Sylvia Simmons

Sylvia Solochek Walters received her undergraduate degrees in art and her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her woodcuts have been shown in numerous national/international exhibitions and have won many awards – including Honors in 2014 for Tradition in Printmaking from the Southern Graphics Council International at their annual conference in San Francisco. Her prints are held in the collections of the Milwaukee, St. Louis, Oakland and Chazen Art Museums, the Milwaukee and Judah Magnes Museums of Jewish Art, the San Francisco Fine Arts Museums Achenbach Graphic Arts Foundation Collection, the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library and the Museum of Texas Tech University among others. She is currently represented by the Kala Art Institute Gallery in Berkeley and the Annex Galleries, Santa Rosa, California.Walters began teaching in 1963 and subsequently taught relief printmaking, drawing, painting, and related courses at large and small, public and private colleges, art schools and universities in different parts of the country. Eventually, she and her husband, Jim Walters, and their two cats settled in St. Louis, where they both taught at the University of Missouri at St. Louis (UMSL) and where she founded the art department. She became the department's first (and third) Chair as well as its gallery director for 10 years. In 1984, she was invited to become a faculty member and the permanent Chair of the art department at San Francisco State University. With the exception of two years during which time she served as Acting Dean of the College of Creative Arts at SFSU, she remained in that position for twenty years until her working retirement in 2004 after which she taught relief printmaking for five years. Awarded Professor Emerita status in 2009, she currently serves on the Board of the Kala Art Institute. In 2013 she was Assistant Editor (along with editor Maryly Snow) for California Society of Printmakers: One Hundred Years 1913-2013, an award-winning publication produced to celebrate the centennial of the CSP. The book was re-edited and reissued as an e-book in 2015.
What is art, if not a depiction of tension--of merged dualities. Scholarship and esthetics; the inner and the outer self: the masculine and the feminine, the light and the dark? These are the underlying themes in my work.  For fifty years, I have exhibited my work nationally and internationally as a professional printmaker, bookbinder, painter and hand paper maker. I have created monumental site installations exploring our relationship with the environment, and delved into the collective unconscious of our culture. Communicating with the universe in such "big" ways, these site specific projects have changed lives, and fostered new ideas in their viewers as well as in their maker. The process of imaginative expression is central to my work. With process as my muse, I explore daily life, motherhood, sexuality, aging and our human relationship to the Earth in my varied series. Find textures, layers of marks and vivid hues in my studio watercolors and oils; notice the variety of techniques I use to make monoprints; rejoice with me in the landscape’s beauty in my pleine-aire pieces. My work is a magical personal vision of our world. For twenty years, I taught art, humanities and mathematics. The focus of my scholarship was mythology dating as far back as the Anatolian Neolithic. My teaching responsibilities have extended from the Mythological Studies Department at Pacifica Graduate Institute to the Women's Studies Department at the University of Missouri St. Louis, and the Mathematics Department at St. Louis Community College. I have lived, taught and made art in Florence, Italy; Brno, Czech Republic; and Catalhoyuk, Turkey, and have presented numerous papers, lectures and workshops at international conferences. Now retired from my academic career, making art is once again my full time occupation. Just for fun, I recently wrote, illustrated and published a children's book, The Amazing Adventures of Radish Toe.
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Folded Paper Boat by Florence Alfano McEwin
July 9, 2021
"Paper Boats Portfolio"

Museum of Art Fort Collins
Colorado 201 S. College Ave. Fort Collins, CO 80524

July 9 - August 15, 2021
Opening Thursday, July 8th, 2021

Artists in the Paper Boats Portfolio:

Florence Alfano McEwin, Mary Sherwood Brock, Lise R Drost, Aunna Escobedo, Beth Fein, April Flanders, Sherry Jankiewicz, Gesine Janzen, Irena Keckes, Catherine Kernan, Carolyn Liesy, Hilary Lorenz, Martyna Matusiak, Kerry McAleer-Keeler, Stephanie Mercado, Bill Pangburn, Jennifer Anderson Printz, Mumu Wang, Cathy Weiss and the artists of Mono Grafico Colectivo, including Marianne Sadowski, Kay Brown, Nguyen Ly, Don Newton, Beth Peterson, and Victor Rosas.

The Paper Boats Portfolio was sponsored by Los Angeles Printmaking as part of the 2020 SGCI conference that has now been re-scheduled for the 2023 SGCI in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with a stop visiting the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy in May, 2022.

All LA Printmaking members, both students and artist members, may join the Paper Boat Flotilla going to Venice in 2022!
Stay tuned for the CALL for ART coming in August 2021.

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Exquisite Corpse
July 6, 2021
Exquisite Corpse is a collaborative approach to making Art first used by the Surrealists to create bizarre and intuitive writing and drawing. The LA Printmaking membership, both Student and Artist members, are invited to get creative and collaborate in this project this summer!

International Printing Museum
August 4th to September 30th
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Members interested in this call, sign up HERE
More information on the Exquisite Corpse SUMMER Call HERE

ImMigration Project_Venice
Jan. 11, 2020

ImMigration Project at Self Help Graphics

Saturday, January 11th to February 22nd, 2020

Opening Reception, January 11th, 7PM - 9PM

Join us February 1st, 2020 from 1PM-3PM
For or a Gallery Walk through with participating artists followed by a
Panel Discussion on "Migration and Art”  with

Pavel Acevedo, Marianne Sadowski and Phumilelele Tshabalala

Included in this exhibition is a special preview of PAPER BOATS, a small flotilla will be on view in preparation for LA Printmaking on view at SGCI 2023 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The ImMigration Project, back from an exciting installation in Venice Italy, in October 2019 currently comprises 145 artists from all over North America and Europe!

Here is a short video clip of the first installation of ImMigration at the 2019 SGCI.

This unique collaborative art project will continue to grow and travel. Help us find the next venues! And stay posted on all the news when you follow the ImMigration project on Facebook and Instagram!

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