Virginia Derryberry, who received her MFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in Studio Art (Painting and Drawing) in 1984 has been selected to receive the College Art Association 2017 Distinguished Teaching of Art Award at their national conference in New York, February 15, 2017. Derryberry is a Professor of Art, Emerita from the University of North Carolina, Asheville where she was actively involved in the university’s Undergraduate Research Program, serving as its Director from 2004-2007 and the Department of Art, serving as Chair from 2009-2014.
Her work is shown regularly in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and her paintings have been written about in an extensive list of publications, including the publication of her artist portfolio in New American Paintings, volume 82, 2009 and the 15th anniversary edition, 2010. Her awards include: Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement from the Southeastern College Art Association (2013); chosen as a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome (2010); the Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award (2005) and the Feldman Professor Award for scholarship (2010) from the University of North Carolina Asheville; the Annual Artist Fellowship from the Southeastern College Art Association (2005); a residency at Moulin a’ Nef, Auvillar, France, through the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (2004); two Individual Artist grants from the state of Georgia (1995 and 1993). Her drawings and paintings are in the collections of the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Morris Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, the Bank of America Southeast Collection, a site-specific installation of 16 paintings at the Hartsfield-Atlanta International Airport, and the Tennessee State Museum.
“Mars and Venus,” oil on canvas, 54 x 72 inches, 2007
Derryberry in her studio