About Virginia

Virginia Howlett: Artist

Canadian-born artist Virginia Howlett creates artwork inspired by the contemplative experience of nature. She uses various media to preserve the moments of transcendent joy we feel when we pause, take a breath, and immerse ourselves in the beauty of the natural world.



Born in Canada, raised in the USA
Lives and works in San Diego, CA and Gambier Island, BC, Canada

MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
BFA, Cum Laude, Ohio State University

Professional Experience
- Assistant Professor of Art, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM
- Assistant Professor of Art, Hampton University, Hampton, VA

Grants and Honors
- Graduated from Ohio State University “With Distinction in Art”
- Mellon Foundation: Grant to travel and paint in Oaxaca, Mexico

Gallery Affiliations
Patricia Cameron Gallery, Seattle, WA
SAM Gallery, Seattle, WA

Selected Publications
La Jolla Light, December 2021
La Jolla Lifestyle, February 2019
The Puget News, 2009
Grand Image - Artist Prints on Demand

Exhibitions and Collections

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Shows

2022  La Jolla Community Center – “Some Place in Time” – San Diego, CA

2020  La Jolla Community Center – “Contemplations” – San Diego, CA

2019  Gallery 21, Spanish Village Art Center – “Transformations”  – San Diego, CA

2019  La Jolla Community Center – “Places and Perceptions: Near & Far” – La Jolla, CA

2018  La Jolla Community Center- “Earth, Sky, Wind and Water” – La Jolla, CA

2010  Lynnwood Library – “Abstract Landscapes” – Lynnwood, WA

2008  Patricia Cameron Gallery – “Looking Up” – Seattle, WA

2007  Homesite – “Big Blue and More” – Seattle, WA

2006  Filter – “New Work” – Portland, OR

2005  Patricia Cameron Gallery – “Glimpses” – Seattle, WA

2003  Paramount Theatre – “Windows” – Seattle, WA

2000  ArtSource – “Skies” – Seattle, WA

1984  Arrott Gallery, New Mexico Highlands Univ – Las Vegas, NM

1982  West Hubbard Gallery – Chicago, IL

Group Shows

2023  Las Laguna GalleryLaguna Beach, CA

2023  Bread & Salt Gallery, Barrio LoganSan Diego, CA

2019  La Jolla Community Center – La Jolla, CA

2018  La Jolla Community Center – La Jolla, CA

2018  Ashton Gallery – San Diego, CA

2017  Ashton Gallery – San Diego, CA

2016  Ashton Gallery – San Diego, CA

2015  Kirkland Art Center – “Mrs. Goldberg” – Kirkland, WA

2014  San Diego County Fair – San Diego, CA

2009  SAM Gallery (Seattle Art Museum) – “Introductions 2009” – Seattle, WA

2009  University House – “Above & Below” – Seattle, WA

2009  Eastshore Gallery – “Cosmos”, – Bellevue, WA

2008  Gallery 63Eleven – "Artists of Building C" – Seattle, WA

2007  Ballard Works Gallery – Group show of Building C artists – Seattle, WA

2007  artEAST Gallery – Conversion: East meets West – Issaquah, WA

2007  Patricia Cameron Gallery – “Spring Fling”; Seattle, WA

2006  COCA Art Marathon – Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA

2005  Nordic Heritage Museum – Local Artists of Scandinavian Heritage – Seattle, WA

2005  Patricia Cameron Fine Arts – Gallery artists – Seattle, WA

2005  COCA Annual – Juried group show, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA

2004  Gallery 63Eleven – Group show of Building C artists, Seattle, WA

2004  Patricia Cameron Fine Arts – Group show of gallery artists, Seattle, WA

1991  Hand Heart & Mind Gallery Group show of gallery artists, Chicago, IL

Collections and Commissions

Broken Moon Press, Seattle

Children’s Hospital, Seattle

CASE Forensics, Seattle

Dow Construction, Seattle

Filter Talent, Seattle and Portland

Golder Associates, Seattle

Hotel Max, Seattle

Laventhal & Horwath Associates, Seattle

Dr. Alison Lewis M.D., Seattle

Marlatt Funeral Home, Kent, WA

MKA Associates, Seattle, WA

Pacific Medical Center (Seattle Public Health Hospital), Seattle

Dr. David Springer M.D., Seattle

Studio Geochimica, Seattle

Sullivan and Solon, Bellevue, WA