Virginia Cuthbert
Birth Date: August 27, 1908
Death Date: January 24, 2001
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Virginia Cuthbert was born in 1908 in West Newton, Pennsylvania. She was an artist, teacher, illustrator and art critic, known for her magic realism – a style in which fantasy and dream images suffuse her precisely rendered scenes. She received her BFA in 1930 from Syracuse University. Before leaving for her studies in Europe she studied with Charles Hawthorne the summer of 1930 at the Colony in Massachusetts. Upon her return to America, she studied in New York City with the “Ashcan” painter, George Luks in 1932. Cuthbert and her husband, noted Buffalo artist Phillip C. Elliott, were professors for many years in the art department at the University of Buffalo from the early 1950s until they retired in 1969. She established the Phillip C. and Virginia Cuthbert Elliott Painting Scholarship at the University. Interestingly, she met her husband-to-be the second day she was in Paris. They would marry in 1935. In the course of her career, Cuthbert exhibited her work nationally at such institutions as the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. In 2001 at the age of 92 she passed away.