Val Akula

Val Akula

My collagraph prints, collages made from collagraphs, combinations of collagraphs and etchings, cut paper collages and mixed media acrylic paintings all deal with the nature of abstraction. My work shows influences of many things in the natural world presented in a non-objective way. I received my BA in Art from Hunter College, NY and my MFA from the University of North Texas , Denton, TX. I live and work in Dallas and at my ranch in Bells, TX. I maintain an active exhibition schedule and fell fortunate to have my work in private and corporate collections.
Mary Sherwood Brock was born in Washington, DC and attended the Boston Museum School and Tufts University graduating with a BFA in 1978. In 1990, she moved to Los Angeles and graduated with an MFA in painting from UCLA in 1992.She has been awarded two traveling scholarships, a Visual Artist Fellowship from the NEA, a Printmaking Fellowship and Painting award from the Artist Foundation of Massachusetts and UCLA Graduate award. She was a founding partner of the Artist Proof Cooperative Print Studio in Cambridge MA, which was honored for it’s contribution to the painterly print by the Boston Public Library in 2000 with an exhibition and catalog; “Proof in Print; a Community of Printmaking Studios”.She has exhibited her painting and prints in numerous international and national exhibitions focusing on printmaking since 1980. In recent years she has curated exhibitions researching the history of printmaking in Los Angeles. “Connections; LA Printmaking 1962-1973” at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery as part of the LA Printmaking Society’s 20th National in 2010 and brought together 34 significant works from artists who came to prominence in LA in the 1960’s. In 2013, “Leonard Edmondson” she curated and wrote the catalog for a retrospective of the paintings and prints of this influential teaching artist at CSUN Art Gallery. In 2014 at the LA Print Space “the press is my paintbrush” presented work from two master print shops, both artists in their own right; John Greco of Josephine Press and Francesco Siqueiros of El Nopal Press.She has taught printmaking at the Boston Museum School, Otis College of Art and Design and Loyola Marymount University and continues her research on the impact of printmaking as an art form for the LA Printmaking Society. studiosherwood.com
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