Biography

1927

Silvia Stucky born in Basel (Switzerland).  Her father recognized her artistic talent early on and promoted it wherever he could by painting with her.  Her original intention to build violins was thwarted by the fact that girls at that time were not allowed as apprentices, but she practiced violin all the more.

1948-1953

Studied at the School of Arts in Zürich, directed by Johannes Itten (textile department headed by Elsi Giauque) in the Bauhaus tradition.  Won the Achievement Award of the City of Zürich.

1954

Married Dr. Siegfried Heyden and spent the following years with her daughter Françoise and son Daniel in Baltimore, Philadelphia and Berlin.  During this period she focused primarily on fabric printing and hooked rugs.

1964

Bought her first tapestry loom for a large commission for the Expo-Suisse in Lausanne, Switzerland.

1966

Following her husband’s new position as professor of medicine at the Duke University Medical Center, the family moves to Durham, NC.

1972

First major exhibit: Duke University of Art Museum, Durham, NC.  First prizes: First Prize Award, Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC, then in 1974, First Prize Award, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC.

1974-1992

Numerous large exhibits and commissions in the US and Europe (see below).

1993

Moved to Lago Maggiore in Tessin, Switzerland, into her parental home and became member of the String Orchestera of Locarno.

Major Exhibits and Commissions

Major Solo Exhibitions

1998

Gut Sandbeck, Osterholz-Scharmbeck, Germany

1998

Galleria Amici Dell’Arte, Brissago, Switzerland

1997

Knecht Arredamenti, Locarno with Flexmobil, furniture collection by Antonio Citerio, Milano

1997

Atelier AAA, Lugano, Switzerland

1996

La Rada, Locarno, Switzerland

1995

Gallerie Rageth, Riehen, Basel, Switzerland

1994

Textilmuseum, St. Gallen, Switzerland

1993

Horace Williams House, Chapel Hill, NC

1991

Textilmuseum, Heidelberg, Germany

1989

Fayetteville Museum of Art, Fayetteville, NC

1989

Glaxo Headquarters, Research Triangle Park, NC

1989

Somerhill Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC

1987

Interwoven Design, St. Louis, MS

1986

Stadtmuseum Graz, Austria

1986

Somerhill Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC

1985

Boehringer Mannheim Pharmeceutical Traveling Exhibit, Germany

1984

Somerhill Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC

1984

Green Hill Center for North Carolina Arts, Greensboro, NC

1983

Landis & Gyr Foundation, Zug, Switzerland

1983

Duke University Library, Durham, NC

1982

The Swiss Society of New York

1981

Marine Midland Bank, New York

1981

Boehringer Mannheim Pharmaceutical, Germany

1980

Bank of America, San Francisco, CA

1979

Gallery Ten, Washington, DC

1977

Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC

1972

Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, NC

Permanent Collections

The Gallery of Art and Design, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC

Landis & Gyr Foundation, Zug, Switzerland

Textilmuseum, St. Gallen, Switzerland

Durham County Library, Durham, NC

Williams College Museum, Williamstown, MA

Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC

The Equitable Life Assurance, Art Society of United States, New York, NY

Mary Lou Stevenson Collection, Princeton, NJ

Tapestries in Pubic Buildings

1997

‘Die Glocke’ Concert Hall of City of Bremen, Germany

1991

Maryland Art in Public Architecture Competition, Washington, DC: Community Recreation Center, Chevy Chase, MD

1988

Renaissance Plaza, Greensboro, NC

1988

Duke Power Building, Charlotte, NC

1987

Art in State Buildings, the Caswell Building, Raleigh, NC

1984

Davis Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC

1983

Round Hill Community Church, Greenwich, CT

1980

Judea Reformed Congregation, Durham, NC

1976

City Reformed Congregation, Durham, NC

1975

Duke University Rare Book Library, Durham, NC

1968

Bankers Trust Company, New York, NY

1966

Hospital Bombach, Zürich, Switzerland

1965

Ginnasio di Locarno, Switzerland