VIRGINIA JOURDAN IS AN INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITING ARTIST and received her BFA in Illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA. She moved to New York in 1982 to pursue a career as a freelance illustrator. After working in New York for 10 years Virginia moved back to San Francisco and studied fine art, printmaking and graphic arts at City College of San Francisco. She continued developing her talents studying abroad, attending painting workshops in Italy and China. Virginia captures the soul of humanity and illustrates the dignity of African American people.

I find release from my own personal dramas when I’m able to express them as universal. As an artist, I help others make sense of the human experience. I guide people in awakening and living from the highest potential inherent within them. I want to arouse a sense of pride among African Americans. I want to evoke a feeling of power, strength, authority, elegance, and prestige.


Academy of Art University, San Francisco
 BFA in Illustration
City College of San Francisco
 Painting, Printmaking, Graphic Arts
Studied abroad in China
 En Plien Air
Studied abroad in Italy
 En Plien Air
University of Washington, Seattle
 Painting with Jacob Lawrence


Recent Exhibitions
June Steingart Gallery (Laney College) Oakland (Feb 2019)
Reclaiming Dignity - Open Studio (Feb 2019)
Richmond Art Center, TAOLB (Jan 2019)
Airbnb End of Year Celebration, San Francisco *
Jourdan & Mays = Art  Open Studios. San Francisco,
Laney College, Oakland CA 2019
CA 2018
Museum of  Northern California (MONCA) (Sept 2018)
San Francisco City Hall, (Oct 2018)
Women's Cancer Resource Center, Berkeley, Ca (April 2018
I AM San Francisco City College of SF. San Francisco, CA


Painting for Pacific Bell Company, San Francisco, CA
Portrait of Pastor for Community Protestant Church, New York, NY
Illustrations for City of Richmond Brochure, Richmond, CA
Paintings for Occur Technology Center, Oakland, CA
Book Illustrations for Dream on Publishing


Women's Wealth Retreat, Napa Valley (2019)
Women's Self Love Retreat, Las Cuevas, Trinidad (2019)
Palette of Expressions Spring Break Camp (2019)
AWE (Art With Elders)
NCMACC (Northern California Music and Art Cultural Center)
Airbnb Painting Experiences
CEO Paint With Nia Paint With Purpose


Painting Parties

Art With Elders (AWE)

Airbnb painting experience in San Francisco at the Virginia Jourdan Fine Art Studio

Children's book Granny Who Is God illustrated by Virginia Jourdan written by Carmen Bogan

3.9 Art Collective

The Art of Living Black