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Bevlyn Simson paints out of a deep-seated philosophy built up through
years of working in her chosen medium. She says of her own artistry, "I
use the word neo-geometrical to indicate that my paintings are not
planned by a geometrical system, despite the fact that they consist of
geometrical patterns."

When asked to define her own concept of art, Bevlyn replies, "I believe that the purpose of art is to create something that did not exist before, and in so doing to enrich life. Art is a deep personal expression of freedom which begins as an idea and becomes complete when the thought process, in combination with intuitive and sensual response, results in the integrated statement."

In addition to being a graduate of The Ohio State University with Bachelor and Master degrees in fine arts, she has studied a broad spectrum of traditional and modern art in museums in France,Spain,Denmark, England, Holland, Japan, the United States, and Italy. Early in her career, she created editions of prints in silk screen, wood block, and off-set lithography. At the same time, Simson has created geometrical paintings which developed from a childhood interest in crayoning designs on graph paper. Her hard edge
non-objective style follows in the tradition of Malevich and Mondrian
in the flatness of the picture plane, and the realization of picture as object since it is non-representational and non-illusionist. She has been most concerned with the formal relationships of shapes and colors.

She devotes full time to creating free standing multiple sided painted
constructions and 2 and 3 part shaped wall paintings using primed or
unprimed linen or cotton canvas over wood stretchers. Tension and viewer
involvement is created by using more than one canvas to complete a

She established an endowment fund at The Ohio State University (OSU)
College of the Arts to have a Biennial Invitational Exhibition of art works of graduates of OSU's College of Fine Arts who have been practicing professionals for five or more years. Also there is a Bevlyn and Theodore Simson permanent collection of Central Ohio Artists works selected by the Columbus Museum of Art Curator from the annual spring juried Ohio Art League Exhibitions for the Museum. The Temple Israel of Columbus, Ohio also has a permanent collection of paintings which were selected by the art committee and purchased through the Bevlyn Simson Paintings Fund. In 1997, Bevlyn Simson funded a reception for Roy Liechtenstein when his recent works were exhibited in 1997 at the Wexner Center of The Ohio State University. Simson is also a patron of the Columbus Symphony, and a member of The Ohio State University President's Club and Alumni Association.

One artist shows of Bevlyn Simson's works include:

The J.B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky
The Huntington Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
United Christian Center, Columbus, Ohio
Bodley Gallery, New York
Gilman Galleries, Chicago, Illinois
Gallery 200, Columbus, Ohio
Hopkins Hall Gallery, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Methodist Theological School of Ohio, Delaware, Ohio
Columbus Public Library, Columbus, Ohio
Garfinkels, Washington, D.C.
City Hall, Mayor's Office, Columbus, Ohio
Capital University, Bexley, Ohio
Hillel Foundation, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Motorists Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
Columbus Technical Institute, Columbus, Ohio
Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Ohio
Peace Lutheran Church, Gahanna, Ohio
Franklin University Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
Ohio Museum of Art, Collectors Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
The Leo Yassenoff Jewish Center, The Goldberg Gallery,


Bevlyn Simson
Columbus, Ohio
Born September 9, 1917

B.F.A. and Master of Fine Arts Degrees from the Ohio State University
"Who's Who in American Art"
"Who's Who of American Women"
"Dictionary of International Biography"
"American Artists of Renown"
"Tendeze E Testimoniaze Dell' Arte Contemporanea" - Academia Italia,
Who's Who In America, 1998, 2002,
500 Notable Women, 1998 Worldwide, Premier Edition, The American Biographical Institute

National League of American Pen Women
Active Member since 1977 of Artists Equity Association,
The National Organization for Persons Working Professionally in the Visual Arts
The Columbus Museum of Art
The Bexley Art League
The Ohio Art League (President, 1977)
The National Museum Of Women in the Arts

