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Past Exhibitions











Selected Druckworks: Books and Projects by Johanna Drucker

Images from Combo Meals, 2008

images from Combo Meals, 2008

Cover of Damaged Spring, 2003

cover of Damaged Spring, 2003

January 13 - February 28 2014
Artist lecture Wednesday December 11, 11:30am - 1pm, Lecture Hall 1

Page from Stochastic Poetics, 2012

page from Stochastic Poetics, 2012

Artist, writer, typographic poet and scholar-critic Johanna Drucker is widely known for her contributions to contemporary art theory and history, as well as her prolific output as a creative artist. Throughout her career she has helped shape the field of artists’ books, visual poetics, and digital aesthetics in dialogue with the arts and critical issues. Her scholarly writing documents and critiques visual language: letterforms, typography, visual poetry, art and, lately, digital aesthetics. Drucker is internationally renowned for her book art, which touches on a variety of themes, especially “the exploration of the conventions of narrative prose and the devices by which it orders, sequences, and manipulates events according to its own logic” as well as “the use of experimental typography to expand the possibilities of prose beyond the linear format of traditional presentation.”

Selected Druckworks, at Evergreen Gallery, surveys Drucker’s books, graphic art and visual projects, revealing key insights into the artist’s development over the course of four decades. It is a smaller version of Drucker’s 40-year retrospective exhibition, Druckworks, which is currently touring the country.

Drucker’s work has been exhibited at universities, libraries, galleries, and museums throughout the world, including Museum of Arts and Design, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, National Museum of Women in the Arts, New York Public Library, Yale University, Columbia University, Harvard University, Art Institute of Chicago, University of the Arts (Philadelphia), and Parsons School of Design.

Drucker is currently the Martin and Bernard Breslauer Professor in the Department of Information Studies at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA.

Artist’s web site: http://www.johannadrucker.com/

Palace Yurt: Deconstructed

Opening reception: Thursday October 10, 2013, 5-7 pmPalace Yurt Deconstructed Postcard Image
Exhibition continues through December 11, 2013

Artist lecture Wednesday November 20, 11:30 am, Lecture Hall 1

Evergreen alumna Janice Arnold’s art and installation work has been redefining the boundaries of handmade FELT for more than 10 years. Her massive installation, Palace Yurt, a contemporary translation of traditional Mongolian structures, was the centerpiece of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s 2009 Fashioning Felt exhibition in New York.

Palace Yurt: Deconstructed gives visitors a rare look behind the scenes of this groundbreaking work of textile art, including many pieces from the original installation. See how it all came together, from inspiration to logistics and technical drawings, the raw materials to the full artistic vision.

On, With and Against

Opening reception: Friday May 24, 6-8 PM
Exhibition continues through June 14, 2013

Students from the program "Video in/and Performance Art" will be presenting the culmination of their work this year as an art exhibition and lecture series called On, With and Against. The exhibition in Evergreen Gallery includes video, multi-media and performance works.

Faculty member Naima Lowe and the students state: “The title, On, With and Against, is borrowed from a book called Disidentifications by Jose Esteban Munoz. This text explores the ways that artists confront racial, cultural and gendered difference in the United States. It provided a potent shared vocabulary for how we can work to unhinge ourselves from oppressive power dynamics such as racism, sexism and cultural appropriation while acknowledging our complex relationships to those systems. As artists, students, collaborators, performers, philosophers, and people we're called to work On, With and Against the imposed stereotypes, distorted imagery and oppressive histories that shape so many aspects of our identities.”


The show includes work by:

  • Grace Ellis
  • Nina Fortier
  • Andrea Goodman
  • Johanna Gilje
  • Maggie Harbaugh
  • Chelsea Harris
  • Cheyenne Hendrickson
  • Hannah Morgan
  • Katy O’Neil
  • Asheem Rai
  • Christopher Salveter
  • Celi Tamayo-Lee
  • Alice Wynne

“Finish” in the Creative Act

April 8 - May 8, 2013
Reception for the Artists, Thursday April 11, 5-7 pm

Finish in the Creative Act Image 1

Finish in the Creative Act Image 2

Finish in the Creative Act Image 3

The Evergreen State College’s Visual Arts faculty and staff are creating art in their own studios while being intensely involved with students’ creative processes in the College’s studios.

For this exhibition, Visual Arts faculty and staff were invited to express some of their ideas about “finish” – both through their art and through their written statements.

The creative process for all artists includes decisions about working to a point of finished or unfinished, about finishing touches or the degree of finish. Artists come to these decisions in innumerable, personal ways, among them: intuitively - being responsive to process - following through to the end of an initial idea or plan - and - or …

Artists include:

Susan Aurand, Judith Baumann, Evan Blackwell, Steve Davis, Aisha Harrison, Lucia Harrison, Don Jensen, Bob Leverich, Jean Mandeberg, Shaw Osha, Michelle Pope, Lisa Sweet, Bruce Thompson, Joe Tougas, Gail Tremblay, Bob Woods.

An Abstract — Representational Continuum: Selections from The Evergreen State College Art Collection

January 16 - March 6, 2013

Vandalism series by John Divola

John Divola, Untitled, from the Vandalism series, 1974,
gelatin silver print, 7” x 7”

The Evergreen State College started to develop an art collection in the 1970’s. In addition to works by West Coast artists, the College collected photographs by nationally-recognized artists, many of whom are now household names. This exhibition displays these works side-by-side, suggesting areas of relationship and of difference. In doing so, ideas about representation and abstraction come to the fore. Many Northwest artists during the 1970s were exploring the expressiveness of abstraction. And while photography can be a medium for extremely accurate representation, artists also use it to question “reality” or to represent the realm of the imaginary and spiritual.

Artists include: Guy Anderson, Diane Arbus, Ed Blackburn, Paul Caponigro, Judy Dater, Ralph Gibson, Ford Gilbreath, Joseph Goldberg, Stephen Hazel, Allan Houser, Thomas Johnston, Helmi Juvonen, Norman Lundin, Alden Mason, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Richard Misrach, Royal Nebeker, Neil Parsons, D.G. Smith, Jay Steensma, Charles Stokes, Barbara Earl Thomas, Jerry Uelsmann, Wesley Wehr, Brett Weston, Edward Weston, William Wiley, and others.

Honoring Faith

October 8 - November 30, 2012

Honoring Faith is an exhibition of art quilts celebrating the life work of Faith Ringgold; artist, author, educator and quilt maker. In addition to Ringgold’s editioned quilt, “Tar Beach 2”, the exhibition includes 28 quilts made by artists from throughout the U.S.: Gwendolyn Aqui, Carol Beck, Sherry Boram, Bisa Butler, Carolyn Crump, Adriene Cruz, Ife Felix, Marjorie Diggs Freeman, Laura Gadson, Myrah Brown Green, Peggie Hartwell, Sylvia Hernandez, Sonji Hunt, Shani Jamila O’Neal, Jacqueline Johnson, Arlene Kweli Jones, Viola Burley Leak, Carolyn Mazloomi, Dindga McCannon, Ed Johnetta Miller, Pixeladies, Susan Sato, Latifah Shakir, Carole Staples, Rita Strickland, Sherry Whetstone-McCall, Trish Williams, Sauda Zahra.

