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.
Jite currently shows work at Patricia Rovzar Gallery in Seattle, WA and Museo Gallery in Langley, WA
Jite studied Fine art at Cornish College of the Arts and California College of the Arts 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.
Seattle-area organizations where Jite has received support and project funding include Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, The Neddy Foundation, 4Culture, Artist Trust, Shunpike, Pratt Fine Arts Center, and The James & Janie Washington Jr. Foundation.
Gage Academy of Art acknowledges the Coast Salish Peoples as the original inhabitants of this area and connecting waterways. We understand the land that Gage occupies is unceded territory and that today many Indigenous peoples live here and without their stewardship, we would not have access to this space. We honor the Coast Salish Peoples’ sovereignty, rights to self-determination, culture and ways of life. Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples have called this territory their sacred land. We commit to learning, educating others and repairing the legacy of historically harmful relationships between non-Native and Native peoples in King County. In doing so, we will be honest, and recognize the experiences of Native peoples to include genocide, forced relocation, forced assimilation, and land theft. We also acknowledge Native peoples are survivors, present in today’s world, thriving. We encourage everyone here today to ask themselves: what can I do to support Indigenous communities?
In an effort to be transparent, Gage is contemplating this call to action and re-working how to best support Indigenous communities.