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Zita Biliunaite-Sodeika was born in Jurbarkas, Lithuania in 1934. In 1944, her family, as so many others, was forced to abandon their home and seek refuge in Germany by the advancing Red Army during World War II. In 1949, they moved to the U.S. to a new life in Chicago.

Zita studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, receiving her degree in advertising and design in 1958. After graduation she worked as a commercial artist at the FAIR department store, then at Hoskinson & Rohloff studio, in Chicago. In 1961 Zita switched to fine arts working at home and raising a family. She also returned for further studies to the Art Institute: painting (1965-1966) and printmaking (1969-1970).

During the 1980s and 1990s, she lived in Ohio, where she also worked with the Poet-in-Residence program of the Ohio Arts Council, created (and continues to create) cover art for Westron Press publications, and worked as the art and photography editor of Heartland Today, an annual review of Midwestern artists and writers.

Her largest work, a hand-colored drawing-painting consisting of nineteen eight-foot high panels and totaling 84 feet in length, is titled "The Wall" and was exhibited in 1983. It depicts the deceptions and repression practiced by communist regimes. This mural is now a part of the permanent collection of the Lithuanian Museum of Art in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Currently, Zita Sodeika lives and works in Apple River, Illinois. She uses drawing, painting, and collage in her work. Describing her work Zita says: "I like to place images in different contexts to arrive at different moods. By rearranging points of view and by bringing back to the present the decorative elements of medieval, Byzantine, and Persian art, I create different realities, which are forever closing the ring with the past and the future."

Contacting Information
Zita Sodeika can be reached by mail at 3A142 Gen. Jackson Drive, Apple River, IL 61001, or by phone at 815-492-2582.

Solo Exhibits

  • 2008-2009 - "In a Manner of Icons", Otterbein College, Westerville, Ohio
  • 2007 - Sinsinawa Mound Gallery, Wisconsin
  • 2007 - "Past Woven into the Present", Lithuanian Museum, Lemont, Illinois
  • 2003 - Marks Museum, Lithuania
  • 2001 - "Dreamscapes and Universal Portraits - Surrealistic Visions", 39 works consisting of drawings with collage, mixed media, and acrylic on canvas, Lithuanian Museum of Art, Lemont, Illinois
  • 2000 - Dublin Arts Council Gallery, Dublin, Ohio
  • 1997 - Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, Ohio
  • 1996 - "Little Gallery" Firelands College of BGSU, Huron, Ohio
  • 1996 - Greyling Gallery, Tiffin, Ohio
  • 1995 - Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1994 - Cultural Center, Jurbarkas, Lithuania
  • 1992 - OSU Gallery Marion Campus, Marion, Ohio
  • 1990 - National Museum of Art, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • 1990 - Cultural Center, Jurbarkas, Lithuania
  • 1990 - International Gallery at UCLA, Los Angeles, California
  • 1986 - Columbia College Art Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1985 - SXC Gallery at Xavier College, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1983 - "Berlin Wall", 8 by 84 foot mural in 19 panels, Galerija, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1983 - "Berlin Wall", Lithuanian Art Gallery Ciurlionis, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1982 - Galerija Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1980 - Lithuanian Cultural Center, Detroit, Michigan
  • 1980 - Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1977 - Lithuanian Cultural Center, Los Angeles, California
  • 1976 - Lithuanian Art Gallery Ciurlionis, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1970 - Lithuanian Art Gallery Ciurlionis, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1968 - Lithuanian Cultural Center, Los Angeles, California

Two-Artist Exhibits

  • 1991 - Pearl Conard Gallery, OSU Mansfield Campus, Mansfield, Ohio
  • 1990 - Fava Gallery, Oberlin, Ohio
  • 1988 - Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1988 - Concourse Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
  • 1986 - Artreach Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
  • 1984 - Don Coburn Gallery, Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio
  • 1981 - Dittmar Gallery, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
  • 1974 - Countryside Art Center, Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • 1968 - Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, Chicago, Illinois

Three-Artist Exhibit

  • 1981 - Swen Parsons Gallery, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois

Invitational Exhibits

  • 1990 - "5 Figurative Artists", Sandusky Cultural Center, Sandusky, Ohio
  • 1986 - 30 Ohio Artists in the Cultural Exchange Exhibit, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1986 - "Self Images", Ciurlionis Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1985 - "Pastel But Not Pale", 13 Ohio artists at Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, Ohio
  • 1978 - Trinity College, Deerfield, Illinois
  • 1978 - Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1976-77 - 20 Lithuanian Artists Living in Illinois, traveling exhibit
  • 1976 - Six Women Artists, Hull House Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1973 - 12 Lithuanian Artists in America, Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.
  • 1973 - Five Graphic Artists, Ciurlionis Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1972 - Winnetka Art Fair Green, Winnetka, Illinois
  • 1972 - Winter Show of Fine Art, River Forest, Illinois
  • 1969 - Winter Show of Fine Art, River Forest, Illinois
  • 1967 - Winter Show of Fine Art, River Forest, Illinois

