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Faculty Profile

VIRGINIA ROUGON CHAVIS

ART & ART HISTORY
CHAIR AND ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ART
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116 MEEK HALL
UNIVERSITY, MS 38677
(662) 915-7193
Joined UM: 01/01/2002

Areas of Expertise

  • ART, COMPUTER GRAPHICS
  • ART, GRAPHIC DESIGN
  • COMPUTER GRAPHICS
  • TYPOGRAPHY

Brief Bio

Virginia 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 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. Her specialties include typography, web design, HTML, and digital illustration. She maintains the Computer Graphics Lab, which can accommodate students with their own laptop computers. She is the webmaster and site designer for the Art Department web site, advisor to student Lab Monitors, member of the College Art Association (CAA), member of the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC), and serves as an advisor for the AIGA group at the university. 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 a discussion at the Southeastern College Art Conference and various AIGA events. She is the Education Chair for AIGA-Memphis and developed Design Week, which has had such keynote speakers as Gary Baseman and Hank Richardson. One of her typography assignments was published in February 2006 in Ilene Strizver's new book, Type Rules!: The Designer's Guide to Professional Typography, 2nd Edition. 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), and Ceramiqué and Typography Party (Gallery AD, Savannah, GA).

Degrees

BA
ART
UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI/UNIVERSITY, MISSISSIPPI (1999)
MFA
GRAPHIC DESIGN
THE SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN/SAVANNAH, GEORGIA (2001)

Committee Memberships

CLA-Summer Research Grant
Ad Hoc Committee
Dean of the College of Liberal Arts
Search Committee
University Standing Committee
Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honor College
UG Application Selection Committee