Profile of Zea Morvitz

Zea Morvitz at Ballinglen Artist Residency, 2010ZEA MORVITZ was born in Baltimore, Maryland and lived in New York before moving to California. She currently lives in the small village of Inverness, in the San Francisco Bay Area, with her husband, photographer Tim Graveson.

Recent project: An Alchemical Emblem Book, a series of drawings and poems modeled on alchemy books of  17th C Europe, in particular, Atalanta Fugiens by Michael Maier, published 1617. The project was crowd funded through AIM/HatchFund plus a travel grant from the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia where she was able to study period books.

Zea has an ongoing artwork exchange with Canadian artist Joyce Majiski that began with weekly exchange of postcards in 2012, 13 and 14 and which has now evolved into an exchange of book pages.

In 2010 she spent 5 weeks as a Resident Artist at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ballycastle, County Mayo, Ireland, where she began her current drawing series. Her work has been exhibited in the San Francisco Bay Area, across the US, in Canada, and Europe.

Zea and husband, Tim Graveson, work and exhibit together from time to time. The artists began collaborating as members of Miz-Maze Theatre, a small group of visual artists working in performance and installation primarily during the 1990s. Many of the themes Morvitz continues to address in her current work were core ideas developed within Miz-Maze Theatre projects, including the history and future of books; forgotten languages and Alchemy. From the 1990s onward, Zea has engaged in collaborations with other artists as well as pursuing her individual work.

Zea is a member of Gallery Route One (GRO), a nonprofit, community-based artists’ organization in Point Reyes Station where she currently works as a co-director of GRO’s visiting artist exhibitions and community outreach programs. She assists as a curator at Sometimes Books, an informal gallery for artist books in Point Reyes. For the past several years Morvitz has served in the Mentorship program for the graduate department of Arts and Consciousness at John F. Kennedy University, Berkeley Campus.

Zea Morvitz received a B.A. in Philosophy from Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts and an M.A. in Painting from the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied with Elmer Bischoff.

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