Juried Group Shows

  • 1999 - "May Show", Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, Ohio
  • 1996 - "May Show", Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, Ohio
  • 1995 - "May Show", Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, Ohio
  • 1994 - "May Show", Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, Ohio
  • 1993 - "May Show", Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, Ohio
  • 1992 - "May Show", Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, Ohio
  • 1991 - "May Show", Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, Ohio
  • 1990 - "May Show", Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, Ohio
  • 1989 - "May Show", Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, Ohio
  • 1988 - "May Show", Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, Ohio
  • 1987 - "May Show", Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, Ohio
  • 1986 - "May Show", Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, Ohio
  • 1985 - "May Show", Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, Ohio
  • 1984 - "May Show", Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, Ohio
  • 1983 - "May Show", Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, Ohio
  • 1980 - Countryside at Woodfield Fine Arts Exhibit, Schaumburg, Illinois
  • 1978 - Old Orchard Art Fair, Skokie, Illinois
  • 1978 - Annual Print & Drawing Show, Harper College, Palatine, Illinois
  • 1977 - Press Club, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1977 - Illinois Landscape Artists Exhibit, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1976-77 - University Club, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1976 - Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1972 - Barat College, Lake Forest, Illinois
  • 1972 - Professional Artist Exhibition at Illinois State Fair, Springfield, Illinois

Awards

  • 1999 - Best of show prize, all Ohio juried exhibition, Pearl Conard Gallery, Ohio State University campus, Mansfield, Ohio
  • 1996 - Jurors' award, "May Show", Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, Ohio
  • 1998 - First prize for a drawing, "May Show", Zanesville Art Center
  • 1994 - Jurors' award, "May Show", Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, Ohio
  • 1994 - Jurors' award, "May Show", Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, Ohio
  • 1991 - First prize for a full body mask, The Art Institute of Chicago alumni reunion, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1991 - Jurors' award, "May Show", Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, Ohio
  • 1990 - Jurors' award, "May Show", Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, Ohio
  • 1989 - Lithuanian-American Artist of the Year Award
  • 1985 - Best of Show for the entire entry (2 paintings & 2 drawings), "May Show", Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, Ohio
  • 1981 - First prize for a painting, Members Show at Countryside Art Center
  • 1980 - First prize for a painting, Members Show at Countryside Art Center
  • 1978 - First prize for a painting, Members Show at Countryside Art Center
  • 1977 - First prize for a drawing, Illinois Landscape Artists Exhibit, Hyde park Art Center, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1972 - Second prize for a painting, Winnetka Art Fair Green, Winnetka, Illinois
  • 1971 - First prize for a painting, Lithuanian Artists of Chicago Exhibit, Ciurlionis Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1968 - First prize in painting, Young Artists Exhibit, Ciurlionis Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

Comission

  • 1980 - One of ten Chicago artists commissioned for a painting for Mother Seton Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois

Purchase Of Publication Rights

  • By Scott, Foresman to print a painting in "United States In Literature"

Selected Collections

  • Ashland University, Ohio - 24 drawings and collages purchased for their permanent collection in 1997
  • Lithuanian Art Gallery Ciurlionis, Chicago
  • Lithuanian Fine Arts Club Inc. - five drawings purchased with a grant from Illinois Art Council
  • Lithuanian Museum of Art, Vilnius, Lithuania - 10 drawings, 10 paintings, and "The Wall" (8 ft x 84 ft drawing-painting) are in the permanent collection
  • Vincent Price Collections - six paintings purchased
  • Many paintings, drawings and collages are in private collections.

Seminar

  • 1998 - "The Imagenery of Zita Sodeika", visiting artist program at Northern Illinois University, De Kalb, Illinois

Illustration

  • Numerous poetry books, album covers, parts of Childcraft World Book Encyclopedia and the Lithuanian Family Traditions
    Book cover artist for Weston Press, Toledo, Ohio.

Editing

  • Art and photo editor for the Heartlands Today.

References

  • Zita Sodeika
  • A. Kezys, "Lithuanian Art in America", Lituanus, vol. 34, no. 4, 1988.
  • A. Kezys, Lithuanian Artists in North America, Galerija, Stickney, Illinois, 1994.

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