Highway Culture, photographs by Steve Fitch, includes a selection of images made between 1971 through the present. Fitch will be present for an artist reception and book signing on Saturday, February 25th, 2012 from 3-6 pm. Copies of his books Diesels and Dinosaurs (1976), Gone (2003), Llano Estacado (2011) and Motel Signs (2011) will be available for purchase.
Steve Fitch is a photographer and educator who has been making photographs of the American West for more then four decades. As a boy, the scenes that he observed out of the window of his father's 1951 Buick fascinated him. In the introduction of Fitch's first book Diesels and Dinosaurs, he re-accounts memories of observing small towns, glowing neon signs and 18-wheelers roaming the highway. Fitch was also witness to the rise and fall of the drive in theater. All were experiences that molded his interests as an adult –leading to his visual studies of the highway culture of the American West and man's encroachment upon it.
Steve Fitch holds a bachelors degree in anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley (1971) and a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque (1978). Fitch’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is part of more than 30 public collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the National Museum of American Art and the George Eastman House. Fitch's many awards include three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Eliot Porter Fellowship.