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Patrick Duegaw was born in New York in 1966. He received his degree in Architecture at Kansas State University in 1989. In 1990 he co-founded Fisch Haus*, a Kansas-based artist cooperative. Duegaw has co-produced, and exhibited, in twelve of Fisch Haus' multimedia art exhibitions from 1990-2000, and has mounted seven large-scale solo exhibitions at Fisch Haus. He has exhibited in juried shows organized by institutions and galleries from all over the country, and has been invited to participate in group shows such as the Kansas Masters Invitational, and the Kansas Governor's Ball/Inauguration Exhibition, both held in 2007. In 2009, Duegaw mounted a comprehensive solo retrospective of 111 paintings and drawings at the Wichita Art Museum. 'The Wrong Tools (For The Job)', opened at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City's Crossroads District in April 2010. Gallery productions of 'Jurgen and The Wrong Tools' opened at the LA Art Show in January 2011, and later in June, at the Paul Mahder Gallery in San Francisco. In April 2011, his work was featured in a major exhibition at the Ulrich Museum of Art, celebrating the twenty-first anniversary of Fisch Haus. Duegaw's current solo museum exhibition, and most ambitious project to date, runs from October 5, 2012 through January 13th, 2013 at The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art. He continues to oversee and co-produce many of the Fisch Haus events, including the River City Biennale, the bi-annual Women's Invitational XX Show, the KNOB New Music Festival, and the Samuel Beckett Theater Series. He is scheduled for solo exhibitions in both the Lawrence Art Center and The Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in 2014.
The Kansas Arts Commission awarded Duegaw a Mini Fellowship in 1992. In 2001, the Ulrich Museum of Art named him the Betty and Frank Brosius Award winner. In 2004, he received a Purchase Award from the Wichita Art Museum. In 2006, the Kansas Arts Commission awarded him the Fellowship for Painting; and, in 2010, a Collaboration Grant (in conjunction with the Ulrich Museum), also naming him the runner-up for the Governor's Award in that same year.
His work has been acquired for many private, corporate, and institutional collections, including the Ulrich Museum of Contemporary Art, the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, the Wichita Art Museum, the Kansas Health Foundation, and the Emprise Bank Collection, been reviewed in Art In America, The Kansas City Pitch, and Review magazines, and has appeared in Dwell Magazine, New American Paintings, and Studio Visit. From July 2005 to August 2006, Duegaw was invited to take part in the Portrait of an Artist Campaign, an on-line journal project of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
*Fisch Haus is a multi-disciplinary art facility, located in the Commerce St. Art District, currently accommodating a steady stream of regional, national, and international artists and musicians. Originally an empty three story warehouse, Fisch Haus now contains studio and gallery space, a full wood and metal shop, an indoor amphitheater, and a print studio, all designed and built by its members. The Fisch Haus produces several large-scale shows annually, and hosts numerous community art events, ranging from visiting artist exhibitions and performances, to lectures, classes, benefits, readings, and music festivals throughout the rest of the year; most all of which are offered free of charge and are open to all ages. In 2004, Fisch Haus formed a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation under the name Fisch Bowl, Inc. Fisch Haus, the spaces within, and the people who take part in its operation, all play important roles in Duegaw's work.
2014 slated: Lawrence Art Center; Lawrence, KS.
2014 slated: Leedy-Voulkos Art Center; Kansas City, MO.
