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Art + Design

Virginia DaCosta

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Art + Design

E.O. Bull Center, Room 133/143
2 E. Rosedale Ave.
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2755

Peggy Hill, Chair

Faculty Contact Information


Associate Professor of Art History

E.O. Bull Center 140


  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1997
  • M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 1990
  • B.A. (Liberal Studies), University of the State of New York, 1980

Teaching Experience

  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Associate Professor, 1998-present
  • Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Study Abroad Program, Egypt and Greece, Instructor, 1997, 1999
  • California State University, Long Beach, Instructor, 1995-1997
  • University of California, Riverside, Instructor, 1994-1995

Professional Experience

  • Editorial Board. Global Education Institute Newsletter. West Chester University. 2006.
  • Editor. Journey into Mysticism. Art Catalogue: Antonio Puri. Essay by Donald Kuspit. 2006.
  • Director: Art History Study Abroad Program: Oxford; Egypt; Greece & Turkey; Paris & Provence; Florence; Venice, Florence, Rome; Greece; Cycladic Islands. 1999-2007.


  • Prentice Hall. Greek and Roman Art. da Costa, Virginia and Heather Sharpe. In progress, 2006.
  • The Celator. Five Olympian Goddesses: Aphrodite (2003); Artemis, Athena (2006), Demeter and Hera (forthcoming).
  • US Dept of Education. Moroccan Women: Artists and Artisans. 2001.
  • Encyclopedia of Greece and the Hellenic Tradition. Painting, Portraits, Purple, 2000.

Selected Bibliography

  • Philadelphia Inquirer, Neighbors. She Sharpened her Skills: Art History professor travels the world. 2003.
  • Daily Local News. CCAA Takes a Chance. 2003.


  • 8th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. Dreams and Visions as Inspiration for Creativity. Panel Chair and presenter. 2007.
  • Center for Renaissance and Baroque Studies Symposium: Attending to Early Modern Women - and Men. Honor and Identity through the Lens of Cross Dressing: a Pedagogy Workshop. University of Maryland. 2006.
  • 9th Annual Mediterranean Studies Association Congress, Genoa. Honor and Identity in Early Modern European Portraits (1550-1900). 2006.
  • 4th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. Cross Dressing in Early Modern Europe. 2005.
  • National Association for Humanities Education. Using the Teacher/Scholar Model for Student Research. 2003.
  • 2nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. The Teacher/Scholar Model: Promoting Student Participation. 2003.
  • 26th Annual European Studies Conference. The Classical Woman: Goddess, Muse, Artist. 2001.


  • Dreams and Visions: Contemporary Postcard Exhibition. The Lost Children: Pieces of Me and Circles and Dots: A Nightmare. Mixed media. 2007.
  • Member Exhibition, Chester County Art Association. Tullia d'Aragona: Courtesan and Poet. Woodblock print. 2006.
  • Faculty Exhibition. Long Gallery, West Chester University. CU. Moderata Fonte: Venetian Writer. Woodblock print. 2006.
  • Presidential Scholarship Gala Silent Auction. Veronica Franco: Venetian Courtesan and Poet. Woodblock print. 2006.
  • International WCU Faculty Exhibition. Beijing Normal, China. Moderata Fonte and Veronica Franco. Woodblock prints. 2005.
  • CVPA, Sykes Student Union Faculty Art Exhibition. Drawing Down the Moon. Mixed media. Collection Women's Studies Dept. Office. 2005.
  • CCAA, Allinson Gallery. Salome's Dance and Coptic Dancer. Juried. 2005.
  • CCAA, Huston Gallery. Mater, Mare-mynd, Matriarch. Mixed media. 2004.
  • CCAA. Ukiyo-e: Creative Woodblock Prints. Solo show with Belle Hollon. 2003.