New exhibit and artist appearances slated for The Evergreen State College gallery Oct. 18-19

October 4, 2016

(Olympia, Wash.) – The Evergreen Gallery is hosting a new show called Tracing Genetic Inheritance: Recent Work by Geraldine Ondrizek. An artist reception is scheduled for 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18 in the gallery and an artist lecture is set for 11:30-1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19. The gallery is located in Evergreen’s Daniel J. Evans Library, Room 2204. The artist lecture will take place in Purce Hall, COM Building Recital. Both are at The Evergreen State College, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW in Olympia. The events are free and open to the public. Parking is $3. The exhibit brings together three recent installations: . It runs through December 7. Fall operating hours for the Evergreen Gallery are 12-4 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday and 10-6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. More information at

Geraldine Ondrizek, a professor of art and artist at Reed College in Portland, Ore., has been creating multi-layered, thought-provoking works of art for more than 25 years. She is a deep researcher and collaborator across disciplines, drawing on art, science, history, anthropology, psychology, biology, and other disciplines. Through her art she addresses issues of identity and relationships, memory and inheritance—on a personal level and on a global scale. Many of her large-scale installations, including the three exhibited at Evergreen, explore the pursuit of knowledge about genetics, and how this information can lead toward life-saving discoveries, deeper understanding of the human race, and moral ambiguities.

For the last 20 years Ondrizek has collaborated with genetic and medical researchers to make architectural-based installations. She has had over 30 solo exhibitions internationally and is the recipient of several prestigious grants. She received her BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MFA from the University of Washington.

The Evergreen State College in Olympia is a public four-year liberal arts college nationally recognized for its distinctive interdisciplinary approach, strong academics and focus on undergraduate teaching. The college also has an upper division bachelor’s degree program in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood. In addition to undergraduate education, Evergreen offers three graduate degrees: Master in Teaching, Master of Environmental Studies and Master of Public Administration, including a distinctive tribal governance concentration.