Tears of Duk'Wibahl
International Gathering of Indigenous Visual Artists of the Pacific Rim

Exhibition continues through December 10

Tears of Duk'WibahL Exhibition

This exhibition features the work of Indigenous artists from the continental U.S., Hawaii, Alaska, Samoa and New Zealand. The artists participated in an international gathering, or hui, as it is called in New Zealand and Hawaii. The hui was organized by the Longhouse and took place at Evergreen August 24-31. This hui is part of a long history of such gatherings organized and hosted by Indigenous organizations in New Zealand, Hawaii and here in Olympia since 1995.;

The Longhouse embarked on a historical path in hosting Return to the Swing in 2001, the first International Gathering of Indigenous Visual Artists of the Pacific Rim in this hemisphere. Adding to this honor, the Longhouse is the only organization in the US to have hosted two Gatherings.

This year, the 108 invited artists are from the continental U.S. Hawai’i, Alaska, Canada, Samoa and New Zealand. 41% of the artists are new to the international network. 28 of the 38 first-time participants were local artists associated with the Longhouse.

Beaver Helper carving

Dempsey Bob (Tahltan/Tlingit); "Beaver Helper" 2017, yellow cedar, 20”h x 9”w x 4”d; Photo: Jan Hopkins

These Gatherings are profound exchanges of cultural and artistic sharing. Artists are creatively woven together in cultural sharing which strengthens the fabric, energy and dynamics of the gatherings. For many first-time participants, the experience is life changing. For artists who have attended previous Gatherings, the energy feels like an extended indigenous artistic family reunion. Within the international indigenous network, many of the participating artists are universally acknowledged to be at the top of their fields; the Longhouse plays a pivotal role in expanding the network to include talented emerging artists, empowering the next generation of indigenous arts leaders.

Evergreen Gallery is honored to have these artworks on display; mediums include painting, printmaking, ceramics, fine metals, fiber arts, beadwork, carving, digital media and glass. Most artworks were made previous to the Gathering, in the artists’ studios throughout the Pacific Rim. Some were made here at Evergreen, in the midst of the inspiration, creative energy, and collaborative spirit that suffused all who took part in Tears of Duk’Wibahl.

Emergence: Practice and Process

Opening reception Thursday June 1, 5-7pm

Exhibition open regular hours through Friday June 9

 Practice & Process Poster

Additional Gallery open hours:
Tuesday June 13, 5-7pm, before film screening
Friday June 16, 11am-12:30 pm, before Graduation ceremony

A culmination of interdisciplinary research and creative inquiry in the visual and media arts, Emergence showcases independent projects by students in the academic program, CultureLab. Ranging from cathartic expression to cultural critique, this work is the result of practice and process in an array of mediums, including printmaking, sculpture, furniture design, painting, ceramics, film, video, animation and installation.

The Emergence exhibition opens Thursday, June 1st at 5 pm in the Evergreen Gallery in the Daniel J. Evans Library Building.

The Emergence screening takes place Tuesday, June 13th at 7 pm in the Recital Hall in the Communications Building at The Evergreen State College.


Clyde - O - Scope

Clyde Petersen at The Evergreen State College

Evergreen Gallery exhibition April 14 - May 17, 2017

Torrey Pines film screening with live musical accompaniment performed by Your Heart Breaks: Clyde Petersen, Zach Burba, Jacob Jaffe, and Steve Moore, April 19, 5pm  (** details below)

Torrey Pines Still

Torrey Pines Still

Following the film, reception in Evergreen Gallery 7-9pm, April 19

Evergreen Gallery is thrilled to announce a multi-media project, Clyde - O - Scope, that features the creations of award-winning, multidisciplinary artist Clyde Petersen.  The project encompasses a screening of Petersen’s film Torrey Pines with live musical accompaniment, and a retrospective of Petersen’s art and videos in Evergreen Gallery.

Petersen is a Seattle-based artist, working in film, animation, music, installation and fabulous spectacle. He is a member of the transgender and queer communities in Seattle. He travels the world with his punk band Your Heart Breaks and hosts a TV show in a small handmade boat in the Washington Park Arboretum - “Boating with Clyde” features artists from around the world, performing on the waterways of Seattle.

