As a huge supporter of the Arts, Sylvia Morse hit the ground running making a huge impact in the Art world in and around Tyler, TX. She worked with Tyler High Schools in 1986, to successfully create a 600′ Texas Sesquicentennial mural on Loop 323.
Sylvia holds the volunteer position as Artist Coordinator for the Heart of Tyler, Inc., a non-profit with the mission of the Revitalization of Downtown, Tyler. She has created and developed Art Camps for Tyler Junior College for the past 8 years and is pursuing a Fine Art Degree at the University of Texas at Tyler. Her focus is in Small Metals and Ceramics but also paints murals and creates large Papier Mache Sculptures. She teaches Jewelry Making classes for Tyler Junior College’s Continuing Education Programs at the West Campus in Tyler as well as a variety of Workshops around East Texas.
You can find works by Sylvia Morse on display in office buildings, restaurants and galleries in and around East Texas.
Check her out on FB & IG for more info on events and workshops in the area.
Artist Interview: Sylvia Morse
What are your earliest memories related to art?
I have been making some form of Art my entire life.
How and when did you start becoming an artist yourself?
Art came naturally to me. I made art all of the time. I did ceramics and silver smithing in high school and knew that’s all I wanted to do. The only problem, was that no one ever told me I could grow up and be an Artist. I ended up majoring in business and worked in Corporate America until I finally had enough and decided to focus the rest of my life in the Arts and the creation of Art.
What was the evolution like toward finding your current voice and visual vocabulary?
The evolution was natural, I only wish it could have happened earlier.
What is your process like?
I get an idea in my head, it consumes me, I lose sleep over it until I create it.
I lose all concept of time and I am the happiest when I am creating. I keep a positive environment and pour myself into each project. Music plays a big role in the creation process and keeps my mood elevated.
Is there anything from your artist statement that you wish to expound on, that you normally don’t have the chance to discuss?
Not at this time.
What do you try to control in your surfaces, and what do you leave to chance?
My ceramic sculptures have refined lines and are industrial in nature. I find it difficult to leave much to chance.
Where do you see your work going from here?
I only see my body of work growing and many opportunities for public art in my future.