1969 and 1971 Columbus Museum of Art Awards for Painting
1971 Bexley Art Guild Lithograph Award at Schumacher Gallery, Capital
University, Columbus, Ohio
1972 Art Award at the 23rd Grand Prix International de Peinture de Deauville, France
1972 Commissioned to do 12 Paintings for lobby of the Nisonger Center, the Ohio State University
1973 Gerald B. Fenton Painting Award at Ohio Art League May Show at the Columbus Museum of Art
1973 Award in National Community Art Competition in Washington, D.C.
conducted by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development for
Works Most Suitable for Public Buildings
1973,1976 and 1979 Painting Awards, 1981 Best of Show Award Bexley
Art Guild, Schumacher Gallery, Capital University
1974 Represented the United States with 14 Works at 2nd International
Art Exhibition in Paramaribo, Suriname.
1979 Don Casto Painting Award, Ohio Art League Exhibition, Columbus
Museum of Art May Show
1979, 1981 Awards of Excellence for Painting, National League of American Pen Women State of Ohio Competition
1980 Painting Award, Bexley Area Art Guild, Bexley Public Library
1982 Diploma DiMerito, Universita Delle Arte Academia Italia, Italy
1985 Best of Show - State of Ohio Competition - National League of American Pen Women
1990 Painting Award, 29th Annual Fall Exhibition, Bexley Area Art Guild, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Bexley, Ohio
1993 Represented 1972 at Silver Anniversary of College of the Arts at 2nd Biennial Alumni Exhibition, Hopkins Hall Gallery, the Ohio State University, October

The J.B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky; September 1970
The Huntington Gallery, Columbus, Ohio; August-September 1970
United Christian Center, Columbus, Ohio; November-December 1970
Bodley Gallery, New York, February, 1971; October 1974
Gilman Galleries, Chicago, Illinois; October 1971
Gallery 200, Columbus, Ohio; February 1972
Hopkins Hall Gallery, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio; March 1972
Methodist Theological School of Ohio, Delaware, Ohio; January 1973
Columbus Public Library, Columbus, Ohio; April 1973
Garfinkels, Washington, D.C.; September 1973
City Hall, Mayor's Office, Columbus, Ohio; January-March 1974; August 1982
Capital University, Bexley, Ohio; October 1977
Hillel Foundation, The Ohio State University; 1978
Motorists Gallery, Columbus, Ohio; 1978
Columbus Technical Institute, Columbus, Ohio; January 1979
Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Ohio; December-January 1980
Peace Lutheran Church, Gahanna, Ohio; April 1981
Franklin University Gallery, Columbus, Ohio; September-October 1981
Columbus Museum of Art, Collectors Gallery; May and June 1983
The Leo Yassenoff Jewish Center, The Goldberg Gallery; October 1983 2 and 3 Artist Shows:
Zanesville Art Center, Zanesville, Ohio; January 1976
Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, Ohio; February 1971
Huntington Gallery, May, June; 1973
Nationwide Plaza Gallery, Columbus, Ohio; June 1980

Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio
J.B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky
Capital University, Bexley, Ohio
Fordham University, at Lincoln Center, New York City
Kyoto City University of Fine Arts, Kyoto, Japan
Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Ohio
Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler Texas
Wichita Museum of Art, Wichita, Kansas
Zanesville Art Center, Zanesville, Ohio
Stichting Surinaams Museum, Paramaribo, Suriname
United States Consulate, Paramaribo, Suriname
Nisonger Center, McCampbell Hall, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Methodist Theological School of Ohio, Delaware Ohio
Yerke Mortgage Company, Columbus, Ohio
Maracorp, New York
Kresge Company, Detroit, Michigan
IBM, Columbus, Ohio
Chase Manhattan Bank, New York City
Chase Bank of Ohio
American Bancorporation, Columbus, Ohio
Pan Western Life Insurance Company, Columbus, Ohio
First Investment Company, Columbus, Ohio
Redwood Bank, San Francisco, California
William E. Simon, past Secretary, United States Treasury
Children's Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Franklin County Crippled Children's Center, Columbus, Ohio
Zenith East, New York City
First Community Bank, Columbus, Ohio
Copyrighted Silk--Screen "Prints and Poetry" in 1969 is in Rare Book Collection at The Ohio State University Library, 1969 and is in the Library and Research Centre of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC,1997
Ronald McDonald House, Columbus, Ohio
Columbia Gas of Ohio, Columbus, Ohio
Midland Title Security Company, Columbus, Ohio
Banc One, Columbus, Ohio
Huntington National Bank Center, Columbus, Ohio
National City Bank, Columbus, Ohio
President Richard Nixon
Price Waterhouse Co., Columbus, Ohio
Lehman Brothers, New York City
Columbus School for Girls, Columbus, Ohio
Grand Prix Associates, Inc., Columbus, Ohio
Grant Hospital Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio
Ray Lapin, Past President of the Federal National Mortgage Association
Laredo Public Library, Laredo, Texas

