Sylvia Vander Sluis

Sylvia Vander Sluis is a mixed-media artist who explores material’s expressive potential. Using a variety of papers from red rosin to Tyvek, she is now creating complex forms by wrapping, bunching, layering, and painting the paper. From 2017-2019, her handwoven and knit fiber figures talked about the nature of personal power and resilience. In her “Torso” and “Pelvis” series, Vander Sluis played with both masculine and feminine forms. “My work gives the personal a physical presence that has emotional power,” she states. “I like the idea of making what is most vulnerable in us strong and beautiful.”


Vander Sluis graduated with an MFA from Western Michigan University and BFA cum laude from Syracuse University. Art making has always been a part of her life. She enjoyed a long business career as a worldwide program manager at Digital/Compaq/Hewlett-Packard, where she specialized in corporate training and business process improvement. Vander Sluis is a Core Member of Fountain Street Gallery in Boston and has a studio in her Lancaster, MA home. She completed an Artist Residency at Vermont Studio Center in January 2020, had work in the Surface Design Association (SDA)’s Winter 2019 Marigolds & Unicorns Journal, and is currently featured in SDA’s Current Threads Online Exhibition. Vander Sluis’ work has been shown in numerous venues, including NYC, Upstate NY, and the Greater Boston area.

“Barely Contained I,” 2020, Mixed Media, 16” x 18” x 18”
“Barely Contained II,” 2020, Mixed Media, 31” x 24” x 24”
“Barely Contained II,” 2020, Mixed Media, 31” x 24” x 24”
“The Beauty and the Pain,” 2020, Mixed Media, 16” x 16” x 16”
“Fiber Wave,” 2019, Mixed Media, 16” x 30” x 4”