The exhibition was organized and circulated by The City College of New York - Arts and Culture in the Office of Government and Community Affairs.

Faith Ringgold, Tar Beach 2 Image

Faith Ringgold, Tar Beach 2, 1990,
multicolored silkscreen on silk plain weave,
printed cotton plain weave, other fabrics,
66” x 67”, produced at The Fabric Workshop
and Museum, Philadelphia, in an edition of
24 with artist proofs.

Senior Thesis Exhibitions

Opening reception Thursday, May 17, 5-7 pm

Exhibition continues through June 15 (limited hours June 11-15)

The talent and dedication of five graduating seniors is being celebrated in an Evergreen Gallery exhibition. Karissa Carlson, Natalie Erickson, Mary Elizabeth Evans, Marina Gagarina, and Corey Johnson were selected from among a strong group of applicants to participate in Senior Thesis Projects. The artists work in various media: painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, photography, and animation.

Letting Go Image

Karissa Carlson
Letting Go, 2011
archival inkjet print, 25" x 36"


Natalie Erickson Untitled Image

Natalie Erickson
Untitled, 2012
oil on canvas, 24” x 30”


The Serpent by Mary Elizabeth Evans

Mary Elizabeth Evans
The Serpent, 2012
serigraphy and mixed media
25" x 15"

Highlights of Elephant Evolution Image

Marina Gagarina
Drawings for animated film Highlights of Elephant Evolution 2012
pen and ink on printer paper

Torn 2012 by Corey Johnson

Corey Johnson
Torn, 2012
Watercolor on Coldpress paper
18" x 12"

Ink on Paper: Prints from Simmelink / Sukimoto

Reception: Thursday April 12, 5-7pm

6pm: discussion with Doris Simmelink and Chris Sukimoto

Exhibition dates: April 9 - May 2

Roller Card ImageSimmelink Sukimoto Editions has been printing and publishing works on paper in limited editions for 25 years. Since relocating to Olympia three years ago, Doris Simmelink and Chris Sukimoto continue to work in close collaboration with artists from around the U.S. With many years of printmaking experience, deep understanding of the artistic process, and exquisite ability with technique and problem-solving, Doris and Chris create a supportive work environment where the artist’s vision can best be translated into finished print.

This exhibition includes prints and artist books created using intaglio and woodcut processes. Artists include: Edgar Bryan, Vija Celmins, Charles Garabedian, Alex Katz, Robert Mangold, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Paul Mogensen, Thomas Nozkowski, Laura Owens, Monique Prieto, Martin Puryear, Ruth Root, Robert Therrien.

Gathering Together: The Art of Danielle Bodine, Adriene Cruz and Alonzo Davis

Opening reception with Artists in attendance: Friday February 3, 5-7pm

Exhibition continues through March 13

Danielle Bodine, Pacific Journey

Danielle Bodine, Pacific Journey (detail), 2011, mixed media with Asian skewers

Adriene Cruz, Sun Song

Adriene Cruz, Sun Song (detail), 2008, embellished painted fabric


Alonzo Davis, Precarious Container Series

Alonzo Davis, Precarious Container Series (detail), 2011, bamboo with collaged paintings and mixed media

These three artists combine varied materials and techniques to create lush, vibrant, potent artworks. Weaving, stitching, tying, painting, collaging, sculpting, and more, with natural and manufactured materials - from bamboo, shells, and leaves to printed papers and fabrics, mirrors, and talismanic objects - Bodine, Cruz and Davis communicate about their many experiences as mature artists who are devoted family and community members. The artworks speak through associations of the materials and processes themselves, the manner in which they’re combined (sometimes along traditional lines, sometimes nontraditionally), the artists’ diverse cultural heritages and personal histories. While some of their artworks are hung on the walls, none of them are strictly 2-dimensional, and some seem to spring into life.

For more information on the artists, visit these web sites:
Danielle Bodine - www.jsauergallery.com
Adriene Cruz - www.adrienecruz.com
Alonzo Davis - www.alonzodavis.com

Exhibition and programming made possible by generous support from the President's Diversity Fund and the Evergreen State College Foundation.


Cultural Connections

December 7, 2011 - January 18, 2012

Reception for the Artists: Friday Dec. 9, 5-7 pm
Artist talk by Herman Pi’ikea Clark

wolf and raven red and black blend

Peter Boome

The vision of the Longhouse as a gathering place for people of all cultural backgrounds is celebrated in Cultural Connections, a collection of artworks that honors the diversity of indigenous arts and cultures in today's world. The exhibition features art by lead artists Marwin Begaye (Navajo), Peter Boome (Upper Skagit), and Herman Pi'ikea Clark (Kanaka Maoli), along with Northwest artists who participated in printmaking workshops led by Marwin Begaye and Peter Boome.

Participating artists include

Kristina Ackley (Oneida), Kayeri Akweks (Mohawk), Ron Alphonse (Cowichan), Bobbie Bush (Chehalis), Lara Evans (Cherokee), Louie Gong (Nooksack), Jeremiah George (Squaxin Island), Laura Grabhorn (Tlingit), Bonnie Graft (Muckleshoot), Michael Holloman (Colville), Charlene Krise (Squaxin Island), Tina Kuckkahn-Miller (Ojibwe), Greg Lehman (Squaxin Island), Linley Logan (Seneca), Alex McCarty (Makah), Kris Miller (Skokomish), Margie Morris (Tlingit), Paul Nicholson (Legacy Art Gallery), Erin Oly (Studio Technician), Ruth Peterson (Peterson Art Gallery), Yvonne Peterson (Chehalis), Lillian Pitt (Warm Springs/Wasco/Yakama), Arlen Speights (Houma), Andrea Wilbur-Sigo (Squaxin Island), and James Youngs (Squaxin Island).


The Longhouse Education and Cultural Center, the Squaxin Island Tribe, and Evergreen Gallery. Funding support provided by the Ford Foundation, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Artworks Logo Ford Foundation LogoNative Arts & Cultures Logo

Image Sound Machines: Observations, Experiments, and History of Image and Sound Machines

Opening reception: Thursday Nov 10, 5-7pm

Exhibition continues through Nov 17

Image Sound Machines

This exhibition presents historic and current implementations of technology in the pursuit of experimenting with how images and sound are mechanically represented, manipulated and modified for expressive presentation. The exhibition includes three interactive installations by Evergreen faculty and alumni, current and historic animation and imaging toys, and more.


The Art of Living

Exhibition of Live Auction Art

Opening reception: October 18, 5 pm – 7:30 pm

Exhibition continues through November 3

The Art of Living fundraiser takes place November 6, 11 am

Since its start in fall 2009, the Art of Living fundraiser has brought together friends of The Evergreen State College to celebrate the College’s outstanding curriculum, with a special focus on visual art. While sharing harvest foods, conversation, and art viewing in Evergreen Gallery, attendees have participated in an auction of artworks and experiences created by other friends of Evergreen, including many faculty, staff, students, and alumni. All proceeds directly benefit student scholarships and Evergreen Gallery programs.

