Virgi Driscoll received a BS in Art Education, and MS in Art at UW Milwaukee plus 35 credits post graduate courses at UW Milwaukee and other colleges. She taught art for 37 years: 4 years elementary, 8 years as elementary art supervisor (part time basis), and 25 years at the secondary level. After that she became executive director of Wisconsin Alliance for Arts Education for 7 years.
Driscoll was active in Wisconsin Art Education Association serving on many committees, task forces and programs, developing and chairing many over the years at the state and national level. To highlight some: Virgi served as President of WAEA for two consecutive terms, President of Wisconsin Alliance for Arts Education for one term NAEA Secondary Division Director, Secondary and Middle School Division. She served on the NAEA Executive Committee as well as being a delegate to the NAEA Delegate Assembly, served on various NAEA committees, chairing the NAEA Advanced Placement and Policy Manual committees. Driscoll developed the 1990-91 NAEA Year of Secondary Art Education, the first Pre-conference and wrote the Secondary Division Handbook for the event.
Driscoll served on four state art curriculum guides taskforces plus the State Integrated Curriculum Guide and the steering committee of the Wisconsin Arts in Schools Basic Education Grant She chaired the Wisconsin Challenging Content Standards in the Arts - Dance, Music, Theater and Visual Arts; developed and facilitated the State Superintendent’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Arts Education: and co-founded and directed the Champions for Arts Education, Business and Community Leaders - 2000 – 2008.
Driscoll also developed and chaired the WAEA Visioneer Design Challenge as well as the Visual Arts Classic Student Art Program and WAEA/School Board Student Art Exhibitions. She was invited to Germany to as guest speaker to present the Arts PROPEL program to the US Army European Department of Defense educators conference.
As an artist, Driscoll continues to paint and draw exhibiting her work in regional, state and national shows. She is an active member of the Wisconsin Visual Artists, having served as chair of the SE Chapter and other leadership positions.
Her passion for the arts and the power of the arts in the lives of all people is important to her. Art education is vital to human development and a joyful life. All children need the arts!!!!!!!!