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About the Artist

From an early age Lucia Neare (Seattle) has dedicated herself to channeling the creative force through various art forms. She is a classical singer, theater designer, sculptor, performer, producer, and teacher. A Manhattan native and the daughter of a gay fashion designer and a misguided heiress, Lucia grew up in California surrounded by the pervasive influence of the arts. As a vocal artist Neare is unique in that she has trained extensively and performed both in western classical music and the south Indian Karnatic classical vocal tradition. She is artistic director of Lucia Neare’s Theatrical Wonders,  a company that creates free large-scale site specific theatrical works. 

Her Wonders include Ooo La La: A May Day Spectacular, which transformed downtown Seattle into a grand corridor of whimsy on May 1, 2008, drawing thousands into a world of sweet elegance. The work was commissioned by 4Culture’s Site Specific Performance Network and GGLO, and was supported by SAFECO.  Other work includes Lullaby Carriage, a free outdoor mobile interdisciplinary performance celebrating the night. Inspired by the mythology of the night sky, this Wonder offers audience members passage in giant horse-drawn canopy beds through an illuminated land of dreams.

Her work has been commissioned and supported by 4Culture, Seattle Art Museum, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, On the Boards, the Duvall Arts Commission, Vashon Allied Arts, and The Nature Consortium. Lucia is a joyful recipient of the Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission 2008 Fellowship, Seattle Magazine’s 2008 Spotlight Award, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs 2007 CityArtist Award, and the 2012 Seattle Mayor’s Arts Award.

A specialist in sacred performance, Neare has served as a soloist for many Northwest choirs, sung for Orca whales (via underwater speakers), performed in temples throughout south India and atop the Pyramids of Teotihuacán, Mexico. Her design work has been seen at The University of Washington PATP, Seattle Novyi, On the Boards, The Square Room, Velocity, R.E.D, 911 Media Arts, and the Fremont Arts Council’s 2005 Summer Solstice Pageant. Neare maintains a private voice studio,  teaches at Freehold Theater and The Moon Paper Tent, and serves as a frequent artist-in-residence at Summit School. She studied theater/ contemporary performance at Naropa University, and holds a degree from Mount Holyoke College.

As part of her Fellowship’s Meet the Artist requirements, Lucia presented her work to 50 architects and designers at Olson Kundig Architects in Seattle. The informal address included a slide presentation and discussion of her year-long site-specific work, Lullaby Moon, and focused upon how free public performance can transform and enliven civic spaces. The presentation concluded with a lively interval of questions and answers. Neare states, “This event was a wonderful opportunity to meet and share my work with others who are dedicated to transforming the landscape and culture of our city. I am very pleased to report that over the months following this presentation, a number of the architects from the firm repeatedly attended performances of Lullaby Moon, and I am so grateful to Artist Trust for fostering this connection.”

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.