Virgil Marti was notably selected for the 2004 Whitney Biennial where he exhibited his installation Grow Room (2002). His work has been shown at institutions including The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA; the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA; The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA; Participant Inc., New York, NY; the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; Visual Arts Center, Richmond, VA; and the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT.
Marti is one of the preeminent contemporary artists living and working in Philadelphia today. His acclaimed installations such as those at Eastern State Penitentiary in 1995, the Morris Gallery at PAFA in 2001, The Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design as part of Philagrafika 2010, the Institute of Contemporary Art in 2010–11, and the Barnes Foundation in 2017, have expanded the possibilities for art installation in Philadelphia. The artist is also a Senior Visiting Critic in the MFA Program at PAFA, a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, and a faculty member at Tyler School of Art.
He has been the recipient of the Art Matters Fellowship (1994), the Pew Fellowship in the Arts (1995), the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship (1997, 2003, 2005), the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (1997), and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (2011). He was the second invited artist in the Katherine Stein Sachs and Keith L. Sachs Curator Program at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania. His first large-scale outdoor sculpture, Five Standards (Dazzle), was permanently installed at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in 2013.