Thursday, July 31, 2008


Born: Chicago IL, 1948

  • University of Illinois at Chicago, MFA 1985
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago, BFA 1983
  • Ithaca College, Ithaca New York, 1966 – 1968

    Selected Solo Exhibitions:
  • 1993 LRC Gallery, Sinclair Community College, Dayton OH
  • Puschz Gallery, Chicago IL
  • 1989 Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts/Race Street Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI
  • 1987 N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago IL
  • 1986 ARC Gallery, Chicago IL
  • A. Montgomery Ward Gallery, UIC, Chicago IL
  • 1985 College of Du Page Gallery, Glen Ellyn IL
  • The Rice Building, Chicago IL
  • 1984 Installation: “And This Is The Place Where Promises Are Made”, The Monadnock Building, Chicago IL
  • 1983Performance Activated Installation:
    “Memory + Activity = Change”, SAIC, Chicago IL (Assisted by Kirk Lockhardt)
  • 1982 Performance Activated Installation: “Stress Cracks” SAIC, Chicago IL
  • Installation: “Entrance, Motel Paradise”, Goldblatt’s Building, Chicago IL
  • 1976 Northwestern University Faculty Club, Evanston IL
    Selected Group Exhibitions:
  • 1993 Interior Reflections/Outdoor Perceptions Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago IL
  • Gesture and Glance Suburban Fine Arts Gallery, Highland Park IL
  • 1992 The Thirty-Fifth TAG Annual Trumbull Art Gallery, Warren OH
  • Chicago Eclecticism Jim Happy-Delpech Gallery, Chicago IL
  • Sixth Annual Regional Art Exhibition Gallery Ten, Rockford IL
  • 1990 International Doll Invitational Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts/Race Street Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Faxart UIC, Chicago IL
  • New Horizons In Art Old Orchard Art Gallery, Skokie IL
  • 2D/3D South Bend South Bend Art Center, South Bend IN
  • 1989 Sixth Annual Works on Paper Elgin Community College, Elgin, IL
  • 1987 118 North Clinton Sybil Larney Gallery, Chicago IL
  • The Amused Eye Evanston Art Center, Evanston IL
  • Open Spectrum David Adler Cultural Center, Libertyville, IL (Award of Excellence)
  • 1986 61st Annual Rockford & Vicinity Rockford Art Museum, Rockford IL
  • Rutgers National 85/86 Works on Paper Stedman Art Gallery, Camden NJ
  • Behind the Scene Curated by Victoria Espy, at the Limelight, Chicago IL
  • Vernal Wood Evanston Art Center, Evanston IL
  • Constant Comment, Curated by Ken Saunders, at the Limelight, Chicago IL
  • Artists Go To Bat, Marianne Deson Gallery, Chicago IL
  • Outdoor Installations, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago IL
  • 1985 OK/USA Cameron University Art Gallery, Lawton OK
  • Unscene Curated by Sue Taylor and Devon Golden, ARC Gallery, Chicago IL
  • Day of the Dead Cameron University Art Gallery, Lawton OK (Award)
  • Ninth Annual Fine Arts Competition A. Montgomery Ward Gallery, UIC, Chicago IL (Best of Show)
  • National Graduate Drawing Exhibition Allen Priebe Art Gallery, Oshkosh, WI
  • 1984 New Horizons in Art Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago IL
  • Connexions: In Celebration of Artists 4th Presbyterian Church, Chicago IL
  • Eighth Annual Fine Arts Competition A. Montgomery Ward Gallery, UIC, Chicago IL
  • Artist’s Call ARC Gallery, Chicago IL
  • 1982 Mushrooms Performance with Musica Menta, CrossCurrents, Chicago IL
  • 1982 Small Works 80 WSE Gallery, New York NY
  • 1976 Modules, Shapes and Grids Jan Cicero Gallery, Evanston IL
  • Seven Painters Evanston Public Library, Evanston IL
  • 1975 Members Show Evanston Art Center, Evanston IL
  • 1974 Artists Invite Artists Suburban Fine Arts Center, Highland Park IL
  • Members Show Evanston Art Center, Evanston IL
  • Illinois Grand Salon Mid-Continental Plaza, Chicago IL Sponsored By North Shore Art League

    Awards and Honorariums:
  • 1991 Residence Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson VT April 1991
  • 1987 Visual Artists Fellowship, Illinois Arts Council
  • Award of Excellence, David Adler Cultural Center (Open Spectrum Exhibit)
  • 1985 Award of Excellence, Day of the Dead Exhibit, Lawton OK
  • Best of Show, 9th Annual Fine Arts Competition,
    Montgomery Ward Gallery, Chicago IL
  • 1984 Chairman’s Technical Assistance Grant, Illinois Arts Council

  • Artists Go to Bat, Limited Edition Commemorative Book, Bradley Printing Co. 1986

  • Buckingham, M.A. “Memory + Activity = Change” Knowhere Magazine, V1 I1, April 1983
  • Caro, Mark “Is it Art or Just a Facsimile?” Chicago Tribune, July 13, 1990
  • Carroll, Margaret “Artists Score Big with the Cubs” Chicago Tribune, August 20, 1986
  • Hansen, Henry “Artists Paint Cubs for Family Rescue, Chicago Magazine, August 1986
  • Jeter, John “Battered Women Winners in Cubs’ Gala” Chicago Sun-Times, August 22, 1987
  • Leonhart, MM “Review” Chicago Reader, April 2, 1987
  • Lundy, Larry “Chicago’s Bumper Crop” New Art Examiner
    September – October, 1982
  • Taylor, Sue “Judith Kitzes, Review” New Art Examiner,
    June 1986
  • Taylor, Sue “Cubs Wives, Artists Team Up for Benefit”
    Chicago Sun-Times, August 21, 1986
  • Yood, James “An Emerging Phenomena: New Talent Exhibits
    Prevail in Chicago, New Art Examiner, December 1985
  • Yood, James “Artists Go To Bat: Review” New Art Examiner, October, 1986
  • Johnson, Dick, WLS-TV Nighttime News, August 11, 1986
    Artists Go To Bat
  • Statement

    My work explores the ambivalence that grows from contradiction. What happens to us when the familiar becomes unfamiliar? I have explored this theme through sculpture and paintings.

    My work evolves from memories. The sculpture is based on architecture and has a stage-set quality to it. The paintings are based on old snapshots from the 1940’s and 1950’s, when film was slower and people posed stiff and self-conscious, uncomfortably aware of an audience. The sculpture exists absent of people; the figures in my paintings exist without the anchor of architecture.

    All my work asks the viewer to look at the dis-ease of the image or object before them. The paintings especially are direct, and disturbing in their directness. I have chosen to use a traditional format for the paintings (portraiture and full figure portraiture) with the idea of self-examination in mind.

    My objects all use traditional building materials – wood, drywall, and the construction materials that surrounded me growing up. My paintings are oil-stick, or oil-pastel, and are comprised of many layers of color. The layering of paint builds a highly textured, almost sculptural surface. I am in love with the lushness of paint.