SOVA | Deborah A. Sim
School of Visual Arts, SOVA, Virginia Tech, Graphic Design, Studio Art, Art, Creative Technologies, Art History
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Instructor / Director, Armory Gallery / Curator, Experiential Gallery


Office: 200 Armory

Phone: 540-231-4859




  • Director of the Armory Gallery (SOVA)
  • Curator of the University Art Collections/Art Collections Management/Visual Arts Policy
  • Instructor School of Visual Arts


Creative Scholarship and Research:

Professor Sim’s research is centered on the curatorial process and design of exhibitions for the Armory Gallery. The Gallery maintains an exhibition schedule of twelve to fourteen shows a year. The presentation of work created by national and regional artists with an emphasis on the educational role of a University Gallery as a teaching tool is the focal point of her approach. The Gallery is utilized as a visual laboratory in the School of Visual Arts. The challenge of the inclusion of new media, digital and film is an ongoing mission and the Gallery is an adaptive environment encompassing these new avenues of visual expression.


The picturing the University as one large museum, with the buildings acting as exhibition spaces, is the direction being taken with the Collection. Recent research includes an essay for the catalogue Bob Trotman: Business As Usual, an exhibition at the Greenville Museum of Art, travelling to the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina. Previous to her academic career at Virginia Tech, Ms. Sim was a curator/exhibition designer for fifteen years.