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Virginia A. Myers American, 1927-2015 Alone and Burr Oak Engravings, signed and titled in graphite The first a surrealist scene of animals and figures below faces appearing in clouds betwixt birds in flight, the second a contrastingly serene landscape, both matted behind glass and framed. Myers' 50-year UI career began in 1962 when she became an instructor in Iowa's printmaking department—the only woman teaching studio courses at the time. She had earned a B.A. degree in drawing and painting in 1949 from the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. ,completing graduate and postgraduate studies at California College of the Arts and Crafts and the University of Illinois, before emigrating to Iowa City in 1955 to collaborate with distinguished printmaker Mauricio Lasansky. Simultaneously, she spent a year in Paris on a Fulbright Scholarship, studying at Atelier 17 with printmaker Stanley William Hayter. With her creation of the Iowa Foil Printer in the 1980s, Myers became one of the nation's preeminent artists in foil imaging. The printer allowed her to combine foil stamping with traditional printmaking methods—a technique that once had been available only through commercial foil stampers. She then patented the equipment with Dan Wenman, a local machinist, and Jim Phillips, an electrical engineer. This innovation aided her teaching career immensely - her class in the technique in 1990 was the first of its kind ever taught in a school of fine arts. She published two books about this process, presented more than 100 solo shows throughout the world, and participated in numerous group exhibits. Myers' work is featured in the collections of the San Francisco Art Museum, the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, the Toledo Museum of Art, the National Collection of Women's Art, the Muscatine Art Gallery, and the Des Moines Art Center. In addition, she served as a member of the board of directors for the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York City.Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Virginia A. Myers (American, b. 1927) The Engraver and Limestone Quarry (2 works) engraving and etching signed Virginia M. Myers Larger: 2 1/2 x 19 inches.Hindman
Virginia A. Myers (American, b. 1927) The Ghost Elm II and To Iowa and Mollybrooks (2 works) engraving signed Virginia A. Myers Larger: 18 1/2 x 29 3/4.Hindman
Virginia Myers (American, b. 1927), "The Rose," color etching with aquatint, pencil signed lower right, titled center margin, edition 16/24, sight: 17h x 14.25"w, overall: 25.25"h x 21.25"w. Provenance: From the private collection of Jose Ramon Lerma (American, b.1930).Clars Auction Gallery
A GROUP OF THREE WORKS ON PAPER BY VIRGINIA A. MYERS (American b. 1927) including "Dark Fog at Dusk" and "Calm Eve", a pair of etchings, 14.5 inches x 16 inches and 13.5 inches x 15.75 inches and a performance poster for "Cunning Little Vixen" at HancherJackson's International