Open University

Open University (OU) is the lifelong learning program of The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond. Instructors are volunteers recruited from Richmond’s university and professional communities. Eight-week sessions are offered during the fall, winter and spring. OU meets Mondays at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 7757 Chippenham Pkwy, 23225, and Thursdays at First Presbyterian Church, 4602 Cary Street Rd, 23226. The cost is $45 per session for Shepherd’s Center members and $75 per session for non-members. See a sample of our program schedule here. To ensure the safety of our students and volunteers during the pandemic, our in-person Open University classes are cancelled until further notice. Check back in the near future or subscribe to our website for updates. Planning is underway for fall classes.

Open University Zoom Classes

Recently we were able to offer two online OU classes in lieu of our regular programming and it’s not too late to see them! If you were unable to attend, but would like to see them now, or if you attended them online and would like to watch them again, please email our lifelong learning coordinator, Erin Reibel, at and she will be happy to send you the links! The classes are listed below.

Japanese Prints in History, Art, and Popular Culture: Parts 1 & 2

  • Through a series of two sessions, this course explores Japanese woodblock prints in visual culture from the 16th century to the present day. Participants will learn about the printmaking process, major artists and subjects, explore connections between Japanese prints and Western art movements, and discover the role that prints played in Japan’s journey from small island nation to modern cultural and economic center.
  • Instructor: William Neer, curatorial assistant for exhibitions, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Modern Masters of Printmaking: Parts 1 & 2

  • Instructor: Colleen Yarger, PhD, assistant curator, European Art and the Mellon Collections, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts