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Liana Courts


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.

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. She has earned her Gifted Education Endorsement.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.

Virginia Van Horn

Virginia Van Horn is a longtime member of the Hampton Roads art community and has an extensive exhibition record both in the region and the Southeast. 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.


Bob Sites is the region's foremost painters with his work on display internationally including FLORENCE Art International Artexpo and Biennale Internazionale Arte di Palermo. Bob holds and MFA in painting from Cranbrook Academy of Fine Art and was a professor of Fine Art at Norfolk State University from 1976-2015.  He was named an eminent scholar in 2006. 

Anne Bousquet

Anne Bousquet received her BFA from Old Dominion University and her MFA from Arizona State University. In addition to her time at GSA, she has taught at the University of Colorado, Old Dominion University, TCC, Virginia Wesleyan College and various arts centers. She is a mixed media artist, incorporating, painting, printmaking, assemblage and photography in her work. She also has extensive graphic design experience and has completed several public art commissions.


rowena finn received her BFA from James Madison University. She is a resident artist at the D'Art Center in Norfolk, and can often be found in her studio, or drawing and painting at the Chrysler Museum nearby. She is a published and award-winning artist, having exhibited in a multitude of state and national exhibitions for more than twenty years. Rowena has taught workshops throughout Hampton Roads since 2012, and joined the GSA faculty in 2018. Her most recent oil and watercolor paintings can be categorized as contemporary realism, although she also has an extensive background in mixed media and goldsmithing. Her teaching style is deeply influenced by the academic tradition and modern ateliers.


josh knibb

Joshua “Josh” Knibb- is an alumni of GSA’s Tech Theatre class of 2001. He graduated from Randolph-Macon College with a B.A. in Drama. Josh has held many titles; scuba instructor, cheerleading stunt coordinator, surf and skate brand ambassador, Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby Referee, and Operations Coordinator in outpatient physical therapy.  Josh is currently the Facility Manager for the Goode Theatre at Old Dominion University. Josh is GSA’s “All Around Guy,” (it says so on his badge) always eager to jump in from Technical Direction for Musical Theater to art installations through GSA. He is currently teaching courses for Visual Arts in Site Specific Installations and assists senior level Visual Art students with their senior Gallery Shows. 

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