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Lived/Active: New Jersey      Known for: collage, carved folk figure, block prints

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The following information is from the artist, Marcia Sandmeyer Wilson of Leonia, New Jersey.

ARTIST: woodcarving, etching, books, painting, jewelry, silkscreen, photography, dolls.
WRITER and illustrator of books, self-published w/ computer and photocopy, since 1990.
1979-83: correspondent Reporter for The Bergen Record (1979-1983) Hackensack, NJ
INSTRUCTOR: 1991 - present: Newark Museum Arts Workshop for gocco silkscreen..

EDUCATION: Vassar College 1954-58, AB 1958, Art History
and various adult ed classes as well as Hunter Coll, NYU grad school of ed.

Aug 2001:Bext Mixed Media ($200) SONO jur: Andrew Chang, Geo Passantino, Rhoda Marshall, Margt Chapman
Aug 2000: Best Mixed Media ($200) SONO So.Norwalk, Ct. jur: Peter Maxx, artist; & 4 others.
Apr 2000: Best oil/acrylic Shad Fest Lambertville NJ jur: Tom Chesar, Pat Shamy (artists)
Sept 1999: First Prize ($50) Urban Farms Franklin Lakes NJ. Jur: 2 women artists
Aug 1999: Second Pr ($50) SONO So Nor. Ct. (wood) Jur: Lenwood Freas, Rebecca Connoly, Signature Gall
May 1999: Best in Show ($600 sav. bond) Glen Ridge Art Show jur: 3 women whose names I did not catch
1998: Merit awd ($50) Arts Corridor (wood) jur: Robin Larsen, Susan Roseman, Mira Nakashima
1998: Hon Mtn ($50) SoNo Ct (mix media) jur: Renee Kahn U.Ct. Stmfd; Connie Evans, Dir Weir Farm Wltn
1998: Merit awd ($100)NJCtrVisArts Summit NJ (wood& etchings) juror: L.S., prof sculpt Drew Univ.
1998: Third Prize ($50) Berg Comm Clg (nw baby bro photo) Jur: Rich Gigli/Record, Keli Dougherty, JoAnn Wilmot
1998: Hon.Mention ($50) Sm. Works Show, OCCC Sch. Art, Demarest NJ. Juror: Clara Bell of S. Guggenh.
1997: First Prize ($150) graphics, Gallery North, Stony Brook NY. Juror: Jeff Fisher, Smithtown artist.
1997: Second Prize ($1000) Baltimore Artscape, juror: Lauren Schott, jeweler.
1997: Second Prize ($200) Roycroft Center Outdoor Craft Show, East Aurora, NY. Jurors: craftspeople.
1997: Third prize ($25) art, Sherman Green, Fairfield, Ct. judges: Ellen Hyde Phillips/int des; Max Becker/dealer.
1997: First Prize, Shad Festival, Lambertville Jurors: Grace Croteau/Riv Run. gall; Kim Kurki/ Arts Bridge.
1997: $150 first prize, Small Works Show, OCCC Schl of Art, Demarest, NJ. Gail Levin, juror.
