With the renovation of the Daniel J. Evans Library complete, the Evergreen Gallery reopened on April 2 with a dedication and a celebration of its inaugural exhibition, "Reading Rivers: Basia Irland's Books, Manuscripts, and Scrolls."
The opening featured a dedication of the gallery by Skokomish spiritual leader Delbert Miller and the melodies of the Shooting Stars, an ensemble of Native American musicians.
Basia Irland is a sculptor, poet, installation and book artist, and professor emerita of the University of Mexico. An international water activist, she was an Evergreen artist-in-residence last fall. The show presented her recent collaborative work on the Nisqually River and included a survey of other pieces from her ongoing series of interdisciplinary efforts around the world to creatively examine the interrelationships between water and the people, plants and animals that rely on this vital element.
Irland’s residency and show were supported by the Tom Rye Harvill Award, which funds projects exploring the intersection of art and science.
The Evergreen Gallery displayed faculty and staff artworks from May 7 to May 18 and on May 28, a senior thesis exhibition opened featuring the work of six award-winning Expressive Arts students.