Liana is the Visual Arts Department Chair at The Governor's School for the Arts. She is currently a member of the Arts District committee for NEON, celebrating the New Energy OF Norfolk. She has been leading a team of students with public art works in the Arts District on Granby Street, the Ingleside Light Rail station, and the Earth Day Celebration at Mount Trashmore. She facilitates student participation in various art exhibitions and a workshop with ForKids yearly. Liana has organized and curated the GSA Fashion Show and Installation of Wearable Art at The Chrysler Museum and MacArthur Center. She also the Director of the GSA Summer Visual Arts Camp, offered every summer.
Liana is currently a long-distance student at JMU, pursuing a Gifted Education Endorsement. Her education includes a B.S. Degree in Communications from JMU, and a B.F.A. in Painting from ODU, with an Art History minor. She graduated Summa Cum Laude, and was recognized as the College of Arts and Letters Outstanding Student in Studio Art. Her work has been exhibited at the Contemporary Art Center (now MOCA), the Riverview Gallery, The Selden Arcade, Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries, and the Hermitage Museum and Gardens.
Visual Arts Faculty
She received her BFA in printmaking from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and her MFA in sculpture from the Visual Studies Program of Old Dominion and Norfolk State Universities. She also studied and exhibited in Urbino, Italy as part of a program sponsored by New York’s School of Visual Arts. Virginia currently teaches at Old Dominion University as well as the Governor’s School for the Arts. Inspired by her childhood as a champion rider, she is fascinated by animal imagery, especially horses. Her most recent work branches out from equestrian images to explore new and different combinations of animals, both wild and domestic.
Kat Padua, is an award-winning visual artist with 9+ years of professional experience, specializing in children's and popular media. Her expertise ranges in illustration, graphic design, 2D and 3D animation, filmmaking, video editing and musical composing. Padua established Ellyfont LLC, a children's media company with a focus on creating high quality entertainment for pre-school level audiences and their parents. She has animated and designed artwork for licensed children's characters in game applications such as PBS Kids Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Mattel’s Ever After, and Nick Jr’s Dora The Explorer Draw & Play.
Padua won a Telly for directing the animation Nourooze that broadcasted to 8 million viewers in Iran. Recently, she directed PBS Kids, WHRO “Hip-Hop Scotch” an animation aimed at urban youth that will screen in schools nationwide and globally.
Padua graduated magma cum laude from the School of Visual Arts in New York, earning her Master’s degree in Computer Art with a focus in 3D animation. She was awarded the Philanthropic Educational Organization Grant and the Paula Rhodes Memorial Award for exceptional achievement in computer art.