Victoria Star Varner

Notable Achievements

Professor of Art Victoria Star Varner’s engraving from the “Crossed Paths” series of prints was selected for the Awagami Prize in the Footprint International Competition at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, Connecticut, by juror Susan Tallman from 319 prints by 166 artists representing 22 states and 18 countries. Tallman has written extensively on the history and culture of the print, as well as on issues of authenticity, reproduction and multiplicity. Her books include The Contemporary Print: from Pre-Pop to Postmodern (Thames and Hudson) and The Collections of Barbara Bloom(Steidl). Most recently she coauthored the catalogue for the British Museum exhibition, The American Dream: Pop to the Present, and is Editor-in-Chief of the journal and website Art in Print. Tallman’s writing has appeared in Art in America, Parkett, Print Quarterly, Arts Magazine and numerous books and museum catalogues. She currently teaches in the Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Expertise

Painting, printmaking and drawing

Victoria Star Varner is a artist whose paintings, drawings and prints range from classically-inspired figural work to lyrical, process-driven abstractions. Her work has been seen in over one hundred exhibitions nationally and internationally, including venues such as the Awagami International Mini Print Exhibition in Yoshinogawa City, Japan, the Flinders Museum of Art, Australia; the Ilam School of Art, New Zealand; the Arlington Museum of Art, Texas; The Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock; the Nelson Gallery - Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Missouri; and many university galleries both domestic and international. She has held residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Camnitzer Studio in Valdottavo, Italy and has been awarded twenty Cullen grants and a Mundy Fellowship.

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 studied at the Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, and Crown Point Press, San Francisco. She is Professor of Art and Paideia professor at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, where she is also Director of the Fine Arts Gallery. As a gallerist, she has been curator for over forty exhibitions. She has served as Chair of the Sarofim School of Fine Arts and since 2005 is the Chair of Studio Art in the Art and Art History Department.

  • Victoria Star Varner is a artist whose paintings, drawings and prints range from classically-inspired figural work to lyrical, process-driven abstractions. Her work has been seen in over one hundred exhibitions nationally and internationally, including venues such as the Awagami International Mini Print Exhibition in Yoshinogawa City, Japan, the Flinders Museum of Art, Australia; the Ilam School of Art, New Zealand; the Arlington Museum of Art, Texas; The Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock; the Nelson Gallery - Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Missouri; and many university galleries both domestic and international. She has held residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Camnitzer Studio in Valdottavo, Italy and has been awarded twenty Cullen grants and a Mundy Fellowship.

    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 studied at the Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, and Crown Point Press, San Francisco. She is Professor of Art and Paideia professor at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, where she is also Director of the Fine Arts Gallery. As a gallerist, she has been curator for over forty exhibitions. She has served as Chair of the Sarofim School of Fine Arts and since 2005 is the Chair of Studio Art in the Art and Art History Department.