J.B. Speed Art Museum Collector's Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky;1970-1985
2nd Biennial of Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio; 1970
The Columbus Museum of Art - Ohio Art League Jurored May Show, Columbus, Ohio; 1968, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979,1980, 1986
Columbus Festival of the Arts, Professional Division, Ohio Statehouse and State Office Tower, Columbus, Ohio; 1968-1978
Schumacher Gallery, Capital University, Columbus, Ohio; 1969-1985, 1987, 1988
Salles D'Exposition, Paris, France; 1969
Battelle Memorial Institute Print Show, Columbus, Ohio; 1969-1973
The American Cultural Center, Kyoto Japan; May 1970
Studio San Guiseppe, Preview `71, Mt. St. Joseph College, Cincinnati, Ohio; 1971
The Governor's Mansion of the State of Ohio; 1972, 1974
National Print and Drawing Show, Western Illinois University; 1972
Eighth Grand Prix International Del La Cote D'Azur, France; 1972
Collector's Showroom, Chicago, Illinois; 1971-1982
The Albatross Gallery, Rome, Italy; May-June 1972
23rd Grand Prix International De Peinture De Deauville, France; August 1972
Palazzo Dell Exprizioni, Rome Italy; December 1972
Place-Allrich Gallery, San Francisco 1973-1975
16th National Juried Show, Chautauqua Association, New York; 1973
37th Annual National Paintings Show of the Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio; 1973
Huntington Gallery Christmas Show, Columbus, Ohio; 1974
Gallery 200, Columbus, Ohio; 1972-1976
Ainsworth Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts; 1973-1984
Contemporary Prints for Collectors, Columbus Museum of Arts, Columbus,
Ohio; 1974, 1975
Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Columbus, Ohio; 1974, 1975
Columbus Artists, Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio; 1975
"Ohio Women Artists: Past and Present, " Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio; 1976
Francis Piper Memorial Exhibition, State Office Tower, Columbus, Ohio; 1976
Liturgical-Biennial Art Show IV, 1973; VI,1977, Capital University, Bexley, Ohio
Columbus Museum of Art Collectors Gallery, Columbus, Ohio; 1970-1983
" Women's Art " Jurored All Ohio Show, Columbus Institute for Contemporary Art, Columbus, Ohio; 1978
Professional Artists' Invitational Bexley Chautauqua Celebration, Jeffrey Mansion, Bexley, Ohio; May 1978
Art Force, Central Ohio Women's Invitational, Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio May-June 1978
Spring Potpourri, Nationwide Insurance Gallery, Columbus, Ohio; 1980
Art Reach Cultural Exchange Exhibition, Honolulu; 1980
Art in Columbus: 50 Years Works from Permanent Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art, State Office Tower; 1980
"Images of Age," Bowling Green State University, Ohio; May-October 1981
Ohio Art League, "Wall Works," Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio; November 1981-January 1982
The Legacy of Hoyt Sherman, Denver Museum of Art and Ohio State University Gallery; 1982
Les Salon Des Nations a Paris, Centre International D'Art Contemporarian, Paris; July 1983
Ohio Art League, "Six for Two on the Hard-edge"; July 4-August 27, 1987
Leo Yassenoff Jewish Center "A Lifetime in Art"; November 1987
National League of American Pen Women Exhibition, Upper Arlington
Municipal Center; June and July 1990
Bexley Art Guild, 35th Annual Fall Exhibition, Jeffrey Mansion, Bexley, Ohio; November-January, 1996
"A Place at the Table," Ohio Women's Exhibition, Leo Yassenoff Jewish Center; April 1996
9th Annual Women Artists Expo, sponsored by Seal of Ohio Girl Scout Council at Wassertroms, November 1996
Bexley Art League Spring Juried Exhibition, Arm Gallery, Worthington, Ohio; May-June 1997
Ohio Art League Member Curated Exhibition, Structure/Consequence,
Columbus, Ohio; May 3-29, 1997
Fourth Biennial Alumni Exhibition:ReSiDivists, Hopkins Hall Gallery,
The Ohio State University, November 17 - December 5,1997
Celebrating 101 Years Of Creativity by Columbus and Central Ohio Branches of National League Of American Pen Women, Concourse Gallery,
Upper Arlington, Ohio July & August, 1998
Bexley Art League, Spring Exhibition, Precision Concepts, Dublin, Ohio, April-May, 1999
Art In the Atrium, Nationwide Exhibition, Columbus, Ohio, August, 1999
Art on Main Street, Schumacher Gallery, Capital University, March 5-26,

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