Artists Represented


Virginia Wright-Frierson

Virginia Wright-Frierson earned her BFA degree in painting from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, in 1971 and furthered her studies in Cortona, Italy and the Art Students League in New York before moving to Tucson later that year. She continued her work at the University of Arizona and the Tucson Museum of Art School. She and her husband, Dargan, a professor of mathematics at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, settled in Wilmington, NC, in 1977.

Travel has played an important role in her work, particularly in the 1980s and 1990s, allowing her to paint on-site throughout Italy, France, Spain, England, and Barbados, and in America along the West Coast, the Southwest and the Mid-Atlantic states. She has participated in artist-in-residence programs in North Carolina and Italy, and has lectured widely and taught watercolor painting and drawing throughout North Carolina for over 20 years. In addition, she has authored and illustrated nine picture books for children.

Her record includes over thirty exhibitions in North Carolina and other southeastern states as well as Italy. Her work is included in museum, private and corporate collections along the East Coast, including St. John's Museum of Art, Wilmington, NC, UNC-W Library's Special Collections, the Asheville Art Museum, NC, and the Duke University Medical Center in Durham.

Wright-Frierson's most important public art commission was the site-specific mural for Columbine High School in Littleton, CO, painted during the summer 2000 in response to the tragic event in 1999. She participated with artist Audrey Flack in the symposium, "Beyond Words: Art and Commemoration," that was co-sponsored by UNC-W and St. John's Museum of Art that explored the commemorative power of art and its role in both the celebration of civic identity and healing in the aftermath of tragedy.

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