Contained Spiral by Tom Anderson

Tom Anderson
Contained Spiral
mixed media
36” x 25” x 1.5”

This year for the first time, artworks donated for The Art of Living live auction will be on view in Evergreen Gallery during the three weeks leading up to the November 6th fundraiser.   Artists Include

art of living graphicTom Anderson ’73; Greg Colfax, visiting faculty member; Joe Feddersen, Emeritus Faculty; Nikki McClure ’91; Anna McKee ’81, and many others.

The Art of Living fundraiser takes place in the Library Building at The Evergreen State College, Olympia. Visit www.evergreen.edu/artofliving to purchase tickets, get directions, for artist updates, and to view auction items.

Questions or special needs requests? Contact Erin Hanlon or call 360-867-6552

Thanks to our benefactor sponsor, Washington State Employees Credit Union.
Other sponsors include:

Olympia Federal Savings, Art House Designs, Heritage Bank, and Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters.

The Art in Science: Annual Exhibit of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators

Opening Reception with the artists:
Monday July 11, 2011, 7-9pm

Each year, the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators organizes a juried exhibition of its members' work. The exhibition brings together a body of work that not only presents the highest level of ability but also represents the variety of subject matter and rendering techniques that characterizes works in the field of illustration for science.

Pima Pinneaple Cactus Flower

Rhonda Nass, Pima Pineapple Cactus Flower

Exhibited works embody a cross section of style, media and subject matter, in black and white as well as in color.

From centuries-old pen and ink techniques to high-tech digital animations, this exhibition highlights some of the most exciting work being done in the science illustration community.

The exhibition will remain on view in Evergreen Gallery through October 5, by appointment during the summer. To schedule a viewing, please email or call gallery director Ann Friedman, contact info below.

Sponsored by the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, Northwest Chapter; Savannah College of Art and Design; and the UW Professional & Continuing Education Certificate in Natural Science Illustration.


Additionally, Evergreen students are exhibiting field journals and drawings. Two college projects are featured: aquatic insect identification guide and field guide for the plants of the South Puget Sound prairies. Journal drawings are by Megan Porter, Matthew Prebus, Anne Schuster, images from the guides are by Joe Bettis, Lisa Hintz, Callie Martin.

Senior Thesis Exhibition: Heather Tauck, “Peace is Patriotic”

Opening Reception: Thursday May 26, 5-7pm

Exhibition continues through June 2 (also open morning of Graduation day, June 10)

Peace is PatrioticFor her senior thesis exhibition, Peace is Patriotic, Heather Tauck presents a blend of two dimensional and three dimensional fine art prints. Heather has folded the one thousand prints she created over the past nine months into origami cranes, and installed them throughout Evergreen Gallery. Through her art, Heather reflects on the ongoing quest for peace in a wartime economy and on how our everyday lives are transformed. This transformation hides under the surface of things – in order to reveal this subterranean alteration, Heather has militarized the paper cranes.

Heather works primarily in relief and screen printing techniques, and in this exhibition demonstrates a diversity of other print media as well.

Culture / Subculture

Opens Thursday April 21, 2011

Reception in the Gallery: 5 - 7 pm
Special screenings of Moving Image works in Library 2708, 5:30 and 6:40

Exhibition continues through May 17

Houser After the Dance

Allan Houser
After the Dance
14" h x 10" x 9"
Donation in Honor of Ellen and Bert Witt


To celebrate Evergreen Gallery's second anniversary in its current location, we present a two-part exhibition exploring the themes of Culture/Subculture.

Two- and three-dimensional artworks from The Evergreen State College Art Collection comprise one part. The other part highlights multi-media possibilities of the new space, showcasing moving-image works by Evergreen students, faculty, staff and alumni drawn from an open call juried process.

The exhibition includes paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture by

Diane Arbus, Marsha Burns, Salvador Dali, Judy Dater, Helmi Juvonen, Allan Houser, Michael Lavine, Jacob Lawrence, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Mary Randlett, Kiki Smith, William Wiley, and others.

Moving image works by

Karissa Carlson, Steve Davis, Stephen Friedrick, Corinne Hughes, Lisa Hurwitz and Garrett Swanson, Michael Lopez, Matthew McMillan, Nicholas Nerburn, Shaw Osha, Guy Weltchek

Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books

Two Locations

In Evergreen Gallery

Continues through April 7, Mon-Tue 10am - 5pm; Wed-Thu noon - 4pm

In Daniel J. Evans Library

During Library open hours

Joe Feddersen Panorama

Joe Feddersen, Panorama, color reduction linocut, relief printing

This exhibition investigates the power of small-scale artists’ books to challenge their readers with grand, powerful, urgent, and poignant content. Exhibition Coordinator Hui-Chu Ying, Professor, Myers School of Art, University of Akron, was interested in exploring how “The miniature invites the viewer into a personal and intimate relationship. With attention drawn to the significance of the seemingly insignificant, the momentousness of the miniscule is magnified, thus instilling monumental value.”

Professor Ying asked artists to create small editions of books that are no more than 4” x 5” x 1” when closed, any length, width, and depth when opened. Three-dimensional forms were encouraged but weight could not exceed one pound. The books range widely in terms of ideas and mediums, including intricate drawings and complicated structures, beautiful poems and humorous texts, incredible imagination and creativity. Artists used a wide variety of print and book making techniques, from traditional relief, intaglio, lithography, screen printing, to the newest digital printing processes; from the traditional to unconventional materials and innovative approaches. In addition to books from the USA, the exhibition includes books from Korea, Japan, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Spain, India, Pakistan, the UK, Canada, Mauritius, and Argentina.

To see images of the books, visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mimborg/

It's Complicated – Art about Home

Opening reception: Thursday October 14, 5 - 8 pm
Exhibition continues through January 12, 2011
Talk by artist Nicholas Galanin: Wednesday October 13, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, Lecture Hall 1

Goodwill 2010 Image

Kimowan Metchewais
Goodwill, 118 Avenue, Edmonton
Ink dye and acrylic paint on paper, tape
42" x 35"

Is home a house, a place, a reservation, an ecological region, a spiritual landscape, a gathering of family and friends? Is home an idea, or a feeling, or a literal architectural space? Can we choose home? Is there an ancestral geographic home that is more home than any other place could be? What are the dynamics of the very literal legal and geographic boundaries to “home,” as on tribal lands, reservations, pueblos, and reserves? What are the experiences of moving from one home to another? How do we make a new place home? How do these experiences of “home” tie in with our daily lives and the divisions between home and work, family and friends?

Curated by Evergreen Faculty member Lara M. Evans, Ph.D., this exhibition looks at how Native American and First Nations artists address these questions. Pieces of Home includes artworks by: Nicholas Galanin, Erin Genia, Maria Hupfield, Merritt Johnson, Jason Lujan, Kimowan Metchewais, Sarah Sense, Kade Twist, Jeffrey Veregge.

