Miami artist Tom Virgin incorporated Extra Virgin Press, LLC in early 2016, after receiving a Knight Arts Challenge Grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in November 2015. Extra Virgin Press also received a Wavemaker/ Long Haul Grant from Cannonball Miami in 2016. A printmaker for over forty years, Virgin began creating artist’s books in 2002. His award winning books are included in two surveys of book arts. His books and prints are in public collections including PAMM, Walker Art Center, UC-San Diego, Jaffe Center for Book Arts, Wells College, and the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book.
Tom Virgin’s practice includes artist’s residencies (Ucross, Jentel, Art Center South Florida, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Anderson Center at Tower View and multiple National Parks), teaching (MDC Adjunct professor 2003-2005, MDCPS Title I Public Schools since 1995), post Graduate study/research (over 30 digital imaging, book arts, binding, and printing classes since 2001), curating, and community collaboration. Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs has been an early and frequent supporter of Virgin’s practice, through six Creative Capital Professional Development workshops, and over a dozen Artist Access Grants.