2012 INADVERTENT ARSON: The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art; Manhattan, KS.
2011 JURGEN AND THE WRONG TOOLS: Paul Mahder Gallery; San Francisco
2010 THE WRONG TOOLS (FOR THE JOB): Leedy-Voulkos Art Center; Kansas City, MO.
2009 THE BUILDER, REMOVED: SCENES FROM THE PAINTED THEATRE PROJECT: Wichita Art Museum; Wichita, KS.
2008 SEARCHING IN ALL PLACES CIVILIZED: Riney Art Center, Friends University;
2007 NOT TO SCALE: THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO ROOMS: Fisch Haus, Wichita, KS.
2007 SWIMMING THROUGH INTERIORS: INSIDE THE STILL PLAY: Leedy-Voulkos Art Center; Kansas City, MO.
2006 CHARACTER STUDIES FOR A FUTURE STILL PLAY: Fisch Haus; Wichita, KS.
2005 JUSTE POUR RIRE - A STILL PLAY: Fisch Haus; Wichita, KS.
2005 MONTREAL TOOLS (OUTILS DE MONTRÉAL): La Frénésie de la Main; Montréal, QC.
2005 NEW PAINTINGS: Blue Room Gallery; San Francisco, CA.
2004 MIXED MEDIA ON SHEETROCK: Fisch Haus; Wichita, KS.
2003 CAREFULLY STUDIED FLOOR PLANS: Fisch Haus; Wichita, KS.
2002 COFFEE POTS, TEA KETTLES AND OTHER POSSIBLE STORIES: Fisch Haus
2011 FISCH HAUS 21: AN ARTISTS' COLLABORATIVE COMES OF AGE: Ulrich Museum Of Contemporary Art, Wichita State University; Wichita, KS.
2010 Group Exhibition: Paul Mahder Gallery; San Francisco, CA.
2007 Group Exhibition: Paul Mahder Gallery; San Francisco, CA.
2006 PERSON TO PERSON: Strecker-Nelson Gallery; Manhattan, KS.
2005 ARTIST SELF-PORTRAITS: Streckline Gallery, Newman University
2005 Group Exhibition: Kansas City Artist Coalition; Kansas City, MO.
2004 STILLNESS IN THE DIN: Erman B. White Gallery, Butler County College
2001 TWO BY FOUR: Firenze; Berkley, CA.
2001 PAINTINGS AND ETCHINGS: Geo Kay; Oakland, CA.
2001 POST NO REALISM: Dirt Gallery; Kansas City, MO.
2000 TRADITIONS IN PRINTMAKING: Center for the Arts; Wichita, KS.
1999-2005 TINY WORKS ANNUAL EXHIBITION: Project Gallery; Wichita, KS.
1999 HISTORIES: An exhibition of art and essays: Erman B. White Gallery, Butler County College
1997 BY OURSELVES: An exhibition of self-portraits by Kansas artists: Erman B. White Gallery, Butler County College
1996 KANSAS CURRENTS: Wichita Art Museum; Wichita, KS.
Juried and Invitational
2011 LA ART SHOW with Paul Mahder Gallery: Los Angeles, CA.
2011 KMUW ART: Erman B. White Gallery, Butler Country College; El Dorado, KS.
2008 ART OF EMPRISE: Wichita Art Museum; Wichita, KS.
2007 KANSAS MASTERS INVITATIONAL: Strecker-Nelson Gallery; Manhattan, KS.
2007 KANSAS INAUGURATION: Kansas Governor's Ball; Kansas City, MO.
2005 ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION: City Arts Gallery; Wichita, KS.
2004 EIGHTH NATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITION: Baker Arts Center; Liberal, KS.
2004 FOURTH NATIONAL JURIED ART EXHIBIT: Erman B. White Gallery, Butler County College; El Dorado, KS.
2004 20 x 20 x 20 NATIONAL COMPACT COMPETITION: LSU Union Art Gallery, LSU
2004 CURRENT WORK 2004 NATIONAL COMPETITION: Rosenthal Gallery, FSU
2004 LIVING ROOM BOOK NATIONAL COMPETITION: Wichita Art Museum
2003 NORTHERN NATIONAL ART COMPETITION: Nicolet College; Rhinelander, WI.
2003 TEXAS NATIONAL 2003: Stephen F. Austin State University Gallery
2003 TAKE HOME A NUDE: The Armory Art Center; West Palm Beach, FL.
2002 ULRICH ALUMNI EXHIBITION: Ulrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Wichita State University; Wichita, KS.
2001 FIGURATIVE WORKS 01: The Armory Art Center; West Palm Beach, FL.
2001 2001 RIVER MARKET REGIONAL EXHIBITION: Kansas City Artists Coalition
2000 49th SPIVA BIENNIAL: Spiva Art Center; Joplin, MO.
1998-2003 CITY ARTS DIRECTOR'S CHOICE JURIED EXHIBITIONS: City Arts Gallery
1997-1999 KANSAS TRIENNIAL: KRATES Program, various galleries throughout the mid-west.