Exhibition and programming made possible by generous support from the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, and from these groups at Evergreen: Evergreen State College Foundation, President's Diversity Fund, Longhouse Education and Cultural Center.

Senior Thesis Exhibitions

Opening: Thursday May 27, 5-8pm
Exhibition continues May 28 – June 4
(also open the morning before graduation June 11)

Break Through

Naomi Faith
Break Through
wood, copper, brass mesh, escutcheon pins, hand-made lacquer, liver of sulfur
15”h x 12”w x18” d


Naomi Faith, “Sensation; in Restraint”

Naomi Smith creates wearable sculpture that expresses a great devotion to craft and content. Her creations move beyond feminine adornment while engaging the senses directly, instilling physical and emotional responses in the wearer that affect the viewer as well. In her work, Naomi grapples with a re-evaluation of what it means to be a sexual female within a society full of taboos against just that.


Diana Oliphant
India ink and spray paint
36”h x 24”w

Diana Oliphant, “Disconnect: The Landscape Revisited”

Diana Oliphant explores the current relationship between people and the environment in her collection “Disconnect: The Landscape Revisited.” As technology advances, increasingly we will have the option to live in a virtual reality. Yet at the same time we face environmental destruction unparalleled in human history. Through her artworks in “Disconnect,” Diana engages the audience in conversation about the future of humanity and the environment.

5 Projections: Video from Western Bridge

Exhibition dates: April 19 – May 19, 2010 (closed May 11)

Evergreen Gallery presents a selection of video art from the collection of William and Ruth True in Seattle. Selected by Evergreen Gallery director Ann Friedman and Western Bridge director Eric Fredericksen, the work in this exhibition engages a variety of contemporary art approaches to video, from the cinematic compositions and musical score of Shirin Neshat's black-and-white video "Possessed" to Takeshi Murata's digital appropriation and manipulation of a forgotten Hollywood film in "Monster Movie." Other works include Guy Ben-Ner's sitcom Marxism in "Stealing Beauty", Anri Sala's recording of a duet between a DJ and fireworks in "Mixed Behaviour," and Daniel Pflumm's G8-protests-inspired "Paris".

April 19-23 Anri Sala, Mixed Behaviour, 2003, video, 8 min 17

Mixed Behaviour

April 26-30 Daniel Pflumm, Paris, 2004, video, 33 min 30 sec


May 3-4 Susan Black, Heaven On Earth, 2000

May 5-7 Maria Marshall, President Bill Clinton, Memphis, November 13, 1993, 2000

President Bill Clinton, Memphis, November 13, 1993

May 10-14 (closed May 11) Guy Ben Ner, Stealing Beauty, 2007, video, 17 min 40 sec

Stealing Beauty

May 17-19 Takeshi Murata, Monster Movie, 2005, video with sound by Plate Tectonics, 4 min

Monster Movie

Country Cousins: An Exploration of Contemporary Frontier Myth

Exhibition dates: February 8 - March 10, 2010

The myth of the frontier west has had a profound impact throughout U.S. history, influencing personal lives and public policy, beliefs, customs, values, actions. Though some myths have given way to factual observation, progress in democratization, and increased understanding, others linger into the 21st century. The artists included in this exhibition delve into those frontier myths, exploring continuums and contrasts among civilization and wilderness, familiarity and strangeness, fear and protection, chaos and order, the physicality of being and the intuition of spirituality, corporeal identity and instinctive desire.

Barlow Mini Kegs with Antlers

Howard Barlow
Half Rack
, 2009
knitted element by Lorraine Barlow
crushed mini kegs, antler, knit wool

The myth of the artist has also endured for centuries. Aspiring artists have gone to cultural centers for education and training, to study artworks of past generations and find a community of artists, and very importantly, for patronage. Stories of starving artists finding rundown urban areas in which they can live on the cheap and make art, where there are bars or coffeehouses where they can congregate to debate about art and life, have been prevalent since the nineteenth century. In the northwest since the 1970s, it has been the custom for young artists to move to New York or LA, and if not there then Seattle or Portland. The digital age that began changing the cultural landscape in the late twentieth century has had an enormous impact on these supposedly standard artistic paths. And in 2010, how much has this changed?

Four years ago, Howard Barlow, this exhibition’s curator and co-founder of Punch Gallery in Seattle’s Pioneer Square, was sitting in the gallery when a prominent Seattle art critic came in. Impressed by the show, she inquired more about the gallery, its artists, and how the gallery functioned. Barlow explained that Punch was an artist-run gallery with members from around the region, but that the board, which ran the gallery, was from the east side. Barlow remembers her saying "Honey, if you say you’re from the east side around here, that means Bellevue…where you’re from [East of the Cascades] is the wilderness."

Exploring myths, mysteries, and stereotypes of the (wild) west, "Country Cousins" showcases several current and former PUNCH members. The exhibition includes work by Renee Adams, Howard Barlow, Lorraine Barlow, Justin Beckman, Nathan DiPietro, Natalie Dotzauer, Bill Finger, Justin Gibbens, Patricia Hagen, Eugene Parnell.

Joe Feddersen: Pattern Recognition


Joe Feddersen, Codex, 2009, Installation of blown and sandblasted glass
photo: Thomas Johnston


Exhibition Dates

November 16, 2009 – January 13, 2010

Artist lecture: Wednesday November 11, 11:30 am, Lecture Hall 1
Opening reception: Thursday November 12, 5 - 7 pm, Evergreen Gallery, library 2204, 6 pm: remarks by the Artist and Michael Holloman, Director, Center for Plateau Cultural Studies, Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. Reception sponsored by the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center


Joe Feddersen views the world through an aesthetic lens that understands the visual beauty of the everyday, the echoing patterns throughout history and culture, the connecting threads through layers of meaning and complexity. In his artistic creations, he melds ideas, symbols, and geometric pattern from the weavings of the Plateau tribes, his ancestors, with Modernist considerations. Through these diverse references and his ability to make color, shape, texture, materiality communicate on a profoundly evocative level, Feddersen expresses the essential importance of home, of connections to people, place, and past generations, of being acutely aware of our physical and societal environment.

Joe Feddersen is Emeritus Faculty at The Evergreen State College. His art has been widely exhibited throughout the U.S. and internationally, and is in numerous permanent collections, including the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis; Heard Museum, Phoenix; Missoula Art Museum; Portland Art Museum; Seattle Art Museum; Smithsonian Institution/National Museum of the American Indian; Tacoma Art Museum; Whitney Museum of American Art. The touring exhibition Joe Feddersen: Vital Signs, organized by Rebecca J. Dobkins and the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, is currently at the Tacoma Art Museum, and is accompanied by a major catalogue.

