I am interested in objects relating to objects, people relating to people…their relationships, their quest for self, each other, and how they might relate to the world.  Narration is an old and honorable tradition, both visual and oral.  It is a path I follow instinctively.  My paintings evolve in much the same way as characters in a book.  They present themselves to me, lead me a merry chase, and finally resolve themselves into a cohesive unit.

Watching people, watching nature, noticing the minutiae of life has been my thing since childhood.  Insects, polliwogs, plants, looking through a forest of grownup legs, blank faces on San Francisco buses, reading James Thurber, Carson McCullers, Truman Capote…jobs in window display, frame shops, architectural salvage, teaching, being a mother, being a child…these are my bones, and the paintings are built upon them.


Born:  1944, San Francisco, CA    
Studied:  San Francisco Art    Institute;
San Jose State, CA;    Glassell, Houston,  TX    




 Solo Exhibitions
 and Awards
Selected Group
Selected Public 
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2018 Gail Siptak, Paintings, Cloister Gallery, Houston, TX
2017 Little Paintings, Gail Siptak , Koelsch Gallery, Houston, TX
2013 Portals, Gail Siptak, Paintings, Koelsch Gallery, 2013, Houston, TX
2010: Gail Siptak, Paintings, Koelsch Gallery, Houston, TX
2008: Recent Paintings, Koelsch Gallery, Houston, TX
2007: Texas Collaborative Arts Press, Prints of Siptak Gouaches, printed by Kelly Moran.
2006:  Recent Paintings, Koelsch Gallery, Houston, TX
2004:  Unframed Gail Siptak, Koelsch Gallery, Houston, TX
2003: Recent Paintings, Cidnee Patrick Gallery, Dallas, TX
2000:   Working:  O’Kane Gallery, University of Houston Downtown
Ordinary Strange:  Buchanan Gallery, Galveston, TX
Recent Paintings:  Joan Grona Gallery, San Antonio, TX
1999: Cycle:  Karan Ruhlan Gallery, Sante Fe, NM
A Touch of Whimsey:  Edith Baker Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Gail Siptak:  Oeuvres Sur Papier:  Centre D’Etudes D’ Architecture et D’Urbanisme, Saintes, France
1998: To the Sea:  Buchanan Gallery, Galveston, Texas
Into the Snarl: University of Texas Medical School Gallery, UT
- Houston Health Science Center, Houston, Texas

Inside/Out:  Buchanan Gallery, Galveston, Texas
Interior Space:  Weekend Gallery, Houston, TX
Popular Neurosis:  Karan Ruhlan Gallery, Sante Fe, New Mexico
Gail Siptak, Recent Gouaches:  Stages Theater, Houston, Texas

1996: Gail Siptak, Recent Paintings:  C.G Jung Center,  Houston, Texas
Everyday Matters: Houston Area Women’s Center, Houston, Texas
1994: Gail Siptak, Recent Paintings:  Kilgore College, Killgore, TX
1992: Kaleidoscope: The College of the Mainland, Texas City, TX
1991: Gail Siptak, Drawings:  Lynne Goode Gallery, Houston, TX
Gail Siptak, Paintings:  C.G Jung Center,  Houston, Texas

Gail Siptak, Recent Paintings:  Galerie Sct Gertrud, Copenhagen, Denmark
Rumors Confirmed: Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX
Gail Siptak, Paintings:  Lynne Goode Gallery, Houston, TX

1989: Gail Siptak, Paintings:  Edith Baker Gallery, Dallas, Texas

Gail Siptak, Recent Work:  Little Egypt Gallery, Houston, Texas
Gail Siptak,
Recent Work: Griffith Gallery, Stephen F. Austin  State University, Nacodoches, TX


McMurtrey Gallery, Houston, TX
Gail Siptak,
Paintings: University of Wisconsin Center, Marshfield,  Wisconsin

