Student-Driven Art Exhibition Opens at Evergreen


“Retrospective: An Exhibition of the Evergreen Art Collection” opens Wednesday, Feb 26. A reception will be held in The Evergreen State College’s gallery from 5–7 p.m.

“Students involved in this project gained experience in the kind of work it takes to run an art exhibition and manage a gallery, from start to finish,” said Michelle Pope, Evergreen’s visual arts operations manager. “From curation and conservation, to installation and marketing, they did it all.”

Works in the exhibit were curated from Evergreen’s art collection with select pieces harkening to 1970s Pacific Northwest art scene and the burgeoning days of the college.

"Most of the work in this show was collected during the college’s earlier years with the intention of representing faculty and students as well as nationally regarded and local artists,” said a student on the curation team. “We chose to intuitively arrange the works in groupings by color and pattern. We encourage visitors to engage playfully with the space, allowing their personal interpretation to lead them through this body of work."

Funding for the gallery was provided by an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation co-curricular grant. With guidance from staff, the exhibit was managed entirely by students.

The exhibit is located on the second floor of Evergreen’s library building at 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, 12–4 p.m., February 26–April 9, 2020. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

More information about Evergreen’s gallery can be found here.