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“Charlie Schmidt: Anatomy of a Meme”
Art Show Celebrates Legendary Spokane Artist and Global Meme Sensation
Hollywood Film Crew Here to Produce Keyboard Cat Documentary

Spokane, Washington – August 8, 2023 – Witness a spectacle of creativity and nostalgia as we proudly announce the one-day-only art show, “Charlie Schmidt: Anatomy of a Meme”, created by the incomparable Charlie Schmidt, the mastermind behind the globally adored Keyboard Cat meme. Join us on August 29th from 6-9 PM at Spokane’s Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, 115 South Adams Street Suite A, for an event that promises to be as legendary as the man himself.
Charlie Schmidt’s journey from Spokane to worldwide meme sensation has been as unique as it is extraordinary. After honing his talents at an art school in Japan, Schmidt returned to his hometown and began making waves as the art director at KREM-2 in 1973, and eventually led to the formation of ad agency City Graphics.
But it was the 90s that truly catapulted Schmidt into worldwide recognition. His infectious “Dancing Nose” routine, a true spectacle of whimsy, landed him appearances on top-tier platforms like The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, captivating audiences across continents. The 2009 discovery of his 80s video featuring feline virtuoso Fatso, the iconic Keyboard Cat, marked a turning point that etched Charlie Schmidt’s name into the annals of internet history. The video, featuring a cat playing the piano, took the online world by storm, amassing over 100 million views and becoming an immortal meme that even opened this year’s Super Bowl in a YouTube TV commercial.
Keyboard Cat’s legacy transcends mere internet fame. It has tickled the funny bones of millions, earned accolades, graced the silver screen, and elicited cheers from celebrities and fans alike. As much a testament to Spokane’s creative spirit as it is to Schmidt’s innovation, Keyboard Cat’s joyful charm continues to unite people from all walks of life.
This art show isn’t just a tribute; it’s a cinematic experience in the making. An esteemed Hollywood production company will be filming the whole thing, capturing the essence of Schmidt’s journey and the indomitable spirit of Spokane through a documentary that’s set to become an instant classic. From Schmidt’s humble upbringing in Spokane’s East Central District to his meteoric ascent in the digital realm, the documentary will showcase the universal appeal of Keyboard Cat and its unifying power.
Join us on August 29th for an evening that celebrates the laughter, creativity, and unity that Keyboard Cat has ignited across the globe. “Charlie Schmidt: Anatomy of a Meme” promises to be an unforgettable homage to a Spokane legend that reminds us all of the joy that art can bring.
Event Details:
Date: August 29th Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, 115 South Adams Street Suite A, Spokane, Washington
About Kolva-Sullivan Gallery
Kolva-Sullivan Gallery is a vibrant space dedicated to showcasing diverse artistic talents and fostering creativity within the Spokane community. With a commitment to innovative and inspiring art, the gallery serves as a platform for artists to connect with their audiences in meaningful ways. Learn more at http://kolva-sullivangallery.com.
For Further Information
For media inquiries, please contact: Ben Lashes (benlashes@gmail.com) / 206-229-6223
Note to Editors: Interviews with Charlie Schmidt and high-resolution images are available upon request.

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