Carol A. Levy | Journeys

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Carol A. Levy holds a BFA from Syracuse University and a MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago where she also taught. She currently teaches Figure Drawing and Basic Drawing in the Art Department of City College of San Francisco. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in one person and group venues throughout her long artistic career.


Carol A. Levy describes her painting process as a search that begins without preconceived ideas and allows for the images to emerge as a dance. Adding and subtracting paint until the canvas begins to reveal itself as a life force of its own, Levy confronts the delicate balances that exist between control and freedom, definition and abstraction and conflict and resolution. Her work explores the dynamics, rhythms, tensions, and power found in the forces of nature: the sea as metaphor, the spacious quality of air, and the grounding of the earth. Her inspirations come from the spiritual and natural worlds, the human form and the human condition. References to time and timelessness lie within the layers of paint, lines, gestures and the spaces in between. The depth and breadth of Levy’s work invites the viewer to experience the precarious journey into the unknown, the non-space where the water ends and the sky begins.



Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Ill., Post Graduate, Printmaking

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Ill., M.F.A., Painting

Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, B.F.A. Painting (+one Semester\Florence, Italy)

Solo Exhibitions

2014 Art Works Downtown Gallery “Delicate Balances” (Paintings, Drawings, & Monotypes)

2012 Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco, Ca. “Honorable Mention” 2 person show, Paintings

2005 California Modern Gallery, San Francisco, Ca. Retrospective: “An Artists’ Journey”

2001 Oakland Museum Collectors’ Gallery, Oakland, Ca. (Paintings, Drawings, & Monotypes)

1998 Atrium Gallery, Greenbrae, Ca. (Paintings, Drawings, and Monotypes)

1989 Victor Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, Ca. (Paintings on Mylar)

1988 Marin Theatre Company Gallery, Mill Valley, Ca (Paintings and Monotypes)

1988 Gallérie du Monde, Hong Kong. (Monotypes and Drawings)

1986 Victor Fischer Gallery, Oakland, CA. (Paintings and Drawings)

1984 Anna Gardner Gallery, Stinson Beach, Ca. (Paintings).

1982 Academy of Art Gallery, San Francisco, Ca (Paintings and Monotypes)

Selected Group Exhibitions

2011 Doug Adams Gallery: Bade Museum; Gendered Images: The female Divine .Berkeley, Ca.

Sandra Lee Gallery, THE ABSTRACT, Juried exhibition, San Francisco, Ca.

City College of San Francisco Gallery; Faculty Exhibition, San Francisco, Ca.

2010 Ann O’Hanlon Gallery, Ebb and Flow: Juried exhibition, Mill Valley, Ca.

2009 Dominican University Gallery; PAINTING LARGE, Juried exhibition, San Rafael, Ca.

Crossing the Line: An exhibition of Drawing; Juried exhibition, AWD gallery, SR, Ca.

2008 Dorothy Herger Gallery; Solano Community College; “To Honor Teaching,” Fairfield, Ca.

The State of Painting; Juried exhibition, AWD gallery, San Rafael, Ca.

Artworks Downtown Gallery, “Singular Impressions: Monotypes,” San Rafael, Ca,

2007 Dorothy Herger Gallery, “The Figure in Art”, Fairfield, Ca

Donna Seager Gallery, “First Anniversary Exhibition: Gallery Artists”, San Rafael, Ca

Fort Mason Gallery, CCSF, Faculty exhibition, San Francisco, Ca

2006 Donna Seager Gallery, Inaugural Exhibition, San Rafael, Ca

2005 Art Works Downtown,” Strong Ties: Diverse Connections” San Rafael, Ca.

California Modern Gallery, “The Best of California Modern”,SF, Ca.

CFA Gallery, “Figures without Form: a look beneath the Skin,” San Anselmo, Ca.

Sanchez Gallery, “Dialogues”, City College of San Francisco, SF. Ca.

Artworks’ Downtown, “Originals”, San Rafael, Ca.

2004 CFA Gallery, “The Figure in Art,” San Anselmo, Ca

Artworks Downtown Gallery, “Inspired by the Figure,” San Rafael, Ca.

San Francisco City College, “Faculty Exhibition”, San Francisco, Ca.

Fort Mason Gallery, City College of San Francisco, “Faculty Exhibition” San Francisco, Ca.

