Biography

Charlottesville, Virginia based artist Michael Fitts has been using oil paint on reclaimed scrap metal for more than 20 years. He has shown in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Boston, Indiana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Belgium. He is an associate member of the McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville and is also a member of the Washington Project for the Arts in Washington, D.C. Fitts is represented in the Washington D.C. metro area by the Fraser Gallery in Bethesda, MD, in Pennsylvania by Gallery Piquel in New Hope, PA, Gallery50 in Rehoboth Beach, DE, Haley Fine Art in Sperryville, VA, The Miller Gallery in Cincinnati, OH, Gold Gallery in Boston, MA and by Art Cézar in Leuven, Belgium. 

"Elevating the importance of ephemeral objects to the status of art is what I find most interesting. From discovering a piece of interesting metal and constructing a frame, to selecting the subject to be painted, the evolution of a piece provides many creative challenges and rewards of which I feel I am only beginning to scratch the surface."

 

Exhibitions

2014 December Holiday Group Show, Haley Fine Art, Sperryville, VA

2014 June, Twenty Paintings Haley Fine Art, Sperryville, VA, Twenty Paintings 

2008-2014 Group show - Fraser Gallery/Affordable Art Fair, New York, NY

2013 July, Gallery50, Rehoboth Beach, DE

2013 November, Angelo, Charlottesville, VA,

2012 January, Group show - Mayer Fine Art/Los Angeles Art Show, Los Angeles, CA, 

2012 September, Haley Fine Art, Sperryville, VA

2011 September, Chroma Projects Lab, Charlottesville, VA

2011 November, Group Show – Fraser Gallery/Boston International Art Show

2011 August, Gallery50, Rehoboth Beach, DE

2010 April, Group show - Mayer Fine Art, Norfolk, VA

2009 July, Gallery KH, Chicago IL

2009 September, Evan Lurie Gallery, Carmel, IN

2009 October, Group show - Art Cézar/The Affordable Art Fair, Amsterdam, Belgium, October 2009

2008 March, The C&O Gallery, Charlottesville, VA

2008 September, Group show - Gallery KH, Chicago IL

2008 September, Gallery50, Rehoboth Beach, DE

2008 Group juried exhibit - Mid-Atlantic New Painting, Fredericksburg, VA

2007 May-June, Suffolk Center for Cutural Arts, Suffolk, VA

2007 September, The Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, MD

2007 October, Gallery Piquell, New Hope, PA

2005 March, Group show - Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC

2004 January, Group show - Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC

2004 March, Group show - Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC

2003 January, Group show - Studio Gallery, Washington D.C.

2003 May, McGuffey Art Center, Charlottesville, Virginia

2003 November, McGuffey Art Center, Charlottesville, Virginia

2002 August, The Mudhouse, Charlottesville, Virginia

2002 Fall, Group show - University of Virginia Law School

2001 April, Group show - Dispatches from the New Dominion: 6 Virginia Artists, Bedford Hills, New York

2001 April, McGuffey Art Center, Charlottesville, Virginia

2001 May, Group show - Dispatches from the New Dominion: 7 Virginia Artists, Brooklyn, New York

2001 September, The Mudhouse, Charlottesville, Virginia

2000 December, Group show - McGuffey Art Center, Charlottesville, Virginia
Holiday Exhibit

1999 January, Group show - Studio Gallery, Washington D.C.

1999 September, The Mudhouse, Charlottesville, Virginia

1996 September, Higher Grounds, Charlottesville, Virginia

Awards/ Grants

2007 Grant from the George Sugarman Foundation, Inc. Novato, California

Education

BFA, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, 1989