Susan Fitzsimmons, associate professor in the Department of Art and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi, will present an exhibition of her paintings March 7- June 2, at Café Boheme, located at 1605 Hardy St. in Hattiesburg.
An opening reception for the exhibit, “Weather and Our Nature” will be held from 4-7 p.m. March 7.
“This new series of paintings is about something we all talk about: the weather and our nature,” Fitzsimmons explained. “In both cases, we are always pursuing the ideal. Sometimes we get it just right, other times it is catastrophic.”
Fitzsimmons describes her works as “emotional reactions to natural phenomena, such as hurricane winds, a storm surge, heat wave, earthquake, storm front, or down pour.”
“The weather is an energy -- transfusing, welding and unifying as well wreaking havoc and changing our lives. We are part of nature and powerless over weather,” she said. “We can learn to observe it carefully, and like our human nature, take precautions to safeguard that which we hold dear.”
Fitzsimmons, who also moderates The Arts Café every month at the Café Boheme, sponsored by Partners for the Arts, is the department’s coordinator for an arts incubator project in downtown Hattiesburg, in addition to her teaching at Southern Miss.
Prior to her arrival in Hattiesburg, Fitzsimmons lived in St. Louis, Chicago and New York. Besides working as an artist, she worked for the University of Missouri-St. Louis, RPI, and Empire State College-State University of New York. While in New York City, she worked at the Martha Jackson Gallery and RCA.
For many years Fitzsimmons worked on the concept of transparency in both painting and cast acrylic. She has an extensive exhibition record that includes several one-person shows at the Just Above Midtown Gallery and St. Peter’s Church in New York City and more than 80 group shows.
Her work has been supported by grants from the New York State Council of the Arts, The Guggenheim Foundation Learning to Read through the Arts, EXXON Corporation, C.A.S.T.: Collaborations in Science and Technology from Syracuse University and NYSCA, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Henry Street Settlement House Foundation.
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