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

V.L. Cox was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and raised in Arkansas. She acquired a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Henderson State University in 1991. Cox comes from a long line of artists. Her father was an illustrator and engineer, and her great-grandmother from Old Washington, Arkansas, was a painter who graduated in 1909 from Lindenwood College for Women in St. Charles, Mo. with a degree in Fine Art. Her work is now in the permanent collection of the Historic Arkansas Museum. Interesting enough, the museum acquired a piece of Cox's art as well for their collection. Two generations of artists from the same family born over 74 years apart.

Cox recent work has been highly active in projects that involve Human Rights and Equality. In 2015, she launched her National "End Hate" Installation Series, an anti-discrimination series that was placed twice on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol, and then at the base of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. This 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. Cox has a keen eye for three-dimensional detail and it's impact on all aspects of design and composition. In the eyes of the observers, Cox's work combines narrative, history and depth, causing the viewer to reflect while interacting with the artwork.

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.


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

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



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

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


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. *


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


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 *


SUGAR Gallery, University of Arkansas , Fayetteville, AR *


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


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


Featured Artist, Historic Arkansas Museum, Little Rock, AR

M2 Gallery, Little Rock, AR*

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


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 *


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

Art House on Routh, Dallas TX *

Cantrell Gallery, Little Rock, AR


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


Gallery Central, Hot Springs, AR

GalleryArtSpace, Dallas, TX

Art On Kavanaugh, July 11, Little Rock, AR


Gallery Central, Hot Springs, AR


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

Todd Crockett Fine Art Gallery, Little Rock, AR


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


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

'Arkansan of the Year,' Arkansas Life Magazine

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

Distinguished Alumni, Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas

‘Visionary Arkansan,’ Arkansas Times

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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