The Division of Art has developed an initiative, called the Nebula Project, to address a number of critical needs as well as advance and invigorate their educational and research mission. This project received a significant boost on 17 July 2012 when a press release from The New Foundation Seattle announced an inaugural grant to the division. This private foundation had just been created by Seattle philanthropist and collector Shari D. Behnke. Yoko Ott (BFA 1999) is the foundation director and secretary. This multi-year grant, coupled with generous support from the College of Arts & Sciences, funds the hiring of visiting artists, scholars, curators, and others to teach classes, create new work, and organize exhibits that will expose School of Art students to new voices and fresh perspectives. Examples of Nebula-sponsored activities are:
ART 361–Critical Issues in Contemporary Art: taught in Winter Quarter 2013 and Winter Quarter 2014 by Eric Fredericksen. A public lecture series accompanied both courses; see the list of speakers for 2013 and 2014.
Art 590–Interdisciplinary Graduate Seminar in Contemporary Practices: taught in Spring Quarter 2013 and Spring Quarter 2014 by Scott Lawrimore, Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions at the Frye Art Museum.
Art 360–Topics in Studio Art and Practice: taught by the Sea-Cat team—artists Gretchen Bennett, Wynne Greenwood, and Matthew Offenbacher—in Autumn Quarter 2013. The class included an experiential exhibition at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery.