Sylvia Fein

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  • Sylvia
  • Fein
  • Fein
  • William “Bill” Scheuber (1918-May 1, 2013 Martinez, California); married May 30, 1942 (met when she was 19 years old); served in WWII as an Air Force cryptographer
  • Heidi
  • November 20, 1919
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1943-1946: near Ajijic, Mexico

    1946: Mexico City, Mexico

    1947: Richmond, California

    Martinez, California
  • Drawing, Egg Tempera, Painter, Watercolorist
  • 1938-1942: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
    1951: MFA, University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, California
  • Mexico

     
  • 1941: 13th Annual Exhibition of Student Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

    1941: 8th Annual Wisconsin Salon of Art,

    1942: 9th Annual Wisconsin Salon of Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin: Ladies with Many Faces

    1942: 1st Annual Racine and Vicinity Show, Wustum Museum, Racine, Wisconsin

    1942: 14th Annual Exhibition of Student Art, University of Wisconsin: Lady in a Landscape with Animals

    1942: Sylvia Fein and John Wilde Exhibition, Memorial Union, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

    1942: 29th Annual Exhibition of Wisconsin Art, Milwaukee Art Institute, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    1943: 30th Annual Exhibition of Wisconsin Art, Milwaukee Art Institute, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    March 11-April 25, 1943: Forty-Seventh Annual Exhibition of Works by Chicago and Vicinity Artists, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois: Lady with the White Knight

    1943: 22nd International Exhibition of Water Colors, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois:

    1943: : Whitney Annual exhibitions

    1943: Perls Galleries, New York, New York

    1944: Villa Montecarlo, Chapala, Mexico

    1944: University of Utah group show from Perls Gallery

    January 27-March 5, 1944: Forty-Eighth Annual Exhibition of Works by Chicago and Vicinity Artists, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois:   Proserpine

    Springfield Museum of Art Annual, Springfield, Massachusetts

    State University of Iowa show from Perls Gallery

    1944: Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, Whitney Museum of American Painting, New York, New York

    1944: 4th Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, Richmond, Virginia

    Villa Montecarlo, Chapala, Mexico

    1945: Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Sculpture, Watercolors & Drawings, Whitney Museum of American Painting, New York, New York

    1946: Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, Whitney Museum of American Painting, New York, New York

    1946: Paintings of the Year 3rd Annual, National Academy of Design, New York, New York

    1946: Perls Galleries, New York, New York [solo]

    1947: 57th Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Sheldon Memorial Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska

    1947: 34th Annual of Contemporary American Painting, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio

    1948: Wisconsin State Centennial Exhibition of Contemporary Wisconsin Art, Layton Art Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    1949: Drawing and Print Exhibition, San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, California
    1957: 57 Small Paintings of the San Francisco Bay Region, Feingarten Galleries, San Francisco, California [solo]

    1958:  Sagittarius Gallery, New York, New York [solo]

    1958: Lane Galleries, Los Angeles, California [solo]

    1959: Feingarten Galleries, San Francisco, California [solo]

    1959: Young Collectors Showing, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

    1960: 5th Annual Diablo Pageant of Arts, Walnut Creek, California

    1960: Saint Mary’s College, Moraga, California [solo]

    1960: Kunstkabinett, Frankfurt, Germany [solo]

    1961: Feingarten Galleries, New York, New York [solo]

    1961: Brotherhood of Man, Jewish Community Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    1962: Mills College Art Gallery, Oakland, California [solo]

    1962: Ruthermore Galleries, Oakland, California [solo]

    1963: Maxwell Art Galleries, San Francisco, California [solo]

    1964: Art Bank, Art Association of the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California

    1964: Three Painters, St. Mary’s College, Moraga, California

    1965: Art of the Landscape, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California

    1965: Shape of the Sea, Nicole Gallery, Berkeley [solo]

    1966: Bresler Galleries, Milwaukee, Wisconsin [solo]

    1966: Setay Gallery, Beverly Hills, California [solo]

    1967: Oshkosh Public Museum, Oshkosh, Wisconsin [solo]

    1968: Magic and Fantastic Art, Walnut Creek, California

    2005: With Friends: Six Magic Realists, 1940-1965, Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, Wisconsin

    2007: Wondrous Life: Paintings and Drawings, Bakersfield, Art Museum, Bakersfield, California [solo]

    2012: In Wonderland, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

    January 18-February 22, 2014: Sylvia Fein: Surreal Nature, Krowswork Gallery, Oakland, California

    2016 - "Bats, Babes & Broccoli – Wisconsin Magic Realists," Mongerson Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

    November 13, 2019-March 1, 2020: Sylvia Fein/MATRIX 275, Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, California
  • Cozzolino, Robert. With friends: Six magic realists, 1940–1965. 2005 Duncan, Michael. “Sylvia Fein.” Art in America.  May 18, 2014. Opartkiettikul, Cameron. "An artist 100 years in the making," The Daily Californian. Quinn, Bridget. “Meet Sylvia Fein, One of the Las Surrealists Still Standing,” Hyperallergenic, November 20, 2019.  https://hyperallergic.com/529354/sylvia-fein-matrix-275-bampfa-berkeley/ St. Gaudens, Maurine. Emerging from the Shadows: A Survey of Women Artists Working in California, 1860-1960. vol. 2.  Schiffer Publishing, 2015.
  • Midwest Surrealists
  • 1941: Elizabeth Waters Purchase Prize, 13th Annual Exhibition of Student Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

    1941: Joseph E. Davies Purchase Prize, 8th Annual Wisconsin Salon of Art,

    1942: Purchase Prize  9th Annual Wisconsin Salon of Art, Chazen Musuem of Art, Madison, Wisconsin

    1942: First Prize: 14th Annual Exhibition of Student Art, University of Wisconsin: Lady in a Landscape with Animals

    1942: Honorable Mention:  29th Annual Exhibition of Wisconsin Art, Milwaukee Art Institute, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Sylvia Fein Papers, 1936-2011, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
  • author: Heidi’s Horse   and First Drawings: Genesis of Visual Thinking. California: Exelrod Press, 1976.

             First Drawings: Genesis of Visual Thinking. California: Exelrod Press, 1992.

    illustrated Henry Schaefer-Simmern’s book Consciousness of Artistic Form, 2003
  • artist's website

    page on Wikipedia

    page on her on 2014 exhibit at Krowswork Gallery

    video of the artist talking about her career, done in 2014

    page on Berkeley Art Museum. Pacific Film Archive website

    video of the artist talking about her career

    her time in Ajijic, Mexico

    article by Michael Duncan in Art in America, 2014

    article by Cameron Opartkiettikul in The Daily Californian