Virginia Street graduated from Cornell University in 1956 with a degree in sculpture and the Faculty Award for Professional Promise. She and her husband, fellow Cornellian and architect Edward Hunt Street, moved to Nashville, TN, where she pursued a career as an artist. She held a one-woman show at the Nashville Artists Guild in 1959 and won various prizes at exhibits throughout the South during that time. She received two purchase prizes for her work, one for a piece of sculpture by the local center for the arts, Cheekwood, and one for a painting by the Brooks Gallery (later the Brooks Museum of Art) in Memphis, TN. Virginia took a job as an art teacher at the Ensworth School in Nashville. In 1994, Virginia moved to her mother's home in Washington, DC, where she became her secretary and Editorial Assistant until her mother's death in 1997. Virginia sorted and organized her mother's lifetime collection of papers and artifacts, which were donated to George Washington University.