Virginia Broersma (b. 1982) lives and works in Los Angeles. Her work uses painting to focus on how the representation of the body can influence patterns of power and control over one another in the everyday, including one's perception of self. Recent exhibitions include Trophies at The Lodge (Hollywood, CA), Echo Location at Eastside International (Los Angeles, CA), Werewolf at Charlie James Gallery (Los Angeles, CA) and a collaborative project and exhibition with performance artist Natalie Mik at Grab Bag Studio in Long Beach. Additionally, Broersma takes on select curatorial and writing projects that relate to her interests in the studio and in 2016 was jointly selected for the Emerging Curators Program at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE). Broersma has been the recipient of several grants including funding from the California Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Puffin Foundation and was awarded a Community Arts Assistance Program grant from the City of Chicago, IL in both 2010 and 2011. Her projects have been reviewed in CARLA, Art and Cake and Artillery Magazine. 

Broersma is also a contributor to the Huffington Post Blog. View her posts here.



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Studio located in Inglewood, CA

1982 Born in San Diego, CA 
2004 BFA, Savannah College of Art and Design; Savannah, GA,  


Trophies, The Lodge; Los Angeles, CA 

Keep Me In the Dark, 350 Studio; Long Beach, CA 

Dithyrambic, Autonomie; Los Angeles, CA (Catalog)

I live in a duplex, Fermilab Gallery; Batavia, IL 


Echo Location, Eastside International; Los Angeles, CA

Women On the Fence, as part of Mothership by HER/LA; Desert Hot Springs, CA
Homing Pigeon: Edition 5, Forum Kortteli; Turku, Finland
We Choose Art: A Feminist Perspective, MuzeuMM; Los Angeles, CA
UFOLOGY, Outpost Projects; Joshua Tree, CA
Werewolf, Charlie James Gallery; Los Angeles, CA
LAnCV3, Coachella Valley Art Center; Indio, CA

Sexy X-mas, The Lodge; Los Angeles, CA
Mortal Parts: Figures in the Abstract, Green Art Gallery at Biola University; La Mirada, CA (Catalog) 
Hysterical Friction: Works on Paper from JAUS LA, Tiger Strikes Asteroid; New York, NY
Young & Restless, Display; Anaheim, CA 
After Eden, MuzeuMM; Los Angeles, CA
From The Barricades, Kreuzberg Pavillon; Berlin, Germany
California Dreaming, Riverside Art Museum; Riverside, CA (Catalog)
The Telephone Game, Prohibition Gallery; Culver City, CA
Homing Pigeon: Edition 4, Gallery Antenna; Kyoto, Japan

California Dreaming, (traveling exhibition, Catalog), Palazzo della Provincia de Frosinone; Frosinone, Italy and Oceanside Museum of Art; Oceanside, CA
Dragnet, Manhattan Beach Art Center; Manhattan Beach, CA
Draftpunk 2: Carbon Footprint,  as part of the Yokohama Triennial, Mid Tokyo Gallery; Tokyo, Japan  
Million Year Picnic, as part of the Yokohama Triennial, Gallery Fu; Yokohama, Japan 
The Great Wrong Place (as part of Exchange Rates Expo), Norte Maar; New York, NY (Catalog)
Thanks For The Mammaries, ForYourArt; Los Angeles, CA
"21" The Beginning of an Era, Prohibition Gallery; Culver City, CA
The Status of Portraiture, Autonomie; Los Angeles, CA

ele:mental, 5790projects; Los Angeles, CA
Marooned, JAUS; Los Angeles, CA

The Contemporary Figure: Past Presence, The Museum of Art and History; Lancaster, CA


The Ecstasy of Mary Shelley, as part of the second annual Emerging Curators Program at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE); Los Angeles, CA

After Eden, 
MuzeuMM; Los Angeles, CA


A Painter and A Performance Artist Walk Into a Bar, Collaborative project and exhiibtion with Natalie Mik, Grab Bag Studio; Long Beach, CA 


Publication Fellowship, Peripheral Vision Arts; 2016
Finalist, Money For Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund; 2016
Emerging Curators Program, LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), Los Angeles, CA; 2016 
Artist Grant, California Insititute of Contemporary Arts, Hollywood, CA; 2014
Artist Grant, Community Arts Assistance Program, City of Chicago, IL; 2011
Artist Grant, Community Arts Assistance Program, City of Chicago, IL; 2010
Artist Grant, Puffin Foundation; 2010
Purchase Award, Savannah College of Art and Design; 2004
Community Service Award, Service Opportunities for Students; Savannah College of Art and Design; 2001
Inter-hall Council Award, Savannah College of Art and Design; 2001
Savannah College of Art and Design Scholarship Award; 2000


