February 2018

Saturday, February 17, 2018
Connections in Clay with Dominique Ellis at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA

This workshop relates to FWM’s past Artists-in-Residence—Jun Kaneko, Viola Frey, Betty Woodman and Toshiko Takaezu—who defined FWM in the early years by translating their patterns on clay into the medium of screen-printing on fabric. Guest artist Dominique Ellis of The Clay Studio, Philadelphia will lead participants in screen-printing images on clay tiles. The tiles will be fired offsite and ready for pick up at FWM on Saturday, March 10, 2018.

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Saturday, February 24, 2018
Women Who Transformed Art in the West at Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA

Sponsored by Stanford University and Minnesota Street Project, this public symposium will celebrate the rise of notable western women artists during the last century and the prospects for achieving gender parity in the western art scene today.

In honor of this event, a list was compiled of remarkable 20th Century woman artists who lived, worked, and spent their careers in the American West, and demonstrates the rich legacy that contemporary women artists working in the West today can stand upon.

The event is part of the Bill Lane Center for the American West’s ongoing ArtsWest Initiative.

For more information and to read Mac Taylor’s Influential Women Artists of the American West in the 20th Century:


April 2016

During the course of her career, Viola Frey evolved from creating moderately-scaled “bricolage” sculptures inspired by her frequent visits to flea markets to create nearly life-size figures (including double self-portraits) and subsequently monumental figures as both her ambition and her command of her medium increased. The World and the Woman is an example of her mature large-scale sculpture, which is more brilliantly colored than her earlier work. It dates to a time when Frey focused her monumental ceramics on several signature subjects: male figures, often in blue business suits (and vulnerable poses); confident standing females in floral-patterned dresses; and seated or reclining female nudes, sometimes accompanied by additional figures or globes. It took the installation crew from ICA - Art Conservation, Akron Art Museum and Andy Rock Fine Art Services three days to assemble The World and the Woman, but you can watch her reassembly in just over a minute! – Akron Museum of Art

Featuring Viola Frey, The World and the Woman, 1992, glazed ceramic, 80 x 142 x 75 inches, VF-3414CS; Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Irving and Harriett Sands.


The World and the Woman: Installation


March 2016

Transformative Art Gift Will Enhance Studies in Studio Art, Art History, and Conservation
Denver real estate developer John Madden has donated a collection of 120 artworks to the University of Denver . . . “For a decade, we’ve worked hard to organize our collections. Mr. Madden’s gift perfectly complements some of our existing holdings, particularly in European and American landscape painting. Gifts of pieces by Grandma Moses, Robert Rauschenberg and Viola Frey take us into whole new areas with works of truly significant quality. The Madden collection even features a stunning collection of work by local painter Daniel Sprick, adding yet another dimension. It’s a transformational gift, and I’m really looking forward to sharing it with colleagues, students and our expanding audience.” —Curator, Dan Jacobs, University Art Collections, Denver, Colorado


February 2016

Canton Museum Acquires Sculpture by Viola Frey
“For the last several years, we have been working to bolster the ceramic side of our Permanent Collection, which includes, among others, acclaimed pieces by Toshiko Takaezu, Viktor Schreckengost, and Frey contemporary, Peter Voulkos,” said Barton. “Among the top of our wish list was to add a Frey sculptural work into the collection. The opportunity presented itself, and after careful review our Collections Management Committee secured this amazing piece.” —Executive Director Max Barton


June 1995

Viola Frey talks with Paul Karlstrom for the Archives of American Art, Women in the Arts in Southern California Oral History Project, at the artist’s studio, in Oakland, California.

Audio courtesy of “Oral history interview with Viola Frey, 1995 February 27-June 19.” Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1995.


May 1975

The Incredible San Fancisco Artists' Soapbox Derby, 1975.