Sara FitzSimons

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Sarah FitzSimons is a visual artist who makes sculpture which interacts with and derives meaning from its surroundings. Much of the work seeks to reconnect our constructed culture with wider patterns of nature, and aims to extend beyond the bubble of the ‘small, nearby and short-term’. She exhibits internationally and in cities across the U.S. Recent solo projects include large outdoor sculptures developed for the Chicago Architecture Biennial (2015), the Djerassi Foundation in Woodside, CA (2014), and Klemm Gallery in Adrian, MI (2016).  Group exhibitions include shows at the Chazen Museum of Art, WI (2016); Tiger Strikes Asteroid Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2015); Soil Gallery, Seattle WA (2015); Poste Matosinhos, Portugal (2015); Rooms to Let: CLE, Cleveland, OH (2015); Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, WI (2013); Extéril Gallery, Porto, Portugal (2013); Casa da Inquisição, Monsaraz, Portugal (2012); Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago (2012); and Waldkunstpfad, Darmstadt, Germany (2012).

FitzSimons has been awarded significant private and public grants from the Efroymson Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in addition to funding from art residencies such as the MacDowell Colony (NH); I-Park (CT); Vermont Studio Center (VT); Djerassi Foundation (CA); and Wadden Art Foundation (Denmark).

During the past two years, her work has been reviewed in Deezen Magazine, (London, UK); Azure (Toronto, CA); Chicago Magazine (IL); Define Magazine (Chicago, IL); and Modern Luxury (Silicon Valley CA); and is featured in the recent book: The Experience of Modern Sculpture: A Guide to Enjoying Works of the Past 100 Years (2015, Philip Palmedo, Schiffer Publishing).

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