VL is one of those special spirits that once you invite them into your world nothing else is ever the same. Thankfully it is reflected so well in her art that it influences people without ever knowing her name.” “Artist Spotlight
— Greg Henderson, Rock City Life, April 8, 2015

Cox is a professional artist of 29 years, who’s recent work has been highly active in projects that involve Human Rights and Equality. In 2015 she launched her National ‘End Hate’ project, an anti-discrimination series based on segregation era doors. This powerful series employs authentic and found objects that create a visceral presentation commenting on raw emotions and relevant human rights issues that continue to be important topics in the 21st century. The doors were placed twice on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol then twice at the base of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The response was overwhelming. Images of the door installation went viral and were seen on Yahoo News, USA Today, in numerous newspapers across the country and as far away as India and South Korea..

The ‘End Hate’ project which has now grown to over 53 pieces, is currently on its fourth year of a nationwide tour. It has opened at prominent locations such as The LGBT Center in New York City, the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, in Farmville, Virginia, the Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery Alabama, which coinciding with the National Memorial for Peace and Justice opening and the Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond, Virginia. It will open September 27th at the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Arkansas to commemorate the 100 Year Anniversary of the Elaine Massacre.

Cox understands how to draw the viewer into her work through her experience with working with large audiences. While working as an artist in Dallas, Texas, Cox worked in the scenic industry constructing and painting large backdrops for theatrical organizations such as the Dallas Opera, the Dallas Ballet, and the Los Colinas Film Studios. Some of the productions include: The Nutcracker and Phantom of the Opera. Cox also painted the background for the National Civil Rights Humanities Awards in Memphis, Tennessee where Leah Rabin, wife of slain Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, spoke and presented the award for freedom.
 

EDUCATION

1988-1991 - BFA in Computer Graphics, Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, AR

1984-1985 - Engineering, Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, AR
 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS (* Solo Exhibitions)

2019          

Break Glass, The End Hate Collection, Delta Cultural Center, Helena, AR*

2018

Break Glass, The End Hate Collection, Virginia Holocaust Museum, Richmond VA*

Break Glass, The End Hate Collection, Rosa Parks Museum, Montgomery, AL *

2017

Break Glass, The End Hate Collection, Longwood Center For The Visual Arts, Farmville, VA *

A Murder of Crows, The End Hate Collection, Art Ventures NWA, Fayetteville AR * (Made possible by a grant from the Walmart Foundation) *

End Hate Installation, Two year reunion, Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C. *

2016

A Murder of Crows, The Center, New York, NY  (Made possible by a grant from The Kors Le Pere Foundation.) *

A Murder of Crows, New Deal Studios and Gallery, Little Rock, AR *

Distinguished Alumni, Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, AR

2015

End Hate, Installation, Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C. *

End Hate, Installation, Arkansas State Capitol, Little Rock, AR *

River Bridge Unveiling, M2 Gallery and South on Main, Little Rock, AR *

2014

SUGAR Gallery, University of Arkansas , Fayetteville, AR *

2010

Images of the American South, THEA Foundation, Little Rock, AR *

2009

Origins, M2 Gallery, Featured Artist, Little Rock, AR *

2008

Featured Artist, Historic Arkansas Museum, Little Rock, AR

M2 Gallery, Little Rock, AR*

ONE, First Anniversary Show - M2 Gallery, Little Rock, AR

2007

White Canvas Gallery, Richmond, VA

Featured Artist, Remy Fine Art, Ft. Smith, AR

M2 Gallery Little Rock, AR

M2 Gallery, Featured Artist, Little Rock, AR *

2004

Louis Aronow Gallery, Union Square District Location, San Francisco, CA

Art House on Routh, Dallas TX *

Cantrell Gallery, Little Rock, AR

2003

New Works, Gallery Central, Hot Springs, AR*

Cudahy's Gallery, Richmond, VA

Doors, Floors and Windows, Jay Etkin Gallery, An exhibition of Contemporary, Folk, and Ethnographic Works of Art. Memphis, TN

2002

Gallery Central, Hot Springs, AR

GalleryArtSpace, Dallas, TX

Art On Kavanaugh, July 11, Little Rock, AR

2001

Gallery Central, Hot Springs, AR

1999

Visions of the Past, TCBY Towers, Little Rock, AR

Todd Crockett Fine Art Gallery, Little Rock, AR
 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

The Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA

Tyson World Headquarters, Fayetteville, AR

President William Jefferson Clinton, 42nd President of the United States, New York, NY

Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Little Rock, AR

Acxiom Corporation, Little Rock, AR

The David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History.

