Enjoy learning about the major themes, artists, and their artworks included in the VBMA’s exhibitions with a variety of speakers and programs.

Art Appreciation Series
Artist Lecture
Chamber Music Series
Asbury Shorts
Art Talk

For any in-person programs, Museum will be adhering to social distancing guidelines and regulations set forth by local and state officials and the CDC. Please note: program dates, times and formats may be subject to change.

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

To register, click the links below, or contact:
Ellyn Giordano, Registrar: egiordano@verobeachmuseum.org; (772) 231-0707, ext. 116
Denise Giannino, Public Programs Manager: dgiannino@vbmuseum.org; (772) 231-0707, ext. 139

Art Appreciation Series

Participate in a series of expansive dialogues on the ways art is defined and understood throughout time with senior curator Anke van Wagenberg.  Thematic Power Point presentations will be offered via zoom and will draw on highlights from the VBMA collection and masterpieces of art history. Questions and dialogue are encouraged!

Fridays, 11:30am-12:30pm, Zoom
Series: $32 members, $40 non-members
Pre-registration required


October 9: Categorizing Art
Delve into the varied forms art can take, with Christo and Jeanne-Claude as a case study.
October 16: Basics of Art History
Learn about the interpretive tools of the trade: form, content, iconography, and style.
October 23: Valuing Art
Explore the value of art beyond monetary value, from intrinsic to patriotic.
October 30: Form Matters
Investigate the qualities of line, space, perspective, and color, drawing on Alexander Calder as a prime example.

VBMA senior curator Anke van Wagenberg

Artist Lecture: Karen LaMonte

Karen LaMonte’s Reclining Dress Absence (2015), in the VBMA’s collection, rests at the intersection of complex and conflicting ideas. The translucent surface seems to reveal nothing, a void. The dress fossilizes the form of an absent body. This sculpture illuminates themes the artist has explored throughout her career: examining the interplay between public and private personas, and the effect of atmosphere and environment on identities. Known for figurative sculpture in glass, bronze and iron, recently LaMonte has begun working with Italian marble.  Much of LaMonte’s focus now centers on clouds, weather and climate change; elements that, in keeping with themes she has explored before, shape and reflect our identities, life-styles—our very existence.  During this live Zoom presentation, the artist will discuss the VBMA’s sculpture, her career, oeuvre, and some aspects of her artistic process.

November 5, 2020, 12pm, Zoom

$20 members, $25 non-members
Pre-registration required


Karen LaMonte, Reclining Dress Absence, 2005

Atlantic Classical Orchestra: Chamber Music Series

The thirteenth season of the Vero Beach Museum of Art and the Atlantic Classical Orchestra’s celebrated partnership begins in January 2021. You will not want to miss this intimate gathering in Holmes Great Hall. Tickets include admission to the galleries, so come early to take in the exhibitions.

Advance series discount is available through October 31, 2020
$75 Museum Members/ACO Subscribers

After October 31, 2020
Series: $90 Museum Members/ACO Subscribers ($105 non-museum members/ACO subscribers)
Individual seats: $35 Museum Members/ACO Subscribers ($50 non-museum members/ACO subscribers)
$5 Students and Children

Space is limited; pre-registration is required

Advanced Series, Members/Subscribers

Sunday, January 17, 2021| 3pm
Game of Pairs
Kodály Duo for violin and cello
Ravel Sontata for violin and cello
Handel – Halvorsen Passacaglia for Violin and Viola

The combination of violin and cello has long inspired composers to fuse the best qualities of chamber music-making—like conversational, spontaneous interactions—with the best qualities of virtuoso soloists—pyrotechnic, full-throttle technical displays. This concert features three works that walk that line expertly. Kodály’s emotionally charged duo (1914) Is inspired in equal parts by the music and language of his native Hungary, and the looming Great War. Ravel’s Sonata, written in memory of Debussy, is lean, cool, and austere. Finally, a stunning, acrobatic arrangement of Handel’s Passacaglia is equal parts Halvorsen—himself a brilliant violinist, as it is music of the great English Baroque composer.

