Dorothy Fratt’s 100th Birthday Celebration
About the Event
Celebrate the life of artist Dorothy Fratt leading up to the artist’s first museum retrospective, Dorothy Fratt: Color Mirage, this spring at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA). The special evening features a tribute to the artist, a gourmet dinner by Chef Titina Pacheco of Argentina Barbecue, live jazz music, raffle drawing, and more. An invitation will be coming to your inbox soon!
About Dorothy Fratt
American abstract painter Dorothy Fratt (1923–2017, b. Washington, D.C.) showed prodigious talent in art as early as age 9 and garnered much attention at age 15 when her painting won first place in an exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. She received numerous educational scholarships and apprenticeships with cubist painter Karl Knaths and landscape and figure painter Nicolai S. Cikovsky. Originally joining the Washington Color School in the 1950s, Fratt left to forge her own style of abstraction that was more closely tied to the Southwest United States after she moved to Arizona in 1958. Although Fratt’s paintings are often classified as color field and abstract expressionist, her use of color and expression of her surroundings evolved into a prolific body of work that idiosyncratically emotes landscape, atmosphere, gesture, and mood on her own terms.
About Cattle Track Arts Compound
Cattle Track Arts Compound is significant for its national and local historic designations earned by a collective of forward-thinking individuals. The compound provides a place for the greater arts and culture of Scottsdale to thrive. Cattle Track Arts and Preservation is a 501c3 nonprofit that aims to recognize and celebrate Scottsdale’s cultural heritage by providing artists, craftsmen, and students opportunities to encourage and enhance their art forms.