National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sylvia Sleigh
May 08 1916 - present
Photograph of Sylvia Sleigh, courtesy of the artist
Place of Birth:
American, British – Welsh
Phonetic Spelling:
SIHL-vee-ah slee
Minority status:
White non-Hispanic
Work Type/Media:
Artistic Role(s):
Painter, Portraitist
Feminist Art
Artist's Statement:
I think that the most amazing, astounding miracle is that the smallest leaf, insect or animal is unique as are great mammals like elephants and whales, and of course, human mammals! This seems to me to make each creature infinitely precious. They are all our brothers and sisters.

Tene memoria tu es quisdam qui mundum cum luce sis complere potes*

This is my motto and mottos are not taken seriously unless they are in Latin or Old French.

*Remember you are the one who can fill the world with sunshine

Statement courtesy of Sylvia Sleigh

Other Occupation(s):
Place(s) of Residence:
New York
Place(s) of Activity:
Where Trained/Schools:
Extramural Department, University of London, London, England (1947) Brighton School of Art, Brighton, England (1933-1937)
Related Visual Artists:
friend of Nancy Spero friend of May Stevens friend of Margaret Greenwood influenced Jacqueline Fahey
Fellowships, grants and awards:
Grant, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc., New York, NY, USA (1985) Grant, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC, USA (1982) Edith Kreeger Wolf Distinguished Professor of Painting, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA (1977)
Earliest exhibition:
Statues in the Crystal Palace Gardens, Trafford Gallery, London, England (1962)
NMWA exhibition(s):
WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution
Artist retrospective(s):
Sylvia Sleigh: Invitation to a Voyage and Other Works, Milwaukee Art Museum, WI, USA (1990)