1996: $100 best sculpture, Gallery North, Setauket, LI.
1996: $50 -2nd prize, Crafts, Edgewater NJ outdoor art show.
Sept 95: $50 Merit Award at Urban Farms Craft show, judges: Kristie Franco, Mary McCauslin.
Sept 94: $100 Best in Show, Long Branch NJ, Judge: Vincent DiMatteo, Ch., Art Dept., Monmouth College.
May 1994: $100 prize at NJ Center for Visual Arts outdoor art show, Summit, NJ. Juror: Sarah Henry-Corrington, Chairman, Art Dept., Drew University.
Jan 1994: Artist in Residence, The Newark Museum Arts Workshop. Paintings and Printmaking.
9/93:hon. hon. mtn. for oil ptg ("No More Children"),Gallery North, Setauket. Judge:Bob Dash.
5/93 Best in Show ($500) for "Get to know your Inner Child" woodcarving. Arts Council of Essex Ann. Juried Exhib (Jury:Victor Davson, Aljira Gallery; Edwin Havas, Seton Hall; Catherine Kincade, Montclair Art Mus)
4/25/92: First Prize, Art, ShadFestival, Lambertville, NJ. Judges: Paul Matthews, Tom Chesar.
9/91: Second Best in Show ($150), Cape May Co. Art Lgue Mall jur:Terri Amig, Connie Jost, Bill Cadge.
9/15/91: 2nd Prize graphics ($50) Montclair Dept Pks. Jury: Leo Dee/artist; Jas McGinley/Newark Schl Fine Arts.
6/10/90: Best in Show ($250), Westwood Art Show, for wood sculpture, "Womb with a View."
9/22-23/90: First Prize ($100), Cape May County Art League.
6/10/90: Best in Show ($250), Pascack Art Assoc (Womb w/View) jur: Michael Metzger, Natalie Becker, Jas Kearns, Nick Bucalo.
5/19/90: First Prize, Art in Summit (N.J.) ($100).
4/28-29/90: Third Prize, ($50), Shad Festival, Lambertville, N.J.
9/17/89: First Place, Sculp (Purse of Regrets), Montclair Dept Pks, Judge: R Koenig, Dir., Montclair Mus.
8/89: Best in Show ($150) Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce. Judge: John L. Bennett.
4/23-24/88: First Prize ($100), Shad Festival, Lambertville, N.J. for wooden chicken.
5/86: Best in Show, Promenade Art Show, Brooklyn Arts & Cultural Assoc.
10/86: First Prize for etchings, Brooklyn Arts and Cultural Association Promenade Show.
7/21/85: First Prize in Art, New Hope Festival, New Hope, Pa.
5/84: Best in Show ($250), Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, N.Y.C.
1982 Fellowship, NJ State Council on the Arts ( $1,000), "for artistic excellence in woodcarving."
5/82: First Prize ($50) Brooklyn Arts & Culture Assoc. Promenade Show.
1977-78 Artist in Residence, batik, Bergen Community College, Main St., Hackensack, NJ.

