UNCA professor recognized for artistic achievement

Press Release

University of North Carolina Asheville

Virginia Derryberry, professor and chair of the Department of Art at UNC Asheville, has been recognized for Outstanding Artistic Achievement by the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC). This award is given to encourage and reward individuals who have been particularly successful in their creative work as demonstrated through regional, national or international exhibitions or presentations.

One reviewer for the award noted that Derryberry’s painting style is “strong with a concern for the particular detail as well as the broad narrative.” SECAC cited both Derryberry’s academic career and active studio practice, which spans more than 25 years, as award-worthy, praising her as “an accomplished artist, dedicated teacher, effective administrator and generous university citizen.”

Since joining UNC Asheville’s faculty in 1996, Derryberry has received a number of awards, including the university’s highest honor for faculty, the Distinguished Teaching Award. Her drawings and paintings are in the collections of the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Morris Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, among others.

Founded in 1942 as a regional conference, SECAC is a national nonprofit organization devoted to the promotion of visual art education, history, theory, design, and studio practice in higher education through facilitating cooperation among teachers and administrators in universities, colleges, professional institutions and the communities served by their institutions.

About Carrie Eidson
Multimedia journalist and Green Scene editor at Mountain Xpress. Part-time Twitterer @mxenv but also reachable at ceidson@mountainx.com. Follow me @carrieeidson

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.