1984: Paintings:  McMurtrey Gallery, Houston, TX
Fellowships and Awards:
1999: Centre E’Etudes D’Architecture et D’Urbanisme, Saninte, France
1996: Houston YMCA Outstanding Woman of the Year in Category of the Arts
Grant:  Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Inc.
1991: Yaddo Colony for the Arts,  Saratoga Springs, NY

Millay Colony for the Arts,  Steeple Top, NY


Texas Commission on the Arts, Houston , TX

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2007-2010 Koelsch Gallery, Houston, Tx
2014 Little Big Web, Galerie Ephemere, Thurin and Brussels, Belgium
2011 Texas-French Alliance for the Arts, art award and auction, 40 artists from Texas and France, Decorative Arts Center, Houston.
2010 Tamarack Gallery, Omena, Michigan.
Lawndale Live, 25 Years;   Lawndale Art Center, Curator Gus Kopriva and Wayne Gilbert, Catalog.
2005: Everybody Art, Show Us Your Feminism, University of Houston Women's Studies; Vine Street Studios
2004: Small Pleasures, Austin College, Sherman, TX
Contemporary Feminism, Koelsch Gallery, Houston, TX
An Eclectic Gathering of Gulf Coast Artists, CyFair College, Cypress, TX
2003: Way Cool, Koelsch Gallery, Houston, Texas
2002: Gallery Artists, Cidnee Patrick Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2002: Body Text,  Fort Hayes University, Hays, Kansas
1999: Objects of Desire,  ArtScan Gallery, Houston,  TX
Three Person Show, Buchanan Gallery, Galveston, Texas
Masquerade.  Edith Baker Gallery, Dallas, Texas
101 Cups.  Karan Ruhlan Gallery, Sante Fe, New Mexico
High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Faculty Show.  Houston, Texas
The Aquarium Show.  Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, Texas
1998: Ripples in the Water, Texas Women’s University, Denton, TX
Up Close and Personal:  Edith Baker Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Gail Siptak, Danna Ruth Harvey, and Doug Sweet:  Buchanan Gallery, Galveston, Tx
The Cup Show:  Karan Ruhlan Gallery, Sante Fe, New Mexico
Celebration:  Edith Baker Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1997: Intimate, Barbara Davis Gallery, Pennzoil Place, Houston, TX
Two Kings:  Lesikar Gallery, Houston, Texas
Gail Siptak, David Price, Holly Patterson, and Wanda Alexander:  West End Gallery, Houston, Tx
Really Red:  West End Gallery, Houston, Texas
Women in Art:  Youen's Gallery, Houston, Texas
1996: Gail Siptak/Deborah Ballard:  Edith Baker Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Exhibition, Yekaterinberg, Cis (Russia)
Hope and Horror from the Ashes of Yugoslavia:  Bosiac Cultural Center, NY, NY.
Cerling Etching Studio - Work from the First Five Years:  Transco Tower Gallery, Houston

Texas Art for Russia, Traveling Jan-Dec 1995 to Yekaterinberg, Tomsk,  St. Petersburg, Rostovondon, Nizhiniy-Noverod, and Moscow


Houston in Hope, The Faith and Charity in Hope Gallery, Hope, Idaho (curators, Ed and Nancy Reddin Kienholz) 


Narrative Painting, Storytelling in Texas, The Bridge Center for Contemporary Art, El Paso, TX

1991: The Power of Scale: Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX
1988: Classical Myth and Imagery in Contemporary Art,  Queens Museum, NY 

Collaborators: Artists Working Together in Houston 1969-1986, Glassell School of Art,  Houston, TX

1985:  Houston Artists in Los Angeles, Gallery of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA. 
1984: The Figure, Three Views, Transco Tower, Houston, TX
1983: Contemporary Views of Houston, Art League of Houston, TX
1980:  Humor in Art,  Boulevard Gallery, Houston, TX
Selected Public Collections
  University of Texas at San Antonio
  The Barrett Collection, Dallas, TX
  Fritolay Collection, Dallas, TX
  San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX
  Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christie, TX
  Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX
  Museum of Yekateringberg, Russia


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