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Woodbury, Connecticut

Virginia & Gardner Murray Scholarship

Established 2006

By their children:

Jill, Joan, Stephen, Betsy, Craig and Andrew

The Gardner and Virginia Murray Scholarship was established as a memorial in 2006 by their six children - Jill, Joan, Stephen, Betsy, Craig and Andrew. Virginia was an accomplished artist who trained at the Art Students’ League in New York City and painted in oils and watercolor, and created stunning ceramics, both majolica and raku. She also created silkscreen works, etchings, and mosaics. While raising six children, Virginia made time to work in her studio every day. She enjoyed traveling throughout the world, with her husband and with her children, and her travels provided inspiration for her art. At one point, Virginia helped students at Nonnewaug High School to design and paint areas above the hallway lockers.

Virginia devoted seven decades to creating art and was always interested in encouraging young artists to find self expression and a sense of joy in their art.

Virginia exhibited her work and won awards in shows with the New Haven Paint and Clay Club, Connecticut Women Artists, Silvermine Guild, Washington Art Association, Good News Café, Mattatuck Museum, Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, and the Hartford Art League, among others..

Her husband, Gardner, trained at MIT as an architect and worked as an architect/engineer at American Brass Company in Waterbury for many years. He designed his family’s home in Woodbury and loved to garden and attend local Reggae concerts.

If you would like to learn more about Woodbury Scholarship Fund Dollars for Scholars®, contact us at or by mail at P.O. Box 716, Woodbury, CT  06798.