California Modern Gallery, Opening exhibition, San Francisco, Ca

2003 CFA Gallery, “The Painterly Print,” San Anselmo, Ca.

2002 San Francisco City College, “Faculty Exhibition,” San Francisco, Ca

The Downtown Art Gallery, “Best of Open Studios,” San Rafael, Ca

Artworks Downtown Gallery, “Four on Fourth S”, San Rafael, Ca.

2001 Artisans Gallery, “Spirituality in Art” Mill Valley, Ca.

2000 The Atrium Art Gallery, “The Millennium Exhibit” Greenbrae, Ca.

Art Works Downtown Gallery, “South of Fourth Street” San Rafael, Ca

1998 Dorothy Herger Gallery, “New Faculty Exhibition,” Suisan, Ca.

The Underground Gallery: Downtown Art Center, “South of Fourth St” San Rafael, Ca.

Marin Arts Council, Marin Civic Center, Drawings.”

Marin Civic Center; “Marin Printmakers,” San Rafael, Ca.

1997 Falkirk Cultural Center, “The Figure,” (4 person exhibition), San Rafael, Ca.

Gallery Route One,” Guest Artists,” Point Reyes, Ca.

Marin Civic Center, “Objects Examined”. Marin Arts Council, San Rafael, Ca.

Marin Arts’ Council, “Interior Spaces Exhibition”, Larkspur, Ca.

1994 Artisans’ Gallery, “Marin Scene,” Mill Valley, Ca.

Marin Civic Center; “The Dinner Group,” San Rafael, Ca.

1993 Triton Museum of Art, ”9th Biennial Drawing and Print Exhibition.”

Linda Panzer Gallery; “4 Printmakers,” San Anselmo, Ca.

Claudia Chapman Gallery; Group Exhibition; Stinson Beach, Ca.

Center for Global Spirituality; “Fine Impressions,” Tiburon, Ca.

1992 Juniper Gallery, Napa Art Center Gallery,“ Figurative Painting,” Napa, Ca.

1991 Artisans Gallery, “Printmakers” (best in show) & “Portraits of the Artist”, Mill Valley, Ca

SOMAR Gallery “Fired” San Francisco, Ca.

Victor Fischer Gallery; “Three Artists’ Work on Paper.” Oakland, Ca.

College of Marin Fine Arts Gallery; “String Along,” Kentfield, Ca.

1990 Mendocino Art Center; “Figurative Art”, Mendocino, Ca.

Route One Gallery, “Artists and the Environmental Crisis” Pt. Reyes, Ca.

Grants Pass Museum of Art,” Collectors Choice Exhibition,” Grants Pass, Or.

Victor Fischer Gallery, “Grand Opening,” San Francisco, Ca.

1989 Concordia Argonaut Gallery, “Four Painters,” San Francisco, Ca

1988 Susan Cummins’ Gallery; Group Exhibition, Mill Valley, Ca.

Victor Fischer Gallery; Group Exhibition; San Francisco, Ca.

1987 Claudia Chapman Gallery, “On the Road” Stinson Beach, Ca

Gallery Sanchez, “Symbols of Feminist Spirituality, San Francisco, Ca.

Susan Cummins Gallery, Paintings on Paper, Mill Valley, CA.

Jean Albano Contemporary Art, Selected Works, Chicago, Illinois

Victor Fischer Gallery;” Gallery Artists,” Oakland, Ca.

1986 Shasta College Gallery, “Works on Paper,” Mt. Shasta, Ca.

Koret Gallery, “Works on Paper,” Palo Alto, Ca.

1984 Cabrillo College Gallery; The Singular Image,” Aptos, Ca.

1983 Artisans’ Gallery; “Response,” Mill Valley, Ca.

College of Marin, “Myth and Fantasy,” Kentfield, Ca

1982 World Print Gallery; “Bay Area Monotypes,” San Francisco, Ca.

Anna Gardner Gallery, “Monotypes,” Stinson Beach, Ca

Tri-Gallery, “Figuration,” Walnut Creek, Ca.

1981 Falkirk Cultural Center Gallery, “Juried Marin Exhibition”, San Rafael, Ca.

Richmond Art Center, Drawings, Richmond, Ca

Bank of America, “Prize Winning Drawings,” Chicago, Illinois

1972 Art Institute of Chicago, “Critic’s Choice,” Chicago, Illinois.

Illinois Artists’ Council; Congress Building, Springfield, Illinois.

