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VMFA’s “Photographs from El Salvador and Brazil” Exhibition Opens at RIC

Jul 21, 2014

RICHMOND, Virginia (July 21, 2014)

An exhibition of photographs by Virginia-based artist Susan Sterner, called “Photographs from El Salvador and Brazil,” opens today at Richmond International Airport (RIC). The show will be on view in the first level of the terminal through January 2015.

This exhibit brings together two bodies of work from Brazil, “Sonhos e Saudades” (1998-2000), and an ongoing project from El Salvador, “Delantales” (2007-present).

The black and white work from Brazil highlights the spiritual and physical resources that sustain the daily lives of marginalized rural and urban communities. Through portraits of the aprons of Salvadoran market women, Ms. Sterner alludes to the role of women as pillars of the informal economy, and as the fabric that binds families together in communities defined by emigration and turmoil.

A documentary photographer and educator, Ms. Sterner’s work has explored the impact of women’s education and status on communities throughout the Americas. She lives in Arlington, Virginia, and is the recipient of a 2014 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship Award.

About Richmond International Airport (RIC)

Richmond International Airport (RIC) is one of the most modern, well-equipped airports in the eastern United States, offering nonstop flights to major domestic destinations and connecting service to points around the globe. More than three million passengers and 100 million pounds of cargo travel through RIC annually, utilizing more than 100,000 square feet of warehouse/office space and 1,000,000 square feet of ramp space. For more information, please visit

About the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)

With a collection of art that spans the globe and more than 5,000 years, plus a wide array of special exhibitions, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is recognized as one of the top comprehensive art museums in the United States. The museum’s permanent collection encompasses more than 23,000 works of art, including the largest public collection of Fabergé outside Russia and one of the nation’s finest collections of American Art, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. VMFA is home to acclaimed collections of English Silver and Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, British Sporting and Modern & Contemporary art, as well as renowned South Asian, Himalayan and African art. In May 2010, VMFA opened its doors to the public after a transformative expansion, the largest in its 75-year history. Programs include educational activities and studio classes for all ages, plus fun after-hours events. VMFA’s Statewide Partnership program includes traveling exhibitions, artist and teacher workshops, and lectures across the Commonwealth. VMFA is open 365 days a year and general admission is always free. For additional information, visit


Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Jenny Harding
(804) 204-2685

Richmond International Airport
Troy M. Bell, C.M.
(804) 226-3022


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