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Ione Wynn Citrin

 (born 1938)
Ione Wynn Citrin is active/lives in California, Nebraska.  Ione Citrin is known for surreal, figurative, mixed media assemblage, collage.

Ione Wynn Citrin

Biography from the Archives of askART

The following is from the artist, who is a resident of Los Angeles, California:

Artist statements:

Being an Artist is a life force, not a career choice. Each piece represents a fragment of my life's work. I present the world artistically as I see it, as I wish to see it, and occasionally as I once saw it. You see, It is my identity. Without this expression of self, I am nothing.

Through my art I give love

When I paint I dip my brush into my soul.

I prefer to evoke feelings of well being. I don't want people to say, 'What kind of shit is this?'

Throughout her life, Ione Citrin has been creative.  She was born in Omaha, Nebraska and grew up inspired by an actress mother. After high school in Garfield Park, Illinois, she spent 30 years performing on television, stage, and radio and worked as a model, dancer, and singer doing radio and television commercials in Hollywood and Chicago.  Her specialty was "voices" and she did a wide range of character voices on jingles and commercials including the words "I could have had a V8."

She married a man from Chicago and from 1967 to 1975, became hostess of "The Prize Movie with Ione," a two-hour live morning Chicago television show on WLS-TV, CBS in which ran over seven years, and featured morning fitness exercises and call ins. Of this experience, she said: "They were looking for a zany, kooky girl for this format, and I fit the bill." But the show ended with the CBS introduction of Good Morning America.

Her husband died in 1983, and feeling very depressed, she moved to Los Angeles to start over.  Because she had been financially successful, she was able to fulfill a wish for extensive travel.  She took numerous trips, some of them for six month periods, to India, Nepal, Myanmanr, Srinigar, the Galapagos Islands and most countries in Europe. In those places, she pursued her desire to communicate with human beings all over the world and taped hundreds of conversations, many of them encouraged by her success at pantomining.

Remarried, she is currently focused on her painting and sculpture, preferring the unconventional materials of mixed media collage and assemblage because she likes to be surprised by the end result.  Many of these pieces express her extensive world travel.

Reflecting her love of life and openness to new experience, she has titled her art resume "Ione's Art History: A Diary of Visual Extravagance. " Although she leaves the door wide open for spontaneity, she has gotten formal schooling through the two-year certificate program of the Santa Monica Art, Design and Architecture School where she won a full scholarship.

She started painting in oils and sometimes uses acrylics but is flexible, saying: "I'll use whatever it takes to develop a piece. WOW!" She rarely plans ahead, and sometimes her efforts fail such as when she has tried to apply acrylic over oil paint.

For these creative endeavors, she has earned awards from North Light Magazine, Art Calender Magazine, the Pastel Society of the West Coast, Amsterdam Art, The Society for All Artists of London England Manhattan Arts International, Sacramento Fine Arts Center, and Tint Magazine. In June 1999, she was featured in Art Calendar:  The Business Magazine for Visual Artists with one of her paintings, The Knitter, on the cover.

2003 Jan/Feb/March, Tennessee Technological University,
Appalachian Center for Crafts, Smithville, TN
2002 November, Malaga Cove Plaza Library, Rolling Hills Estates, CA
2002 August, Unitarian Universalist Community Church, Santa Monica, CA
2002 June/July, The Onion Gallery, North Hills, CA.
2002 February, March, - East West Art Gallery, La Costa, CA
2001/2002 December, January, - Remington Club - Rancho Bernardo, CA
2001/2002 November, December, January, Mono County Arts Council, Mammoth Lakes, CA
2001 October, Creative Arts Center, Burbank, CA
2001 September, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA
2001 August, September, October, - Lunaria Art Gallery, L.A., CA
2001 August, Blue Ridge Arts Council, Front Royal, VA.
2001 July/August, Cottonwood Vineyard & Winery, Santa Maria, CA
2001 April/May/June, Napa City-County Library, Napa, CA
2000 November-December, Marco Polo Gallery, Carmel, CA
2000 November, Organization of Independent Artists, Gallery 402, N.Y.,
2000 August, Adirondacks Center for the Arts, Blue Mountain, NY

2001 December, Arts Coalition, "Currency of Beauty", North Hollywood, CA
2001 December, Alice Arts Center Window Exhibition Series II, Oakland,
2001 November, December, Wiseman Gallery, Rogue Community College,
Grants Pass, OR
2001 November, Arcadia Public Library, Arcadia, CA
2001 September, Art Share, "Engaging Materialism Form & Function", L.A.,
2001 July, August, September, Alliance of Women Artists @ Marine
Technology Center, San Rafael, CA
2001 August, Backstreet Galleries, "Black Magic", Juried by Carla
Cummings & Gregory Williams, artists.
2001 June, National Association of Women Artists 112th Annual "Small
Things Considered" N.Y., N.Y.
2001 May, New Arts Program, Invitational Salon Exhibition of Small
Works, Kutztown, PA
2001 April/May, Alliance of Women Artists @ Spear Tower, San Francisco,
2001 February, LA Artists Group Show @ 18th Street Arts Complex, Santa
Monica, CA
2001 January/February/March/April, Mad River Post Gallery, San
Francisco, CA.
2001 January/February, Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery, UCSanta Cruz, Santa
Cruz, CA
2000 October, Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, CA.
2000 September, Papp Gallery, New York, NY

