Berkeley College Presents an Exhibit of Japanese Painting and Calligraphy by Artist Rose Sigal-Ibsen


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Berkeley College is exhibiting the work of artist Rose Sigal-Ibsen at its New York City Midtown Campus Gallery, First Floor Lobby, 3 East 43rd Street. This exhibit will be on display from May 2 through 31--Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm and on Saturday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  An artist’s reception will be held on Wednesday, May 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.   

Born in Romania, Ms. Sigal-Ibsen and her family migrated to Israel after World War II, and moved to the US in 1957.  She found work as an enamelist and studied jewelry design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, receiving many design awards.  In 1979, she began studying Sumi paintings at the KoHo School of Sumi-e in New York and Chinese brushwork at the Zhejiang Academy in China.   

“Why did I, an enamelist, become a calligrapher?” Ms. Sigal-Ibsen says.  “I really don’t know.  When I went to China to study, something happened in my heart---the brush, the paper, and I have become one spirit.”  She embraced calligraphy and was considered a peer by contemporary masters like C. C. Wang and Wang Fangyu. 

The artist has had several exhibitions in the US and abroad, and won recognition for both her paintings and her calligraphy.  These exhibitions include the Steinhardt Conservatory, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, New York; the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, and Gallery Korea, New York.  She has also exhibited at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China; the China National Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou, China; and the Zhejiang Academy, China.  She has received many awards for her work, including an Award of Excellence in Calligraphy from Kampo Cultural Center, New York, and an Award of Merit from Manhattan Arts magazine. 

Ms. Sigal-Ibsen’s professional affiliations include the American Society of Contemporary Artists, the New York Artists Equity, and the Sumi-e Society, New York Metropolitan  Chapter. 

For more details about the exhibit, please e-mail Berkeley Gallery Curator Robert Keiber at or call 212-252-2065.

Photo Caption:   Nothingness, from artist Rose Sigal-Ibsen’s exhibit of Japanese paintings and calligraphy, is on display at the Berkeley College Midtown Campus Gallery, First Floor Lobby, 3 East 43rd Street, New York City from May 2 through 31.      

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