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Meet the 2023-24 Henry Art Liaisons

Submitted on November 14, 2023 - 2:01am
The 2023-24 Henry Art Liaisons from left to right: Sven, Ayla, Rosaline, Isabella, Kae, and Sorel.
The 2023-24 Henry Art Liaisons from left to right: Sven, Ayla, Rosaline, Isabella, Kae, and Sorel. Courtesy of Henry Art Gallery

We are proud to announce that six current students at the School of Art + Art History + Design students were selected for the 2023-2024 Cohort of the Henry Art Gallery’s Henry Art Liaison Program.

The Henry Art Liaisons spend a year developing their professional skills in museum public programming as interns giving tours and other community-centered engagements at the Henry. Building on the idea that everyone's life and learning can be enriched through dialogue with contemporary art, Henry Art Liaison Tours center the co-creation of knowledge about art by inviting visitors to connect their lived experiences to the art on display. These tours are pathways for the UW community, school and student groups, intergenerational audiences, and the general public to connect with the concepts and conversations found within the Henry’s exhibitions.

Meet the 2023-24 Henry Art Liaisons

Sven HOLMGREN

Hi! My name is Sven (he/they). I am currently a Photomedia major minoring in Digital Art and Experimental Media. Art and creativity have played massive roles in my life and I hope to share this passion with others as a Henry Art Liaison. I am excited to learn more about exhibition practices and having open dialogue about the works with our visitors!

Kae YU

Hi! My name is Kae (they/them) and I'm currently a UW student majoring in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts along with a minor in Diversity, joining the Henry as a liaison. Ever since I could walk and talk, art has been a crucial part of my life, serving as a vessel for self-expression in many facets. As I grew more aware of the world around me, I learned about the importance of art in ongoing sociopolitical issues, especially among marginalized groups, which is why I am eager to participate in the Henry's goal of giving underrepresented groups an artistic spotlight.

Rosaline DOU

I'm Rosaline (she/her) and I’m delighted to be a part of this year’s Henry Art Liaison program, and embarking on a journey in bridging and meaning-making. For me, contemporary art represents an uninhibited realm of freeform, one that infuses my life with vitality and keeps my mind constantly engaged in thought and inquiry. I'm currently pursuing my B.A. in Interdisciplinary Visual Art at the University of Washington.

Ayla TANURHAN

Hello! I am Ayla (she/her)! I am a senior majoring in Art History and Political Science with a minor in Textual Studies and Digital Humanities. I am passionate about contemporary art and its ability to spark important conversations. I’m looking forward to developing new visitor engagement programming with my fellow cohort.

Sorel NICA

Hi! My name’s Sorel (they/them). I’m an artist and art educator. I’ve been teaching visual art for three years at Arts Corps, mostly with elementary and high schoolers. I’ve also been interning at the Seattle Art Museum since this summer. I’m excited to explore how two different museums approach current issues of decolonization and antiracism. I’m also looking forward to working together with other UW students to bring new ideas to the Henry. In terms of my art practice, I focus mostly on printmaking (screenprint and woodblock) and I’m learning ceramics. I’m currently a senior, studying Art and Comparative History of Ideas with a minor in Linguistics. Outside of work, I’m hosting a DIY drag show and trying to get my roommate’s evil demon cat to like me. Come ask me about the silly interactions I’ve had with my students.

Winter 2024 Tours

The Henry Art Liaisons are leading tours for the three exhibitions currently showing at the Henry Art Museum. 

Kelly Akashi: Encounters
THU, FEB 1, 5:30 – 6:30 PM
SUN, FEB 4, 1:30 - 2:30 PM
THU, FEB 15, 5:30 – 6:30 PM
SUN, FEB 18, 1:30 - 2:30 PM
THU, FEB 29, 5:30 – 6:30 PM
SUN, MAR 3, 1:30 – 2:30 PM

Raúl de Nieves: A window to the see, a spirit star chiming in the wind
SAT, FEB 3, 1:30 - 2:30 PM
THU, FEB 8, 5:30 - 6:30 PM
SUN, FEB 11, 1:30 – 2:30 PM
SAT, FEB 17, 1:30 - 2:30 PM
THU, FEB 22, 5:30 – 6:30 PM
THU, MAR 7, 5:30 – 2:30 PM

Hank Willis Thomas: LOVERULES
SUN, FEB 25, 1:30-2:30 PM
SAT, MAR 4, 1:30 - 2:30 PM
SUN, MAR 10, 1:30 - 2:30 PM

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