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. 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. Fredericksen is planning the 2015 class and lecture series.
Art 590–Interdisciplinary Graduate Seminar in Contemporary Practices: taught in Spring Quarter 2013 and Spring Quarter 2014 by Scott Lawrimore, who was then Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions at the Frye Art Museum and is now the Director of our Jacob Lawrence Gallery. These classes have done Field Study trips; read about the 2014 trip to Texas here. Lawrimore will be teaching the 2015 class as well.
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.
In addition to these courses, Nebula Project funds are being used to support expanded programming in the Jacob Lawrence Gallery under the direction of Scott Lawrimore.