This exhibition is part of a two-year celebration of the art of Joe Feddersen; many individuals and organizations have made this possible. Evergreen Gallery and artist Joe Feddersen sincerely thank them for their generosity and creative energy: Froelick Gallery, Portland; Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Salem, OR; University of Washington Press; the Museum of Glass, Tacoma, with hands-on assistance from the hot shop crew; Tacoma Art Museum. The Evergreen State College has supported the project in myriad ways; special thanks to President Purce and College supporters Sandy Desner and Laura Hogge, Fred Goldberg and Carolyn Lakewold, Anne and David Proffitt, Mary and Dan Weiss; to the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center; and to Bob Woods, Tanner Milliren, Jeff Konen, Mattie LaRue, Erin McGuire for studio assistance.

Landscape Visions

Photo of Exhibition
General view of exhibition. Photo: Thomas Johnston


R.T. Leverich stone carving

R.T. Leverich, Traveling Over White Peaks, 2009, carved onyx


Exhibition dates: September 30 – October 27, 2009

Everyday we see the land, sky, vegetation surrounding us, and absorb it to varying degrees. The artists in this exhibition see, absorb, and then offer their visions back to us – depicting, expressing, embellishing, imagining. The evolution of perception continues as they help us see our surroundings in new ways.

Artists include: Victoria Adams, Nicholas Brown, Timothy Cross, Michael Dailey, Steve Davis, Caryn Friedlander, Nicole Gibbs, Joseph Goldberg, Philip Govedare, Lee Imonen, Patrick Kelley, James Lavadour, R.T. Leverich, Norman Lundin, Nikki McClure, Anna McKee, Richard Misrach, Lynda K. Rockwood, Glenn Rudolph, Kirby Stanton, Barbara Earl Thomas, Wes Wehr, Brett Weston, Don Worth, Claude Zervas.

Thank you to the artists and lenders who made this exhibition possible: private collectors, Francine Seders Gallery, Grover/Thurston Gallery, James Harris Gallery, Catherine Person Gallery, The James F. Holly Rare Book Collection of The Evergreen State College Library, The Evergreen State College Art Collection.

Senior Thesis Exhibitions

Senior Thesis Exhibitions

Opening: Thursday May 28, 5-8pm

Through June 12 (limited open hours week of June 8-12)

Ceradwen Bacon

Ceradwen Bacon

Ceradwen Bacon's work is based on ideas of home and memory. She uses mixed media sculpture and drawings to explore a set of connections between the individual and their surroundings. Images of landscapes and past homes are blended with a fantastical nature to create a sense of the remembered place.

Elise Harper

Elise Harper

Photographer Elise Harper is concerned with color and its role in still life and portraiture. Pompoms, craft supplies, construction paper, and dollar store ceramic figurines often appear in her imagery. Elise pulls inspiration from mundane objects and art history, while employing her sense of playful nostalgia in this series.

Emily Holmes

Emily Holmes

Emily Holmes uses camera-less photo techniques to examine a floral print vintage muumuu. She relies on the color darkroom and its technological constraints to produce images large and enlarged, specimens or archives, of this second-hand, tattered dress.

Alicia Lewis

Alicia LewisSculptor Alicia Lewis works primarily in clay. Her current body of work investigates the preservation of memory in the body, using medieval Christian and Buddhist reliquaries as inspiration.

Jessi Brizee Meliza

Jessi Brizee Meliza

Jessi Brizee Meliza's work incorporates her previous studies of book-binding, writing, animation and flat art. "Cookie Tin Banjo" is a story told in many forms: a picture-book and a short animation presented with supporting ephemera.

Anette Santomassimo

Anette Santomassimo

In describing her art, Annette Santomassimo states: “Having grown up with two parents who are police officers, I’ve always had a complex relationship with our society's belief in the potential for violence as a positive, protective force. I’ve juxtaposed troubling images from my childhood against the comforting forms of security blankets with the intent of problematizing and hopefully understanding this current in my own life, and by extension, our society as a whole.”

Art by Evergreen Faculty and Staff

Opening Thursday May 7, 5-7pm
Exhibition continues through Monday May 18

Jean Mandeberg
Players, 2009
24” x 24” x 7.5”
steel, found tin, enamel over copper
photo credit: Michael Ryan
This Stretch of Riches  
Lucia Harrison and Sharon A. Sharp
This Stretch of Riches, 2006-2008
archival inkjet prints from 42 scanned
originals (watercolor, colored pencil,
linocuts, paste paper, ink, oil pastel
and photographs)
Dwelling Place, No. 1
Susan Aurand
Dwelling Place, No. 1
oil on panel, acrylic & wood

This exhibition celebrates the creativity of Evergreen faculty and staff. Everyone working at The Evergreen State College contributes to the creation of an exceptional learning experience – and many also create exceptional works of art.

Reading Rivers: Basia Irland's Books, Manuscripts, and Scrolls

Opening reception: Thursday April 2, 5:30-7:30 pm; opening remarks at 6:30

Opening remarks by President Purce, followed by music about the Nisqually River composed and performed by Shooting Stars Performing Ensemble.

Exhibition continues through April 29, 2009

River Repository
Carved ice placed into the Nisqually River; Washington State.
Red Elderberry. (Sambucus racemosa). 2008

Basia Irland is a sculptor and installation artist, a poet and book artist, and an activist in international water issues. Her thoughtful interdisciplinary projects combine beautiful artworks, a fascination with research, and a participative engagement with the viewer.

The exhibition at Evergreen Gallery includes a survey of Irland’s earlier artworks, which provides context for her recent project created while artist-in-residence here, A Gathering of Waters: The Nisqually River, Source to Sound. Through this grass-roots participatory project, Irland has sought to connect people and bring more attention to ongoing efforts for protecting and honoring our rivers and streams. While exploring the effect of human controls and demands on rivers, it celebrates the people who work to conserve our watershed.

Nisqually Project Description (PDF)
This project is generously supported by a gift from the Tom Rye Harvill Award.

Irland is Professor Emerita, University of New Mexico, Department of Art and Art History. She has created projects about water issues throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Southeast Asia. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is in 22 permanent collections including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Public Archives of Canada, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. She has received numerous grants and awards including a Fulbright Senior Research Award to Southeast Asia. In 1999, Irland produced a documentary that was shown on PBS: A Gathering of Waters: The Rio Grande, Source to Sea. A monograph on her art, titled Water Library, was published in 2007 by University of New Mexico Press.

Artist’s web site: http://www.unm.edu/~basia/BIRLAND/

Senior Thesis Exhibition: Kate Clyde, Bait and Switch

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 31, 5-7pm
Exhibition dates: June 1-8, and Super Saturday June 16, 2007

kate clyde

Kate Clyde, Bait and Switch

Kate Clyde's mixed media sculpture and installation transform the gallery space

Miranda Currie: The Three Little Birds Who Became Wealthy Wandering the World

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 10, 5-7pm
Exhibition dates: May 11-24, 2007

three birds

Miranda Currie, If you Indeed Possessed This
Bird, You could Consider Yourself Lucky(detail),
2007, multiple plate eetching, 14" x 14"

 Miranda Currie

The Three Little Birds Who Became Wealthy Wandering the World

Miranda Currie imbues her series, The Three Little Birds Who Wandered the World and Became Wealthy, with a timeless feel, achieving this through content and technique. Inspired by her readings of 16th to 19th century European fairy tales and reminiscent of book illustrations, Miranda's dreamlike prints combine fairy tale imagery with scenes from her everyday world. The artist creates the images using the time-consuming, centuries-old traditional process of etching images into multiple copper plates and then printing with multiple colors.

