Virginia Derryberry's current work includes large scale oil on canvas figure paintings along with fabric/costume constructions, that blend narrative elements from mythology and alchemy, the forerunner of modern science. The intent is to suggest multiple interpretations rather than straightforward illustration of a specific narrative. At first glance, it seems that a “real” space is being defined, but in fact, the painted images are constructed from multiple viewpoints and lighting systems. Passages of volumetric rendering set next to more abstract, painterly areas result in the creation of a virtual, shifting world where nothing is quite what it seems.
The artist's work is shown regularly in exhibitions throughout the United States in such venues as the Carnegie Museum of Art, Forum Gallery, NYC, the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC, the Gelb Gallery at Phillips Academy, MA, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, the Morris Museum of Art, the Erie Museum of Art, the Hunter Museum and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art. For the past 3 years, she has taken part in an exhibition which has traveled to venues across the USA: "Fabrication", focusing on the contemporary dialogue between painting and textiles. Ms. Derryberry’s paintings have been written about in a variety of publication outlets, including "New American Paintings, South", volume 82, (2009) and "The Oxford American Magazine" (2008). Awards have included two Individual Artist grants from the state of Georgia, two residencies (2012 and 2016) at The American Academy in Rome and one (2004) at Moulin a’ Nef, Auvillar, France, the 2005 Annual Artist Fellowship from the Southeastern College Art Association and designation by that organization for Outstanding Artistic Achievement, (2013). In 2017, she received the College Art Association Distinguished Teaching of Art Award. Please see her resume for a of listing of art work represented in public collections as well as a record of upcoming and recent exhibitions in the Southeast, Midwest and Northeast.