Steve Fitch

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Screen towers, 1980 to 1995 © Courtesy of the artist and photo-eye gallery
Journal drawing #7.30 © Steve Fitch
Neon sculpture © Steve Fitch
Siegel-Schwall Blues Band, Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, 1967 © Steve Fitch
South of Kadoka, South Dakota, May 2001 © Steve Fitch
Dumas, Texas, 1974 © Steve Fitch
Near Umbarger, Texas, March 11, 2005 © Steve Fitch
Looking east atop the Comanche Gap hogback in New Mexico, July 9, 1983 © Steve Fitch
Melrose, New Mexico, March 8, 1991 © Steve Fitch
Diorama, Highway I-75, Gaylord, Michigan, 1973 © Steve Fitch
Inside a house in Yoder, eastern Wyoming, June 9, 1995 © Steve Fitch
Neon sculpture © Steve Fitch
Grants Pass, Oregon, 1975 © Steve Fitch
Tourist lady, Highway 66, Meteor Crater, Arizona, 1971 © Steve Fitch
Dusk near San Cristobal ruin, New Mexico, August 9, 1984 © Steve Fitch
Grandview Motel, Raton, New Mexico, 1981 Chromogenic Print Variable © Steve Fitch
Blue Swallow Motel, Highway 66, Tucumcari, New Mexico, July 1990, 1990 © Courtesy of the Artist and Robert Koch Gallery
Capri Motel, Raton, New Mexico, 1980/2012 Chromogenic Print 40 X 50 In. Image & Mount © Steve Fitch
Quick Facts
Tucson, Arizona
Birth year



Master of Arts in Photography, University of New Mexico, 1978
Masters program in photography, San Francisco Art Institute, Fall, 1977
Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, University of California at Berkeley, 1971


Eliot Porter Fellowship, New Mexico Council for Photography, 1999
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship: “Marks and Measures” survey grant,1981
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Photography, 1975
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Photography, 1973
Purchase Award, “Southwest ’85”, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, 1985
Purchase Award, “Current Works 1984”, Society for Contemporary Photography exhibit at the Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, MO, 1984
Purchase Award, “Arts 84”, Boulder Center for the Visual Arts, Boulder, CO, 1984
Purchase Award, “1975 Invitational”, Andromeda Gallery, Buffalo, NY, 1975
Purchase Award, “Emulsion ’73”, Civic Arts Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA, 1973


