Originally from the Midwest, Lois Walker began her artistic journey as a poet after graduating from the University of Kansas with a BA in Humanities and a BS in elementary education, eventually broadening her artistic horizons to include sculpture and painting. She came to Long Island in the mid 1950’s and began teaching in the Hicksville School District.
As a writer, she was first published in the late 1940’s, she took up assemblage using found objects in the late 1970’s, and began to paint in the early 1990’s encouraged by her mentors, Paul Wood and Stan Brodsky. After retiring from teaching in 1986, Lois devoted all of her time to her art and writing. She had been a mainstay of the Long Island Poetry Collective and an editor of its poetry magazine, Xanadu and continued all her activities on behalf of the LIPC until the first years of the new century. As an award-winning visual artist, Lois has also shown her sculpture and abstract paintings in galleries throughout Long Island, in NYC, throughout many US States, as well as in Spain and Denmark.
In July 2019 Lois was presented the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles of leaders and achievers from the US and throughout the world.
“I have been writing poetry for years, but the sculpture began for me in late 70’s, painting in early 90’s. My interests are many–both aesthetic and cultural. Discovery is my inspiration and love of my materials is my actual starting point.”
– Lois Walker