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VA. Virginia Artist Archives

 Record Group
Identifier: VA
Archives of Virginia artists donated to or acquired by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Found in 11 Collections and/or Records:

Susanne Arnold Artist Archives (VA-01)

Identifier: VA-01
Dates: [unprocessed]

Clifford Chambliss III Poster Collection (VA-09)

 Item — Oversize VA-09 Box 1
Identifier: VA-09

The collection consists of artist Clifford Chambliss III's poster, "Rumors of War Wasn't a Rumor," created in response to the killing of unarmed African American George Floyd in 2020.

Dates: June 2020

Louis H. Draper Artist Archives (VA-04)

Identifier: VA-04
Abstract The extensive collection documents the life and work of Richmond-born photographer and educator Louis Draper (1935–2002). Manuscript and photographic materials document Draper’s experience and work as an African American photographer, including his recognition of his photography as a form of “engaged resistance” that not only bore witness to leaders of the civil rights movement, but also offered a richer and more diverse perspective of African American life than provided by the mainstream...
Dates: 1945-2005

Rubin Peacock Artist Archives (VA-08)

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: VA-08
Abstract This collection documents the life and artwork of Rubin Peacock (1941-), a Richmond-based sculptor. For over fifty years, Rubin has dedicated his career to experimenting with bronze sculptures, taking inspiration from nature, ancient civilizations, and his Catawba Indian ancestry. His work has challenged popular art trends as many sculptors chose to utilize other materials in their work, making him one of few Virginia artists to use bronze.In addition to a diverse array of...
Dates: 1945-2021

Regenia A. Perry Personal Papers (VA-07)

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: VA-07
Abstract The collection documents the life, work, and research interests of Dr. Regenia Perry (1941-), an African American art historian. Dr. Perry is the first African American woman to hold doctorates in art history and American art, and has focused her career on researching and collecting African American folk art. In addition to her work as a professor, Dr. Perry served as a guest curator for The Metropolitan Museum’s “Selection of Nineteenth-Century Afro-American Art,” the first comprehensive...
Dates: 1907-2019

Marsha Polier Artist Archives (VA-13)

 Collection — Box VA-13 Box 1: Series VA-13-01; Series VA-13-02; Series VA-13-03; Series VA-13-04; Series VA-13-05; Series VA-13-06
Identifier: VA-13

Born in 1949, Marsha Polier Grossman has held a long career acting in various artistic roles, such as graphic designer, photographer, and instructor, to name a few. In the 1970s and 1980s, Grossman frequently exhibited at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, alongside other prominent Virginia photographers. Her collection includes examples of her artwork, correspondence with other artists, and information on exhibitions in which she was a participant.

Dates: 1968-2023

Benjamin L. Wigfall Artist Archives and Mary Carter Wigfall Personal Papers

Identifier: VA-12
Abstract The collection documents the life and work of Benjamin L. Wigfall, African American abstract expressionist artist. Benjamin L. Wigfall was the second African American artist to have a painting aquired by the VMFA, as well as the youngest ever artist to do the same. In addition to his work as an artist, Wigfall also taught and mentored in both Virginia at Hampton Institute, as well as New York at SUNY New Paltz and in his own community. Additionally, the collection contains documents related...
Dates: 1880-2023

Willie Anne Wright Artist Archives (VA-02)

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: VA-02

The collection documents the career of renowned lensless photographer Willie Anne Wright. Wright's paintings, serigraphs and drawings were her professional focus until 1972 when pinhole photography became her primary creative medium. Comprised mainly of the exhibition files Wright maintained, as well as information about gallery representation and art sales, the collection traces the evolution of her artistic journey over four decades.

Dates: 1944-2020