Inventors are inspirational. Virginia A. Myers was an inventor, artist, and professor. She is known for inventing the Iowa Foil Printer, which is for the commercial foil stamping process. Her teaching of intaglio printmaking and foil imaging uses her Iowa Foil Printer.
Virginia A. Myers was born in 1927 in Greencastle, Indiana. She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio with her parents and a younger sister. Her father was an educator. After high school, she attended George Washington University and the Corcoran School of Art, both in Washington, D.C. She received her B.A. in drawing and painting in 1949. Next, in 1951, she earned her Master of Fine Arts in painting from the California College of Arts and Crafts. She them did post-graduate work at the University of Illinois. She went to the University of Iowa to study printmaking in 1955. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and lived and studied in Paris at Atelier 17 from 1961-1962.
In 1962, she was hired at the University of Iowa and taught printmaking at the School of Art and Art History. While printmaking she wanted to achieve the mirrored surface in the prints. She experimented with foil in her work. After she invented the Iowa Foil Printer in 1986, she worked with community members and students to improve and document the printmaking process of foil stamping using her invention. Foil Imaging…A New Art Form was published documenting their work in 2001.
She has presented her art and work at hundreds of exhibitions in the United States and internationally. Her work is exhibited in collections at various institutions, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. and the Des Moines Art Center in Des Moines, Iowa. She has contributed to the art scene and printmaking. Be inspired! Have a bright day!