Past Exhibitions 2015

Fall 2015: Sensations that Announce the Future

October 10 through December 2, 2015

About the Exhibit

This exhibition is inspired by Elaine Scarry’s book, Thinking in an Emergency, The Evergreen State College’s common reading for the entering class of 2015. The exhibition asks: What does art do in a time of emergencies when urgency and indifference coexist? How does art announce new, unexpected futures?

The works in the exhibition were selected for their attempt to transcend, transform or re-imagine inherited histories. They sample, re-mix, and re-purpose to disrupt, re-write or map alternative trajectories for those histories, art forms, and social relationships. And as much as we might want to find answers in the exhibited works, they insist instead on abiding in the questions, holding open space and time for us to imagine possible futures ourselves.

Artists include Damali Abrams, Lisa Blas, Christopher Buening, Amjad Faur, Dakota Gearhart, Liselot van der Heijden, C. Davida Ingram, Steffani Jemison, Joan Livingstone, Naima Lowe, Matthew Offenbacher, Shaw Osha, Cassie Thornton and Evergreen students (Aaron Ershler, Ben Haddix, Liam Halvorsen, Aaron Harris, and Vanessa Hoy), William R. Wilson.

Organized by Evergreen faculty Shaw Osha with students Aaron Ershler, Ben Haddix, Liam Halvorsen, Aaron Harris, and Vanessa Hoy.

Captivated Corpus

Opening Reception: Thursday May 21, 5–7 pm
Gallery hours: May 26–28 and June 1–4, 10 am–5 pm
Open Graduation day: Friday June 12, 11 am–12:30 pm

Evergreen Gallery is pleased to present Captivated Corpus, an exhibition of work by five photography students who have been meeting together since October 2014: Cory Coomes, Rosemary Engstrom, Rene Garcia, Kuwilileni Hauwanga, and Lily Smith. While concentrating on creating art individually, they have met weekly to critique each other’s work, and to assist each other in their artistic process and growth as photographers. In their artwork they explore many different themes and concepts, among them: gender, religion, human nature and the body.

Nature: Observation, Metaphor, Transformation - Four Decades of Art

Susan Aurand and Lucia Harrison

Opening reception: April 2, 2015, 5-7 pm
Exhibition continues through May 6, 2015

Susan Aurand and Lucia Harrison artwork

This two-person survey exhibition honors Susan Aurand and Lucia Harrison, artists and teachers who recently retired after decades of teaching at The Evergreen State College. Their influence on students has been profound, and their own art-making practice has flourished.

The art of both artists parallels the changing environments in their personal and professional lives. Susan and Lucia have highly developed observational skills that they began developing at an early age, in very different environments. At Evergreen, when they taught interdisciplinary programs with scientists, they helped others hone these skills, while continuing to build their own.

Susan grew up in the Midwest where her relationship with nature was confined to mostly housing developments. Wild nature roamed in her imagination. Initially Susan concentrated on ceramics, and sculptural elements continue to be important in her artworks.  When she came to teach at Evergreen, she gravitated toward two-dimensional art. Her work in drawing, painting and assemblages reflects her interests in mythology and metaphor and her passion for the ever-changing quality of light and color in nature.

Lucia grew up on Cooper Point in Olympia roaming the forests and shores of Puget Sound. Trained as an artist and social scientist, Lucia developed an interest in qualitative research methods, ethnography, and environmental education. While teaching with scientists, she developed a practice of field journaling as inspiration for her paintings, drawings, and artist books. These works reflect her observations of nature and the inspiration she finds there. As nature inspires her, so too her artworks inspire viewers to deepen their own interest in the natural and cultural history of South Puget Sound.

Building for the Future: Collections at Evergreen

January 22 - March 4, 2015

Gallery Colletions

Left: Polaroids by Andy Warhol, Gift of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts
Right: Ralph Gibson, Man in Pool, 1972, gelatin silver print

Since its beginnings, The Evergreen State College has valued the arts, culture, and historical heritage as essential parts of education. It has displayed and collected art, artifacts, and historical documents that tell the story of Evergreen itself, of our cultural context, and of our connections to all cultures. Certain groups within Evergreen are entrusted with the display and preservation of specific collections; they are fervently committed to caring for these irreplaceable resources, believing in the communicative powers of these collections in the present time and for future generations. Six of these groups are featured in this exhibition: the Malcolm Stilson Archives and Special Collections; the Chicano/Latino Archive; the James F. Holly Rare Books Collection; the Evergreen Gallery and Art Collection; the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center; Evergreen Pictures.

Artists include: Diane Arbus, Rick Bartow, Jo Ann Callis, Paul Caponigro, Judy Dater, John Divola, Erin Genia, Ralph Gibson, Laura Grabhorn, Lyonel Grant, Shannon Hawea, Ester Hernandez, Craig Hickman, Samuel Hill, Allan Houser, Helmi Juvonen, Tina Kuckkahn-Miller, Jacob Lawrence, Linley Logan, Larry McNeil, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Richard Misrach, Ramon Murillo, Susan Pavel, Lillian Pitt, Liz Whitney Quisgard, Mary Randlett, Charles Stokes, Jerry Uelsmann, Andy Warhol, Wesley Wehr, Edward Weston, Geoff Winningham, Don Worth, and more…