I have loved art from the first moment my mother, "Polly," put a pencil in my hand and taught me to draw. Throughout childhood, I spent many happy hours drawing, painting, and making handmade books.

At the university, I earned Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees in Painting. I went on to earn my K-12 Art Education certification, and am currently a certified art teacher.  In 2004 I received a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Art Education.

As a holistic art educator, I've taught all ages from pre K-12, college and adults for over 40 years. I was honored to be named the 1994 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year by the Massachusetts Department of Education. In 1995 I was named the National Outstanding Art Teacher by Walt Disney's American Teacher Awards. I was the 2014 Rhode Island Higher Education Art Educator of the Year. I'm a chapter author for The Heart of Art Education, a peer-reviewed book about Holistic Art Education published by the National Art Education Association.

I have long loved art, writing, and teaching. 
I also love being a mom to my son and daughter.
Sometimes you sense that all life's roads have carried you to here and now, and that certain things from before have had their reasons. As Julie and I work to create children's picture books and engage in philanthropic efforts through our publishing company, this is a special time for which I am most grateful.

I am both humbled and delighted to be working with my talented daughter to create timeless treasures and acts of generosity for children, for those who need a smile, and for everyone who is young at heart.

I invite you to follow me on Instagram @ArtisticVirginia

Please visit my professional art website at

 Virginia K. Freyermuth, M.F.A., Ph.D. 
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