Venture near and far with fellow art enthusiasts for an insider’s glimpse into regional, national, and international contemporary art scenes. ICA at VCU travel opportunities are carefully designed, with access to private collections, artist studio visits, global art fairs and festivals, premier exhibitions, and galleries. Stay tuned for additional 2023 and 2024 offerings!

Upcoming Trips

Mexico City & Zona Maco: Ancient Inspirations on Contemporary Art
February 6-12, 2024

Mexico City is a vibrant metropolis where the echoes of the past find a voice in the present. In the last century alone, the city has nurtured great muralists like Rivera and Siqueiros, welcomed a wave of modern architecture thanks to Luis Barragan, and embraced the artists of the Generacion de la Ruptura like Francisco Toledo and Lilia Carrillo who focused on abstraction.

Today, Mexico City’s embrace of contemporary art encourages experimentation and the unexpected. The city’s art scene has exploded, and artists and art-lovers come to Mexico City every February to attend Art Week Mexico City, when the city becomes the center of the art world. Launched in 2002 and billed as the largest art fair in Latin America, Zona Maco features more than 200 galleries. The success of Zona Maco has resulted in the recent creation of the Material Art Fair, which focuses on younger, less established galleries, and the edgy Salon Acme, which supports emerging artists.

On this trip to Mexico City with the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU, enjoy VIP access to Zona Maco, be invited into private homes and studios of local artists, visit some of Mexico City’s most influential art galleries and iconic art sites, and delight in the city’s dining, shopping and culture, infused by abundant energy and creativity.


Recent Trips

Washington, D.C. and Glenstone

Miami Art Week including Art Basel Miami Beach

The Museum Travel Alliance (MTA)
Are you seeking additional curated, art-focused travel opportunities? The ICA at VCU belongs to the Museum Travel Alliance (MTA), a consortium of museums and cultural institutions whose patrons and members are passionate about cultural travel. MTA is able to offer its constituents access to a curated selection of exclusive travel opportunities led by renowned scholars and curators. Travel with like-minded enthusiasts on international and domestic journeys that awaken new insights into art and culture. Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites, travel on elegant chartered vessels and luxury trains, go behind the scenes of major cultural institutions as you discover world masterpieces in context, and enjoy local culinary delights. Please join us!

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For more information about ICA travel opportunities, please contact Sarah Beasley, Donor Relations Associate, by phone at 804-828-0105 or by email at