Virginia is a distinguished award-winning educator, artist, and illustrator. She is a best-selling author and a passionate arts advocate.

During her career of 40-plus years as an award-winning holistic art educator, Virginia taught students from Pre-K through college and adults. As a K-12 Art Coordinator, she expanded the high school visual arts program enrollment from 36 students to more than 1,000 students. 

Her many awards include:   
•1995 National Outstanding Art Teacher, Walt Disney American Teacher Awards
• 1994 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year, Massachusetts Department of Education
• 2014 Rhode Island Higher Education Art Educator of the Year, RIAEA   

At the college level Virginia has held positions as: 
• Director of Graduate Studies in Art & Art Education
• Art Education Program Coordinator, Undergraduate and Graduate
• Joint Appointment Assistant Professor of Art Education
• Master Teacher, Federally-funded ECHO Project, Education through Cultural and Historical Organizations

Virginia currently teaches online art classes through her professional studio website. 

Virginia and co-author Julie Steines' best-selling book, Norbert's Little Lessons For A Big Life, published by Simon & Schuster (2017), teaches that each of us can make someone smile. Norbert is a three-pound registered therapy dog, philanthropist and social media influencer belonging to Julie, Virginia's daughter. The book, beloved by all ages, promotes kindness and compassion, and features photographs by Mark Steines. Norbert has a social media following of over 1.7 million people worldwide.

Virginia is a chapter author for the peer-reviewed anthology The Heart of Art Education: Holistic Approaches to Creativity, Integration, and Transformation published by the National Art Education Association. She is the author of multiple scholarly journal articles on art education.


Virginia is a versatile and multiple award-winning artist, illustrator, and portrait artist.  She is the illustrator and book designer of the beloved Norbert book series which won nine awards. Details of sample paintings are featured on this page.  She has won numerous awards for her art, including the 1999 Massachusetts Waterfowl Stamp Competition. Her work has been exhibited at the Massachusetts State House, the Peabody Essex Museum, and the Duxbury Art Complex Museum. Her work is represented in numerous private collections nationwide.

Visit her online studio site to learn more about her work and online art classes at
Instagram @ArtisticVirginia

Virginia K. Freyermuth, M.F.A., Ph.D. 
Cranberry Barn Studios