2001 The Crafts Report, October issue.
2001 Sox, Art Business News, July issue
2001 Katmandu, Tulane Review, Spring Issue
2000 Eye Own, The Knitter, Kitsch, Ramses, Evergreen Chronicles, Novella
2000 Stampede & Masquerade, Air Brush Action, Reader's Gallery, October
2000 Sisters, Artlines, Cover, Autumn Issue
2000 Bird, Wedding Slipper and Subterranea, Collector Editions, Artist
Updates, August.
2000 Akeem #2, Sea Flower, Iona Lisa, Repulse Bay, and Dancing in the
Dark, The William and Mary Review
2000 Featured Artist Article, Collector Editions Magazine, July/August
2000 Beaucoup Bouquet, Collector Editions Magazine
1999-2000 Birds of a Feather, International Artist Magazine
1999 Member of the Issue, North Light Magazine
1999 Cover & Feature Article, Art Calendar Magazine
1999 The Restored United States of America, Point of no Departure, and
C'est L' Vie, Canto Magazine
1999 The Knitter, The Other Side Magazine
1999 Self Portrait, Eye Own, and Point of No Departure, Trade Art
1999 Self Portrait, Sox, and Spectrum, The William and Mary Review

2001 Gary Savreda, Los Angeles, CA
2001 Mr. & Mrs. Bill Hung, Hercules, CA
2001 Ms. Lynne Sable, New York, NY
2001 Dr. & Mrs. David Jacobs, Santa Rosa, CA
2001 Mr. & Mrs. Max Himmelstein, Northridge, CA
2001 Mr. & Mrs. James Zimring, Tarzana, CA
2001 Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Reiner, L.A., CA
2001 Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Weinberg, L.A., CA
2001 Mr. & Mrs. Henry Hoopes, St. Louis, Mo.
2001 Mr. & Mrs. Elias Muldovan, Chicago, Il.
2000 Ms. Jean Gardener, Westchester, PA
2000 Dr. Carolyn Britton, Valley College, N.Y.
2000 Mr. Arthur Ball, San Diego, CA
1999 Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Policella, Los Angeles, CA
1999 Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Hoefflin, Los Angeles, CA
1999 Mr. and Mrs. Victor Morad, Los Angeles, CA
1998 Mr. Bradley Luster, Los Angeles, CA
1998 Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Lewis, Los Angeles, CA
1998 Mr. and Mrs. Barry Greenberg, Chicago, IL
1997 Ms. Joanne Wheeler, Denver, CO
1997 Mr. and Mrs. Steve Kipper, Los Angeles, CA

2001 The Artist's Magazine, Finalist in the Experimental category, 2001
Annual Art Competition
2001 St. Louis Artists' Guild, Alma Carson Memorial Prize-Splish Splash
2001 North Light Cover Contest, Honorable Mention
2001, Inc., Honorable Mention, Totally On-Line International
Juried Exhibition
2000 Encyclopedia of Living Artists, 12th Edition, Runner-Up
2000 April/May, Pastel Society of the West Coast, "14th Pastels USA
Int'l. Open" "Tate Designs Award.
2000 Tint Magazine, "Cover Competition 2000: First Place; and Artistic
2000 Manhattan Arts International magazine, "Urban Visions Competition,
Showcase Award," New York, NY
1999 Art Calendar Magazine, "Cover Award," (international distribution)
1999 Amsterdam Art, the "$3,000.00 Nielson Bainbridge Gold Medal," Mixed
Media Category, judged by Roy De Forest, San Francisco, CA
1999 The Society for All Artists, "Artist and Young Artist of the Year
Competition," awarded "High Recommendations," London, England
1999 Art Calendar Magazine, "Crabbie Contest, Grand Winner,"
(international distribution)
1999 Manhattan Arts International magazine, "Eighth Annual Competition,
Award of Excellence," New York, NY
1999 International Artist Management, "Summer '99 Juried Exhibition, Third
Place," St. Petersburg, FL
1999 Art World Gallery, "National Juried Competition, Award of Merit for
Outstanding Artistic Achievement," New York, NY
1998 North Light Magazine, "Cover Contest, Honorable Mention,"
(international distribution)
1998 Manhattan Arts International magazine, "Seventh Annual Competition,
Showcase Award," New York, NY
1997 Sacramento Fine Arts Center, "Honorable Mention," Carmichael, CA

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About  Ione Wynn Citrin

Born:  1938 - Omaha, Nebraska
Known for:  surreal, figurative, mixed media assemblage, collage