The artist remarks that after twenty-five years of making prints and teaching teenagers, that his practice has come to record the people and places of my tribes, as well as their shared world. He says that “they taught me that I am the stranger in the strange land, but they took me in anyhow.” His proposed image is located in his neighborhood in the West Grove. The original quote came from the man who made an eight-foot sign and hung it from the canopy over his front porch, across the street from the church.
Tom Virgin was born in Detroit. He is a Miami-based artist, proprietor of Extra Virgin Press, and for 25 years, a Title I public school art teacher. He received his BFA in Printmaking & and Painting from Florida Atlantic University, and an MFA in Printmaking at University of Miami.