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 Sonya Rapaport  (1923 - )

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Lived/Active: California/Massachusetts      Known for: abstract paintings

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Sonya Rapaport was educated at the Massachusetts School of Art receiving her B.A. there. She also studied at the New York University; Corcoran School of Art, Washington D.C. and received her M.A. at the University of California, Berkeley.

Solo Exhibitions:
East West Gallery, San Francisco 1958; Berkeley Public Library 1961; California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1963; John Bolles Gallery, 1964, 67; Richmond Art Center, 1968; Crown College, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1968; San Jose Museum of Art, early 1970s. (Sonya Rapaport's work of the early 1970s typically places abstract organic shapes against fine, linear grids, inspired by those found in old geological survey maps.)

Selected Exhibitions:
Annual Exhibition, Oakland Art Museum, 1949, 50; San Francisco Woman Artists Annuals, 1949, 50, 57, 58, 61, 63, 64, 65; Drawing & Print Annuals, San Francisco Museum of Art, 1950, 51, 56, 58, 61, 62, 63; San Francisco Art Institute Watercolor Annuals, 1953, 55, 57; The Twenty-Five, Lucien Labaudt Gallery, 1953; The Art Bank of the San Francisco Art Association, 1958, 59, 60, 62, 63, 64, 66; Western Painter's Annual Exhibition, Oakland Museum, 1954; Richmond Art Center 1953-56, 59, 60, 61; Bolles Gallery, San Francisco, 1963; Fourth Winter Invitational, California Palace of The Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 1963; San Francisco Art Institute 1956-58, 60. Abstract Expressionism in the West, Texas Western College, 1963; San Francisco Scene, San Francisco Museum of Art, 1964; New Images of San Francisco, M H de Young Museum, 1964; 100 American Drawings, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1964; L'Exposition D Artistes, Oakland Jewish Community Center, 1965; San Francisco Art Institute Touring Exhibitions, 1965, 66; Woman Prize Winners, Oakland Museum, 1967.

San Francisco Women's Artists, 1949 (Honorable Mention); San Francisco Art Festival, 1955 (Hon. Mention); Jack London Square Art Festival, 1957; Richmond Art Center; San Francisco Woman Artists, 1949 (Hon. Mention); 1958 (Vera Adams Memorial Prize); 1960 (Hon. Mention); 1961 (Emelia Sievert Weinberg Prize); 1963 (Vera Adams Watercolor Prize); 1965 (Rhea Kellner Memorial Prize); Richmond Art Center, 1965 (Individual's Juror Award); San Francisco Art Festival, 1967 (Purchase Prize).

Public Collections:
The Oakland Museum; Berkeley Public Library.

Sources include:
Thomas Albright, Art in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-1980; San Francisco Art Association (Institute) Catalog of the Art Bank.
David J Carlson, Carlson Gallery, California.
Betsy Gaidos, Design Librarian

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