Virginia O. Roeder was born in Ohio. She received her M.A. and M.F.A. degrees in painting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was chosen to represent UW-Madison in the 40 Painters From 40 Universities Exhibition, which travelled throughout the United States with posters sent to all U.S.A. Embassies.
Ms. Roeder has taught drawing, painting, design and 20th Century American Art History at: the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Missouri-Columbia and the Evanston Art Center, Illinois.
Virginia has exhibited widely and her paintings have been represented by: Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago; The Plum Line Gallery, Evanston; Ayers-Steinmetz Incorporated, Chicago; and J. Sebastian Volpe, Toronto, Canada.
Public Collections: Kirkland & Ellis Law Offices, Chicago, Illinois Baker & McKenzie Law Offices, Chicago, Illinois Madison Art Center, Madison, Wisconsin JackDanielsDistilleryArtCollection,Lexington,Kentucky First National Bank of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois Hector Duarte's Cario de Guadelupe Butterfly Mural Project, Zamora, Mexico
Ms. Roeder was Visiting Artist at Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri; curated the exhibitions: Painting/Sculpture Borders, Evanston Art Center, and Our Heritage Remembered, Lieberman Centre, Skokie, Illinois. She served as Chair of the Evanston Arts Council from 2002-2004.
Beginning in 2011, Virginia spends two weeks every year as artist-in-residence at Penland School of Crafts, in the Blue Ridge Mountains, near Asheville, North Carolina.
Summer 2014, Ms. Roeder was accepted as an artist/ painter in the Illinois Artisans Program of The Illinois State Museum.