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Virginia Team


CBS Records (Sony Music), Team Design

South Carolina native Virginia Team received her Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts (cum laude) from Richmond Professional Institute in 1964. After working in Detroit for two years, Virginia moved to New York City in 1966, taking a job with John Berg, the noted Creative Director for CBS Records. She designed albums for pop, classical and rock musicians. She was awarded two Art Directors Club of New York Awards and a Society of Illustrators Award. In 1969, she moved to Los Angeles to start a West Coast art department for the label, designing albums for The Byrd, Johnny Mathis, Chicago and others.

She moved to San Francisco in 1977 to work on the premier issue of Outside Magazine, a Rolling Stone publication, with editor William Randolph Hearst III. In 1978, Virginia was hired to head the art department of CBS Nashville. Her designs won a Nashville Music Award and she was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1984 for Willie Nelson's 10-disc box set and also in 1985 for The Highwayman cover. She worked with Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, George Jones, Ray Charles and many more.

She started her own firm, Virginia Team Design in 1986 and art directed all of Garth Brooks' albums, logos and tour books as well as packages for Trisha Yearwood, The CMF, George Strait, Lyle Lovett, Jimmy Buffett, and many others. She won a Grammy in 1999 for her Hank Williams, Sr. box set and she received numerous ADDY Awards. She retired in 2002 to a 70-acre retreat near Nashville.

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