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About the Artist

Ross Palmer Beecher is a Seattle artist who makes works out of recycled materials, including aluminum cans, presidential lanterns, and punched metal tombstones. Often working with the quilt form, Palmer Beecher has received numerous awards, including the Betty Bowen Memorial Award (Seattle Art Museum, 2002). She is represented by Greg Kucera Gallery (Seattle) and her work is collected in various public and corporate art collections, including the City of Seattle’s Portable Works Collection, Safeco, Tacoma Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, and Microsoft Corporation. Beecher has also received numerous public commissions, including works made for the Seattle-Tacoma Airport, Harborview Medical Center (Seattle), and the Tacoma School District (as part of the Washington State Arts Commission’s public art program). Working with re-contextualization of iconic images, Palmer Beecher brings unusual materials into her variations on such images as the American flag, as well as historical events and personalities.

As part of her Fellowship’s Meet the Artist requirements, Ross organized two tile projects for the Adult Day Health program residents of Providence Mt. St. Vincent in Seattle. Residents tiled terra-cotta flower pots and collaborated on a large tiled mural of Beecher’s design for their spa room. During the two days, 30 residents, friends and family members participated, from 60 to 93 years old. Staff also dropped by, as well as a nurse who spent her day off working on the fish mural. There were several participants with poor eyesight, motor skills and slight dementia. They were shy at first, but after some one-on-one aid from Beecher, they, too, were having a ball. They even sang Andrew Sisters’ songs as they tiled! Beecher reported, “It helped me see that sharing my creative talents to a different unexpected audience broadened me as an artist and individual. I now see more opportunity and the importance of spreading art.”

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