Virginia Tyler has worked on metal casting projects in Ghana since her Fulbright fellowship in 1998. Her most recent installations are collaborations with Paul Amponsah and Kofi Amponsem, who are metal casters working in the ancient West African tradition. The current pieces are based on constellations that are visible from both Ghana and the US. Ms. Tyler earned a BA in Art and Public policy at Duke University, and a MFA in Sculpture at Tyler School of Art, Temple University. She is a tenured associate professor at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Awards and Grants:
Uses of Antiquity Conference Study Grant, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, funded by Council of Independent Colleges, 2014
African Arts Institute Assistant in Metal Casting, African Arts Institute of Northern Kentucky University, Cincinnati, Ohio & Hutchinson C College, Hutchinson, KS, funded by National Endowment for the Arts, 2011
International Study Grant, West African Research Center, Dakar, Senegal, funded by Howard University and West African Research Center, 2001
US Fulbright Fellowship, College of Art at Kwami Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, 1998-99