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Second Place Award of Excellence

The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild


September 13, 2022 – September 26, 2022
Online during the month of September 2022:


JUROR:  Julie Weaverling

Congratulations to our

Second Place Award of Excellence Winner 

Angelika Villagrana

 Angelika was awarded the second place for her linoleum block print:

Laura at Night II

About Angelika Villagrana:

I grew up in Northern Germany, studied and worked in Germany, Denmark, and France, and have lived in California since 1970.  I studied figure drawing with San Diego artist Bob Fritsch and worked seven years with San Diego artist Lilly Rosa, perfecting my drawing skills.  In 1980, I became interested in printmaking and began exploring the various media of the print (etching, woodcut, lithography, monotype).  During the 1980’s, I showed my prints with the Printmakers Atelier in San Diego.  In early 1990, I formed an alliance with six other San Diego printmakers and, under the name 7 Printmakers, started organizing annual print exhibitions in San Diego to further the understanding and appreciation of original prints.  

After working for 23 years as policy director for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, I retired in 2011 and joined the board of directors of the Artists Guild. I served six years as president, four years as membership chair, and, since July 2022, again as president.


For the past 25 years, I have participated in the annual 7 Printmakers Exhibitions.  I have also been juried into numerous group exhibitions, including exhibitions sponsored by the Artists Guild, San Diego Art Institute, Oceanside Museum of Art Auctions, California State Senate’s Fifth Annual California Contemporary Art Collection at the State Capitol in Sacramento, Tuebingen Kuenstlerbund,Tuebingen, Germany, SDSU Hayter Retrospective Traveling Exhibition to India, and many more.

About Laura at Night II:

Laura at Night II is a hand-printed linoleum block print.  Different blocks have been carved for the gray, blue and black color.  I ink the block with oil-based printer’s ink and print the gray color first, then the blue and finally the black color.  

Over the years, I have created a number of prints where the titles include the name Laura.  I am always asked whether Laura is a friend or a model.  My husband Bob used to help me name my prints.  When I did my first print depicting a female, he told me she looked like a Laura.  Over the years, he always asked me to carve another Laura.  While Bob cannot be with me anymore, I try to create another Laura at least once a year in his honor. 

See more about Angelika at her member profile: here

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