Biography Virginia A. Myer was an American artist, professor, and the pioneer of foil imaging through her invention of the Iowa Foil Printer, a printing press which makes use of the commercial foil stamping process.
She received her B.A. degree in painting and drawing at the Corcoran School of Art and George Washington University in 1949, and her M.F.A. from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1951. Myers came to the University of Iowa in 1955, unannounced, to study printmaking with master printmaker Mauricio Lasansky She would then go on to study in Paris, before returning to the University of Iowa, as one of the pioneering women on the faculty, to begin her extensive teaching career of 50 years. Upon her retirement in 2012, she received emerita status in the School of Art & Art History.
Myers was a forerunner in the field of innovative intaglio and foil imaging. She dedicated much of the latter years of her career and the last decades of her life to advocating for the unique reflective aesthetic of foil imaging as a new art form. She worked in conjunction with community members and students to improve and document the printmaking process of foil stamping, and devoted much of her time to organizing the Iowa Print Group Archive initiated in 1945 by her mentor, Lasansky. Myers has presented in more than 100 one-person exhibitions in the United States and abroad, and participated in more than 150 juried exhibitions and traveling shows nationally and internationally.