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© 2023 Ginda Simpson  ~ artist, writer, jewelry maker

Publications and Awards 

1987: First Place Award in the American-Italian Extempo Competition in Graphics, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

1988: First Place Award in the American-Italian Extempo Competition in Graphics, New Orleans. Both prize-winning paintings are              now in the Collection of the American-Italian Renaissance Foundation in New Orleans.

1995: “Impressions of Egypt” reproductions of her paintings, is produced as a calendar sponsored by AECWA, American Embassy,              Cairo, Egypt.

1997: Morning of Light: An Egyptian Journal,  her first book, is published under the sponsorship of Bechtel Corporation. The book              is a personal journal of stories and paintings of her life in Egypt. 

2001: Her second book, a memoir entitled Deeply Rooted in Faith & Family, was published.

2002: Ginda illustrated the book entitled An Abiding City by Neeman Sobhan, a Bangladeshi writer residing in Rome, Italy.

2009: Her third book, one of stories and recipes, El Marsam Cookbook: An Umbrian Farmhouse and its Kitchen, is published.

2010: Her fourth book, Love Endures All Things - A Journey with "AL"zheimers, is published.

2011: Rooms with a View and its companion book, Italian Wanderlust, are made available in print.

2012: A new edition of Morning of Light - An Egyptian Journal and its sequel, Afternoon of Honey, are published. A Kindle edition             of El Marsam Cookbook is published by NimNam Books.

2013: A Kindle edition of Italian Wanderlust: A Traveler’s Journal  is published by NimNam Books.

2014: Kindle editions of Morning of Light  and Afternoon of Honey are published by NimNam Books.

2015: Italy: The Beauty and the Feast, a collection of travel stories, is published. 

2023: Third book in the Egyptian Journal Collection, Evening of Jasmine, is published.

Solo Exhibitions

Severini Gallery, Cortona, Italy, Summer 2004

CSA, Maadi, Egypt, Spring 1999

American University of Cairo, Cairo, Egypt, December 1997

CSA, Maadi, Egypt, Fall 1997

Sahara Gallery, Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt, March 1997

Al Shomou Art Gallery, Maadi, Egypt, May 1996

CSA, Maadi, Egypt, Fall 1996

CSA, Maadi, Egypt, Fall 1995

CSA, Maadi, Egypt, Fall 1994

Hill Towns of Italy,” Cloister Gallery, Houston, Texas, 1992

"Hill Towns of Italy,” Italian Cultural Center, Houston, Texas, 1992

 Flite Three, Baltimore, MD, October 1991

Group Exhibitions

Vicini di Casa” exhibition at Civitella Ranieri, August 12, 2016

Exhibition, at the Palazzo del Podestà in Città di Castello, of paintings and jewelry

in a two-women show with mosiac artist Valerie Zanotto, 2014

"Artisti del Mondo" Mostra di Pittura, Cacciano, Italy, August, 2007

"Through the Eyes of Women: American Artists in Rome, Villa Aurelia, Rome,

May 5, 2006

Through the Eyes of Women: American Artists in Rome, American Academy in Rome, April 19, 2002

Percorsi d’Arte 2000”, Mostra d’arte figurativa, San Giustino, Italy, Spring 2000

Percorsi” 20 Artisti in Mostra, Florence, Italy, Summer 2000

“Two Friends – Two Cultures”, a two-person show with , Ahmed Mansour, a renowned Egyptian artist, 1999

El Hanager Art Gallery for NIDA, Cairo, Egypt, May 1997

Cairo Art Guild - American University of Cairo, Fall 1996

Cairo Art Guild - Italian Cultural Center, Spring 1996

Cairo Art Guild - Al Ahram, Fall 1995

Cairo Art Guild - Spanish Cultural Center, Spring 1995


Private Exhibitions / Fund-raisers

Ministries of the Daughters of St. Mary, Beni Souef, Egypt, 2004

Aghsan El-Karma Center for Handicapped Children, Cairo, Egypt, Spring 1998

Zohny Street Orphanage, Cairo, Egypt, Spring 1997

Moqattam Hills, Maadi, Egypt, Spring 1996

Awlaadi Orphanage, Maadi, Egypt, Spring 1995

Donation of Art Work for Charity / Community Fundraising

St. Vincent dePaul Society, Easton, Maryland

St. Elizabeth School, Baltimore, Maryland

Nolan Robinson Foundation, Baltimore, Maryland

Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative

British Maadi Association for Egyptian Charities

Ministries of the Daughters of St. Mary, Beni Soueif, Egypt

CSA, Maadi, Cairo, Egypt

Children with Cancer, Cairo, Egypt

Holy Family Church, Maadi, Cairo, Egypt

Awlaadi Orphanage, Maadi, Cairo, Egypt

Maadi Community Church, Maadi, Cairo, Egypt

NIDA Society, for hearing-impaired children, Cairo

American Employees Cooperative & Welfare Association, American Embassy, Cairo

Women’s Association for Egyptian Charities

Zohny Street Orphanage, Cairo, Egypt

Aghsan El-Karma Center for Handicapped Children, Cairo, Egypt

Maadi Episcopal Church

For more information, contact Ginda.

About the Artist

Born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1948, Ginda Ayd Simpson is one of twelve children.  She has lived in Italy, Germany and Egypt and has traveled in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India, Russia, Southeast Asia and China.

Educated in the United States and Italy, Ginda has degrees in Italian and French and an Associate of Fine Arts Degree. In addition to private art studies for many years, she also trained at the Glassell School of Art in Houston.  

Until recently, Ginda resided with her husband in the Umbrian countryside where she was daily inspired to record the beauty that surrounds her adopted home - with her pen or with her paintbrush. She now divides her time between her two homes – one in the Umbrian countryside and the other on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Ginda is a past member of the West Bank Art Guild, the Degas Pastel Society and the Cairo Art Guild.  She has written travel stories for Travel Today Egypt, Travel Today Arabia, Horus Magazine and wrote monthly for BCA Magazine, Cairo for over ten years.