Exhibition Dates: January 13 – April 2, 2011
Reception for the Artist: Thursday, January 20, 6 pm, Lecture: 7 pm

The Museum of Art is committed to the idea that a museum has a responsibility to recognize the creative talent of its region.  Our over-arching goal is to create life-long learners who can seek out divergent opinions, examine complex issues from a variety of perspectives and find meaning in the world.  Exposing our audience to an overview of work by one artist is an invaluable example of personal growth and the development of personal vision.

This year, we are pleased to present a major multi-media career survey exhibition of Claudia Fitch, organized by Museum of Art curator, Keith Wells.  Fitch’s sculpture plays with images from popular culture, such as vernacular architecture or decorative statuary.  She works intuitively from what she calls a “junk pile” of visual materials culled over the years, which inspire her to “shift direction with unexpected juxtapositions, and unplanned connections between things.  In this process, I can hit a relationship of images that really touch a nerve, [that play on] cultural icons that are part memory and part present experience.”

Fitch has a BFA in Painting from the University of Washington and an MFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia.  Her work is in numerous collections, including Seattle Art Museum, Microsoft and the NW Museum of Arts and Culture.  Among her many commissions is “The Colossal Heads” series at Qwest Field in Seattle.  She lives and works in Seattle, and is represented by Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle and Adam Baumgold Gallery in New York.