Katy Ellis O'Brien: Letters from Underwood

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 10, 5-7pm
Exhibition dates: May 11-24, 2007

katy ellis obrien

Katy Ellis O'Brien, untitled acrylic painting on
wood, 2007

Katy Ellis O'Brien:

Letters from Underwood

Assuming the role of both painter and storyteller, Katy Ellis O'Brien has created a series of acrylic-on-panel renditions of the emotional journey of three animal characters who discover a pair of human foundlings. In her colorful cartoon style, the artist shows her characters reaching heights of trauma and ecstasy against the idyllic backdrop of a rural village. The result is a mix of peculiarity and pathos, as with each image the viewer learns more about the characters and their situation.

Chernobyl: Twenty Years - Twenty Lives
Concrete "sarcophagus" surrounding the ruined nuclea
reactor at Chernobyl

Exhibition continues through Wednesday, May 2

On 26 April 1986, reactor number 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the former USSR had a catastrophic accident.  A test of its emergency shut-down devices led to an explosion that destroyed the reactor and blew its radioactive contents over large areas of what are now the independent countries of Ukraine , Belarus , and Russia . Additional areas in Western Europe were also badly contaminated.  Mads Eskesen, a Danish journalist, has developed an emotionally gripping remembrance of these terrible events.  Photographs and texts explore the meaning of the Chernobyl accident to individuals involved directly and indirectly.  This exhibit is a powerful reminder that technology can have unfortunate and long-lasting consequences.

Robin Meacham-Harlow, Go Ask Alice
Chasing Rabbits, 2007, collage on wood,
18" x 24"

Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 5-7pm
Exhibition Dates: April 9-18, 2007

For her senior thesis exhibition, Robin explores themes related to her emotionally-charged childhood. By juxtaposing disparate elements - "the more awkward and implausible the better" - she creates contradictory wholes to express the emotions, fears, and ambiguities.

Mike Moran: Survey, 1982-2007
Mike Moran Stretched Horse
Stretched Horse, 2004, concrete and steel,
48"" x 50" x 7"

Opening Reception: Friday, February 23, 5-7pm
Exhibition dates: February 23 - March 16th, 2007

This exhibition surveys the artwork of Mike Moran, created during the time that he has been managing the ceramics studio and teaching art at The Evergreen State College. His influence on students over the decades has been profound, and his own non-stop art-making has flourished. He paints, sculpts, draws, and prints with free-flowing, instinctive color, line, marks, and shapes. His images and sculptures of female figures, horses, birds, and landscape elements dance lyrically, stride forcefully, give form to myriad expressive states: joyfulness, pensiveness, contemplation, anguish, rest, and more.

Shifting Gears

Isaac Powell, Growthplate, 2005, acrylic,
graphite, and ink on panel, 60" x 60"

Exhibition dates:  January 18 - February 16, 2007

This nationally-touring exhibition showcases the art of 15 young artists with disabilities. In their artworks they explore a pivotal moment – when life turned a corner, when reflection resulted in a new path to creative expression.

Exhibition organized by VSAarts with sponsorship from Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Photography at Evergreen – Celebrating 35 Years
Molly Quan, Untitled

Molly Quan, untitled, 2005, C-print,
22" x 22"

Opening Reception and Panel discussion:  Friday, November 3
Exhibition dates:  November 6 - December 7, 2006

Since its beginning, Evergreen has nurtured creativity in photography, and the recently-opened Photography Center expands these opportunities. In recognition of the photographic art that has been and continues to be created here, Evergreen instructors Steve Davis and Hugh Lentz have curated an exhibition of photos by former Evergreen students for Gallery 4. An online gallery - http://photo.evergreen.edu - invites all alumni to participate.

Artists include: Daniel Barron, Bert Bergen, Dennis DeHart, Kerry Loewen, Reuben Lorch-Miller,  Mark Noble, Robin Paris, Molly Quan, Christopher Rauschenberg, Margaret Stratton, Thin Ice, Dan Weisser & Ciel Mahoney, Alice Wheeler.

The Art of Louise Williams
Louise Williams

In the Pink, 2000, pastel. 9" x 11"

OPENING RECEPTION:  Friday, September 29, 5-7 p.m
Exhibition continues through October 19, 2006

During three decades of intense art making, Louise Williams explored the expressionistic rendering of the human figure. Subject matter ranged from dark and macabre to endearing and sweet, from deploring crimes against humanity and oppression of women to celebrating family and the realm of fantasy. The original Collected Stories folding books created by Louise Williams and Tacoma artist Becky Frehse are also on display in the Library.

Eclectic - Art from the College Collection

Exhibition continues through August 29

The College's art collection has developed over the past 35 years, through purchase, donation, and loans from the Washington State Arts Commission's Art in Public Places Program.  This exhibition features paintings, prints, sculpture, and ceramics from the collection. Subject matter and style varies widely, ranging from pure abstraction to highly representational, and including expressionistic, funk, political, surrealist

Tina Wirihana
Tina Wirihana, mixed media sculpture, detail

Tina Wirihana,
mixed media sculpture,

Exhibition dates: June 26 - July 21, 2006

Tina Wirihana transforms traditional Maori weaving techniques and forms by using 21 st century materials and infusing them with her unique warmth and joyful love of life. The artist, who lives in Rotorua, Aotearoa/New Zealand, created these works during her Spring Quarter residency, which was sponsored by the Longhouse Educational and Cultural Center and Te Waka Toi Creative NZ.


Bryan Rainey & Sara Spink

The Imaged Word, and Other Works

Bryan Rainey, The Imaged Word, and Other

June 2 - 9 and 17, 2006

Bryan Rainey, The Imaged Word, and Other Works
Bryan interprets visual responses to language in his print series, The Imaged Word, exploring how words evoke emotions, memories, and images. He uses varying content, scale, and printmaking techniques (lithography, relief, intaglio, silk-screen) to express his reactions to the "word of the week."


One Dog Walking

Sara Spink, One Dog Walking

Sara Spink, One Dog Walking
For One Dog Walking, Sara Spink was inspired by research into Mexican art and culture.  The idea of dogs as guides, both in life and in the afterlife, is found in Mexican and other cultures the world over.  To explore her own journey through life, Sara created a skeleton dog character as mixed-media sculpture, which she then used in short, experimental animations, combining stop motion animation, time lapse photography, and pixilation.

