About the Artist

Evany Zirul

Feminizing Steel

As a youngster, sitting still in school was a difficult chore. At 14, my parents gave me a special pen, a Rapidograph, along with a book of blank paper and permission to doodle in the book instead of the margins of my notes. This served me well, and, as long as I concentrated in class I was allowed to indulge my need to draw and doodle. I never quit doodling.

I continued this odd habit of doodling throughout college, med school and my professional life as a surgeon. Prior to attending medical school, I earned an MFA in Sculpture and Design. I taught art at Centre College in Danville Kentucky. With the recession in 1973-4, I lost my job and took a leap of faith to go to medical school. I eventually became a Head and Neck Surgeon (ENT). Now I would not just draw and sculpt people, I could actually help them. I continued to draw and create a figurative sculpture in bronze throughout my career as a surgeon.

On retirement from Kaiser Permanente, I learned a new technique: the combination of the linear vision of my drawings with the solidarity of metal in sculpture. An elderly mentor, Chris Sorensen, taught me the technique of welding coat hangers into sculpture.

This technique is fascinating and I was completely captured. What is hard and cold, I can twist and meld into a figure of my imagination. The lines of my ink drawings are re-imagined into the linear nature of the hangers. And, I am recycling a waste product of our contemporary life.

I call this new series of sculptures: Feminizing Steel. I take delight in transforming the hangers into intricate labyrinths of paisley and lace to form a recognizable figure. Hush is such a piece. The patina is rust. Nature also has its place in my work.



Email: Zirul@comcast.net



First Prize, sculpture, Violin; Nudes in November, Chris Sorensen Gallery November 2016
Honorable Mention, Marin MOCA annual juried show October 2016
Third Prize Words. Art League of Lincoln CA September 2016
Third Prize: Black and White Show. Sorensen Gallery (Drawing) May 2015
Sponsor’s Award, Nudes in November Sorensen Gallery November 2015
First Prize Metal, CA Sculpture Symposium Show May 2015
Second Prize, sculpture, Sierra Art Trails Focus on the Figure February 2015
First Prize for Sculpture, Nudes in November, Chris Sorensen Gallery November 2014
Best in Show, Black and White Show, Chris Sorensen Gallery May 2014
Best in Show, California Sculpture Symposium, April 2012
First Prize Valentine Show Sorensen Studio February 2012
First Prize, Chris Sorensen December show, 2011
First Prize Metal Sculpture, California Sculpture Symposium April 2011
First Prize Nudes in November Leaning Woman 2010
Best in Show: “Modern Woman”, ( bronze) “Nudes in November” 2009
Honorable Mention, sculpture, California Sculptor’s Symposium April 2009
Second Place Sculpture (bronze) “Nudes in November” 2008
Best Sorensen Choice Drawing”Nudes in November” 2008
Second Place, Sculpture (bronze) ” Nudes in November” 2007



Judge, Nudes in November Fresno CA 2012
Instructor in the Figure, California Sculpture Symposium, Cambria CA Cambria CA 2010, 2008
Instructor of Fine Arts, Center College, Danville, Kentucky Danville, Kentucky 1972-1974
M.F.A. Sculpture and Design, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas Lawrence, Kansas 1972
Teaching Assistant, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas Lawrence, Kansas 1970-1972
Humbolt State College, Bronze Casting, Arcata, California Arcata, California 1969
B.A .Art History, Mills College, Oakland, California Oakland, California 1968
Art Course-work, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California Palo Alto, California 1968
Art Course-work, The Art Institute of Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri Kansas City, Missouri 1967



Commission for Clovis, California installation




Sorensen Gallery 2016
Fig Tree Gallery




Narrative Medicine Anthology, Collection from the Permanente Journal, “Modern Woman”, Permanent Press 2015
“Modern Woman” Epidemiologic Review, Vol 33/2011 Harvard Review, Breast Cancer Monograph “Modern Woman” 2010
Permanente Medical Journal “Modern Woman” (bronze) 2009
Permanente Medical Journal, Drawings, 2007
I1 IV, Ishmael Reed and A. Young 1984
Quilt V, Ishmael Reed and A. Young 1985
(medical illustrations for various medical publications) 1980-2001


Recent Exhibitions

Marin Society of Artists, Sculpture Exhibition

Chris Sorensen, Green Show

Nudes in November, Chris Sorensen Annual Show

April  2017

April  2017

November 2016

Marin MOCA annual juried show October 2016
Words. Art League of Lincoln CA September 2016
Strange Configurations: Juried exhibition Limner Gallery, Hudson NY September 2016
NAWA Small Works Summer Exhibition: Bronze Fat Men Marching July 2016
Two Degrees of Separation: Artes America, Fresno March-May 2016
Fig Tree Gallery “Feminizing Steel” solo show September 2015
“That Extra Dimension” Invitational Show, Visalia CA July 2015
Focus on the Figure, Stellar Gallery, Oakhurst CA February 2015
1821 Gallery, Fresno Figures in bronze and steel February 2015
“Dimensions” San Luis Obispo Museum September 2014
Nudes in November, First Prize Sculpture, Chris Sorensen November 2014
Fig Tree Gallery Members Show November 2014
Chris Sorensen Rental Gallery Drawings & Sculpture 2013-2014
Santa Cruz juried show “All those Figures” Yellowgirl. August 2013
All those Figures Santa Cruz Art League September 2013
Merced College, “Life in Lines” Zirul only, sculpture and drawings September 2013
California Sculpture Symposium April 2013
Fresno City Hall. Drawings January 2013
Allied Arts of Cambria Juried Invitational, Cambria CA November 2012
Nudes in November, Chris Sorensen Studio, Juror, November 2012
FOCUS ON THE FIGURE: Cambria Allied Arts, Cambria CA September 2012
Fresno Art Museum, Fig Tree 50th Anniversary, “Modern Woman” Summer 2012
Fig Tree Back Room, 2 Wire dancers & drawings June 2012
The Phantom Project, Pop up juried exhibition, Paso Robles, Ca July 2012
Best in Show, California Sculptor Symposium, “Yellow Girl” April 2012
Fig Tree Members 50th Year, Fresno Art Museum, pending May 2012
Valentines Show, Sorensen Studio February 2012
Sorensen Studio, December 2011
WIRE DANCERS, welded figures from recycled hangers, KJEWEL Gallery, Fresno Ca, 2011
DOODLES, Fig Tree Gallery Solo Exhibition, 30 Years of Medical Meeting Doodles 2011
California Sculpture Symposium, Cambria California 2011
The Scene Art Gallery, “Two Artists: Two Worlds of Fantasy, Two Visions of Reality” 2010
Nudes in November, Sorensen Gallery, First Prize Sculpture 2010
Cambria Allied Arts Exhibition, Cambria, CA 2010
KJWL Gallery Bronze Sculptures 2010
Fig Tree Gallery “Drawings & Sculpture Evany Zirul 2010
Chris Sorensen, Nudes in November 2009-2010
Pink Show, Chris Sorensen Studio 2009, 2010


Non Art Education and Employment

University of Kansas Premed 1973-4
University of Health Science Doctory of Osteopathy 1974-1979
Union Hospital Intership, Residency ENT/Facial Plastic Surgery 1980-83
University of Health Sciences, Associate professor 1984-1988
Private practice KCMO 1988-1990
Children’s Mercy Hospital 1991-1992
Kaiser Permanente, (retired) 1992-2008
(Acting Head and Neck Department Chief 2005-2006


Self Published

The Drawings of Evany Zirul Alternate Worlds and Visions of Reality