Virginia W. Hall
Virginia Woodman Hall was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1934. Her earliest memory is that of arranging paper doll scraps on a dark rug. Virginia greatly admired the work of Henri Matisse, the post war modern artists as well as those artists of the 60s and 70s New York School. She recognized that in 2017, the Tubac Center of the Arts broadened its view by including a contemporary work in the Master Artist collection.
Virginia graduated from Lindenwood College for Women in 1956 with a BA in Art and English, with an emphasis on art history. She received a fellowship from the University of Iowa where she studied printmaking with Mauricio Lansansky and painting and drawing with Stuart Edie. She continued her art history studies with Lester D. Longman. After graduate school, Virginia and her husband Roger Hall lived in the household of Virginia and Ansel Adams in Yosemite Valley. Off the dining room was an enlarged photograph of an eclipse of the sun. Virginia says, “Imagine this black orb surrounded by a brilliant white aura on a grey field in a black frame on a white wall.” That was it. An affinity for black and white was born.
Many years later, in 1979, she moved with her partner T. Dan Gilmore to Tubac, Arizona. Virginia knew most of the artists that preceded her as artists living and working in Tubac. She had a special relationship with the founder of the Tubac Historical Society, Elizabeth Brownell. She saw the Tubac Center of the Arts grow and change. Virginia was a founding member of the Tubac Singers and a founding member of the committee to create the performing arts series. Assisting with buying for the gift shop and with exhibitions, she was active in the community on several fronts.
Working with an acrylic emulsion, by 1995 Virginia had developed a following and was widely collected. That same year she was featured in master photographer Steven Meckler’s book, “Tucson Artists”. In 2006 she was featured in Arizona Highways with other Tubac artists. In 1997, Virginia was invited by the Tucson Airport Authority to produce a body of work commemorating their 50th year. A painting from that exhibition remains as part of their permanent collection.
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