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August 27, 2004

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Matt Lindsay: (202) 994-1423; mlindsay@gwu.edu
Jennifer Rosenthal: (202) 994-6424; jennyr@gwu.edu

"FRITZ SCHOLDER" COMES TO GW'S LUTHER W. BRADY ART GALLERY SEPTEMBER 7-24

EVENT: 

"Fritz Scholder" is an exhibit of works by the notable Native American painter, printmaker and sculptor. These works come to GW through loans from the Picker Art Gallery at Colgate University and from the private collection of Luther W. Brady, M.D.

WHEN: 

Tuesday, September 7 - Friday, September 24, 2004
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

WHERE: 

The George Washington University
Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, Media and Public Affairs Building - 2nd floor
805 21st Street NW Washington, D.C.
(Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro, Blue and Orange lines)

COST:  

Free and open to the public.

BACKGROUND:

Fritz Scholder (born 1937) is an outstanding Native American painter and colorist. The exhibition of his work at the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery is timed to coincide with the opening festivities for the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.  Scholder is one-quarter Luiseno Indian, a tribe native to the area now known as San Diego County. 

Scholder is best known for his strikingly modern images of Native American subjects, although much of his work deals with other themes.  "The reason I am fascinated by so many subjects is not that I am in any way desperate to flit around or taste different things," Scholder said.  "It's more an education of my life of finding out and being interested in whatever subject you decide to paint."

Among the pieces included in the exhibit is Massacred Indian 4, circa 1979, which depicts Sitting Bull in a style that was influenced by Francis Bacon and Wayne Thiebaud. Another piece in the show, Galloping Indian after Remington, on loan from a noted private collection in Philadelphia, also makes references to iconic images of the American West. 

Several works by Fritz Scholder previously have been on display at the GW art galleries.  In February 1975 his work appeared in the exhibit "Ethnic Art - The Living Tradition," and in March 2001, one of his paintings was featured in the exhibit "The Luther W. Brady, M.D. Collection of 20th Century Works on Paper."

For more information, call GW's University Art Galleries at (202) 994-1525 or visit www.gwu.edu/~bradyart.
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