Petersen’s boundless curiosity and ingenuity, his sense of humor and sense of self, his ability to create joyful expression from positive or painful experiences, permeates his art, video, and animation.  The photographs, drawings, prints, sculptures, and videos on display in Evergreen Gallery form a seamless continuity with Petersen’s stop-motion animated film Torrey Pines.

Since its premiere in October 2016, Petersen’s film Torrey Pines has received high praise and has been prominently featured in many film festivals.  Twist: Seattle Queer Film Festival, featured it on opening night, writing that it is “a painstakingly created stop-motion animated film with an astonishing DIY aesthetic that is as emotionally affecting as it is a breathtaking artistic achievement.”  Petersen has recently returned from a very successful tour throughout Great Britain and Ireland, showing Torrey Pines while playing the live score with Your Heart Breaks bandmates.  The British Film Institute writes this about Torrey Pines’ inclusion in BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival: “The Centrepiece Screening of the 2017 Festival is the European premiere of Torrey Pines, a psychedelic stop-motion animation about a child grappling with gender identity and a schizophrenic mother.”

Petersen’s work has been featured around the world at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, SXSW, the Henry Art Gallery, the Walker Art Gallery, Portland State University, Western Washington University, Bumbershoot Arts Festival, Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and many more. His clients include The Thermals, Kimya Dawson, Laura Veirs, Earth, Minor Alps, Quasi, Deerhoof, Sean Nelson, The Portland Cello Project and Thao with the Get Down Stay Down to name a few. He has been awarded grants for filmmaking from the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), The Neddy at Cornish, the City of Seattle, the Artist Trust Innovator Award, the Awesome Foundation and 4Culture.

This showing of Torrey Pines was funded in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

The entire Clyde - O - Scope project has also been generously supported by these Evergreen State College groups: the President’s Equity Fund, the Library's Evan's Reading Series, the Trans and Queer Center, the Writing Center, and Academic Programs CultureLab and Mediaworks.

** Torrey Pines will be shown at 5 pm April 19 in the Communications Building Experimental Theater with overflow seating in the Recital Hall. 

Doors open at 4:30 for people with Evergreen State College ID

Doors open at 4:45 for general public

Free admission

Statements & Questions: Select Works of Faculty and Staff Of The Evergreen State College

January 26th – March 8th 2017

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 26th, 4:30 – 7:00

Lisa Sweet 2016 Black-White

Lisa Sweet, Listening, 2016, black and white etching.

The Evergreen Gallery presents a rare opportunity to see the creative output of those who serve as educators, mentors, and role models in the Evergreen community – and beyond. Statements & Questions partners the work of those who teach in programs and courses, and the support staff who often work one-on-one with students in the areas of visual and media arts.

Bob Haft Meeting of the Twain

Bob Haft, Meeting of the Twain, 2004, Archival Inkjet Print

The exhibition includes works by highly experienced artists who have been part of the college and art world for decades, as well as the fresher eyes of those who started teaching here more recently. Thought-provoking, beautiful, and diverse, the exhibited artworks explore ideas using many mediums, including painting, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, photography, multimedia and video.

Statements & Questions asks us to consider the artists’ works individually, highlighting a range of creative voices, ideas, aesthetics, and of practical and theoretical expertise.  Some works provide the razor sharp clarity and articulation ascribed to an effective statement.  Others seek to raise questions, and function as vectors of reflection and deliberation.

Artists included in the exhibition are Emily Adams, Evan Blackwell, Caryn Cline, Pamela Davis, Steve Davis, Anne de Marcken, Hirsh Diamant, Bob Haft, Aisha Harrison, Lucia Harrison, Ruth Hayes, Julia Heineccius, Bob Leverich, Naima Lowe, Alexander Swiftwater McCarty, Shaw Osha, Michelle Pope, Ryan Richardson, Julie Levin Russo, Lisa Sweet, Bruce Thompson, Stokley Towles, Alair Wells, Julia Zay