2002: Stories and Dreams, Noyes Museum (2-person show with Susanna Bergtold), Oceanville, NJ
1999: NJ Cr Anl, Jersey City Mus (Raining Cats&Dogs, Red Riding Hood, Mermaid) Cur: Alehandro Anreas
1999: Small Works Show, OCCC, Demarest, NJ. (2 blue etchings)Jur: Jerry Saltz of Village Voice.
1999: Two person show w/ Susanna Bergtold, OCCC, Demarest, NJ. about 50 pcs in show, Feb 1999.
1998: Blowin in the Wind, Noyes Mus exhibit of whirligigs. 3 pieces: 2 bikinis, one w/ dancer on head.
1998: St. Isl. Inst. of Arts & Sci Biennial Fine Arts (My Mother as Empress of the world). Jurors:
1998: NJ Crafts Annual, Noyes Mus, Oceanville NJ (4 pcs: Qu of Hearts, Wm w/straw hat, boyfriend clown doll, chest of drawers). Jurors: Hortense Green, Stacy Smith, one other woman.
1997: The Works Gallery, Phila., Group Show, Recycled Art, (mw tin cans); 26 artists.
1997: Staten Island Institute of Arts and Science Biennial, Judges: Karen Chambers, guest durator, writer, critic; Daley Flanagan, Pres., Cr. Students Lg; Greg McCaslin,Director AIR NY Fdtn Arts.
1997: Prizewinners from 96 outdoor show: Gallery North, Setauket, LI. Mar-Apr
1996: NJ Crafts Annual, State Museum, Trenton, NJ (Queen Hearts, Businessman, Bathing beauty)
1996: Small Works Show: City Without Walls, Newark, NJ (bathing beauty plaque)
1995, Mar-Apr. Books as Art. (7 books) Niagara County Comm. Coll. NY. Curator: Carol Schwartzott.
1995, Mar: NJ Small Works Show. OCCC, Demarest, NJ ("Gift from the Sea" pin) Judge: Jane Wilson.
1995, March: Under Cover Artists (6 books). Central Piedmont Comm. College, Charlotte, NC. Cur: Lois Morrison.
1995, Jan: Olympia Revisited. Salute to Women in the Arts show. Old Church Cultural Center.
1994, Nov-Dec.13th Ann Metro (Small Works) Show at City Without Walls, Newark, NJ. ["Miss America" woodcarving]. Jurors: Hovey Brock, art critic, Art News; Janine Cirincione, Jack Tilton Gallery, NYC; Betty Sue Hertz, Dir. Longwood.
1994, Oct.-Nov:"Out of the Woodwork" [NJ carvers], Trenton St. College Curator: John Heins.
1994: March 17-Apr 29: "Double Endemnity" City without Walls, Newark, NJ Cur: Joyce Korotkin (He's Mine at Last woodcarving)
1994: Jan 30-Mar 11: ART NJ, Ben Shahn Galleries, Wm. Paterson College. Cur: Ellen Harris, Michael Bzdak.( woodcarvings of dog, boyfriend, chicken)
1994: Jan. Arts Wkshp Gallery, The Newark Museum, AIR Exhib. Main gallery, "Editions" book.
1994: Jan 23-Feb 20: Serious Whimsy, Gallery North, Setauket, NY.(Boyfriends Head; My dog, Dolores)
1993: NJ Crafts Present & Future: Johnson & Johnson gallery, New Brunswick, NJ (woodcarvings of dog, boyfriends head representing Montclair Craft Guild.) Cur: Michael Bzdak of J&J.
1992: NJ Fine Arts Annual, The Noyes Museum (4 etchings: Mother as Queen, Noahs Ark, Cinderella, Critic.) Jury: Robert. Koenig, Dir., Noyes Mus.; L.Bantel, Dir., Pa Acad FA.
1992: Arts Council of Essex Annual Juried Exhib.(wood:Mine at Last & Boyfriend Head) Jurors: Mary Chandor, Nabisco art cnsltnt; Joseph Jacobs, Cur. Ptgs & Sculp, Newark Mus; Carlos Solana, Exec Dir, Artists Space NYC.
1991: NJ Crafts Annual, Morris Museum (wood: Boyfriend's Head) Jur: Michael Monroe, Cur, Renwick
1990: NJ Craft Annual, The Noyes Museum (wood: chicken, purse of regrets.) Jury: Anne Fabbri, Noyes Dir; Lois Moran, Ed., Am. Craft. Special mention in catalogue by L. Moran.
1990: New Jersey Designer Craftsmen Retro, Newark Museum (wood: Purse Regrets) Cur: L Lindenfeld
1988: NJ Crafts Annual, Noyes Museum (wood: Chicken) Jury: Rose Slivka, Craft Intl; Lloyd Herman, ex-Dir. Renwick Gallery; Anne Fabbri, Dir., Noyes Mus.
1987: NJ Craft Annual,NJ State Museum, Trenton (wood: coffin book of every man I ever slept with).Jury:Glenda Arentzen,David Ellsworth,Lewis Knauss
1986: "Pages of Revelations," artists' books at City Without Walls, Newark, NJ Cur: Barbara Meisse.(wood coffin book every man I ever slept with.)
1983-84: "You Can't Tell a Book by Its Cover," Thorpe Intermedia Gallery, Sparkill,NY. Curator: Barbara Meisse (various handbound books of etchings by MW)
1983: NJ State Council on Arts Craft Fellowship Winners: Montclair Museum
1982: Nabisco Ultimate Cookie Jar Exhib, E. Hnvr NJ.Jur: Helen Drutt; Ch Rohlfing, Cper Hewitt

