Profile Type: Artist
David Fichter

David Fichter is a visual artist who has created community murals and mosaics around the country for over 30 years in schools, libraries, health centers, universities, and other public spaces. The murals are colorful, figurative, and lively, often exploring themes of local history, multiculturalism, and natural environments. He is also a teaching artist who has worked in over 200 public and private schools as an artist in resident. During these residencies, students of all ages have learned to design and paint permanent murals that relate to their school culture, history or curriculum. In many cases, the entire school community participates in creating the mural. A highly visible example of the work with students is the Mystic River Mural Project in Somerville, MA, which was begun in 1996. This ongoing mural project combines art and science learning, since high school students explore the flora, fauna, and history of the watershed every summer and then bring it to life on the walls of their commu

  • The Healey School mosaic was created with students from the 3rd through 8th grades during an artist residency. It is made from glass tile that the students cut and placed on the mosaic design template. It was then installed on the outside of the school.
  • A mural designed and painted with high school students on panels, which were installed on the outside of the Alewife T Station in Cambridge MA. The mural depicts the wildlife of the nearby wetlands.
  • A detail of the Mystic River Mural Project (1996 to present), which is painted every summer by Somerville High School students.
  • A mural painted on the exterior wall of a Trader Joes in Cambridge MA
  • A mural in an elementary school in Burlington MA
  • This project it a series of glass tile mosaics installed on the outside of a health center in Lubbock Texas. It was a public art commission selected by Texas Tech University. It was designed and built by the team of David Fichter and Joshua Winer.
  • These mosaic medallions were based on the theme of flora and fauna of the Merrimack River Watershed. Students from grades four through eight designed and fabricated the medallions which are installed on the front of the school.

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  • State: MA
    Date: 7/2010
    Activity: Creation of a work of art (including commissions)
    Phone: 617-625-6600

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Visual Artist
Mailing Address: 
20 Worcester St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
Physical Address: 
20 Worcester St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
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Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Visual/Crafts - Painting
Additional Disciplines: 
Humanities - General
Visual/Crafts - Glass
Visual/Crafts - Painting
Populations Served: 
Immigrant Populations
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Artists (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts in Healthcare
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

American Rivers Award in Education (Mystic River Mural Project) 1997Grants: MCC, NEFA, Cambridge Arts Council

I am a Teaching Artist

Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Arts Integration - Science / Technology / Engineering
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
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