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Grace Sippy grew up in small-town Swisher, IA within a family of five. She earned her BFA in Printmaking with Honors, at the University of Iowa, and earned her MFA in Printmaking at the University of Alberta. She has taught at the University of Alberta and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, as well as various workshops and demonstrations. She is the only artist in a family of scientists, medical professionals, and engineers.
She has exhibited across the United States and as well as internationally, exhibiting in Canada, Ireland, Scotland, Slovakia, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Taiwan, Japan and China. Grace has earned national and international recognition in her field, winning the Guanlan International Print Prize (2013), named Winner of the 10th International Biennial of Contemporary Prints in Liège, Belgium (2015), Honorable Mention in the Mid-America Print Council Juried Members’ Show (2016), an Excellence Prize from the Awagami International Miniature Print Exhibition 2017 in Japan, and 3rd Place in the René Carcan International Prize for Printmaking Exhibition 2018 in Belgium.
Grace has shown in several solo and two-person exhibitions. In 2015 she exhibited at the Byward Market Gallery in Ottawa, a two-person show titled “DUALISM”. As the Winner of the 10th International Biennial of Contemporary Prints in 2015, she was awarded a solo show to coincide with the 11th Biennial in 2017. This show, titled Entre Chien et Loup | Between Dog and Wolf, exhibited for several months at the Musée D’Ansembourg in Liège, Belgium.
Grace’s interests in print media comprise of traditional, photomechanical, and digital methods to create a complex visual language. Her work explores the hidden or underlying parts of the human psyche, seeking how it affects our mind, body, and our own interpretations of identity.