Frances Colpitt

Frances Colpitt


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A specialist in American art since 1960, Frances Colpitt holds the Deedie Rose Chair, an endowed professorship in contemporary art history, at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. She is a corresponding editor for Art in America and the author ofMinimal Art: The Critical Perspective and Abstract Art in the Late Twentieth Century.

She is the lead author of a monograph on Texas conceptual painter Vernon Fisher published by the University of Texas Press in 2010. Her writing focuses on abstraction and in particular its history and current practice in Southern California, which she has explored in two recent publications, “Hard-Edge Cool,” in Birth of the Cool: California Art, Design, and Culture at Mid-Century, and “In and Out of the Studio,” in Under the Big Black Sun: California Art in the Age of Pluralism, 1974 – 81, organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. She is currently working on a book on postmodern abstraction.

Dr. Colpitt has organized numerous exhibitions of contemporary American art at venues including the University of Texas at San Antonio; San Antonio’s Artpace; the University of California, Santa Barbara; Fisher Gallery at the University of Southern California; Blue Star Art Space; the Phoenix Art Museum; and Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, TCU’s off-campus gallery. Her exhibitions at FWCA include “Material Culture,” a group show of Texas sculptors using real or readymade materials; “Skin Freak,” four California and Texas abstract painters; and “Color Pictures,” an upcoming exhibition of conceptual and fine-art photographers.

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