“American Landscapes: Contemporary Photographs of the West”, Joslyn Art
Museums, Omaha, NE, 2011-2012
“Motels and Motion on the Mother Road: New Mexico”, Governor’s Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, 2011
“Steve Fitch, 1970 to 2010”, Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2011
“Red Desert, Green Prairie, Blue Sky: Photographing the West” organized by Exhibits
USA; travels to Shafer Art Gallery, Breat Bend, KS; Highland Community College, High-land, KS; Mesquite Arts Council, Mesquite, TX; and Exhibits USA, Kansas City, KS; 2009-2011
“Inaugural Photography Exhibition in the new Modern Wing”, Chicago Art Institute, 2009
“Endangered Culture”, Photo-Eye Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, 2009
“Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe”, Palace of the Governors, Santa Fe, NM, 2008-9
“Silver”, Houston Center for Photography, TX, 2006
“Llano Estacado: Island in the Sky”, Houston Center for Photography, TX, 2006
“Making Panhandle Pictures”, Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo, TX, 2006
“Spectacle and Society”, Governor’s Gallery, State Capitol Building, Santa Fe, NM, 2005
“Sign Language”, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, 2005
“Boxed Sets: Portfolios of the Seventies”, Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ, 2005
Denver Convention Center, permanent installation of four commissioned “living pictures” videos on flat screen monitors, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Denver, CO, 2005
“Gone: Photographs of Abandonment on the High Plains”, one person exhibition, Blue
Sky Gallery, Portland, OR, 2004
“Pretty as a Picture”, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2004
“Art, Culture, Place: Visual Traditions of the Southwest”, University of New Mexico Art
Museum, Albuquerque, 2004
“Site Seeing: Photographic Excursions in Tourism”, George Eastman House, Rochester, NY, 2004
“Maker’s Marks in the Landscape”, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX, 2003
“Gone: Photographs of Abandonment on the High Plains”, one person exhibition organized by the University of New Mexico Art Museum, 2003. The exhibition travelled to The Marion Center,College of Santa Fe, 2003; the Beach Museum, Kansas Sate University, Manhattan, 2005; the Nicolayson Museum, Casper, WY, 2006; and the Booth
Museum of Western Art, Cartersville, GA, 2007
“The New World’s Old World: Photographic Views of Ancient America”, AXA Gallery, New York, 2003
“STEVE FITCH: Gone: Photographs of Abandonment on the High Plains”, Paul
Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2003
“Visions from America: Photographs from the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1940 to 2001”, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2002
“The Artist and the American West”, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX, 2002
“Shifting Landscapes”, Landmark Gallery, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, 2001
“Steve Fitch: Recipient of the 1999 Eliot Porter Fellowship”, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM, 2000
“The West: Recent Acquisitions”, The Art Museum, Princeton University, NJ, 1998
“Drive-ins: Disappearing Summer Cinema”, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, 1998
“STEVE FITCH: Diesels and Dinosaurs and Beyond”, Paul Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 1997
“The Perpetual Mirage”, The Whitney Museum, New York, 1996
“The Archeology of Abandonment: Photographs from the High Plains”, one person exhibition at the O’Sullivan Arts Center, Regis University, Denver, CO, 1995
“Theaters”, Paul Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 1995
“California Photography from a Seventies Perspective: Part II”, Seagram Gallery, New York, 1994
“Art in the Machine Age”, The University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, 1993
“Arts ’93”, Fine Arts Museum, Santa Fe, NM, 1993
“Personal Portraits/Intimate Photographs”, Colorado Gallery, Arapahoe College, Denver, 1992
“Swan Songs: Images of Love and Lament for the Land”, Arvada Center for the Arts, Arvada, CO, 1991
“Steve Fitch: Photographs”, Art Gallery, The University of New Mexico at Los Alamos, 1991
“Abandoned Sites: Photographs by Rick Dingus and Steve Fitch”, Sol Mednick Gallery, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, 1990
“The Art of Photography: Steve Fitch and Stephen Perloff”, James Michener Arts Center, Doylestown, PA, 1990
“Displaced References: Rick Dingus, Steve Fitch, Roger Sweet”, James/Schubert Gallery, Houston, TX, 1989
“Picturing California: A Century of Photographic Genius”, Oakland Museum, CA, 1989
“Marks and Measures: Images of Rock Art”, Colorado Historical Society, Denver, 1987
“Road and Roadside”, The Art Institute of Chicago, 1987; the exhibition traveled to the
University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, and to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1988
“Photography and the West the 80’s”, The Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY, 1987
“Heat and Light”, Art Galleries, University of Texas at San Antonio, 1987
“Steve Fitch: Photographs, Drawings and Insane-O-Matic”, Graham Gallery, Albuquerque, NM, 1987
“Steve Fitch: Photographs”, Art Gallery, University of South Florida, Tampa, 1987
“Visions of the West”, Etherton Gallery, Tucson, AZ, 1986; exhibition travelled to:
Harrison Museum of Art, Utah Sate University; Sioux City Art Center, Iowa; Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Arizona; Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, California;
Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo, Colorado; and the Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado
“New Landscapes”, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX, 1986
