"Gilgamesh," oil on canvas, 42" x 42",
by Virginia Derryberry
Virginia Derryberry, a noted painter and UNC
Asheville art professor, will hold a solo exhibition of recent work
at the William King Regional Arts Center in Abingdon, Va. "Rebis:
New Paintings by Virginia Derryberry" will be on view September
19-February 1. An opening reception will be held 6-8 p.m. Friday,
Sept. 19, in the gallery. Additional events include a gallery talk
by the artist on October 16 and a lecture by art historian Virginia
Spivey on January 11, 2009. Events are free and open to the public.
"Rebis: New Paintings by Virginia Derryberry" features 17 large
paintings fusing realism and portraiture with mythic content and
alchemical symbolism. The classically composed paintings include
symbolic objects and narratives associated with myth. The paintings
take new views on such traditional archetypes as Diana, Mars and
Venus and the Greek nymph Echo.
Derryberry is an actively exhibiting artist. Recently, her work was
shown in solo exhibitions at Vanderbilt University’s Sarratt Center
Gallery, the University of South Carolina Upstate, Staples Gallery
at Wichita State University and at the Tower Gallery at SUNY
Brockport. Represented by Hodges Taylor Gallery in Charlotte and
Cumberland Gallery in Nashville, her work has been included in
numerous solo, juried and invitation exhibitions. These include
"20th Century Painting in Tennessee" organized by Cheekwood Museum
and "Convergence" and "20th Century American Drawing" at Forum
Gallery in New York. Her paintings are also in the collections of
the Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport Concourse E, Carnegie
Museum of Art, Tennessee State Museum, Morris Museum of Art, and the
West Virginia Permanent Collection. In recent years, Derryberry has
received the Southeastern College Art Association's Annual Artist
Fellowship, two Individual Arts grants from the Georgia Council for
the Arts as well as the West Virginia Governor’s Award.
A Tennessee native, Derryberry received her bachelor’s degree in art
history from Vanderbilt University, a master of fine arts degree
from the University of Tennessee and a master of arts degree from
Peabody College. She joined the UNC Asheville faculty in 1996. In
2004, Derryberry received the UNC Asheville University Research
Council Award for Professional Scholarship and Creative Activities,
and in 2005, she was presented the Distinguished Teacher of the Year
Award, the University’s highest faculty honor. In addition to
teaching art courses, Derryberry serves in UNC Asheville’s
nationally acclaimed Undergraduate Research Program.
The William King Regional Arts Center, 415 Academy Dr., Abingdon,
Va., is open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call
the center at 276/628-5005 or click on www.krac.org.