V.L. Cox was born in Shreveport Louisiana and raised in Arkansas. She acquired a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Henderson State University in 1991. Cox comes from a long line of artists. Her father is an illustrator and engineer, and her great grandmother from Old Washington, Arkansas, was a painter who graduated in 1909 from Lindenwood College for Women in St. Charles, Mo. with a degree in fine art. Her work is now in the permanent collection of the Historic Arkansas Museum. Interesting enough, the museum acquired a piece of Cox's as well for their collection. Two generations of artists from the same family born over 74 years apart.
Cox recent work has been highly active in projects that involve Human Rights and Equality. In 2015, she launched her National "End Hate" Installation Series, an anti-discrimination series that was placed twice on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol, and then at the base of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. This series employs authentic and found objects that create a visceral presentation commenting on raw emotions and relevant human rights issues that continue to be important topics in the 21st century. The work sets in motion strong emotions and her creations are powerful, imaginative and unprecedented in style. Cox has a keen and sensitive eye for three-dimensional detail and it's impact on all aspects of design and composition in a work of art. In the eyes of the observers, Cox's paintings combine composition and depth, which are powerful and compel the viewer to interact with the artwork.
Cox understands how to draw the viewer into her work through her experience with working with large audiences. While working as an artist in Dallas, Texas, Cox worked in the scenic industry constructing and painting large backdrops for theatrical organizations such as the Dallas Opera, the Dallas Ballet, and the Los Colinas Film Studios. Some of the productions include: The Nutcracker and Phantom of the Opera. Cox also painted the background for the National Civil Rights Humanities Awards in Memphis, Tennessee where Leah Rabin, wife of slain Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, spoke and presented the award for freedom.
1988-1991 - BFA in Computer Graphics, Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, AR
1984-1985 - Engineering, Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, AR
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS (* Solo Exhibitions)
2016 - "A Murder of Crows," The Center, New York, NY
2016 - "A Murder of Crows," New Deal Studios and Gallery, Little Rock, AR
2015 - "Distinguished Alumni," Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, AR
"End Hate," Installation, Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C. *
"End Hate," Installation, Arkansas State Capitol, Little Rock, AR *
"River Bridge" Unveiling, M2 Gallery and South on Main, Little Rock, AR *
2014 - University of Arkansas sUgAR Gallery, Fayetteville, AR *
2010 - "Images of the American South", THEA Foundation, Little Rock, AR *
2009 - "Origins" M2 Gallery, Featured Artist, Little Rock, AR *
2008 - Historic Arkansas Museum, Featured Artist, Little Rock, AR
M2 Gallery, Little Rock, AR*
"ONE" First Anniversary Show - M2 Gallery, Little Rock, AR
2007 - White Canvas Gallery Richmond, VA
Remy Fine Art, Featured Artist, Ft. Smith, AR
M2 Gallery Little Rock, AR
M2 Gallery, Featured Artist, Little Rock, AR *
2004 - Louis Aronow Gallery, Union Square District Location, San Francisco, CA
Art House on Routh, Dallas TX *
Cantrell Gallery, Little Rock, AR
2003 - "New Works" Gallery Central, Hot Springs, AR *
Cudahy's Gallery, Richmond, VA
"Doors, Floors and Windows," Jay Etkin Gallery, An exhibition of Contemporary, Folk, and Ethnographic Works of Art. Memphis, TN
2002 - Gallery Central, Hot Springs, AR
GalleryArtSpace, Dallas, TX
Art On Kavanaugh, July 11, Little Rock, AR
2001 - Gallery Central, Hot Springs, AR
1999 - "Visions of the Past", TCBY Towers, Little Rock, AR
Todd Crockett Fine Art Gallery, Little Rock, AR
The Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA
Historic Arkansas Museum, Little Rock, AR
Julia Norrell Collection, Washington, D.C.
President William Jefferson Clinton, 42nd President of the United States, New York, NY
Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Little Rock, AR
Southwest Power Pool Corporation, Little Rock, AR
Acxiom Corporation, Little Rock, AR
UAMS Medical Center, Little Rock, AR
Crews & Associates Corporation, Little Rock, AR
Metropolitan National Bank Corporate Office, Little Rock, AR
AWARDS AND HONORS
2015 - Selected as Arkansan of the Year, Arkansas Life Magazine
2015 - Voted ‘Best Artist’ in the ‘Best of Arkansas People and Politics’ section of the Arkansas Times.
2015 - ‘Visionary Arkansan,’ Arkansas Times
2011 - Nomination - Governor's Art Award, Little Rock, AR
2009 - "Art Across Arkansas" - THEA Foundation and The Clinton Presidential Library, Little Rock, AR.
2009-15 - “Beau,” on loan, Arkansas Governor's Mansion, Little Rock, AR
2008 - U. S. State Department Invitation, Art in Embassies Program, Democratic Republic of Congo
2007 - Selected for the 50th Delta Exhibition, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
1999 - Selected for the 1999 Women’s Works, Chicago, IL. Juried by Susan Sensemann.
1991 - Purchase award. "Arkansas Arts Statewide Annual Art Competition" Little Rock, AR
Juried by nationally known photorealist Robert Cottingham.
2015 - Launched “End Hate” Installation series nationwide, from Little Rock, Arkansas to Washington, D.C.
2013 - Created and executed three phases of the Dream Big Mural Project at Arkansas Juvenile Assessment & Treatment Center with gangs and at-risk youth.
2012 - Directed and supervised the restoration of the 2880 sq. ft. historic North Little Rock Women’s Club Mural Project sponsored by the City of North Little Rock.
2011- Created and executed a 6960 sq. ft. fitness mural, sponsored by the City of North Little Rock.
Member of planning team for “Dream Big Arts Festival” Community Outreach Program.
Appointed North Little Rock Arkansas Historic District Commissioner. Assisted in writing district public art guidelines.
2010 - Set Design Artist for live “Tales From The South” syndicated radio show with 130 million NPR listeners worldwide.
2008 - Board of Directors for City Arts, North Little Rock, AR.
2007 - Worked with North Little Rock Youth Services and the North Little Rock Office of Community Relations for the Dream Big Festival of the Arts in 2007.
1996 - Designed and painted theme and background for The National Civil Rights Humanities Awards where Leah Rabin, widow of slain Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, presented the award for Freedom, Memphis, TN.
1995 - Designed, constructed, and painted sets and backdrops for the Los Colinas Film Studios and Dallas Theatre Productions for the following: The Nutcracker, Phantom of the Opera, and Walker Texas Ranger.
'V.L. Cox's 'Murder of Crows' tackles hate head-on,' Arkansas Times, March 3, 2016
‘Arkansan of the Year,’ Arkansas Life Magazine December, 2015