Friday, March 23, 2007

Artist Biography

Born in Lebanon, NH, 1973, Amy E. Fraser came into this world knowing she was an artist. Before she could talk or walk she was creating art. Her entire childhood is chronicled by which drawing, painting, sculpture, sewing or photography project she was working on at the time. While she briefly entertained fantasies about becoming a ballerina, a veterinarian and a super model, there was never any real question about her true identity and destiny as an artist.

At age 14, Amy enrolled in her first college level art course at Vermont Community College. In high school, she consumed every available art class, from drafting to photography and everything in-between, including turning all of her *serious* classes into opportunities for more art. Also, enrolling in various summer art courses through out the Upper Valley, with a temporary focus on interior design, she expanded upon her high school art education. However, she soon discovered the amount of math involved in interior design and quickly changed her career focus. After graduating from Lebanon High School in 1991, she spent a summer in New York City attending Parsons School of Design, then took the following year off to work and continued on to Parsons where she obtained her Batchelor Degree in Fine Arts in 1997. After which, Amy returned home to NH to obtain her Masters Degree in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College in 2000.

Since graduating from Dartmouth, Amy E. Fraser has had a number of solo exhibitions, including: “CONFRONTING FEMININITY” at Gallery Alexie, in NYC in 2001, “CELEBRATING WOMANHOOD,” at Dartmouth Hitchcock’s Women’s Health Resource Center in Lebanon, NH, in 2003. She is currently exhibiting “THE FLORAL COLLECTION 2006” at The Ranch in Lebanon, NH, 2006-7, “THE WILDFLOWER COLLECTION” at The Razzberry Kiss in Hanover, NH, 2006-7. Amy has also participated in a number of group exhibitions: Artists Space, NYC, 2006, NURTUREart Gallery, NYC, 2006, GoggleWorks Gallery, Reading, PA 2006, Artists Space, NYC, 2005, AVA, Lebanon, NH, 2005, N.A.W.A. Fifth Avenue Gallery, NYC, 2005, Artists Space, NYC, 2004, AVA, Lebanon, NH, 2004, Philip Read Memorial Library, Plainfield, NH, 2004, 88 Greenwich Gallery, NYC, 2004, Hiestand Gallery at Miami University, Oxford, OH, 2003, Artists Space, NYC, 2003, AVA, Lebanon, NH, 2003, N.A.W.A. Fifth Avenue Gallery, NYC, 2003, NURTUREart Gallery, NYC, 2003, Artists Space, NYC, 2002, AVA, Lebanon, NH, 2002, The Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA, 2002 and Parsons Gallery, NYC, 1997.

Amy E. Fraser’s work is currently represented by NURTUREart Gallery in NYC, Artists Space Gallery in NYC, the N.A.W.A. Fifth Avenue Gallery in NYC and was previously represented by Gallery Alexie, Stephen Gang Galleries, Inc in NYC. She is an elected artist member of The National Association Of Women Artists, Inc. in NYC as well as an artist member of The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. Amy received the Beatrice Jackson Memorial Award in 2004 and was awarded the Alumni Council of the Master of Arts and Liberal Studies Program Grant by Dartmouth College in 2000. Amy’s award winning painting “Expectations” was archived at the Smithsonian, Archives of American Art in Washington, D.C. in 2005. Portfolios of her work have been preserved in The National Museum Of Women In The Arts in Washington, D.C. and MAKE, The Organization For Women In The Arts in London, England, available for public viewing since 2002. Amy’s art and writing has been published in “Spiral Dance News, Unfolding The Femi9 Woman” in 2004, “Her Living Mosaic” in 2003, The MALS Quarterly (Dartmouth College) in 2001, and in her Dartmouth College Thesis entitled “Dissecting The Western Woman Artist: An Artist’s Dialogue” in 2000.

Amy E. Fraser is married to her childhood sweetheart, Jody, and the proud mother of a very wild 3 ½ year-old son, Caden. She and her husband recently built their home on a beautiful mountainside in Meriden (Plainfield) NH, where, before even unpacking, her first act of nesting was to plant an enormous wildflower meadow. Moving back to the country has rekindled Amy’s interest in floral/botanical painting. Especially now that the view from her light filled studio is of a long meandering stone path in the meadow, with a stunning backdrop of Mount Ascutney. Amy’s artwork expresses her passion for flowers, nature and life through color. The paintings are full of movement, pattern, and design. Her sources of inspiration are endless and diverse, including everything from art history, nature, fashion, and photography, to textile design, resulting in images that are uniquely her own. Amy creates art that is emotional, colorful and individual.

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