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Women Of The West: Dorothy Fratt

By Steve Goldstein, Kaely Monahan
Published: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - 1:05pm
Updated: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - 1:09pm

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Gregory Fratt
Artist Dorothy Fratt.

Arizona has a long history of women leaders and history makers, but many of their stories aren't as well known as they should be. Over the past few years, we've introduced you to Arizona women who made their mark on the state.

And this year for Women's History Month, The Show is introducing you to five more Women of the West — Arizona women who helped shape their communities and the state's history.

Today, we wrap up the series by focusing on artist Dorothy Fratt, an artist renowned for her use of color.

She embraced her craft at a very young age in her preteens as the daughter of a Washington Post photojournalist moving her family to the Valley in 1958 before the Phoenix Art Museum had even opened.

Dorothy became a vital part of the budding art scene via her craft and her teaching. And her work is experiencing a renaissance of sorts, as the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) will be displaying a retrospective of Dorothy's art in 2023. 

To learn more about Dorothy Fratt, The Show spoke with her son Gregory about his mom's legacy and her connection to art.

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