Philip “Muzi” Branch

Philip “Muzi” Branch, a Native of Richmond, Virginia, received both his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and his Master of Art Education degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. He was hired as Director of the Cultural Programs Department at the VCU Medical Center in 2005. Prior to his employment at the Health System, he was an art instructor with the Richmond Public School System, Virginia Union University, Virginia State University and Saint Paul’s College, Lawrenceville, VA. He served as Assistant Director of the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology in Petersburg and Executive Director of Arts on the Square, in downtown Richmond. His award-winning paintings have been exhibited at The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, PANAFEST, Ghana, West Africa, The Banneker Douglass Museum, Annapolis, MD, The African American Museum, Dallas TX, The Ohio History Museum, Columbus OH and The Daura Gallery, Lynchburg VA. His work is included in the collections of SunTrust Bank, Richmond Community Hospital, Lynchburg College, and First Market Bank. While participating in the Virginia Commission for the Arts “Artists in Education" Program, he completed over 20 mural-painting residencies in public schools across the state of Virginia. Philip, also known as Muzi, is an accomplished bassist and songwriter. He performs with the internationally acclaimed musical group, Plunky and Oneness.

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