Paul Sparks: Friends, Cronies, and Colleagues
Paul Sparks, Fish Head, 1986, graphite on wood, 60”x 60

Paul Sparks, Fish Head, 1986,
graphite on wood, 60"x 60"

Opening Reception: Friday, April 28, 6-9 p.m.
Exhibition Dates: April 28 - May 18, 2006

This exhibition honors Paul Sparks, an innovative artist and teacher who recently retired after 32 years of teaching at The Evergreen State College. To highlight his creative work as an artist and as a teacher, Sparks' artworks will be shown alongside works by long-time friends and colleagues and by some of his most recent students. Participating artists include: Caroline Anderson, Vann Cantin, Anthony Cotham, Shawn Ferris, Bob Haft, Claire Johnson, Michael Kohlmeier, Michael Leavitt, Christopher Nelson, Chauney Peck, Tim Roberts, Eve Shaw, Darin Shuler, Nathan Smith, Sarah Utter, Sharon Warden, Ed Wicklander.

Senior Thesis Exhibition:  Mellington Cartwright, Memoria Technica
Home to... Home? 2006 bronze, silver, paper

Home to... Home? 2006 bronze, silver,

April 6 - 21, 2006

In titling her exhibition Memoria Technica , the artist refers to devices that aid in preserving memory.  Working primarily in bronze and sterling, Mellington creates sculptures that explore the sentimentality that lies within our memories.  Her art draws the focus away from the psychological and scientific properties of a memory, towards a magical sense of nostalgia.


Imna Arroyo - Ancestors of the Passage
El Legado / Legacy, installation detail, relief print on cast cotton fiber

El Legado / Legacy, installation
detail,relief print on cast cotton

Exhibition Dates: February 21 - March 17, 2006 Artist Talk: Wednesday, March 1, 6:30pm, Recital Hall in the Communications Building.

Imna Arroyo draws on her African, Hispanic, and Taino descent in creating this mixed-media installation. Filling the gallery with prints on a myriad of surfaces, both 2-D and 3-D, Arroyo explores the Middle Passage and the spirit of her ancestors

Richard Scholtz - Changing Spaces

Richard Scholtz - Changing Spaces

Opening: Thursday January 19, 5-7 p.m.
Exhibition Dates: January 20 - February 10, 2006

In his installation, Changing Spaces,  Richard Scholtz explores how sound creates a sense of place and space.  He states, "You see what is in front of your eyes but you hear what is all around you."  In the installation, real-time recordings create the musical frame of beginning and end.  Ordinary sounds take on a different meaning; a succession of sounds gives rise to harmony and rhythm and emotion.


Essential Abstraction

Whole and Hollow

Karen Kunc, Whole and Hollow,
1998, woodcut, 20" x 15

Exhibition Dates: November 1 - December 9, 2005

Paintings, prints, and sculpture by six artists who explore the expressive and perceptual qualities of abstraction in visual art. Artists whose work will be exhibited: Anne Appleby, Karen Kunc, Alan Lau, Robert Maki, Benjamin Moore, Darlene Nguyen-Ely.


Combination: Artworks by Morgan Peck, Suzanne E. Reed, and Kensuke Yamada

Kensuke Yamada, untitled ceramic sculpture, 2005

Kensuke Yamada, untitled
ceramic sculpture, 2005

Suzanne E. Reed, Untitled (Library Ladder), detail, 2005, paper, steel, book

Suzanne E. Reed, Untitled (Library Ladder),
detail, 2005, paper, steel, book

Exhibition Dates: through October 28, 2005

Art by three Evergreen students: Morgan, a recent graduate, works with photo-montage; Suzanne, a current student, creates sculpture with paper, steel, steel screen, and found objects; Kensuke, another recent graduate, hand-builds sculptural ceramic forms using multiple glazes, firings, textures, and shapes.


Gail Tremblay, Iókste Akweriá:ne / It Is Heavy on My Heart
Iókste Akweriá:ne / It Is Heavy on My Heart

Iókste Akweriá:ne /
It Is Heavy on My Heart

Exhibition Dates: October 3-20, 2005
Reception for the Artist on Thursday, October 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

In her multi-media installation, Gail Tremblay addresses the effects of nuclear pollution and testing on reservations. Tremblay, an Evergreen faculty member, states: "This installation is meant to educate about these issues and give voice to indigenous people who are struggling for environmental justice."


Himalayan Odyssey: A Visual Journey Across the Great Range


Chain Gate. Tangbe Gompa. Jakar, Bhutan. 1997

Exhibition Dates: June 20 - August 22, 2005
Artist slide presentation and book signing: Monday June 27, noon, Lecture hall 2

An exhibition of color photographs excerpted from Robbins' ten-year book project on Himalayan landscape and culture. Robbins trekked more than two thousand miles through Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, and North India, compiling a unique body of work that is equal parts fine art, photo-documentary, and ethnographic study.


Jenna Fettig: Victoriana! The Rise of an Empire, the Fall of a Kingdom


Jenna Fettig, "Memento: Photograph,"
2004-2005, oil on masonite, 24" x 41"

Exhibition Dates: through June 11
Opening reception: Thursday May 26, 5-8 p.m.

Jenna Fettig's paintings explore our relationships with nature and animals, giving form to the sense of distance and nostalgia felt by many in contemporary society and examining the roots of those feelings in Victorian England.


Dane Herrin: And Sometimes People Get Better Faster in Bright Rooms Than They do in Drab Ones

Exhibition Dates: through June 11
Opening reception: Thursday May 26, 5-8 p.m., Closed during Evaluation Week, June 6-9

Dane Herrin has been exploring themes of transactional behavior and creative communication. He writes: "These works are born through both transgressive behavior and uplifting impulses. They, like most people, are raw and complicated. I want to reflect the tragedy and beauty of interaction and communication.


Louise Kikuchi: Lines and Dots


Exhibition Dates: February 28 - May 13, 2005
Artist Presentation: Wednesday, May 4, 7 p.m., Lecture Hall 3

Louise Kikuchi's lines and dots are concentrated embodiments of energy, time, place, perception, weather, water, sky, plants - and paintings by other artists. Over the last ten years she has created distinct bodies of work that explore one or more of these themes; for this exhibition, select artworks from The Months, Points of Reference, Poems to the Sea, and Spanish Allusions, show how she has developed her marks and colors to express an expanding range of content.

Kikuchi writes, "The lines and dots are my alphabet, because no language is really mine. Because of the circumstances of my life, I have to find my own forms." A Japanese-American who was born in Hawaii but no longer fits completely in that community, nor in Tokyo or Paris, where she has lived for extended periods, Kikuchi has based her connections to these places and people on very basic and fundamental things, such as water, trees, light, time. She describes her art as "the search for the universal, or the human, in a very specific moment or plac


From Earth to Cyberspace: Contemporary Native American Digital and Clay Art Works


by Artist Jim Jackson

Exhibition Dates: April 11 - May 2, 2005
Artist Presentation: Saturday, April 9, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m., Gallery 4

From Earth to Cyberspace features artworks created by artists using clay or digital imagery. The artists participated in workshops at Evergreen State College during summer 2004. Part of the Longhouse's Artist-in-Residence program, these workshops bring master Native artists to work with emerging and established Native artists at Evergreen and reservation sites.

