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Jake Seniuk's Strait Art

Submitted on March 24, 2020 - 12:52pm
Strait Art by Jake Seniuk
Cover of Strait Art by Jake Seniuk; featured artwork is by Photo/Media Professor Rebecca Cummins

Jake Seniuk (MFA 1983) had a long career in the arts, but his biggest impact was as director-curator of the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center from 1989 to his retirement in 2012. He mounted more than 150 exhibitions and had made significant progress on a book of exhibition essays before his untimely passing in 2016. The project was picked up by his long-time partner, Donna James, and curator/writer/editor Kathleen Moles (a former staff member in the School). Earlier this year, the book was published by Marrowstone Press: Strait Art: An Anthology of Exhibitions from the Upper Left-Hand Corner. The launch took place on February 29 with a reading at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner; the museum has been the fiscal agent for the book project.

Among the more than 150 artists included in this well-illustrated book are a number who are School alums and/or faculty. The list is below; let us know if we have missed someone.

  • Alfredo Arreguin (BA 1967, MFA 1969)
  • Barbara Helen Berger (BA 1968)
  • Lanny Bergner (BA 1981)
  • Dale Chihuly (BFA 1965)
  • Rebecca Cummins (Professor  of Photo/Media)
  • Pat DeCaro (MFA 1982)
  • Everett DuPen (late Professor of Sculpture)
  • Dennis Evans (BA 1973, MFA 1975)
  • Aaron Hartzell (BFA 2010)
  • Tom Jay (MFA 1971)
  • Eirik Johnson (BFA 1997)
  • Iskra Johnson (BFA 1985)
  • Ray Jensen (BA 1953)
  • Phillip Levine (MFA 1961)
  • Maxine Martell (MFA 1964)
  • Holly Ballard Martz (BFA 1988)
  • Philip McCracken (BA 1954)
  • Nancy Mee (BFA 1975)
  • Marvin Oliver (MFA 1973)
  • Steve Reinhart (BFA 1988)
  • Peter Reiquam (BFA 1982)
  • Laurel Schultz (MFA 2009)
  • George Tsutakawa (BA 1937, MFA 1950, late Professor of Sculpture)

There are plans for readings at the Jefferson Museum of Art and History in Port Townsend on June 6 as well as Peninsula College and Port Angeles Fine Arts Center in Port Angeles on November 5. To keep informed of these events and others, ask to be added to the email list.

The book is available for purchase at the Museum of Northwest Art store and any of the readings. You can also request an order form if you don't want to wait (cost is $60 plus tax and shipping).

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