VMFA receives Norman Rockwell, John Singer Sargent paintings and gift worth nearly $60 million from McGlothlin family | Art & Museums

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts announced that longtime patrons James and Frances McGlothlin gifted the museum a sizable donation of artwork and funds worth an estimated $60 million.

The McGlothlin’s gift includes a financial contribution to VMFA’s current $190 renovation and expansion project, along with 15 paintings from the family’s collection of American artists from the 19th and 20th centuries — including Norman Rockwell, John Singer Sargent, Andrew Wyeth, Milton Avery, John Sloan and more.

“We feel it is important that we share these incredible works of art from our collection with people from our home state of Virginia. Donating them to VMFA ensures that they will be enjoyed by visitors to the museum for generations to come,” James McGlothlin said in a statement.

The McGlothlin’s donation includes Rockwell’s 1971 painting, “The Collector,” the first work by the artist to enter VMFA’s collection, as well as Wyeth’s 1973 tempera painting “Ericksons,” which is considered to be one of the artist’s greatest works. A full list can be found below.

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The financial gift will go towards the VMFA’s $190 million renovation and expansion project, which is expected to be completed in 2026. The VMFA is located at 200 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard.

The expansion plan includes new wings to the building, including a 170,000 square-foot wing for special exhibitions and event space named the James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Wing II. This is the museum’s fifth major expansion and described as the largest in the museum’s history, according to the VMFA.

The museum selected the SmithGroup — the architecture firm that designed The National Museum of African American History and Culture in D.C. — to produce the expansion.

The McGlothlins are longtime supporters of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

In 2005, the couple entrusted their collection of 19th and 20th century American paintings, sculpture and works on paper to the museum.

In 2010, the McGlothlin family donated $30 million to the museum’s 165,000-square-foot addition — the first major wing named in their honor. The wing included 75 works of American art.

And in 2012, the couple established the $20 million McGlothlin Endowment for American Art to support the preservation and growth of VMFA’s American art collection.

James W. McGlothlin is the former founder and chief executive officer of Bristol-based The United Company, a diversified business with interests in areas that include financial services, mining and golf courses.

“We’re immensely appreciative to Jim and Fran for making this incredible gift to the expansion campaign,” Alex Nyerges, the VMFA’s director and CEO, said.

“Their generous contribution supports our capital campaign, which includes the new McGlothlin Wing II, renovations and the expansion of our endowments, along with their substantial donation of important works of American art, will help the museum tell a more nuanced and complete story of the nation’s artistic contributions and ensure that these works will continue to be accessible to all Virginians.”

The gift includes these 14 works to the VMFA:

  • “Mandolin with Flowers,” 1948, Milton Avery (American, 1885–1965), oil on canvas.
  • “Moonlight in Yosemite,” n.d., Albert Bierstadt (American, born. Germany, 1830–1902), oil on canvas.
  • “In the Boudoir,” ca. 1914, Frederick Carl Frieseke (American, 1874–1939), oil on canvas.
  • “Landscape with Single Cloud,” 1922–23, Marsden Hartley (American, 1877–1943), oil on canvas.
  • “Child in Gray,” 1905, George Luks (American, 1867–1933), oil on canvas.
  • “Evening Shower,” Paris, 1892–94 Maurice Prendergast (American, born Canada, 1858–1924), oil on panel.
  • “Girl in Hammock,” 1894, Theodore Robinson (American, 1852–1896), oil on canvas laid down on board.
  • “The Collector,” 1971, Norman Rockwell (American, 1894–1978), oil on canvas.
  • “A Venetian Woman,” ca. 1880–81, John Singer Sargent (American, born in Italy, 1856–1925), oil on board.
  • “Broadway, Late in the Afternoon, After Matinee,” 1899, Everett Shinn (American, 1876–1953), pastel, charcoal, gouache and watercolor on artist’s board.
  • “Steps Between House (Paris Street),” 1903, Everett Shinn (American, 1876–1953), pastel on paper.
  • “Glimpse of Gloucester Trolley,” 1914, John Sloan (American, 1871–1951), oil on canvas.
  • “Independence Square,” Philadelphia, 1900, John Sloan (American, 1871–1951), oil on canvas.
  • “Russian Girl,” 1906–07, John Sloan (American, 1871–1951), oil on canvas.

The McGlothlin family also provided the funds for VMFA to acquire “Ericksons,” 1973, Andrew Wyeth (American, 1917–2009), tempera on panel.

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