Prof. Derryberry receives awards

From the Southeastern College Art Conference and the American Academy in Rome

Virginia Derryberry, professor of painting and drawing, presented a paper, "The 'Narrative' Tradition" at the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) in October 2015, as part of the panel discussion "'Southern'-Fried Contemporary Art: Investigating the Identity and Efficacy of Regional Styles."

Derryberry also received an Award of Merit on Saturday, October 24, at the annual meeting of SECAC, held in Pittsburgh, PA. The Award of Merit is given to members of long and true standing who are entering into retirement. Derryberry has been a member of SECAC for thirteen years, and won the 2013 SECAC award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement as well as the 2005 SECAC Artist’s Fellowship.

On the heels of Virginia's recent Merit Award from SECAC, The American Academy in Rome has invited her to their Visiting Artists and Scholars Program from March 14 - April 4, 2016. The Acacdemy describes the opportunity: "Visiting Artists and Scholars Program provides artists and scholars of any nationality the opportunity to participate in the intellectual study and artistic freedom, interdisciplinary exchange, and innovation that characterizes the American Academy in Rome. . . . The encounter with Rome represents now, as it has done since the Academy’s inception, something unique: a chance for. . . artists and scholars to spend significant time interacting and working in one of the oldest, most cosmopolitan cities in the world. The richness of Rome’s artistic and cultural legacy and its power to stimulate creative thinking served as the initial impetus for the Academy’s founding. Today, those tendencies live on, transformed as ever by the dynamism of the Academy’s constantly evolving community."

Derryberry is no stranger to awards from the American Academy in Rome: she was a visiting artist in Rome in 2010.

Exhibitions in fall 2015 include:

  • A traveling exhibition of FABRIcation at Purdue University Galleries, West Lafayette, IN,  May 12 – Aug 8, 2015.
  • A traveling exhibition of FABRIcation at Morehead State University, Claypool-Young Art Gallery, Morehead, KY.  Oct 14 – Nov 24, 2015.
  • Painting, Celo, in the juried biennial exhibition, From These Hills, at the William King Museum of Art in Abingdon, VA. October 16, 2015 – February 14, 2016.
  • Painting in Small Works group exhibition in Clayton Galleries, Tampa, FL. November 6 , 2015 - January 16, 2016. (Tondo painting, Plummet, in the slideshow above is at the gallery but not part of Small Works exhibition)
  • Beginning November 17, 2015, 365 Artists 365 Days, online exhibition/blog

Many exhibitions are slated for 2016, including Private Domain, a solo exhibition in S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, Owen Hall, UNC Asheville, February 17 - March 4. 

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Virginia Derryberry in her studio.

Virginia Derryberry, Janus IV. Fabric, embroidery, and paint, 92x54 inches, 2014.

Virginia Derryberry, Celo. Oil on canvas with attached costume, 70 x 47 inches, 2015.

Virginia Derryberry, Plummet. Oil on canvas, 30-inch diameter, 2014.