Sherry Markovitz - Breasted Buddha, 2002-03 - Beads, papier-mache, mixed media 15 x 13 x 9 in. - Collection of Driek & Michael Zirinsky - Photo: Markovitz/Millett

Bellevue, WN - As a mid-career retrospective of renowned Seattle-based, mixed-media artist Sherry Markovitz, this exhibition is comprised of 41 pieces, which include 29 sculptural works (10 dolls, 5 gourds, 14 animals) and 12 paintings.  On view through 7 September, 2008 at The Bellevue Arts Museum. " Shimmer " Paintings and Sculptures 1979 - 2007

Sherry Markovitz Bow Wow Queen, 1987 Beads, Papier mache & Mixed  Media  40x31x31 in. Collection Mary Kay McCaw Photo : John MichaelKnown for her evocative beaded assemblages, drawings and paintings, Markovitz intricately weaves through various themes and materials in her multi-dimensional work. The artist is perhaps best known for her beaded, richly-adorned papier-mâché animal head trophies and dolls, which explore the realms of human expression, art and craft, life and death and metaphors of gender and identity. Her prominent use of beads as a form of expression crosses cultural boundaries, touching on their historical and symbolic use – functional, ceremonial, and spiritual – around the world.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Markovitz received her BA in Ceramics and Art Education at the University of Wisconsin, and a MFA in Printmaking from the University of Washington. Markovitz’s works are featured in numerous public and private collections, including: The Corning Museum of Glass, NY; American Craft Museum, NY; Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC; John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI; Seattle City Light 1% for Art Collection; Junior League, Seattle; Seattle Art Museum; and Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA; among others.

Sherry Markovitz: Shimmer has been organized and distributed by the Museum of Art/Washington State University, Pullman, WA. Local viewing made possible in part by the City of Bellevue.

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