Historic Arkansas Museum, Little Rock, AR

UAMS Medical Center, Little Rock, AR

Julia J. Norrell Collection, Washington, D.C.

Southwest Power Pool Corporation, Little Rock, AR
 

AWARDS AND HONORS

2019
‘Best Artist’ ‘Best of Arkansas,’  Arkansas Times.

2017  
‘Best Artist’ ‘Best of Arkansas People and Politics,’  Arkansas Times.

2015  
'Arkansan of the Year,' Arkansas Life Magazine

2015  
‘Best Artist’ ‘Best of Arkansas People and Politics,’ Arkansas Times.

2015   
Distinguished Alumni, Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas

2015  
‘Visionary Arkansan,’ Arkansas Times

2011   
Nomination - Governor's Art Award, Little Rock, AR

2009  
"Art Across Arkansas" - THEA Foundation and The Clinton Presidential Library, Little Rock, AR.

2009/15
“Beau,” Arkansas Governor's Mansion, Little Rock, AR

2008  
U. S. State Department Invitation, Art in Embassies Program, Democratic Republic of Congo

2007 
Selected for the 50th Delta Exhibition, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR

1999 
Selected for the 1999 Women’s Works, Chicago, IL. Juried by Susan Sensemann.

1991 
Purchase award. "Arkansas Arts Statewide Annual Art Competition" Little Rock, AR, Juried by nationally known photorealist Robert Cottingham.
 

PUBLICATIONS

Breaking Glass: VL Cox Creates Art to End Hate - GayRVA.com, March 29, 2018

Confronting Racism: A Conversation to End Hate - RVA Mag, August 30, 2018

A Much-Needed Conversation, Montgomery Advertiser / USA Today Network, April 27, 2018

Door Sculptures Bring a Message to End Hate to DC – Creators/VICE Magazine, May 19, 2017

North Little Rock artist hopes exhibit starts conversations about 'ugly legacy' of bigotry, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, October 22, 2017

V.L. Cox's 'Murder of Crows' tackles hate head-on, Arkansas Times, March 3, 2016

Arkansan of the Year, Arkansas Life Magazine December, 2015

Artist Spotlight, Rock City Life, 2015

Visionary Arkansans, Arkansas Times, August, 2015

Visualize Freedom, FORGE, The Magazine of Ellis College, Henderson State University, Summer 2015

Arkansas Times, July, 2015

Arkansas Life Magazine, June, 2015

Spotlight, UALR, The Arkansas Journal of Social Change and Public Service, March 20, 2014

Back to the Future, AY Magazine, October 2010

Artsy Argenta, Arkansas Times, September 2008

Screen Test, Arkansas Times, August, 2008

V. L. Cox, At Home in Arkansas, April, 2008

An Artist of Past and Present, Inviting Arkansas, August, 2007

Spotlight,  Real Living, July, 2005

KARK 4 Today, Channel 4, Little Rock, Arkansas, 2005

V.L. Cox, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Werner Trishmann, July 10, 2004

Little Rocks Emerging Art Scene,  Real Living, September, 2004

Ones to Watch, Active Years, February 1, 2003

Good Morning Arkansas, Channel 7, Little Rock, Arkansas, 2003

Spring Showing, Inviting Arkansas, 2002

Greatfineart.com kicks off, At Home in Arkansas, 2001     

Susan G. Komen Foundation, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, High Profile Section, 2001

Main framed art. All art, all the time, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Style Section, 2000