Noyes Museum, Oceanville NJ: Patriot whirligig, purchased 2001.

Museum of Modern Art Library: 4 handmade books:Death, Parents (with 9 artists,) The Wizards Daughter and the Lawsuit it Provoked, & Do Not Open Until After I am Dead: Every Man I Ever Slept With. The Noyes Museum (Death , Parents books),

The New York Public Library special collections (Death, Parents, Wizards Daughter, Grandmas Musical Talent, Helgas Doll, Fat Lady Lullabye, My Parents, What I saw in NYC, Do Not Open Until After I am Dead, Ice Cream, The Wizards Daughter & The Lawsuit it Provoked.)

The Newark Public Library (Death, Parents, Wizards Daughter, Ice Cream, Every Man I Ever Slept With),

Vassar College Library, Special collections (Wizard's Daughter, My Parents, Helga's Doll, Fat Lady Lullabye, Grandma's Musical Talent, What I saw in NYC.)

UCLA Library, Special Collections: Ice Cream, Every Man, etc. UC Riverside: Grandmas Musical Talent, Helgas Doll, etc.; James B. Cabbell Library at Virginia Commonwealth University: almost all my books; Newberry Lib, Chicago, Helgas Doll, editons 1&2.

Published References:
Sun Aug 6. 2000: Sunday hour Norwalk Ct, pp. 1&3 "Maxximum judgment" Famous artist from 60s is celebrity judge for arts celebration. "Marcia Wilson. Shes a piece of art herself-- pure, honest. (Her work) is very interesting and has a little bit of a primitive quality," Maxx said.
Sun July 5, 1998 :NY Times Jersey sxn, p. 9. Art Review of Whirligig Exhibit at Noyes Mus w/photo
Sun Oct. 23, 1994: NY Times, Jersey sxn. Craft Column by Betty Freudenheim "The Elegant & Whimsical in Wood" re Trenton State College craft exhibit "Out of the Woodwork." re chicken cookie jar.
Sun. Oct 9, 1994, Trenton Times, p. AA1 (Living Sxn) "View a Variety of Woodworking Styles at TSC" by Anne Levin, re "Out of the Woodwork" show at Trenton State College. Color photo of MW on floor of TSC gallery carving nude mantle clock with 3 pieces: chicken, Mine at last, Inner Child.
Mar.6,1994:NY Times, Jersey sxn, p.4. Shirley Horner, About Books: "Fairy Tale Lands in Court."
Feb 3,1994:Times-Beacon, Leisure sxn. Alan Golnick review of Gallery North (Setauket, LI) show, photo p.C7, of boyfriend's head sculpture.
Jan 26, 1994: Village Herald (LI), Susan Bridson review of Gallery North "Serious Whimsy" Exhib, photo,p.9 of boyfriend's head sculpture.
Oct 24, 1993: NY Times (NJ section, p. 17) Betty Freudenheim review of MW wood in Johnson&Johnson show.
June 14, 1992: The Sunday Record, pp E1,E7. John Zeaman review of Fine Arts Annual re MW etchings.
Friday, July 8? 1999: channel 13 WJZ Baltimore, mw & whirligig in short segment on 5 oclock news.

Artist Statement:

The first time I tried woodcarving was in 1964. At that time I was a copywriter at W&J Sloane furniture store in NYC. They had a wall painting on barnwood there of what I later discovered was a Swedish wedding scene. I really liked the theme, possibly because I was having an affair with a married Swedish doctor at the time. But that was back when I had hormones.

I sketched the wallpainting on the back of an envelope: a man and a woman in a carriage with big flowers falling all around them. After I got home I painted it on my drawing board but the result was sort of flat and disappointing. Soon after I broke up with the Swedish doctor and my ex husband came around to visit our daughter. I told him that I had an idea that the drawing board would be much improved if I carved around the painted shapes, and I handed him a linoleum cutting knife so he could show me how to go about it. I asked him to try and carve a line around a painted flower in the lower right hand corner of the board. He worked steadily for about 30 minutes, and then I saw that he had not just cut a little line around a flower, but had removed about 1/2 inch of the background so that the little flower stood out in relief, and he had added a stem.

I worked on the board, off and on, over the next ten years, using any tool that I found-- razor blades, xacto knives, a linoleum cutter. Knives were all too dull and I did not know how to sharpen them. The wagon wheels, which had flowers inside them, became very very deeply carved, almost thru the board. That's because I kept making mistakes. Of course, i did not carve the board full time; I had during that time 3 husbands and 3 children to raise. But by the time I finished, i knew a little bit about woodcarving.

In 1970 I met a marvelous woodcarver named Dan Pressley. My first art show was his last, because he was suffering from stomach pains that turned out to be cancer. But I bought nine of his pieces and had a chance to study them and learn how beautiful narrative woodcarving could be. I have never achieved Dan's skill in carving but I am honored to have known him.

In 1975 I moved from NYC to my home town of Leonia, NJ and discovered "adult ed" classes at local high schools. In 1977 I took "Whittling and woodcarving" at Ridgewood HS with Henry Imp, who started his class with sharp knives from the Warren tool Co. in Rhinebeck, NY, and little basswood blanks of whales. I rejected the whale shapes but took a rectangular piece of wood and carved a man with a hat and his tongue sticking out. I had not planned that, but the knife kept making mistakes around his mouth. However, it may not have been such an "accident" because I was rogue student. I "cheated" any way I could. For example, I bought two wooden basswood circles from Henry and shaped faces on them, using a dremel tool with a sanding attachment. I burned out the tool, because the flap sander was too big for it. So I started to learn something about power tools as well as knives.

The rest I have learned over the years from other woodcarvers such as David Fooks of Pennsylvania, who taught me how to sharpen a knife by telling me he uses a hard felt polishing wheel.

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