Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

The Evergreen State College Virtual Gallery Series

Artists offer a full range of the human experience in their creations. Engaging with art as a viewer is an enriching activity -- often a very personal exchange, shared with others in the room. The global pandemic has challenged the art world to adapt. How do artists still share their interpretations of beauty and triumph or pain and struggle with their audience while maintaining human connection, when we can’t be together?

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Amelia Calverley, "Wisdom Receptacle"

Museums and galleries around the world are venturing into the realm of the virtual gallery experience. What we miss in the virtual experience is the intimate experience you get when you view art in person, inspecting the precision of etching lines and fine brush strokes or taking a step back to admire the size and scope of a large sculpture as you walk all the way around it. However, by uploading artworks online we make them more widely accessible, and when hosting virtual lectures of artists, curators, and other creative professionals, we reach audiences larger than any single room could hold.

We are proud to launch our new series of Virtual Galleries here at Evergreen! We regret that we cannot share in the viewing of these works in the flesh, but we are grateful to still take part in witnessing them and sharing them with the broader community. We are delighted to showcase them here.

In addition, here are a couple of short multimedia slideshows for our two student galleries!

Hindsight 2020: A Display of Senior Capstone Works

Here, we showcase the selected works of 11 graduating seniors who have completed capstone work during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Evergreen allows undergraduate students a huge amount of space and flexibility to tune in to exactly what type of work they are interested in making. This is made possible through Independent Learning Contracts, Internships and Student Originated Studies. Many of the seniors in our show have spent the past year working independently to synthesize the learning of their undergraduate education into creative works. They have honed their crafts, their artist statements, and their final works to address the questions that compel them.

You can also view the Hindsight 2020 slideshow on Vimeo!

Metal sculpture by Bethanie Ricca entitled In This Moment

Bethanie Ricca, "In This Moment"

Student Works -- Group Show

Here we showcase the work of students across a broad array of mediums. The loss of access to on-campus studios and labs has made a huge impact on students working in the arts. Together we celebrate the ingenuity of our students as they’ve adapted to new circumstances and found new ways to work creatively as well as share some of their work made earlier in the year.

Please also view the Student Works slideshow on Vimeo!

Retrospective: An Exhibition of the Evergreen Art Collection

We were saddened to have the in-person viewing hours of our current show housed in The Evergreen Gallery cut short due to the pandemic, so we made that virtual too!

Exhibition Text

In a world that champions documentation, written evidence, and quantifiable data, we seldom honor oral narratives, histories, and alternate modes of communicating. This is undeniable in academia. When we began to unearth and orient ourselves to the purpose and intentions of the work within this room, what we found was not extensive documentation but a wandering trail of stories collected from current and past faculty, staff and students. These stories are what give these pieces weight, a sense of meaning, and cohesion.

The stories give context, but some stories are missing. Without knowing the relationships between the artwork, the artists, the college, and the community, we lose continuity. When context is missing, people make assumptions. Exhibiting collections like these is participating in a kind of nostalgia, bringing forth visual representations of ideals of the past. The truth about the past is that it is messy and imperfect. When engaging in nostalgia, it feels necessary to temper and ground longings for what once was with what is; to remind us of the complexities of the past, (mis)representation, and the work that is vital to envision better paths forward. As history unfolds and new narratives emerge, this exhibit is an opportunity to reevaluate how we document storytelling and meaning at Evergreen.

What lies behind this wall is not THE Evergreen Collection as the show was originally titled, but a selection of several art collections that exist on this campus. We present to you: The Print Collection, The Teaching Collection, The Donated Works Collection, and selected works from the Legacy LTD Collection of Native American Prints.

As you walk through these salon style groupings, take time to consider when these works were made and acquired. In particular, the Teaching and Print Collections take us on a wild ride back to the 1970s Pacific Northwest Art scene and the burgeoning days of this school. These collections are of a different era, but still worthy of reflection even in their imperfections– or maybe especially because of their imperfections.