The workshop in clay was under the direction of artists Lillian Pitt (Warm Springs) and Jim Jackson (Klamath). Artists working with Larry McNeil (Tlingit/Nisga'a) created digital images comprised of original artwork, popular images, and family photographs. The exhibition includes art by Pitt, Jackson, McNeil, and workshop participants.

Lillian Pitt, Jim Jackson, and Larry McNeil will give slide lectures about their artwork during the opening reception.

The Artist-in-Residence program is currently being funded by the Ford Foundation.


Rachel Brumer, Quire: Book of Findings

Quire: Book of Findings (detail), cloth, thread, metals, 23 x 29 inches

Quire: Book of Findings (detail), cloth,
thread, metals, 23 x 29 inches

Exhibition Dates: January 15 - February 4, 2005
Artist Presentation: Friday, March 4, noon, Lecture Hall 3

For the exhibition Quire: Book of Findings, Rachel Brumer has created dozens of open book forms, with line after line of color blocks, stitching, and silhouettes of tiny objects. Arrayed across walls, the folios present a dense interweaving of abstract story lines. For three decades, Brumer has been exploring diverse modes of communication - as a modern dancer, sign language interpreter, and visual artist - and Quire feels like a compendium of these and other pathways to understanding.


Unveiling the Mother

Opening reception: Friday January 14, 5-7pm
Exhibition Dates: January 15 - February 4, 2005

For her Senior Thesis Exhibition, Phantasmagoria Eve uses common fetish objects such as feathers and lace intermingled with the more serious side of the fetish concept: representation of Deity Herself.  The artist plays within the meaning of her own name to create a dreamlike scape of work in the new series Unveiling the Mother .  This current work combines the religious icon of Mother Mary, imagery from a 40,000 year old Isis ceremony, and Cherokee symbology.

New Year Art Show
Kumar Lama,

Kumar Lama, "White Mahakala," traditional Thangka
WHITE MAHAKALA is a wrathful aspect of
Avalokitesvara (Bodhisattva of Compassion).
White Mahakala eliminates spiritual and
material poverty for all beings, bringing us abundance.

Opening reception: Wednesday, December 15, 6 pm
Exhibition Dates: December 16, 2004 - February 13, 2005

The artworks in the New Year Art Show were intentionally created to celebrate the future and to align ourselves with Heaven and Earth for the New Year. The exhibition includes artworks by children, students, and master artists from local and international communities. Exhibiting artists include: Lucia Harrison, Fumiko Kimura, Kumar Lama, Nicole Langille, Bruce Miller.

The New Year Art Show is partially sponsored by Evergreen State College Arts and the Child Academic Program, the President's Diversity Fund, Chinese Language and Cultural Research Foundation, and Olympia Arts and Frame.

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gW3dZa'dad "The teaching of ancestral knowledge"

Pete Peterson, Sr., Bear Looks in Two Directions, 2001, painted cedar

November 18 - December 10, 2004

"gW3dZa'dad" is a Twana term from the Pacific Northwest that describes "the teaching of ancestral knowledge," according to renowned cultural leader Bruce Subiyay Miller of the Skokomish tribe, a recent recipient of the National Heritage Award through the National Endowment for the Arts.

This is the first of three exhibitions in Evergreen Galleries that will feature work created through the Longhouse's artist-in-residence program, which brings master Native artists to work with emerging and established Native artists at Evergreen and reservation sites. Pete Peterson, Sr., a master carver and elder from the Skokomish tribe, instructed five artists on the traditional cultural art form of bent wood box making. Susan Pavel, who apprenticed under Bruce Miller, instructed 18 pairs of adults and youth apprentices in an ancient weaving technique of the Coast Salish people. The regalia that was created by the weavers will be on exhibit and will also be featured in a regalia fashion show at the Longhouse during Super Saturday, June 11, 2005.


Mining the Media: Paintings by Michael Kohlmeier and James Eisenhart

October 25 - December 10, 2004

In their recent paintings, Michael Kohlmeier and James Eisenhart question the media and the stories it tells by reinterpreting pervasive images.

Kohlmeier states, "I feel that we live in a day and age where communication has broken down. It seems that political correctness has overshadowed human interaction and as a result, people no longer communicate with each other on a personal level for fear of offending each other." Wanting to provoke thought and communication through his paintings, Kohlmeier chooses media images that carry strong associations. He brings together several images in a collage-like arrangement, so that meanings created by their relationships are not linear and precise, but suggestive and layered. Kohlmeier carefully renders the magazine images in monochromatic tones, with the result that they are like the media photographs in their realism, but unlike them in their lack of color.

Eisenhart exhibits work from two series of paintings. In the first, his interpretation of magazine and television images is more poetic; he finds in them suggestions of the past, the continuum of life and death, the muses. Rather than the glossy bright color of contemporary media though, Eisenhart's paintings are done in earth tones, with figures emerging out of the shadows, as if from dreams and memory. The second series reinterprets horrific images from current events in Iraq, with characters from children's books in place of innocent civilians, blindfolded hostages, and hooded insurgents. The artist raises questions about the intrusion of horrific events into the innocence of a child's world, about the tendency to dehumanize enemies, and whether the reality of some images is so potent that any reinterpretation looks like sacrilege.


Art & Social Commentary

October 11 - November 6, 2004

Regional, national, and international artists explore contemporary issues, creating artworks that question, comment, critique. 

Artists include:
Paul Berger, Corwin Clairmont, Sue Coe, Jack Daws, Richard Glazer-Danay, Hachivi Edgar Heap of Birds, Jenny Holzer, David Ireland, Brian Jungen, Jerry Kearns, William Kentridge, Oldrich Kulhánek, Jean LaMarr, Jacob Lawrence, Glenn Ligon, Kerry James Marshall, Suzanne McClelland, Deborah Mersky, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Lezley Saar, Roger Shimomura, Kiki Smith.


Art in The Evergreen State College Collection

August - October 15, 2004

Displays in the library feature artworks that entered the Evergreen State College art collection decades ago and others that will come to campus over the next two years. In Gallery II, works on paper that the College collected during the '70s and '80s survey the creative energy of printmaking in the Northwest. In the entry area display cases, artworks that will be coming to Evergreen through the Washington State Arts Commission's Art in Public Places program are previewed through sketches, maquettes, and written descriptions.


Sewa Singh Khalsa

January 9 - March 1, 2004
Public reception for the artist in the gallery on January 9th at 5 to 7 p.m.

An art exhibit at The Evergreen State College Gallery features Seattle visionary artist Sewa Singh Khalsa. The exhibition will showcase miniature porcelain sculptures, paintings, prints and drawings.

Khalsa’s work comes from a deep interest in organic form and spirit. He is a master of clay and pushes the material beyond normal limits and expectations. Some of the delicate porcelains are delightful little worlds by themselves while the single pieces are interesting and full of good-natured humor. His paintings and drawings show a playfulness that is both childlike and fearless.

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