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Douglas Ewart

A composer, improviser, sculptor and maker of masks and instruments, Douglas R. Ewart has had a widely acclaimed 40-year career.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1946, Ewart immigrated to Chicago in 1963. In 1987 he received a U.S.-Japan Creative Arts Fellowship to study both modern Japanese culture and the traditional Buddhist shakuhachi flute and give public performances while in Japan. He is now emeritus professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he has taught since 1990.

Ewart has received a Bush Artists Fellowship (1997), Minnesota Composers Forum/McKnight Foundation fellowships, Jerome Foundation grants, a Mayor Harold Washington's Outstanding Artist Award and a Naropa Institute residency. He has performed at the Moers International Festival (Germany), the University of Puerto Rico San Juan, and in Brazil, Tokyo, Perth, Havana, Paris, Stockholm, London, Düsseldorf and Berlin. In the U.S. he has performed at Mobius (Boston), The Contemporary Art Center (New Orleans), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Science Museum of Minnesota, 1750 Arch Street (Berkeley), Painted Bride (Philadelphia), Creative Arts Collective (Detroit), Merkin Hall, Public Theater, The Kitchen and Carnegie Hall (New York).

See Some of Ewart's Work

1. Rolling Roving Sonic Crutch, 2003. Medium: Maplewood orthopedic crutch, brass bells, hamster cage, cheese cutter, nylon cord, plastic toy wheels, nuts and bolts, bicycle bells, nylon cord, Amish bronze sleigh bells, rubber crutch tip, automotive part and food eating utensils.

2. SAVE MON, 1976. Ink on paper (Print), 17 x 11 inches. Recorded by Douglas R. Ewart and George Lewis in Milan Italy for Black Saint Records on the LP entitled Jila and played by Douglas R. Ewart Orchestra Inventions at the University of Chicago.

3. Sun Orange Coat Of Buttons. Medium: Cotton fabric jacket, cotton thread, and an array of buttons and pearl bead. Size 38.