Virginia Fitzgerald is a mixed media artist who works in sculpture, installation, fiber arts, painting, photography and collage. Her studio is in Natick, MA where she also lives with her two daughters in a house full of love and creativity.
She was born in Chicago, IL where she was introduced to the colors and freedom of the Impressionists at the Art Institute of Chicago at an early age. She received her BFA from Kenyon College in Gambier, OH, where she concentrated in printmaking and soft sculpture/fiber arts. After graduation she lived in Los Angeles, CA where she worked in a quilt shop and started one of her businesses, The Yellow Garage, which featured her hand painted clothing. For many years she moved around living in Chicago, IL; The Netherlands and New York, NY before settling in the Boston area. During her nomadic years she studied Art at such institutions as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the School of Visual Arts, NY, NY.
When she first moved to Boston she continued her freelance illustration business, however soon after attending a painting class at the Danforth Museum’s School of Art, her energies were focused back on her studio work. First she concentrated on acrylic painting, successfully exhibiting in local galleries. Then in 2006, her work exploded into photography, site-specific installations and sculpture, when she discovered the iconic image of the dress.
Currently she is working on three significant bodies of work, ‘The Dress Project’, her ‘Creatures’ and her ‘line paintings’. Her work can be found in many private collections throughout the country and in corporate collections. In 2011 she was an artist in residence at the Dana Hall School in Wellesley, MA, attended the Vermont Studio Center and received the Puffin Foundation Grant. This year she has been commissioned to create a community participatory installation for National Poetry Month for the Attleboro Public Library.