Valerie’s formal training as an illuminator began when she was
trained as an engrosser at a Chicago studio. Since 1990 she has traveled the United States instructing Illumination workshops.
Valerie has been on the faculty of the St. Michael Institute of Sacred
Art www.endersisland.com from its inception in 1999 and has several commissions on display in their chapel.
Valerie has served on the faculty of 5 International Calligraphy Conferences
- 1997 Confluence, St. Louis, MO
- 1998 Discoveries, San Diego, CA
- 1999 PenUltima, Alberta Canada
- 2001 Odyssey, Boston, MA
- 2008 Letters Mingle Souls, Chicago, IL
Valerie has taught at several IAMPETH conferences www.iampeth.com
- 2006 Chicago, IL
- 2012 Milwaukee, WI
- 2014 Indianapolis, IN
Her work has been exhibited widely including 17 juried shows of the Chicago Calligraphy Collective www.chicagocalligraphy.org held annually at the Newberry Library, Alpha-Mark a traveling exhibit of the Association for the Calligraphic Arts, The Fine Line, Benedictine University, and ‘The Graceful Envelope’ housed at the Smithsonian Postal Museum.
Valerie has artwork published in the book ‘The Art of Color Calligraphy’, ‘Speedball Textbook and the publications
‘Letter Arts Review’ Juried Annuals1999 and 2000 and‘Somerset Studio’ Vol 1 Issue 5.
Valerie has designed greeting cards for for Abbey Press and Printery House and has done extensive commission