Teresita Fernández, 1992 Sculpture + Extended Media MFA, has been selected by President Obama to serve on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. This panel advises the government on national matters of design and aesthetics such as the design and site of national memorials and museums. Fernández is best known for her prominent public sculptures and unconventional use of materials, which are characterized by an interest in perception and the psychology of looking. Fernández is the youngest artist commissioned by the Seattle Art Museum for the recently opened Olympic Sculpture Park where her permanently installed work Seattle Cloud Cover allows visitors to walk under a covered skyway while viewing the city’s skyline through optically shifting multicolored glass. Her exceptional work has earned her a 2005 MacArthur Fellow in addition to other prestigious awards.
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