Fisch Haus Multimedia Events
Excerpt from the Ulrich Museum's award winning catalogue, Fisch Haus 21: An Artists' Collaborative Comes Of Age, by Dr. Emily Stamey, Ulrich Museum Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art:
"For more than two decades now, the arts in Wichita, Kansas have been enriched by the efforts of four [artists] who dedicate themselves to making art and creating a rich and ever-expanding circle of artists and arts enthusiasts. Known collectively by the name of the venue they share, Fisch Haus, these four artists—Patrick Duegaw [among them]—have been catalysts for Wichita's alternative art scene...Wichita's Fisch Haus takes part in [the] ongoing tradition of artistic collaboration and community engagement. Its quartet of artists has been critical to the coalescing and continued prospering of a downtown arts district in Kansas's largest city."
2000 PAINTINGS AND MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS: Fisch Haus.
1998 LIMBO WITH THE DEVIL: Fisch Haus.
1997 SALT TO TASTE: Fisch Haus.
1996 IMPROPER LAUNDRY: Fisch Haus.
1995 CALLS? O.K., BYE.: Fisch Haus.
1994 FISCH SCHMISH: Fisch Haus.
1993 WHEN PONDS FREEZE TOO QUICKLY: Fisch Haus.
1992 STILL FISCH: Fisch Haus.
1992 KLEINER FISCH: Wichita Community Theater.
1991 KITCH FISCH: Wichita Center for the Arts.
1990 KALT FISCH: Abandoned warehouse space, Wichita, KS.
1990 HEISSER FISCH: Abandoned warehouse space, Wichita, KS.
Emprise Bank Collection
Kansas Health Foundation Collection
Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art
Ulrich Museum of Contemporary Art
Wichita Art Museum
2012 Gustin, Georgina, "Building Community", Dwell Magazine, October
2010 Packham, Chris, "Patrick Duegaw's Wrong Tools make great big art", Kansas City Pitch, 8 April
2010 Brisendine, Steve, "Theatre of Paint: Patrick Duegaw", Review Magazine, 21 April
2010 Thorson, Alice, "Static Theatre", Kansas City Star, 31 March
2009 Buller, Rachel Epp, "Scenes From A Life, Theatrically", Review Magazine, April
2007 Thorson, Alice, "Patrick Duegaw at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center", Art in America, October
2007 New American Paintings, Issue #72, Fall
2007 Smith, Dr. Royce, "Sheetrock Substrates and Inadvertent Arsonists…", Review Magazine, 1 February
2007 Packham, Chris, "Swimming Through Interiors…", The Kansas City Pitch, 15 February
2007 Shull, Chris, "Works by Patrick Duegaw at Fisch Haus", The Wichita Eagle, 25 November
2006 Hemans, Spike, "Duegaw's 'Character Studies' is a gem", The Wichita City Paper, 30 November
2006 Shull, Chris, "Duegaw reveals new portraits at Fisch Haus", The Wichita Eagle, 17 November
2005 Shull, Chris, "Works by Patrick Duegaw at Fisch Haus", The Wichita Eagle, 25 November
2005 Marlett, Mike, "Duegaw Featured in Smithsonian", F5, 4 August
The individual images that represent my current body of work are in fact 'scenes' from a larger concept that I've been exploring for several years. These paintings, created with acrylic, ink, polyurethane and screws, and executed on complex wallboard substrates that were assembled from found and salvaged materials, record various self-constructed environments and their inhabitants. Through these, I've synthesized my background in architecture and construction, stage craft and fine art; the resultant imagery is part of an on-going installation that I have termed the Painted Theatre Project, and, when referencing a specific 'performance', The Still Play. The Painted Theatre Project, which is part installation, part theater production, incorporates detailed two-dimensional characters, props, and sets that replace living thespians, three-dimensional objects, and a stage. Action is implied, rather than actually performed, and dialogue is written, in the form of text pieces that accompany each portrait, rather than spoken. This multidisciplinary investigation provokes a discourse between the inherently documentary properties of painting, drawing, poetry and architecture, and the deliberate ephemerality of performance and storytelling.