James FitzGerald (artist)

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James Herbert FitzGerald (1910–1973)[1] was an American sculptor from Seattle, Washington. He received a degree in architecture at University of Washington and worked at Spokane Art Center.[2] He has been called "[one] of the Pacific Northwest's preeminent artists of [his] period",[3] and "among the most innovative modern artists active in the Pacific Northwest."[4]

He was born and raised in Seattle, graduating from the University of Washington in 1935. FitzGerald went on to study at Yale University in 1938, where he received a Carnegie Graduate Fellowship, and at the Kansas City Art Institute.[5] He created works for the Treasury Relief Art Project (TRAP) and the Department of Justice in the 1930s with Boardman Robinson; and worked on other Works Progress Administration art programs in Washington state.[2] While he also studied as a painter, FitzGerald switched primarily to bronze sculpture in 1959 and became a well-known fountain designer. He established his own foundry in 1964.[5]

FitzGerald married Margaret Tomkins, a painter, and had three children.[5][6]

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  1. ^ Biographical thumbnail, Smithsonian Institution, retrieved October 2, 2012
  2. ^ a b c Oral history interview with James Herbert Fitzgerald and Margaret Tomkins, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, October 27, 1965, retrieved October 1, 2012
  3. ^ a b Historic Sites of the Washington State and Territorial Library: 1853 to the present, Washington Secretary of State, retrieved October 1, 2012
  4. ^ Margret Tomkins & James Fitzgerald, Martin-Zambito Fine Art, retrieved October 1, 2012
  5. ^ a b c "James FitzGerald, Seattle sculptor, dies". The Seattle Times. October 9, 1973. p. D14.
  6. ^ Farr, Sheila (March 22, 2002). "Outspoken Seattle painter Margaret Tomkins dies". The Seattle Times. p. B1. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
  7. ^ David Wilma (April 23, 2001), Seattle Landmarks: Lacey V. Murrow Floating Bridge and East Portals of the Mount Baker Tunnels (1940), HistoryLink
  8. ^ "James Fitzgerald", Pacific Coast Architecture Database, University of Washington, retrieved October 1, 2012
  9. ^ Woodridge, Sally B.; Roger Montgomery (1980). A Guide to Architecture in Washington State. University of Washington Press. p. 133. ISBN 0-295-95779-4.
  10. ^ Centennial Fountain (IAS WA000150), Smithsonian American Art Museum/Art inventories catalog
  11. ^ Fountain of the Northwest (IAS 75008690), Smithsonian American Art Museum/Art inventories catalog
  12. ^ "Final Scene", Princeton Alumni Weekly, September 14, 2011
  13. ^ Scudder Plaza Fountain (IAS NJ000204), Smithsonian American Art Museum/Art inventories catalog
  14. ^ "Fountain of Freedom". Campus Art at Princeton. Princeton Art Museum. Retrieved August 11, 2016.

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