Fiber artist Shari Urquhart, 1920-2020
Fellow artist and lifelong friend John Fritsch reports the death of Wisconsin native Shari Urquhart on November 21 and shares highlights from her career as well as a pair of images of her tapestries:
B.S. (1962), M.S. (1966) and M.F.A. (1967) – University of Wisconsin-Madison. Urquhart taught in the Department of Painting & Printmaking, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, 1972-74; Art Department, The University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 1984; Administered and taught in the Art Program at St. Francis Residence, New York, NY, 1981-2006. Innovative feminist artist who traded in her paint brushes for wool, silk and angora fibers. Her tapestries have been exhibited throughout the USA: “Bad” Painting and “Bad” Girls exhibitions at The New Museum, NYC; Nancy Lurie Gallery, Chicago; Kansas Art Institute; Monique Knowlton Gallery, Allan Frumkin Gallery, and Cheryl Pelavin Gallery, NYC; Southwest Center for Contemporary Crafts, San Antonio, TX; and Sideshow, Brooklyn. Urquhart is included in the collections of Milwaukee Art Museum, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, The Lannan Foundation, Palm Beach, FL and many private collections.
ARTS & CULTURE
A less-reported aspect of the stimulus bill that was signed into law on Sunday is an allotment of funds targeted at cultural venues focused on live performance, including theaters and music clubs. The Sun-Times carried a report of the local impact:
“‘This has been an unsustainable predicament and position for any business, with no income, not a single ticket, not a single drink sold for ten months. So that’s why the relief package is so important and why we are so appreciative and grateful it passed,’ said Joe Shanahan, founder of Metro Chicago on the city’s North Side.”