Virginia Tyler is a sculptor who has worked on projects in Ghana since 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. She is a tenured associate professor at Saint Augustine’s College in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Recent Awards and Grants:
African Art Institute, Assistant in Metal Casting, Northern Kentucky University in Cincinnati, Ohio and Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas, funded by Northern Kentucky University, Hutchinson Community College, and the National Endowment for the Arts, 2011
Countdown to Peace Project, Project Coordinator, funded by North Carolina Humanities Council, 2009
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, funded by the Institute of International Education of the United States Information Agency, 1998-99