Seattle Art Fair + Gallery Shows

Both Seattle Art Fair and Out of Sight return to Seattle for a second year. As happened in 2015, a number of galleries have summer exhibits that overlap with the Fair.

Seattle Art Fair

August 4–7, 2016
CenturyLink Field Event Center

The School of Art + Art History + Design is once again a cultural partner of the fair. Because of this, we are able to offer access to discounted Opening Night Tickets ($35 instead of $50) and 2 for 1 Fair Passes (multi-day tickets). Redeem this offer.

Be sure to visit the Seattle Art Fair website for full information about the Fair, exhibitors, and associated events.

Here are the School-related people being shown at the Fair:

Abmeyer + Wood Fine Art is showing Professor Emerita Patti Warashina (BFA 1962, MFA 1964) in booth C28.

Adams and Ollman includes Ellen Lesperance (BFA 1995) in booth C1.

Bridge Productions has Emily Gherard (MFA 2004), Julie Alpert (MFA 2008), and Dave Kennedy (MFA 2013) in booth A28.

G. Gibson Gallery (owner, BFA 1985) is showing Professor Emeritus Robert C. Jones in booth C5.

Greg Kucera Gallery (owner, BFA 1980) includes Roger Shimomura (BFA 1961) and Margie Livingston (MFA 1999) in booth A15.

Marlborough Gallery is featuring Dale Chihuly (BFA 1965) in booth D13.

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery is showing the late Professor Emeritus Jacob Lawrence in booth D9.

Upfor Gallery includes Rodrigo Valenzuela (MFA 2012) in booth B9.

Woodside/Braseth Gallery includes the late Professor Emeritus Jacob Lawrence, Barbara Earl Thomas (BFA 1973, MFA 1977), and the late Professor Emeritus George Tsutakawa (BFA 1937, MFA 1950) in booth B21.


Exhibitions that include School-related people are below. We expect to add more as galleries announce their August exhibits.

Center for Architecture & Design: BOOM: Changing Seattle includes Eroyn Franklin (BFA 2006), Paul Komada (BFA 2000), and Rodrigo Valenzuela (MFA 2012); runs July 7 – August 29.

Facèré Jewelry Art GalleryFunny Business: Making Mischief includes Anne Davern (BA 1998); runs July 27 – August 17.

G. Gibson Gallery: 25 – Group Exhibit includes Cable Griffith (MFA 2002), Mary Iverson (MFA 2002), Eirik Johnson (BFA 1997), Saya Moriyasu (BA/BFA 1991), Samantha Scherer (MFA 1997) plus Painting + Drawing Professor Emeritus Robert C. Jones; runs June 25 – August 13.

Greg Kucera Gallery: Too Soon for Hindsight is a solo show by Margie Livingston (MFA 1999); runs July 7 – August 20.

Out of Sight

August 4–28, 2016
King Street Station

This is a massive exhibition that surveys contemporary Pacific Northwest art. Visit their website to purchase tickets and learn about the selected artists. Scott Lawrimore, Director of the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, and Justen Waterhouse (BFA 2015) are working on this show. Among the artists are a number of School of Art + Art History + Design alumni and two retired faculty members:

Nola Avienne (MFA 2007)
Alex Boeschenstein (BA 2015)
Mel Carter (BFA 2014)
Francis Celentano (Professor Emeritus)
Max Cleary (BFA 2014)
Kerstin Graudins (BFA 2000)
Gail Grinnell (BFA 1988)
Victoria Haven (BFA 1989) as part of DAFT KUNTZ
Paul Komada (BFA 2000)
Mario Lemafa (BFA 2013)
Norman Lundin (Professor Emeritus)
Norie Sato (MFA 1974)
Hanita Schwartz (MFA 2010)
Rodrigo Valenzuela (MFA 2012)
Brent Watanabe (BFA 1995)

RRF + Exhibit for Zhi Lin

In January 2016, Painting + Drawing Professor Zhi Lin was awarded a Royalty Research Fund Scholar grant to support his project titled “In Search of Lost History in the 19th Century: Chinese American in Puget Sound.” He spent portions of spring quarter traveling to specific venues of historical riots against Chinese where he created on-site studies. These locations are found in Black Diamond, Coal Creek, Newcastle, Renton, Tacoma, and Seattle. Read more…

Kudos for Barbara Earl Thomas

Barbara Earl Thomas (BFA 1973, MFA 1977) has been a well-known artist, writer, and arts administrator in the Seattle area for a long time, but 2016 appears to be her year for special recognition. In early May, Artist Trust announced that Thomas was the recipient of this year’s Irving and Yvonne Twining Humber Award. This is one of the more significant local awards for an artist. Read more…

Hirsch Publishing + Presenting

Interaction Design Professor Tad Hirsch had an article titled “Surreptitious Communication Design” published in the Spring 2016 Design Issues from MIT Press. Also from MIT Press is a new book, Civic Media: Technology, Design, Practice, which contains Hirsch’s chapter titled “Case Study: Pivot—Surreptitious Communications Design for Victims of Human Trafficking.”  Read more…

Active Art History Graduate Students

MA and PhD students in the Division of Art History are often busy with research, writing, presentations, and projects. Below are recent and upcoming activities for some of these students.

Erin Giffin, PhD Candidate: After assisting with the Art History Seminar in Rome during winter quarter 2016, Erin became an International Fellow at the Dutch Institute in Florence (Istituto Universitario Olandese della Storia dell’Arte). She is researching sculptural installations in sacred interiors, with a specific focus on copies of Michelangelo Buonarroti’s Roman Pieta and Risen Christ still in situ in the Florentine church of Santo Spirito. This exploration directly impacts her dissertation, entitled “Body and Apparition: Material Presence in Sixteenth-Century Italian Religious Sculpture,” wherein Erin investigates the impact of the sculptural medium — its invasive presence and material nature — on acts of early modern religious devotion. Her de Cillia Teaching with Excellence Award was announced in June. Read more…

Multiplying Mediums

Summer quarter 2016 is seeing a first-time collaboration between the University of Washington Department of English and the Division of Art in the School of Art + Art History + Design. It is a six-week colloquium, titled Multiplying Mediums, for students who have just completed their first year of graduate school, and it is being led by 3D4M Assistant Professor Michael Swaine and Andrew Feld, Associate Professor and Director of Creative Writing. Read more…

NW Art Now @ TAM

Goal Keeper #1 by Rodrigo ValenzuelaThe Tacoma Art Museum opened NW Art Now @ TAM to the public on May 14, 2016. It is the current iteration of the museum’s periodic survey of regional contemporary art, which was most recently known as the Northwest Biennial. The curators received 296 submissions, and they chose twenty-four artists to include in the exhibition. Among those are six of our alumni: Read more…

Portfolio of Possibilities

Amie McNeel and Mark Zirpel collaboratingMadArt was created in 2009 by Alison Milliman (BA 1984), and MadArt Studio came into existence in the South Lake Union neighborhood in 2013. This large space provides nearly endless possibilities for artists, which is why 3D4M Professors Amie McNeel and Mark Zirpel were selected to use it as a studio for a multi-faceted collaboration with Sam Stubblefield in 2016. This is an unusual opportunity for Division of Art faculty to do research on this scale; it will benefit both their own work and their interactions with students. According to the MadArt webpage for this project, Portfolio of Possibilities: Read more…

2016 MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition


May 28 – June 26, 2016
free public reception: Friday, May 27, 7-9pm
Henry Art Gallery

The graduation show for students receiving master’s degrees from our Division of Art and Division of Design: Read more…

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