Panelist, "Curators: Emerging Into What?", Presented by Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) and Art Ltd., February 4, 2017 
Visiting Artist, Senior Seminar Class, Biola University; La Mirada, CA,  September 24, 2015
LACMA's Art + Film Lab, Inglewood, CA; June 27, 2014 
Artist Talk, "The Status of Portraiture," Foundation for Art Resources, AUTONOMIE; Los Angeles, CA, February 8, 2014 
Performance Art Assistant, James Turrell Retrospective, LACMA, Los Angeles, CA; May 2013-March 2014
Artist Talk, UCLA Extension; Los Angeles, CA, November 2, 2013 
Arts Professionals Advisors Link Program Participant, Emerging Arts Leaders; Los Angeles, CA, 2013 
Artist Lecture, Fermilab Gallery; Batavia, IL, March 10, 2010 
Panelist,“Post-Academe: Students and Faculty Discuss Practicing Art after the Degree,” Chicago Artists Coalition; Chicago, IL, October 15, 2008 
Workshop, “Alternative Monotypes”, Canyon Crest Academy, Conservatory Program; San Diego, CA, October - November 2007


Image feature, "Vision-Problems" text book by Christopher Willey, 2017
Amy Kaeser, "A Painter and a Performance Artist walk into a bar...", Art and Cake, June 10, 2017
Asia Morris, "Upcoming Exhibition Explores Commonalities Between Performance Art and Painting", Long Beach Post, May 22, 2017
"The Ecstasy of Mary Shelley", Wall Street International, February 13, 2017
Genie Davis, "LACE: Nonprofit Art in the Heart of Hollywood", Only in Hollywood, February 7, 2017
Mario Vasquez, "Ecstasy of Mary Shelley", Super Mario's Art, February 6, 2017
Genie Davis, "The Ecstasy of Mary Shelley: Provocative art at LACE", Art and Cake, February 2, 2017
Claire de Dobay Rifelj, "The Ecstasy of Mary Shelley at LACE", review in CARLA, January 26, 2017
Ezrha Jean Black, "The Ecstasy of Mary Shelley", review in Artillery Magazine, January 12, 2017
Elenore Welles, "The Ecstasy of Mary Shelley", preview in ArtScene and Visual Art Source, January 2017 
Grace Linden, "Beach Bodies: The Dysmorphic Abstractions of Virginia Broersma," Peripheral Vision, Issue No. 1, 2016
Peter Frank, "Virginia Broersma at The Lodge", review in Artillery Magazine, May/June 2016
Anise Stevens, "Art in LA: Recommendations for July 2015", Life in LA, July 2015
Beatrice Chassepot, "Emerging Selection: LA artist, Virginia Broersma", be-Art Magazine, May 15, 2015 
"Virginia Broersma - Long Beach, California", 365 Artists 365 Days, October 19, 2014
Grant Vetter, "Virginia Broersma: Dithyrambic", Catalog essay for solo exhibition at Autonomie Projects, September 13, 2014
"Made With Color Presents: Virginia Broersma Explores Attraction and Repulsion in Paint," Beautiful/Decay, March 11, 2014 
Mike Reynolds, "Virginia Broersma,", January 13, 2014 
“ele:mental Artist Focus: Virginia Broersma,”, August 21, 2013 
“The Contemporary Figure: Past Presence,” Artweek LA, Vol. 91, September 3, 2012 
Paul Klein, "Groups on Exhibit," Art Letter, July 26, 2011 
Image Feature, Perceptions, Magazine of the Arts, 2010 issue, p. 103 
“Virginia Broersma,” Leaf Garden, Issue #6, November 23, 2009 (eBook), p.20, 21 
Hannah Pittard, “This Time It’s ‘Personal’,” Campus Chronicle, March 2004


"How do I know who you are?" Catalog essay for Mortal Parts: Figures In the Abstract, Biola University, September 2015
"The Perfect Moment," The Huffington Post (blog), December 14, 2015 11:30am
"A Roving Locus," The Huffington Post (blog), December 16, 2014 3:36pm 
"Painting Chops," The Huffington Post (blog), October 28, 2014 5:26pm 
"Reclaimed/Reconfigured: The Work of Tina Linville; Essay for Transform exhibition catalog, Biola University, September 2014 
Interview with Thinh Nguyen for VIDEOTAG exhibition catalog, September 2014 
"Busting It Out," The Huffington Post (blog), July 17, 2014 7:00pm 
"An Entry/Exit Blur," The Huffington Post (blog), May 7, 2014 5:54pm 
"Meet Virginia," Creativity Matters: Arts Council for Long Beach (blog), March 14, 2014 
"Back and Forth: A Studio Visit with Tom LaDuke," The Huffington Post (blog), February 26, 2014 12:57pm 
Twisted Myths: A Studio Visit with Laura Krifka,” The Huffington Post (blog), December 4, 2013 9:08pm
Wham! A Studio Visit With Emily Silver,” The Huffington Post (blog), November 7, 2013 3:52pm 
Dangerous Games: A Studio Visit with Molly Jo Shea,” The Huffington Post (blog), October 23, 2013 5:18pm 
Palette of the Illicit: A Studio Visit with Martin Durazo,” The Huffington Post (blog), October 7, 2013 9:57 am