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"No matter where Deb goes she will be successful. She has the magic touch of creativity. Teaching is a natural skill Deb has always possessed; she has a lifetime of experince to share with the next generation of visual journalist." 

-- Susan Mango Curtis, Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism

“I think Deb wakes up every day and sees a whole new world, unlike yesterday and different from tomorrow. Everything, from the color of grass to the shape of a rock inspires her to do something special. She is a force of nature, a spinning top of ideas and creativity. Deb makes everything she touches feel alive. Who wouldn’t want to be around that?”

 

-- Denis Finley, editor The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Virginia

 

 

 

Deborah is a Welsh-American artist who moved to Wales in 2009 because her love of St. Davids, Pembrokeshire, kept calling her back. Somehow she inexplicably knew there would be no better place to inspire her creative growth. Now, her work is held in private collections in the States, Canada, Colombia, UK, Spain, South Africa and Australia.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Biography

Goal  “To do one thing every day that scares me (I actually have!); to grow as an individual, an artist, a teacher, a business owner; to be involved in my Welsh community.”

Deborah Withey is a “Lifetime Achievement Award” recipient, given by the International Society of News Design, its highest honour, for her role as artist, creative director, journalist, and industry leader in journalism education. One of only 5 woman to have received the award in the society's 30 year history.

 

exhibitions

2010 “Gyotaku” fish monoprints exhibited in ART AT Rhos-y-gilwen.

2011 “SaintsinStones”-firstsoloexhibition,TheCloisterGallery,St.David’sCathedral.
Collage relief inspired by the lives of the Celtic saints; reliefs with monoprints, sea stones and detritus.

2011 “Gyotaku” fish monoprints exhibited at St. Davids Studio Gallery.

2013 - “The Welsh Alphabet Illustrated” - second solo exhibition, The Cloister Gallery, St. David’s Cathedral. Painting + Illustration combining her love of words + whimsy in 28 individual Welsh letter illustrations.

2013 “Gyotaku” fish monoprints exhibited as par of “Works on Paper”, Brick Lane Gallery, London coming 2014 “The Welsh Alphabet Illustrated - Continued!”, Torch Theatre Gallery, Milford Haven

Oct 2013 - February 2014 Artist in residence, Oriel y Parc, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, St. Davids

2014 - "Boats" The Cloister Gallery, St. Davids, Cathedral

2014 and on-going, Coracles on the Teifi, solo exhibition, expressing the history, activity on and characer of the River Teifi, on view at Hammet House, Cardigan.

Launched in 2015 - Deborah Anne Withey Designs for textiles and tableware.  

Summer 2015 - Female Expression Explored, group show, The Late November Gallery

June 23 - July 1 Monoprints - The Cloister Gallery

community art and teaching.

2010 - Agored Cymru qualification in community arts, Reach the Heights, Small World Theatre, Cardigan.

2010-2012 - Lead Artist/St. Davids, for “Cauldrons + Furnaces”, the 2012 Welsh Cultural Olympiad project, a role involving art directing, teaching and collaborating with the local residents, St. Davids City Council, Cadw, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Pembrokeshire Schools, and Arts Care/Golaf.

2011 - Conceived a year-long Olympiad project funded in part by Cadw, for Farms for City Children, Treginnis Isaf, which brought visiting schoolchildren together with Welsh history in weekly art workshops. The children’s individual, expressive and thoughtful work culminated in an unique installation called “Wishes for Wales.” As a legacy to the project, Cadw has permitted the childrens’ artwork to remain permanently in the Bishop’s Palace, St. Davids.

2012 - Ysgol Dewi Sant, taught 12-week GCSE sculpture course creating winged-creatures for Olympiad performance.

positions held 2011-present

  • --  Member of the board of directors of Arts Care/Golaf Celf, Carmarthenshire

  • --  Arts tutor for Learning Pembrokeshire (first tutor in Pembrokeshire to lift classes historically classified as

    leisure into Agored Cymru accredited courses).

  • --  Internal Verifier for art courses in Pembrokeshire

  • --  Community artist leading nature drawing and printing in situ for mental health group, Walk with Friends.

  • --  Tutor, Pembrokeshire County Council Springboard programme - art for families in disadvantaged areas.

  • --  Duke of Edinburgh Award creative mentor

  • --  Private tutor to artistically-talented resident with autism for Care in the Community. St. Davids.

  • --  Creative workshops in Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and London, under the name Cheese + Pickles Studio.

    pre-Wales career 1986-2009

  • --  Deputy managing editor for visuals + joint ventures, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk,, Virginia, an American publication with an international reputation for excellence in conceptual illustration, photojournalism, and narrative journalism. Led creative team of 70+ journalists and multi-award-winning redesign of The Pilot in 2006.

  • --  Design director for Knight Ridder Publishing Corporation, USA

  • --  Lecturer, School of Journalsim, University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain

  • --  Design director, Detroit Free Press, Detroit, Michigan, USA

    notable

    -- Gold, silver, awards of excellence, for art direction, page design and illustration, Society of News Design
    -- Five of her newspaper designs chosen as the “World’s Best-Designed Newspapers”, Society of News Design
    -- Awards of Excellence, illustration, page design, New York Art Directors Club, Print Magazine, American Illustration. -- Charlatan Ink Art Prize, New York, for Gyotaku wet paper monoprint “Life, Forms, Merge”.
    -- Majeri Award for Innovation and Leadership in Graphic Journalism, Ball State University, Indiana, USA
    -- “Outstanding Civilian Service Medal”, United States Department of the Army, for her illustrations for “Children of Valor”, a book conceived and published for military families who lost loved ones in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • -- “Lifetime Achievement Award” recipient, given by the International Society of News Design, its highest honour, for her role as artist, creative director, journalist, and industry leader in journalism education. One of only 5 woman to have received the award in the society's 30 year history.

    education

    -- Magna Cum Laude graduate, Visual Communications, Syracuse University, New York, 

    View her portfolio at deborah-withey.com; follow her on Pinterest; visit Cheese + Pickles Studio on Facebook; listen on Youtube to interviews with Deb about the Cultural Olympiad experience and the making of “Wishes for Wales”. Refences are available upon request 

 

Exhibition History

2014The Welsh Alphabet revisited + Welsh GARDENING year, The Torch Theatre Gallery, Pembs.
2013Artist in Residence Solo show
2013Gyotaku monoprints - works on paper, Brick Lane Gallery, London
2013The Welsh Alphabet Illustrated
2012Celtic collage
2011Gyotaku monoprints, Brick Lane London
2011Saints in Stones
2010ART AT Rhosygilwen Mansion
2009The Waterfront Gallery, Milford Haven, Wales
2009Rhosson Gallery, St. Davids, Wales
2009Arlington National Cemetery, VA, USA. Collage illustrations on exhibit from her work for the book "Children of Valor" celebrating the lives and children of fallen American service men and women.
1987Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
1990sAmerican Illustration Exhibition, NY, NY
1990sNew York Art Director's Award Exhibition, NY,NY
1990sScarab Club, Detroit, MI