Born in Brisbane, Virginia Cuppaidge studied in Sydney with Desiderous Orban, Stanislaus Rapotec, Marea Gazzard, John Olsen and Robert Klippel before moving to New York in 1969 to ‘see the best abstract art going on at the time and live in
the art museums.’
Although Cuppaidge has lived in New York for more than forty years, she has come to the realisation that her abstract work is routed in her Australian experience – she believes the Australian landscape is in her system.
Cuppaidge’s exhibiting career has traversed the American, Canadian and Australian art scenes, with thirty-nine solo exhibitions and numerous public commissions and awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1976.
Virginia has exhibited in USA and Australia. Galleries include: Nicholas Thompson Gallery – Melbourne, Stella Downer Fine Art – Sydney, Rosenberg + Kaufman Fine Arts – New York, Robin Gibson Gallery – Sydney, Gallery A – Sydney, AM Sachs Gallery – New York, Bloomfield Galleries – Sydney, Susan Caldwell Gallery – New York.
1973 First solo show New York City at AM Sachs NY.
Virginia has had a lively teaching career and made adjunct associate professor
of art at C.U.N.Y, Borough of Manhattan Community College, and Bronx
Community College, 1992–2008.
Since 2017, Virginia lives in Newcastle, Australia, and is currently writing "The New York Stories". An account of arriving in New York in 1969, meeting up with Australian sculptor Clement Meadmore, adapting to the huge metropolis, working at the Max Hutchinson Gallery in SoHo, and surviving as an artist in New York City for five decades.
Born: 1943, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Home: Lives in Newcastle, Australia since 2017.
Educated: Mary White School of Art and Design -1965 Sydney Australia
Nicholas Thompson Gallery, Melbourne " Skyspace Paintings - 1977-1982"
Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle "The Nature of Abstraction"
Nicholas Thompson Gallery, Melbourne "Trailing the Perimeter" 1980's Paintings
Stella Downer Fine Art Gallery, Australia - “Another Kind of Light” works on paper 1970's
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, “The Hill End Paintings” Bathurst, Australia
Ribbon Road” Stella Downer Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Stella Downer Fine Art Gallery Australia
Blair Academy “The Nature of Painting” Blairstown, New Jersey
The Nature of Painting”, Four Museums tour Canadian Heritage, Canada
Robert Steele Gallery, SoHo, New York
World Bank -Washington DC “Center of the Beginning”
Mary H Danner Center - Douglas College - Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
Robin Gibson Gallery - Sydney -Australia
Rosenberg + Kaufman Fine Art- SoHo, New York
Cathedral of Saint John the Divine N.Y. N.Y. “Between Heaven & Earth”
Stephen Rosenberg Gallery-SoHo, New York
Michael Milburn Galleries- Brisbane, Australia
Bloomfield Galleries, Sydney- Australia
Manhattanville College Gallery-Purchase, New York
Ruth Schaffner Gallery, Santa Barbara- California
- 1982 -1980-1979 -1976 -1974
Gallery A, Sydney Australia
Lewers Bequest and Penrith Regional Gallery, Sydney
Susan Caldwell Gallery New York City
AM Sachs Gallery, New York City
Hand printed fabrics at the Brian Johnstone Gallery, Brisbane
St.Marks Church on the Bowery “The Liberating Spirit”
SoHo Art Space, “Juxtapositions” Paintings & Constructions
Ridge & Valley Conservancy “Art-Environment” Johnsonburg, NJ.
O.I.A. - Office of Environmental Protection, New York City
Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle 'Abstraction: celebrating Australian women abstract artists'
Trenton City Museum, New Jersey ‘An Opening Dialogue - The Nature of Abstraction’
Visual Arts Center New Jersey “Women Choose Women Again”
Newcastle Region Art Gallery & Campbelltown Arts Center, Australia - ‘Gallery A’
Ceres Gallery New York ‘Ornery Abstraction’ Curated by Corinne Robins and Carol Goebel
Borough of Manhattan Community College
Bronx Community College, New York.
Stella Downer Fine Art Sydney.
Robin Gibson Gallery “Legends” Distinguished 20th Century artists of Australia
Robin Gibson Gallery, Australia.
Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition ‘Seeing Jazz’
Lehman College Art Gallery, Faculty Exhibition Bronx NY
Lehman College of Art, Bronx, New York
National Gallery of Victoria, Joan & Peter Clemenger Triennial.
Shirley Wagner Gallery- Hong Kong
St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery
Women’s Caucus for the Arts, Prince Street Gallery, New York
Ashwagh Hall, East Hampton, New York
Wagner Gallery, Sydney “Four Australian Painters Living in the U.S.A.
Ridge and Valley Conservancy Inc., Johnsonburg, New Jersey
Christ Church, Georgetown, Washington D.C. ‘Guest Artist’
Stephen Rosenberg Gallery, SoHo New York ‘Paper Trail’
Women’s Caucus for the Arts “Voices for Choice”
Manhattan Community College, New York City
Arts Fair, Melbourne, Australia
Eve Span, Albury Regional Arts Center, Australia
Monash University Gallery, Melbourne, Australia ‘Here and There’
Genest Gallery, Lambertville, New Jersey
- 2008, 1982, 1983, 1985
A.I.R. Gallery, New York City
Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Organization of Independent Artists, Brooklyn Courthouse, NYC.
Susan Caldwell Gallery, SoHo, New York
Contemporary Arts Society, Sydney Australia
University Art Gallery, Berkeley, California
New York Cultural Center, New York City ‘Women Choose Women’
AM Sachs Gallery 57 Street New York
Three-person exhibition at the Aladdin gallery, Sydney
Mural Workshop -National Academy New York
C.A.P.S. New York State Award for
MacDowell Colony Fellowship
Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship
- National Gallery of Australia
- Neuberger Museum, Purchase New York
- Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
- National Jazz Museum Harlem, New York
- St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney
- Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, New York
- University of Newcastle, Australia
- Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle
- Australian Consul General, New York
- Australian Embassy, Washington DC.
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
- Australia Commonwealth Loan Collection
- Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
- Power Institute, Sydney, Australia
- Sydney University Library, Sydney, Australia
- Queensland University, Brisbane, Australia
- Woollongong University Collection, Australia
- AD&A Museum, UC Santa Barbara, USA
- Whitney Communications, New York
- Chase Manhattan Bank, New York City
- Australian High Commission
- Citicorp, New York City
- Women Artist Collection - ACOG (American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Washington DC)
- Leeuwin Estate, Wines, Western Australia
- Westpac Bank, New York City
- Millhollow Corporation New York
- Integrated Resources, New York City
- Elders IXL Finance, New York City
- The Grand Hyatt, New York City
- Olympia & York, Inc., New York City
- Prudential Life Insurance New York City
- Phillip Morris Collection, USA