MFA, Savannah College of Art & Design
BA, The University of Mississippi
Virginia Rougon Chavis, originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has been a part of the Art Department faculty at The University of Mississippi since January of 2002. She is an Associate Professor of Art and received her MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design, where she gained experience in teaching Typography and Production Design.
At The University of Mississippi, Virginia teaches graphic design and web design courses on a Macintosh platform. She has recently started a letterpress program in the Department, where students combine graphic design and printmaking skills using movable lead type. Her specialties include typography and anything printed. She maintains the Graphic Design Computer Lab, which can accommodate students with their own laptop computers. She is the advisor to student Lab Monitors, BFA Coordinator, AIGA student group faculty advisor and Art Department Summer Advisor. She also oversees the Graphic Design program in the Department and is a Liberal Arts Faculty Representative on the Curriculum & Policy Committee.
When Virginia is not teaching, she works a freelance designer and actively enters professional design competitions/exhibitions at the regional, national and international level. She has presented papers at the Southeastern College Art Conference and various AIGA events. She has held AIGA chair positions in the Memphis and New Orleans chapters. She developed Design Week at The University of Mississippi, which has had such keynote speakers as Gary Baseman and Hank Richardson and is now a regional event. One of her typography assignments was published in Ilene Strizver’s, Type Rules!: The Designer’s Guide to Professional Typography. She belongs to professional organizations such as CAA, SECAC and AIGA.
Her personal work generally combines digital and traditional processes to illustrate a concept. Using her design and computer skills, Virginia is able to incorporate clean, crisp lines and sometimes text. These images are then transformed into vehicles for serigraph (silk screen) and relief (block print) techniques. The hands-on process of layering ink on paper is critical. Upon completion of the work, stitching incorporated. It is both functional and aesthetic, as it holds pieces of the paper together in sort of a quilt-like manner.
Her work has been shown in exhibitions/publications such as: HOW Magazine (13th Annual International Design Annual), projekt30.com (Online Exhibition, Philadelphia PA), SUMEI National Print Exhibition (Sumei Multidisciplinary Art Center, Newark, NJ), Works of Heart (MCA Art Gallery, Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN), Southside Art Gallery (Oxford, MS), Los Angeles Center For Digital Art (Los Angeles, CA), Contemporary VI International Exhibition (Period Gallery, Lincoln, NE), Gallery AD (Savannah, GA), Slocumb Galleries (East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN), McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition Abercrombie Gallery (Lake Charles, LA), Farmington Museum, Farmington, NM, Brooklyn Art Library (Brooklyn, NY)