Victoria Star Varner

Notable Achievements

President Edward Burgerand Professor of Art Victoria Star Varner presented an invited joint lecture in the Bridges Lecture Series at the University of Waterloo, Canada, on the connections between their original research in math and art on Nov. 21. The Bridges Lecture Series “aims to rediscover points of affinity among academic disciplines…and to bring them back into productive dialogue; to raise questions that are essential to scholars in Arts, Science, and Mathematics; and to provide specialists and non-specialists alike with compelling and enriching information that uncovers the possibilities and opportunities that exist on the bridge between disciplines. Our guiding goal is to coax audiences out of their intellectual comfort zones, and to transcend narrow discipline-specific avenues of academic inquiry.”

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Expertise

Painting, printmaking and drawing

Victoria Star Varner’s paintings, drawings and prints range from classically-inspired figural work to process-driven conceptual art, most recently addressing national identities and the significance of time and place. Her artworks have been in over one hundred exhibitions in the U.S.A., Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Italy, England, Ireland, Bulgaria, Spain, and Canada, including recent exhibitions such as the Awagami International Mini Print Exhibition in Yoshinogawa City, Japan; 7th Internationale Exposition Bisannuelle Estampes Miniature, L’Ecole D’Art D’Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; The International Contemporary Miniprint of Kazanlak, Bulgaria; Miniprint International of Cadaques, Spain, and the 11th Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition at the Center of Contemporary Printmaking juried by Freyda Spira, Associate Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art. Earlier venues include: the Flinders Museum of Art, Australia; the Ilam School of Art, New Zealand; Santa Reparata Print Gallery, Italy; The Library Project, Dublin, Ireland; Grunwald Gallery, Indiana University; the Nelson Gallery Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Missouri; the Arlington Museum of Art, Texas; and many university galleries both domestic and international. She has been in residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Camnitzer Studio in Valdottavo, Italy and has been awarded over thirty grants, a Mundy Fellowship, and the Jesse Purdy Research and Creative Works Award at Southwestern University.

Varner received an M.A. degree in painting from the University of Missouri, Columbia, an M.F.A. degree in printmaking from Indiana University, Bloomington, and received grants to attend the Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, and Crown Point Press, San Francisco.   She is Professor of Art at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, where she is also Director of the Sarofim Fine Arts Gallery.  As a gallerist, she has curated over forty exhibitions comprising artists of national and international scope.  She has served two terms as Chair of the Sarofim School of Fine Arts and was appointed Chair of Studio Art in 2005, which has become consistently recognized in the Fiske Guide to Colleges among the top twenty-five small colleges and universities strong in art and design and was selected recently among the top ten art programs in the Southwest by Art & Object. Her interdisciplinary teaching has led her students toward successful careers as actively exhibiting artists, professors of art, art conservators (the Menil Collection, Harvard University’s Rare Book Collection), medical illustrators, graphic designers, landscape architects, gallerists, curators, and museum directors.

 

  • Victoria Star Varner’s paintings, drawings and prints range from classically-inspired figural work to process-driven conceptual art, most recently addressing national identities and the significance of time and place. Her artworks have been in over one hundred exhibitions in the U.S.A., Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Italy, England, Ireland, Bulgaria, Spain, and Canada, including recent exhibitions such as the Awagami International Mini Print Exhibition in Yoshinogawa City, Japan; 7th Internationale Exposition Bisannuelle Estampes Miniature, L’Ecole D’Art D’Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; The International Contemporary Miniprint of Kazanlak, Bulgaria; Miniprint International of Cadaques, Spain, and the 11th Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition at the Center of Contemporary Printmaking juried by Freyda Spira, Associate Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art. Earlier venues include: the Flinders Museum of Art, Australia; the Ilam School of Art, New Zealand; Santa Reparata Print Gallery, Italy; The Library Project, Dublin, Ireland; Grunwald Gallery, Indiana University; the Nelson Gallery Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Missouri; the Arlington Museum of Art, Texas; and many university galleries both domestic and international. She has been in residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Camnitzer Studio in Valdottavo, Italy and has been awarded over thirty grants, a Mundy Fellowship, and the Jesse Purdy Research and Creative Works Award at Southwestern University.

    Varner received an M.A. degree in painting from the University of Missouri, Columbia, an M.F.A. degree in printmaking from Indiana University, Bloomington, and received grants to attend the Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, and Crown Point Press, San Francisco.   She is Professor of Art at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, where she is also Director of the Sarofim Fine Arts Gallery.  As a gallerist, she has curated over forty exhibitions comprising artists of national and international scope.  She has served two terms as Chair of the Sarofim School of Fine Arts and was appointed Chair of Studio Art in 2005, which has become consistently recognized in the Fiske Guide to Colleges among the top twenty-five small colleges and universities strong in art and design and was selected recently among the top ten art programs in the Southwest by Art & Object. Her interdisciplinary teaching has led her students toward successful careers as actively exhibiting artists, professors of art, art conservators (the Menil Collection, Harvard University’s Rare Book Collection), medical illustrators, graphic designers, landscape architects, gallerists, curators, and museum directors.

     


In the News

  • Art History Mystery, Part 3

    The conclusion of the case of the missing mural.

  • Art History Mystery, Part 2

    Professor of Studio Art Star Varner and recent Southwestern alumni travel across the country to search for a missing mural.

  • Art History Mystery, Part 1

    Professor of Studio Art Star Varner and Southwestern students investigate the whereabouts of a controversial 1941 mural.