In response to the rapidly rising COVID-19 delta variant cases in Indian River County, and the recent local state of emergency issued, changes have been made to a number of program formats. Read below carefully for information on various lectures and performances. Please be assured the Museum will continue to monitor and follow the guidelines set forth by the CDC and adjust our protocols as necessary for the health and safety of our staff, faculty, and visitors. For updated information on visitor policies, please click here.

UPDATE: The October 30 lecture “From Devotion to Decoloniality” has been canceled. The December 12 in-gallery Artist Talk with Nick Quijano has been canceled.


These speakers and programs are offered to support learning about the major themes, artists, and artworks included in the VBMA’s exhibitions. Program registration includes admission to the galleries, so come early to take in these artworks.
Art Talk
Chamber Music Series
International Lecture Series
Chaos to Quilts: Artist Talk with Jean-Marcel St.Jacques
Storytelling Program: American Perspectives Through Storytelling
Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland

Ticket sales support ongoing educational programs at the VBMA. All sales are final.

To register, click the links below, or contact:
Ellyn Giordano, Registrar:; (772) 231-0707, ext. 136

Monday, October 25, 2021 | 5:30pm, ZOOM | From Chaos to Quilts: Artist Talk with Jean-Marcel St. Jacques
Jean-Marcel St.Jacques, Artist

Self-taught artist Jean-Marcel St. Jacques has spent the past 15 years making wooden quilts inspired by the destructive forces of Hurricane Katrina. Drawing inspiration from patchwork quilts and the ancestral spirit of his great-grandmother who made such quilts, the artist gather wood and objects salvaged from his hurricane damaged home and remakes these items into wooden quilts. From the devastation of natural forces comes forth an artistic creation. Jean-Marcel St. Jacques discusses his artistic practice and artworks, including Mother Sister May Have Sat in That Chair When She Lived in This House Before Me, on view in the exhibition American Perspectives: Stories from the American Folk Art Museum Collection.

To watch a recording of this talk, click here.

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Saturday, November 27, 2021 | 2pm, ZOOM | American Perspectives Through Storytelling
Caren Neile, Storyteller, Scholar, Author

Join Dr. Caren Neile for an interactive, spoken word program in connection with the exhibition American Perspectives: Stories from the American Folk Art Museum. Visual artists in the exhibition have generated lasting stories through their imaginative creations, and you, too, can be a folk artist with words. Dr. Neile introduces the folk art of storytelling, demonstrates its basic components, and invites participants to use the exhibition as a springboard to create stories based on their own experience. Engage with visual art, and participate in this special opportunity to create, share and enjoy.

FREE. Space is limited.

Registration is now closed for this lecture.

Sunday, December 12, 2021 | 2pm, ZOOM | Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland
Robin Jaffee Frank, art historian and independent curator

Join Dr. Robin Jaffee Frank for a captivating look at Coney Island and its iconic place in the history of American art and culture. Called “America’s Playground,” Coney Island is a world-famous resort and national cultural symbol that has inspired art, music, literature, and film. The curator and author of an acclaimed exhibition and book on Coney Island, Robin will explore the site’s enduring status as a subject for artists. Special attention will be given to a work on view at the Museum: Ralph Fasenella’s Workers’ Holiday—Coney Island, 1965, a monumental tribute to the Brooklyn beach infused with political and religious symbolism. Many artists perceived this iconic place as a prism through which to view the American experience. Their visions of Coney Island imagined the future and later recalled the past, conveying changing ideas about leisure, and exploring the mixing of people of different races, ethnicities, and classes, transcending social boundaries. How artists chose to portray America’s Playground—in tableaux of wonder and menace, hope and despair, dreams and nightmares—mirrored the aspirations and disappointments of the era. Seen through their eyes, Coney Island becomes both a place and an idea—one that reflects the collective soul of our nation.

FREE. Space is limited, pre-registration is required.

American Perspectives: Stories from the American Folk Art Museum Collection is organized by the American Folk Art Museum, New York, with support provided by Art Bridges.

Jean-Marcel St.Jacques wearing several of his great-grandmother’s patchwork quilts.

Caren Neile

Robin Jaffee Frank

Chamber Music Series

The fourteenth season of the Vero Beach Museum of Art and the Atlantic Classical Orchestra’s celebrated partnership begins in January 2022. You will not want to miss this intimate gathering in Leonhardt Auditorium. Tickets include admission to the galleries, so come early to take in the exhibitions.

Advance series discount is available through October 31, 2021.
$75 Museum Members/ACO Subscribers

After October 31, 2021
Series: $90 Museum Members/ACO Subscribers ($105 Non-Museum Members)
Individual seats: $35 Museum Members/ACO Subscribers ($50 Non-Museum Members)
$5 Students and Children

Space is limited, and pre-registration is required.
For tickets, click the registration button, or call 772.231.0707 x 136.

Sunday, January 16, 2022 | 3pm | Through the Looking Glass
Strings and harp make for a magical sonic world. Join us for four beautifully atmospheric works. The program is framed by two French works—one that looks back to the conventions of 19th-century virtuoso concert music, and the other firmly planted in the values of supple 20th-century Modernism and Impressionism. In between are Estonian Arvo Pärt’s meditative Spiegel im Spiegel, and American Arthur Foote’s lovely and charming At Dusk.

Sunday, February 6, 2022 | 3pm | Evocations
While 18th-century music was concerned with proportion and order, the 19th century often embraced the music that evoked the wild beauty of nature. American Amy Beach’s lovely Romance and Frenchman Debussy’s L’isle joyeuse are both, in their own way, evocations of the natural world. Brahms’s Horn Trio, too, evokes nature. The horn has always been emblematic of humans’ relationship with nature—an instrument played outdoors—on a hunt or to communicate across long distances. In his trio, German composer Brahms writes more for the horn’s generous lyrical capabilities than its heroic ones, creating a unique masterpiece of the chamber music repertoire.

Sunday, March 6, 2022 | 3pm | Virtuoso Voices
The performance begins with a lovely string quartet by Florence Price, a trail-blazing African-American composer, who chipped away at convention and expectation with a distinctly American and immediately appealing voice. The performance concludes with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, an Austrian composer who wrote with the human voice at the center of his music. His sense of drama, ability to tell a story, and extraordinary gift of melody are always primary features of his music. The clarinet, embedded in an all-string environment, makes for one of the repertoire’s most gratifying sonic landscapes—navigated with breathtaking expertise, tenderness, and wit by an ailing master.

The Chamber Music Series is supported by:
Supporting Sponsor: Kay and Rohit Desai

David Amado

Kay Kemper

Kaitlin Springer

Leonid Sigal

Ashley Garritson

Michelle Skinner