Virginia-Lee Webb was awarded Doctorate of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy degrees in art history from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University where she was a Marcia and John A. Friede Fellow in Oceanic Art and a President’s Fellow. She received a Master of Arts from Hunter College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts. She is the recipient of numerous awards including a Visiting Fellowship from The Field Museum, the Prix International du Livre d’Art Tribal for the best book about tribal art in English in 2011, a Theodore Rousseau Memorial Travel Grant from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a Visiting Fellowship from the Smithsonian Institution at the National Museum of African Art. She served as a Vice-President for the Pacific Arts Association, as well as a co-editor for the organization’s journal Pacific Arts. In addition to her museum career, she taught courses in the history of photography at the New School, Parsons School of Design, New York.