“Crosscurrents II”, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA, 1986
“With the Land: A Photographic Survey”, University Art Gallery, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA, 1986
“On the Road”, The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA, 1986
“New Views: Landscape Photographs from Two Continents”, Gallery 210, University of Missouri, St. Louis, MO, 1986
“Interactions with the Land and Its Histories”, one person exhibition in the Emmanuel
Gallery, Auraria Higher Education Center, Denver, CO, 1985
“Neo-Anasazi”, one person exhibition in the Fine Arts Center Gallery, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1985
“Places of Magic”, Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies, Los Angeles, CA, 1985
“Marks and Measures: Linda Connor, Rick Dingus, Steve Fitch, Charles Roitz”, Spencer
Art Museum, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 1985
“Southwest ’85”, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM, 1985
“New Landscapes: Photographs from Two Continents”, Tasmania School of Art, Hobart; exhibition travelled to The Developed Image Gallery, Adelaide and The Australian
Center for Photography, Sydney, Australia, 1985
“Exposed and Developed: Photography Sponsored by the National Endowment for the
Arts”, organized by the national Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution,
Washington, D.C., 1984. Exhibition travelled to the Museum of Contemporary Photography of Columbia College, Chicago
“Current Works, 1984”, organized by the Society for Contemporary Photography,
Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, MO, 1984
“Flash/An Aesthetic”, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA, 1984
“American Roads”, Etherton Gallery, Tucson, AZ, 1983
“Clocks in Photographs”, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR, 1983
One person exhibition, Northlight Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 1983
“Color as Form: A History of Color Photography”, International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY, 1982. Exhibition travelled to the
Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.
“Steve Fitch: Photographs”, Hills Gallery, Denver, CO, 1982
“American Photography Today”, Shayder Art Gallery, University of Denver, CO, 1982
“Beyond Color”, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA, 1980
“Large Spaces in Small Places”, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA, 1980
“Visitors to Arizona: 1846 to 1980”, Phoenix Art Museum, AZ, 1980
“New Color Photography from the American Contemporary Collection”, Denver Art Museum, CO, 1980
Simon Lowinsky Gallery, one person exhibition, San Francisco, CA, 1980
“Information and Involvement: Contemporary Photographs of New Mexico”, Galerie
Licht, Copenhagen, Denmark. Also travelled to Stockholm, Sweden and Oslo, Norway, 1979
“A Selection of Color Photographs” Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 1979
“8 by 10”, Susan Spiritus Gallery, Newport Beach, CA, 1979
“Attitudes: Photography in the Seventies”, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA, 1979
Blue Sky Gallery, one person exhibition, Portland, OR, 1979
Foto Gallery, one person exhibition, New York, NY, 1979
“130 Years of Ohio Photography”, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio, 1978
“Silver and Ink”, Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland, CA, 1978
“Color Photographs by John Divola, Steve Fitch, Kenda North, Arthur Ollman, John
Pfahl”, The Friends of Photography, Carmel, CA, 1978
“Contemporary Photography”, University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, 1978
“The Aesthetics of Graffiti”, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA, 1978
“12 California Photographers”, a traveling exhibition in New Zealand and Australia, 1977
“Radical Photography and Bay Area Innovators”, Sacred Heart School, Menlo Park, CA, 1977
College of Marin, one person exhibition. Kentfield, CA, 1977
Santa Fe Gallery of Photography, one person exhibition, Santa Fe, NMl 1977
“12 Berkeley Photographers”, Berkeley Art Center, CA, 1976
Orange Coast College, one person exhibition, Costa Mesa, CA, 1976
“Bushes”, one person exhibition, University Art Museum, Berkeley,CA, 1975
Sacramento State University, one person exhibition, CA, 1975
“Young American Photographers”, Kalamazoo Institute of Art, MI, 1975
“Studio ’74”, Focus Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 1974
“Light and Substance”, University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, 1973
“Emlsion ’73”, Civic Arts Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA, 1973
“Places”, San Francisco Art Institute, CA, 1973


Whitney Museum off American Art, New York, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
The Chicago Art Institute, IL
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Houston Museum of Fine Art, TX
University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Museum of International Photography, George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX
Australian National Gallery, Australia
New Mexico Museum of Arts, Santa Fe
Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Denver Art Museum, CO
California Museum of Photography, UC Riverside, CA
Spencer Art Museum, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
New York Public Library, New York
Sheldon Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence!
The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA
Grunweld Center for the Graphic Arts, UCLA, Lost Angeles, CA
Humanities Research Center, University of Texas, Austin, TX
Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH
Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO
Nicolaysen Museum, Casper, WY
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, CA

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