Yolanda Fusco

Born in Czechoslovakia in 1920, Yolanda Fusco came to New York City at the age of ten, and she started painting at the age of twelve. She studied at the Art Students League with Ernest Fiene, Harry Sternberg, and Vaclao Vytlacil, and also studied textile design at Pratt Institute.

 

She then worked in textile design, and taught art clubs and adult education. She married a chemist and had two children. 

 

She first visited Monhegan at the urging of artist friends in the summer of 1959 and became a founding member of the Women Artists of Monhegan Island. 

In an explanation of her theory of art, Fusco said she liked to simplify things. "Like poetry, a painting should be the essence of thought and vision. That's how I feel about it."

 

She died in Scarborough Maine, August 2009.

 

Solo Exhibitions:

Village Art Center Gallery, New York City

Elmont Library, Long Island, NY

Waldinger Memorial Library

1993 – Art League of Daytona Beach

 

Two Person Shows:

1985 – Hewlitt-Woodmere Public Library, Long Island, NY

1986 – Art League of Daytona Beach, Florida

 

Group Shows:

C.W. Post College, Long Island, NY

North Shore Artists, Long Island, NY

Heckscher Museum, Long Island, NY

Farleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey

Columbia University, New York City

Lever House, New York City

Audubon Artists, New York City

National Association of Women Artists Group and Traveling Exhibitions

Adelphi University, Soho, New York City

On Island, Women Artists of Monhegan, Portland, ME

 

Museum Collections:

Monhegan Museum of Art and History

Owen Art Gallery at Gould Academy

 

Awards:

New York City Scholarship to Art Students League of New York

1962 – Top Award – Watercolor – Village Art Center Gallery

1966 – 1st Prize, Black & White – Long Island Art League, NY

1979 – Sarah Winston Memorial Award – Oil, N.A.W.A.

1981 – Sadie and Max Tesser Award – Audubon Artists, NY

1984 – Pen and Brush Women – Merit Award – Daytona, Florida

1986 – William Rahl Award – Watercolor – Daytona Art League, Florida

1987 – Pen and Brush Women – Litho – Best in Show – Daytona, Florida

1988 – Recognition Award – Oil – Daytona, Florida

1990 – Recognition Award – Monoprint– Daytona, Florida

1993 – Merit Award – Nassau County Museum

 

Memberships:

National Association of Women Artists

Long Island Art League

New York Artists Equity

Life Member – Art Students League of New York

Monhegan Artists Summer Listing – Monhegan Island, Maine

 

Publications:

1979 – National Association of Women Artists Catalog

1981 – Audubon Artists Catalog