History of Art
U-M Museum of Art Multipurpose Room, 525 S. State, Ann Arbor
Fletcher received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and his MFA from California College of the Arts. He studied organic farming at UC Santa Cruz and this apprenticeship of hard work and living with forty students in tents on a farm impacted his work as an artist. Fletcher has produced a variety of socially engaged and collaborative projects such as asking park users to reimagine the kind of sculpture they would choose, using his digital camera to rephotograph the collection of The War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City to bring back to an American audience, and used his exhibition opportunity at the 2004 Whitney Biennial to print a newspaper showcasing the work of 10 artists from around the country. He often uses photography as a way to make note of his interests in the world and writes that: "Largely I think of what I do as an artist as just pointing to things that I think are interesting so that other people will notice and appreciate them too." In 2002 Fletcher started Learning To Love You More, a participatory website with Miranda July. He is represented in San Francisco by Jack Hanley Gallery, and in NYC by Christine Burgin Gallery. Fletcher is an Associate Professor of Art and Social Practice at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.
During his short term residency as a Roman Witt Visiting Artist in the School of Art & Design, Fletcher will work with graduate students in the School of Art & Design's graduate seminar prompt. His talk at UMMA is co-sponsored by the School of Art & Design, the Department of the History of Art, and the University of Michigan Museum of Art.