He worked with students throughout the week and gave an evening presentation Monday, February 4 at 7:00 PM in Chamberlin Lodge. Sculptor, printmaker, painter and conceptual artist, Jeffry Mitchell references a wide spectrum of art history and decorative arts. “Historically the decorative arts have emphasized high craft, refined materials and absence of content. Mitchell, on the other hand, develops his high concept ideas in low-brow materials. His approach to crafting is spontaneous, expressionistic and purposefully non-technical. The result is a new direction in decorative arts that looks like an awfully cool place to go, an engaging path that challenges our most closely held assumptions about craft and the legitmacy of decoration in art.”
Solo shows at the Henry Gallery, University of Washington, 2001, Diverseworks, Houston, TX 2001, White Columns, NYC 1997, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, NYC 1992 and the Seattle Art Museum in 1990 are to Mr. Mitchell's credit. His works are in the collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, the Philadelphia Art Museum, the New York Public Library, and the Seattle Art Museum among others.