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About The Artist

Louise Fischman was born and raised in the New York area. She considers herself fortunate to have had ready access to the city’s many cultural resources and diverse communities. She earned her BFA degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and later, her Teacher Certification from the University of Utah.

 

Her relationship to the American West began when she was still a college student. She participated in a summer anthropological project with the Kaibab-Paiute Tribe in Arizona. The clear, stark, and colorfully eroded landscape had a profound impact on her. Soon after she found herself living in a very different but equally beautiful western landscape- the Chama Valley in northern New Mexico. Here she began to teach art to local children. These projects included large scale murals of the area’s history, cultures, and natural beauty.

 

Eventually, with her artist husband, Wayne Geary, she chose to relocate to Salt Lake City, Utah. After teaching as an artist in residence in schools throughout Utah, Louise had the opportunity to develop a therapeutic art program at Primary Children’s Hospital. For 30 years Louise has guided and supported many young patients through their creative art processes, an integral part of their healing processes.

 

All the while Louise has actively pursued her own artwork. She has worked in a variety of mediums including drawing, painting in acrylic, oil and watercolor, glass mosaic and ceramic tile installations. She and Wayne have collaborated on numerous community art projects in public settings including schools, parks, and healthcare facilities.

 

She is currently working on a series of semi abstract landscape paintings in her studio. As time allows, Louise loves to do plein air drawing and painting while exploring wild places both near and far from home.

 

 

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Education

 

1985-87 

University of Utah, Salt Lake City. Art education teaching certificate.

1978-81

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, Bachelor of Fine Arts

1976-78

University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire

1975

Sarah Lawrence College, Foreign Study in Art, Lacoste, France

Internships

 

1981-82

Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Exhibit fabrication

1979-80

American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York

Graphic Design

1975-76

Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Cloisters, New York, New York

Art Education

 

Exhibits

 

2012 – 2022

Escalante Canyons Plein Air Exhibits, Escalante, Utah

2011

Art Access “300 Plate Show”, Salt Lake City, Utah

1997

Utah Art Festival, Invited Artist, Salt Lake City, Utah

Vital Arts gallery, “Artists in the Copy Center”, Salt Lake City, Utah

1996

Finch Lane Gallery, “Winter Works”. Salt Lake City, Utah

Art Access Gallery, “With Kids in Mind”, Salt Lake City, Utah

1994

Springville Museum of Art, “Spring Salon”, Springville, Utah

1993

Salt Lake Art Center, “Ten Plus Ten”, Salt Lake City, Utah

1992

Utah Museum of Fine Arts, “Utah 92, Painting and Sculpture”, Salt Lake City, Utah

1990

Finch Lane Gallery, two person show, Salt Lake City, Utah

1989

Atrium Gallery, one person show, Salt Lake City, Utah

1986

Utah Arts Festival, “2020 Vision”, Salt Lake City, Utah

1985

Braithwaite Gallery, “Celebration 45”, Cedar City, Utah

1984

Facet Gallery, “Watermedia USA”, Taos, New Mexico

1981

Pratt Manhattan Gallery, Group show, New York, New York

 

Selected Site Specific Commissions

2014

Primary Children’s Behavioral Health Campus, Murray, Utah ,exterior ceramic tile mural

2013

Mosaic floor for private residence, porcelain tile and glass mosaic.

2012

The Road Home- Homeless Shelter, exterior ceramic tile mural

2010

Cathedral of the Madeleine, Glass mosaic holy water font.

2006

Wasatch Elementary School, sculpted concrete, and ceramic tile bench.

2005

Primary Children’s Hospital, Oncology Dept. glass mosaic and ceramic tile mural

Youth City, Salt Lake City Youth Programming Center, ceramic tile mural

2004

Primary Children’s Hospital, Neuro Trauma Unit, ceramic tile mural

Primary Children’s Hospital, ceramic tile mural

2002

American Fork Hospital Healing Garden, glass mosaic pavers, ceramic, and glass mosaic mural.

2001-02

Jordan River Public Art, sculpted concrete and tile mosaic bench and walkway, (with artists Wayne Geary, Paul Heath and Linda Nowlin.)

2001

Primary Children’s Hospital Healing Garden, exterior glass mosaic paver.

Riley Elementary School, Interior ceramic tile mural collaboration with students and faculty.

1999

Wasatch Elementary School, glass mosaic exterior mural

And collaboration with students.

1988

Greek Streak Restaurant, painted mural, Price, Utah.

1986

Utah Arts Festival, Painted mural design for Children’s Art Yard.

1983

Joseph P. Montoya Community Swimming Pool, exterior painted mural, Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico

Grants and Honors

 

2016-19

Artist in the Classroom Grant, “Artsmart” Program for at risk youth, Franklin and Meadowlark Elementary Schools, Salt Lake City.

1997

Individual Artist Grant, Utah Arts Council, for research in the field of glass mosaics.

1992-3

Primary Children’s Hospital Foundation, for design and development of Therapeutic art program for patients.

1984

Grant recipient, New Mexico Art Division, “Brooks Willis WPA Mural Restoration Project” with the Conservation Lab at the Wheelright Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

Teaching Experience

 

1993-present

Primary Children’s Hospital, Behavioral Health Department Treatment Programs, Therapeutic Art Educator, Murray, Utah

2000-2001

Community Nursing Services, Art Mentoring for pediatric Hospice patients, Park City, Utah

1986-94

Utah Arts Council Artist in Education Program, Artist Residencies at elementary and middle schools in rural areas throughout Utah.

1987-94

Art Access Utah, Instructor for wide variety of art workshops for children and adults, Salt Lake City, Utah

1985-86

Beacon Heights Elementary School, Teacher Aide, Salt Lake City, Utah

1982-85

Chama Valley Schools, Elementary and Middle School Art Instructor. Chama, New Mexico.

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