Minneapolis artist Phyllis Wiener was one of the first female painters in Minnesota’s abstract art movement. She studied with Cameron Booth at the University of Minnesota in the 1950s, during the heyday of abstract expressionism and, in the 1970s, was one of the founding members of the Women’s Artist Registry of Minnesota (WARM). After that time, her work shifted toward representational painting and landscapes, then back to abstraction and three-dimensional, sculptural work. Her later works are alive with exuberant color and bold design – almost as if the pieces are ready to dance right off the walls.
Phyllis’ painting and sculpture have been exhibited in galleries and museums across the U.S. and in Europe. Major retrospective shows of her work have been presented at Macalester College in St. Paul and at the Katherine Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota. Her work is included in numerous permanent collections, including the Minnesota Historical Society, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Walker Art Center, Mayo Clinic, Briggs and Morgan law firm, Lutheran Brotherhood, Total Petroleum Company, 3M Company, and the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum.
The artist passed away on New Year’s Day, 2013.