Message to a young curator

running out (still)

Fly-on-the-wall movie about suicidality.

“This is a summary of my professional experience in the artworld. Add all of these accomplishments together and multiply that sum by 20 (rejections); and you may arrive at 25% of the rejections that I have received by putting my art out into the world.

I have sent it to you to underline that your film festival selection of my movie in 2014 was my worst experience in 33 years in the art world. You are young. I hope you learn a lesson from this experience.

Sylvia Toy

Creative Arts Film Festival, Honorable Mention, Cinematography (2017)
Los Angeles Underground Film Forum, Honorable Mention (2016)
L.A. Neo Noir Novel, Film & Script Festival, Grand Jury award (2016)
Los Medanos College Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, CA, Solo Exhibition (2008)
Sargent Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, Solo Exhibition (2005)
Lorraine Hansberry Theater Emerging Artist (1994)
Artist Residency, University of Nebraska/Lincoln (1998-2003)
Artist Residency, Jewish Museum San Francisco (1995)
Frierson Playwright Fellow, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, San Francisco (1993)
Reuben Sanders Gallery, Wichita KS, Honorable Mention (1984)

Videothèque Art Stream (2017 – )

Democracy Scrabble (June 2017)
Klanghaus, Oakland (May 2017)
Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival (2017)
Video Art Miden @ VisualContainerTV (2017)
HearteartH @ VisualContainerTV (2017)
The Videoperformance, Art Web Gallery (2017)
Klanghaus, Oakland (2016)
Creative Arts Film Festival (2016)
Bucharest ShortCut CineFest (2016)
Festival Miden, Greece (2016)
L.A. Neo Noir Novel, Film & Script Festival, Grand Jury award (2016)
Fanboy Festival (2016)
Yami-Ichi, Tate Modern (London, 2016)
HearteartH, Europe (2015, 2016, 2017)
Eisentrager-Howard Gallery, Nebraska (2016)
Int’l Video Art Exchange, Marrakech (2016)
CM Projects, London (2015)
The Selfie Show, Detroit (2015)
F.I.V.E. FEELINGS, Int’l (2014)
Time is Love Screening, Int’l (2014)
Human Emotion Project (2013)
SKY ARTE HD TV, Italy (2013-14)
STREETVIDEOART©/Larcade Gallery, Paris (2012, 2013)
KAPAS Film Festival, Spain (2012)
Artist, OART TV
CologneOff, Int’l (2011)
Altered Esthetics, Minneapolis (2008, 2010)

APPEARANCES (partial list)
2nd Online Performance Art Festival (2016)
Madame Pearl (Play by Katherine Robards, Title Role, 2016)
Flesh (Short Film by Sean Sinclair, Credited Support Role, 2015)
Full Frontal (Student Film, Lead Role, 2013)
Sex, Lies & Videotape (Student Film, Lead Role, 2013)
4.48 Psychosis (Play by Sarah Kane, 2007)
Afro Solo Festival (Solo Play by Myself, 2007)
Corps Actor, Jump! Theatre (San Francisco, 2005-­2010)
Jane: Abortion and the Underground (Play by Paula Kamen, Support Role, 2004)
JUMP National Tour (Solo Play by Myself, 2001)
Schools! National Tour (Play by Myself, 1998­-2003)


San Francisco Public Library (Major Group Show)

Los Medanos College Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, CA (Two-person Show)
Sargent Johnson Gallery, San Francisco (Major Group Show)
Ceres Gallery, Group Show, New York

Precious Things, Ceres Gallery, New York (Solo)
Evolution, Somarts Gallery, San Francisco (Major Group Show)

Origins, Ceres Gallery, New York (Solo)
Krasdale Gallery, Bronx, NY (Major Group Show)

Sargent Johnson Gallery, San Francisco (Solo)
Ceres Gallery, Group Show, New York”