Virginia Bradley resides in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. She is a Professor of Art at the University of Delaware where she teaches painting and drawing.
Virginia has been the recipient of several fellowships, including a McKnight Foundation Fellowship in Painting, Arts Midwest NEA Fellowship for Painting and two Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowships in Painting and Drawing. She has also completed several Percent for Art Commissions for the Minnesota State Arts Board. Virginia has also been a fellow at ACME Studios in East London, the London Geological Society, Yaddo, Sanskriti Kendra (New Delhi, India), Fundacion Valparaiso (Mojcar,Spain), Ragdale and the Virginia Center of Creative Arts. Bradley's work has been exhibited widely, venues include; Blue Star Center for the Arts, Hoyt Institute of Art, Freedman Gallery (Albright College), Abington Art Center, The Minneapolis Institutes of Arts, The Soap Factory and theFlorence Biennale (Firenze, Italy). Virginia received her MFA in Painting from the University of South Florida and a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from the University of Miami.
Virginia's newest work is the Soudan Series, which is a continution of her long standing interest in alchemy, process and materiality. The series is based on the recent geology findings in the Soudan Iron Mine, Tower, Minnesota. The ancient water (found in 2008) host’s organisms held by rock formed 2.7 billion years ago, when a sea was thought to have covered the region. Geological formations found in the mine are similar to photographic imagery found on the surface of Mars, which is thought to be an iron rich planet. The found imagery from the mine is a departure point for the work.