2021 EXPOSED ARTIST DIRECTORY
2016, Letterpress broadsheet 15 x 12 in Edition print, signed by the writer and the artist
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“My work spans a range of media from prints and book arts, to sculpture and public works. Two degrees in printmaking, over a decade of residencies in artist’s communities/National Parks, and a parallel career teaching art in Title I Public High Schools for over 20 years have nurtured a desire to make my work accessible to a broad range of people, and supportive of the communities that I am part of. By making multiples I am able to spread my own community around, while leaving pieces of Miami in the communities I travel to. I bring Miami wherever I go, and bring other artists home to my friends and colleagues.
I was born and raised in the Midwest (Detroit), transplanted to South Florida and loving it.”
Tom Virgin is a recipient of the Oolite Arts 2019/2018 Creator Award and founder of Extra Virgin Press (EVP). EVP began creating a community around letterpresses in 2015, with support from John L. and James S. Knight Foundation, a Wavemaker/Long Haul Grant, MDC Cultural Affairs, Oolite Arts, Miami Foundation, and many community partners. The mission of EVP is to help preserve the art of letterpress printing in Miami through teaching, printing, and bringing together a variety of community voices, including youth and the literary and artistic residents of Miami.