Jite Agbro

Seattle, WA

Jite Agbro is a Nigerian American print artist who grew up in Seattle, WA. Her colorful figurative work features layered patterns, sharp contrast, and fabric-like textures. She uses traditional and non-traditional printmaking techniques such as collage, sewing, and encaustic to transform paper and fabric into bold silhouettes with striking backgrounds. Conceptually, her work focuses on nonverbal communication, the process of exchanging shared cultural, historical, and familial cues between individuals and groups often using garments, gestures, to reference culturally significant symbolism.

Agbro has completed several solo exhibitions and large-scale installations around the Northwest, including Deserving at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (2019) and Skap-got at 4Culture Gallery (2018). Notable group exhibitions include the Gates Foundation 20th Anniversary at the Gates Foundation Discovery Center (2020) and Edwin T. Pratt: A Living Legacy at the Northwest African American Museum (2019). She has also received support and funding from Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, The Neddy Foundation, 4Culture, Artist Trust, Shunpike, Pratt Fine Arts Center, and The James & Janie Washington Jr. Foundation.

Agbro studied fine art at Cornish College of the Arts (Seattle, WA) and California College Arts (Oakland, CA) before completing a B.A. in Environmental Design at Evergreen State College and an M.S. in Design and Engineering at the University of Washington.

Photo by James Harnois

Exhibition

P.L.U.A (Proposed Land Use Action)

January 31 - April 30, 2022

Nigerian American print artist Jite Agbro considers our changing and nuanced social, psychological, and physical relationships to the built urban environment in her MadArt Studio exhibition P. L .U. A. (Proposed Land Use Action). This site-specific work comprises architectural textile prints that compositionally create a fragmented rendering of the public...

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