About the Artist: Wayland House


The human perspective embraces the spiritual and physical aspects of life. Within this life we all experience from time to time, pain, happiness, loneliness, joy, sorrow, and many other emotions which arise from our interaction with the natural forces that we encounter on a daily basis, and over a life time of existence. The intangible forces which are ever present make up the side of existence that is spiritual in essence.

Self expression of the human spirit has been a pursuit of mankind for ages, and as an artist is certainly mine. The search for artistic freedom takes into account the experience of creative efforts on the part of myself and others.

The greatest joy in this process is working out problems, developing design concepts and interacting with people from all walks of life.

At the heart of my search lay the question of what aspect of human spirituality affects me and how to visually convey
“Facial Expressions and Human emotions”.

Wayland House, Artist


Recent Awards and Exhibits

• The Arts Council's International Folk Festival,
1st Place, Arts & Crafts, Art Work and Presentation, Fayetteville, NC, 2012, 2014, & 2015

• FAFO-Ocala Arts Festival, Award of Merit, Ocala, FL, 2012

• Festival In The Park, "Artist Walk", Merit Award, Charlotte, NC, 2012

• White Plains Outdoor Arts Festival, 1st Place, Graphics, White Plains, NY, 2012

• CHUN Peoples Fair, Award of Distinction, Denver, CO, 2011

• 2011 Southwest Arts Festival, Award of Merit, Indio, CA, 2011

• 2010 Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival, Award of Merit, Norfolk, VA, 2010

• Detroit Festival of The Arts, Arthur L. Johnson Excellence Award, Detroit, MI, 2008

• Washington Square Outdoor Art Festival, 1st Place, Graphics, New York City, 2005

• St. Louis Public Schools, Certificate of Appreciation,
St. Louis, MO, 1999

• The Print Club of Albany, Certificate of Achievement, Albany, NY, 1995

• U.S. State Department, Art Appreciation Award, Washington, DC 1983

• U.S. Peace Corps, Certificate of Appreciation, Washington, DC, 1988 & 1995

• Zora Neale Hurston Festival of The Arts, Award of Distinction, 1994,

Honorable Mention, 1996, Eatonville, FL


My art has been exhibited since 1974 in government buildings, corporate offices, educational institutions, art galleries, art centers, and fine arts festivals throughout the United States.

I produce woodblock prints. Through the trial and error process of creativity, I discovered a technique of integrating woodblock printing procedures with watercolors/colored inks, collages and cut-outs. The final product depicts a unique approach to color.

The subject matter consist of: “West African Village Landscapes”, which was developed when I lived and worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa, “The Aspirations and Dreams of Our Youth”, the depiction of children in future leaders positions, their professional aspirations, and “Spiritual Imagery”, personal spiritual encounters, telling God’s story of birth, rebirth and replenishment, “The Cycle of Life”.

I received a BA degree in secondary art education from Avila University in Kansas City, MO and a MFA degree in printmaking from Howard University in Washington, DC, specializing in the woodblock print process.

The highlight of my career was when my art was featured on the Bill Cosby production, “A Different World”. The summer of 1973, I received a study grant in printmaking through the University of Memphis to study the woodblock print technique on location at the University of Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico. My images are created from travel and life experiences.

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