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Violet Mattersdorfer Sigismund (1904 - 2003) was born in New York City in 1904, where she went to school and, in 1924, obtained a teaching license. Vi, as she was known to friends and family, studied drawing and painting at the Art Students League with Georg Grosz and Sidney Laufman. Other artists who had a profound effect on Vi’s style and work included Milton Avery and Hans Hoffman.  She also learned jewelry making, lithography, printmaking and Chinese brush painting.


Vi began painting in the 1920's while she supported herself teaching fifth grade in New York City’s Chinatown. During her vacations, sabbaticals, leaves of absence and finally, retirement, Vi traveled to Vermont, Rockport, Massachusetts, Beaufort, South Carolina, Woodstock, New York and Provincetown, Massachusetts, where she painted from the mid -1950's until the end of her long life.


Beginning in 1947, Vi had her first solo show, and her latest in 1997. During her more than 70 productive years, she won at least eight prizes. She exhibited yearly at the Art Associations of Woodstock and Provincetown, and with Audubon, Knickerbocker, and National Association of Women Artists and at other group shows and galleries.  


Vi felt a life-long concern with the welfare of artists and participated in numerous artists’ organizations, like Artists Equity and Pen and Brush, to name only a few, which sought to provide exhibition space, shows, publicity, security, benefits and fairness in business dealings for their member artists.     




Pennsylvania Academy 

Butler Institute, Ohio 

National Academy of Design, New York 

Whitney Museum

Library of Congress

Audubon Artists 

Artists Equity Association Group Shows

USA '58 

New York City Center 

Allied Artists

Cape Cod Art Museum

Pen and Brush, New York 

Fairleigh Dickinson 

Knickerbocker Artists 

Telfer Museum, Georgia 

Jesse Besser Museum, Alpen, Mich. 

Woodstock Art Assoc. 

Art Students League Diamond Jubilee 

Village Art Center, New York 

Waverly Gallery, New York 

American Assoc. Artists, 1975 

Clinton Seeley Assoc., New Hampshire 

Provincetown Art Assoc. and Museum

Provincetown Galleries 

      East End Gallery 

      Paul Kessler Gallery 

      Eye Of Horus, 1983 

      Tirca Karlis, 1982 

      St. Mary's Church 

      Wednesday Five O'Clock 

       Underground Gallery




1947 ACA, New York

1952 Lenox Gallery, New York

1962 Village Art Center, New York 

1975 Paul Kessler Gallery, Provincetown

1995 Pen and Brush, New York, Award Exhibition

1997 East End Gallery, Provincetown

2007 Antiques of Milford (posthumous)