News: Barbara Tisserat


We mourn the loss of Barbara Tisserat

The Department of Painting + Printmaking is deeply saddened by the recent loss of Barbara Tisserat who died on October 1, 2017 after a long battle with lung cancer.  She was at her home in Colorado and her two brothers were with her. Barbara earned a BFA with an emphasis in printmaking and graphic design from Colorado State University, and an MFA in printmaking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She attended technical workshops at the Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque and Crown Point Press in San Francisco. In conjunction with the VCU Department of Painting and Printmaking’s visiting-artist program, she printed editions for Richard Artschwager, James Drake, Rainer Gross, Theresa Pollak, Keith Sonnier, Francesc Torres, William Wegman, among others. Tisserat’s prints were included in group exhibitions nationally and internationally including solo exhibitions at the Genkan Gallery in Tokyo, Japan; Galeria ICPNA Miraflores in Lima, Peru; Hunt Gallery at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia; and Reynolds Gallery in Richmond. In 2005 her prints were the subject of a retrospective, Lessons: 30 Years of Printmaking, at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. Her work is represented by Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA and in the collections of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the New York Public Library. Barbara was so important to many of us – she was a wonderful artist, amazing teacher and a dear friend who died too soon.  The family is dealing with this privately, as Barbara wished.