Sunday, February 7, 2021 | 3pm
American Landscapes
Amy Beach String Quartet
Dvořák String Quartet No. 12, op. 96, American Quartet

This program features two distinctly American works. Amy Beach’s lyrical String Quartet marries Alaskan Inuit tunes with traditional Western techniques. Dvořák’s ever-popular American Quartet, written during his time in a Czech community in Spillville, Iowa, is redolent with the language and vernacular of folk song and spirituals—all wrapped up in Dvorak’s mastery of form and drama.

Sunday, March 7, 2021 | 3pm
A Little Night Music
Reger Serenade, op. 141
Beethoven Serenade for string trio in D Major, op. 8-1

We feature two wonderful Serenades by Beethoven and Reger. Though most serenades were written as concert works, they pay allegiance to their heritage as entertainment music played for the amusement and enjoyment of a party-going audience. These works are no exception. Though written more than a century apart, they share a buoyancy, lightness of spirit, and an appealing intimacy.

David Amado, Music Director, Atlantic Chamber Orchestra

Supporting Sponsor: Kay and Rohit Desai

40th Asbury Short Film Concert

Asbury Shorts USA is New York City’s longest running short film exhibition & touring show. Since 1981 their short film “concerts” have been presented at venues across the US, Canada, Great Britain and Germany. The mission is to screen world renowned, festival award winning short films in theaters, art museums and performing arts centers.  The VBMA is thrilled to present Asbury Shorts’ “40th Short Film Concert” at the museum for the seventh consecutive year.  The program will feature a fast paced and highly entertaining line up of the best in short film Comedy, Drama and Animation.  The two hour showcase includes Oscar Nominees, US film festival ‘Best of Show’ winners and international honorees from the past & present.
The program is hosted by Asbury Shorts Founder/Director Doug LeClaire.
Recommended for ages 16 and above.

Saturday, February 13, 2021
1:30pm or 7pm

Individual Seats: $25
Pre-registration required

“Tumbling Towards Home”
Director: Imelda O’Reilly
WINNER: WorldFest Houston 2020 Best Indie Documentary
WINNER: Independent Short Film Awards 2019 – Best Director
Documentary coming of age story about an Irish acting student who moves to New York City to pursue his dream.

Director: Maurice Paramore
WINNER: Westfield International Film Festival, N.J. Best Short Film
WINNER: A.C. Cinefest 2019 – Best Dramatic Short Film
A former boxer, recently released from his prison sentence, tries to reconnect with his teenage daughter who detests him.

Art Talk

Join VBMA education staff and docents from the comfort of your home for an in-depth focus on select artworks from the Avery to Warhol exhibition and the permanent collection. This program will take place on the third Wednesday of each month via Zoom. Zoom presentations will include 45-60 minutes of careful looking and discussion.

Art Talk will be presented via Zoom, so be sure to familiarize yourself with this format: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials.

October 21 | 12pm | Fall into Art
Celebrate the change of seasons with a discussion of artworks that evoke the rustle of leaves and the crisp bite of wind, or the bounty of harvest and golden glow of shorter days.


FREE for members and non-members
Space is limited; registration is required.

November 18 | 12pm | Art and Appetite
Food is a staple of life and has been a staple in artworks since antiquity. Discover the personal and universal themes that resonate in artworks that portray food.


FREE for members and non-members
Space is limited; registration is required.

December 16 | 12pm | Light and Shadow
During the month with the shortest day of the year, explore the ways that the key visual elements of light and shadow generate meaning in artworks, from the representational to the abstract.


FREE for members and non-members
Space is limited; registration is required.

Edward Willis Redfield, The Delaware Valley, c. 1906, Oil on canvas, 32-1/8 x 40-3/16 in, Museum Purchase with funds provided by the Athena Society
Susan Martin, Tomatomatoes, 1998, Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40 in., Museum Purchase with funds provided by the Dorothy Gay Poole Endowment
Frederick Childe Hassam, Nocturne – Big Ben, 1898, Oil on canvas, 10 ½ x 14 in., Gift of Betty and Whitney MacMillan