Sheila Hicks: 80 and Exceptional

Sheila Hicks: 80 and Exceptional

Sheila Hicks

Sheila Hicks (1963); image featured in the exhibition "Woven Forms" at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts from March 22 to May 12, 1963. Photo: Ferdinand Boesch

Of all materials I choose wool.
Of all equipment I choose the simplest.
For a place to work I choose the sun. 

~Sheila Hicks describing her approach in the catalog to the exhibition “Woven Forms” held at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in 1963.

Artist Sheila Hicks, on the occasion of her 80th birthday, can today be described as a polymath of the textile world. Her technical skills, acquired over the past 60-plus years, run the gamut from painting to sculpture to weaving and dyeing; her materials range from linen, silk, and bamboo to rubber bands, found objects and wool. She moves easily between the worlds of art, craft, design, and architecture. The woman cannot – and will not – be categorized.

Ever the world citizen, Hicks has resided in Paris, France, since 1964. Prior to that, she lived and taught throughout Mexico. Not yet 30 when she was chosen to exhibit in “Woven Forms,” Hicks had already received her BFA. and MFA from Yale, shown in several one-woman shows, and received a Fulbright Grant to travel and work in the Andes.

Having recently been part of the 2014 Whitney Biennial and Art Basel fair, Hicks’ work can be seen in museums around the globe including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and the Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, Japan, just to name a few.

Happy birthday and many more to Ms. Hicks!

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