Sheila Letven

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Sheila Letven

1956

Textile Design

I am a multimedia artist who finds inspiration from the ordinariness of each new day. My subject might be my breakfast table, a fishpond or garden, or even a National Geographic. It could be an image, a texture or a color that attracts me; other times a new medium might trigger an idea. I like to travel between oil painting, graphics, woodcuts, wood sculptures and photography and, most recently, the computer, which has opened a whole new vocabulary for me!

I’ve exhibited my work in group and solo exhibitions for the last 35 years or so. I have won several prizes and my work has been reviewed in the New York Times. Recent exhibitions include Ryan John Gallery; Studio 51; the American Color Print Society; Cheltenham Center for the Arts; the main branch of the Philadelphia Free Library and Chestnut Hill Gallery. One of my proudest accomplishments was having two of my hand-colored woodcuts included in the exhibition Master Prints of the Last Twenty-Five Years at the Philadelphia Art Alliance.
I was president of the Cheltenham Graphic Guild from 1986 through1990, where I instituted foreign exchange exhibitions, the first being a show with a graphic printers group in Holland. I received a BFA from Moore in 1956 and am thankful to the education I received. My career would not have been the same without it!