,000-square foot arts center that boasts 15 studios and the True F. Luck Gallery. Our mission is to help all people engage in the creative process.
The Visual Arts Center of Richmond’s True F. Luck Gallery hosts five exhibitions per year and is open to the public during VisArts’ normal operating hours. Admission to the gallery is free.
The Visual Arts Center of Richmond offers a comprehensive field trip program called ENGAGE for K-12 schools. ENGAGE visits typically include both a gallery tour and a studio workshop but can be adapted to fit the needs of your school.
If your tour group is planning a trip to Richmond, consider building a two-hour stop at VisArts into your itinerary. And if you live nearby, our gallery tours and workshops make for a unique group outing.
Craft + Design
November 17 - November 19 5:30pm - November 19 5pm
The Visual Arts Center of Richmond hosts its 53rd annual contemporary craft show, Craft + Design, on November 17-19, 2017 in Richmond, Virginia. The show, which always takes place the weekend before Thanksgiving, kicks off Richmond’s holiday shopping season and brings out a crowd of over 3,000 art lovers.
This year, Craft + Design is moving to the newly renovated train shed at Main Street Station. The 100,000-square-foot train shed, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1901 and has been renovated as part of a $90 million effort to restore Main Street Station. Glass walls offer visitors panoramic views of Church Hill, Shockoe Bottom and downtown. As a result of the move to the new venue, the show will feature 120 exhibitors, as opposed to 60.
Craft + Design is a museum-quality show that has garnered national accolades and a reputation for showcasing the finest in contemporary crafts. Awards are presented in ceramics, contemporary design, fiber, glass, innovative use of traditional craft materials, precious metals, and wood and recycled materials. Organizers also honor artists with the New Artist Award and the Best Booth Design Award. Last year’s Elisabeth Scott Bocock Best in Show Award went to glass artist Sean Donlon.
Craft + Design is the signature event of the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, a community arts center in the heart of the city’s historic Fan District. For more than five decades, VisArts has helped adults and children explore their creativity and make great art. Each year, VisArts offers more than 700 visual and creative arts classes and touches the lives of more than 32,000 people through its classes, community outreach programs, camps, workshops and special events.
New features guests can expect to see this year include a lecture program, free art workshops—led by VisArts instructors—and a beer garden.