Northern Illinois University, “Chicago Printmakers,” Chicago, Illinois

1970 Art Institute of Chicago, “71st Exhibition: Artists of Chg & Vicinity,” (Prize).

Fisher Gallery, Monotypes, Paintings and Drawings, Dallas, Texas

Rockford Art Gallery; Paintings and Drawings, Rockford, Illinois.

Hyde Park Art Center, Participating Artists of Chicago, “After Seurat’s A Sunday…”

1968 Art Institute of Chicago, “69th Exhibition: Artists of Chg & Vicinity,” (Prize)

Gallery Affiliations:

Donna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, Ca

Museum of Modern Art Artists’ Gallery, San Francisco, Ca.


1997–11 Solano Community College, Fairfield, Ca: Figure Painting, Figure Drawing,

Acrylic & Oil Painting, Basic Drawing & Inter. Drawing and Drawing with Color.

2001–11 San Francisco City College: Basic Drawing, Basic Design, Beg. & Intermediate Painting

1976-06 College of Marin, Kentfield, CA: Figure Drawing, Figure Painting, Painting, Basic Drawing,

Basic Design, Landscape Drawing. & Painting, Lithography

1992–94 California College of the Arts, Oakland, Ca: 2D Design, Color Theory.

1981-89 S.F. Academy of Art: Basic & Int. Drawing, Figure Drawing, Figure Painting, Painting

1978-79 San Francisco Art Institute, Visiting Instructor: Lithography.

1973 Chicago City College, Chicago, Ill, Tenured, Assistant Professor: Basic Design, etc.

Art Related Experience

Art Exhibition Curator: Downtown art Center, San Rafael, Cal. Art Works Downtown Gallery

“ Harry Cohen” (solo exhibition), 2010.

“Singular Impressions: Monotypes, 2008.

“Realism; five painters,” 2006.

“Inspired by the Figure”, 2004.

Exhibition Committee, Art Works Downtown San Rafael, Ca

Cultural Affairs Commission, San Rafael, Ca. Appointed Commissioner (Three years)


Art of Northern California, Alcove Books, Photo’s page 138 & 139, 2003.

Fitzsimons, Casey, Serious Drawing: a Basic Manual, Prentice Hall, “The Dance,” Photo pg. 165.

Kenneth Baker, S.F. Chronicle, March 9, l991, Review of SOMA Gallery Exhibition.

Kenneth Baker, S.F. Chronicle, April 1, l989, Review of Victor Fischer Exhibition.

Art Week, photo, “Tree of life”, March 18, l989.

Art Week, photo, “Rites of Passage”, Oct. 18,1986.

The Tribune, Oakland, Ca, Nov. 4, 1986.

Pacific Sun, Art Gallery of Marin Theatre Co., photo, March 1987.

Art in America, full-page color photo, page 87, summer 1984.

Art Week, photo, “The Leap”, Nov. 3, 1984.

Art Week, photo “Scoring a Hit”, performance, photo, Nov. 3, 1984.

Point Reyes Light, photo & review, Anna Gardner Gallery, Oct. 1984.

Phyllis Bragdon, Independent Journal, July 16, 1983.

Art Week, photo “Shadows”, Sept. 18, 1982.

Phyllis Bragdon, Marin/Sonoma Independent Journal, July 17, 1982

Zea Morvitz, “Arts, An Interview with Carol A. Levy”, Pacific Sun,

Ada Garfinkel, Marin/Sonoma Independent Journal, photo & review, Sept12, 1980

Art Institute of Chicago, “Chicago & Vicinity Exhibition” Catalogue, photo.

Richard Gray, Chicago Tribune, Art Institute Chicago & Vicinity Show

Art Institute of Chicago & Vicinity Exhibition Catalogue photo, April

Chicago Daily News, Panorama Magazine, Cover photo, “Fresh Controversy,” Art Institute’s Chicago

and Vicinity Exhibition.

Edward Barry, Chicago Tribune, Art Institute Chicago & Vicinity Exhibition.

Avenue 12 Gallery

1101 Lake Street at 12th Avenue

San Francisco CA 94118