30th Anniversary of Contemporary QuiltArt Association exhibition at City Hall

May 4 – July 5, 2017; City Hall Gallery
Reception on Thursday, May 4, 4-6 p.m.

An exhibition celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Contemporary QuiltArt Association, Coming of Age II, is coming to Seattle’s City Hall on May 4.  The exhibition is a celebration of the many ways that fiber can be used in today’s art quilts. The artworks demonstrate the growth members have made over the last three decades. The exhibit features 38 pieces of fiber art from 25 different artists that live in Washington State.

The Contemporary Quilt Art Association, a non-profit arts organization run entirely by volunteers, is a Washington state group formed in the fall of 1986. This diverse group of artists, teachers, writers, and collectors lives throughout Washington, and view quilts as an exciting medium of expression and a viable contemporary art form. They are proud of the years of CQA exhibitions around the state, the nation, and the hemisphere. CQA includes national and internationally celebrated quilt artists among its members and are equally proud of aspiring and emerging quilt artists, and those who have worked only in traditional quilt-making and are now curious to explore other possibilities.

Artist Statement:

The tanks containing radioactive waste on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation continue to have problems with leakage.  The article printed in this piece is referenced here: Macfarlane, A. (2016, May 4). Nuclear Waste Leak Continues at ‘America’s Fukushima’; 33 Left Ill by Radioactive Fumes. Retrieved July 8, 2016, from www.weather.com

Image caption:
Ginnie Hebert
Tank Farm, 2016
Fabrics created by artist with the following techniques:  Painted, stenciled, printed, screen printed with dye
Materials used:  Cotton fabric, Procion dyes, acrylic paint, foil, cotton and polyester threads, glow-in-the-dark thread and paint, wool batting


City Hall hosts Super Cooper 10

Super Cooper 10
November 1 – December 21, 2016

Super Cooper 10 will feature the work of more than 20 artists past and current tenants of Cooper Artist Housing and the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center since its inception in 2006. The exhibition includes more than 40 artworks including paintings, sketches, sculpture, photographs and even a kayak.

A decade ago, three floors of the old Frank B. Cooper School on Delridge Way SW became one of only four affordable housing programs in Seattle dedicated to low income creative people. Since then, the converted-classroom live/work studios, numbered lockers, and wide shiny hallways have incubated the generative works of over 100 individuals: poets, aesthetes, designers, painters, writers, dancers, sculptors, musicians, performers, photographers, film makers, multimedia artists and builders, to name just a few. Cooper Artist Housing has also forged a strong community, in which children have been born, friendships have been made, collaborations have launched, and creative careers have taken flight.

The Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, housed on the first floor of the Cooper School, also celebrates 10 years this year. Youngstown is a jewel of the diverse Delridge neighborhood and a national model for engaged community collaboration, hosting and producing youth programming, performance arts and a multitude of other activities. Youngstown houses eight nonprofit organizations and a branch of Interagency, an alternative public high school, and rents space to community groups for a variety of uses.  Upwards of 30,000 people visit Youngstown each year for work, school, workshops, classes and programs.

Artists featured in Super Cooper 10 include Iole Alessandrini, Flynn Bickley, Susanna Bluhm, Smitty Buckler, Gina Coffman, Reneé DeMartin, Yvette Diltz, Gretchen Van Dyke, Crystal Fosnaugh, Barbara Fugate, Sean Gallagher, Maureen Brogan Glidden, Paul Goldstein, Nate Herth, Richard Kent, Koji Kubota, Joey McChan, Erin Miller, Androu Morgan, Mike Mullins, Tenaya Sims, Sharon Swanson, BK Tran, Teresa White, and Benjamin Yarges.

Cooper Artist Housing and the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center were created and are operated by the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA), which serves Southwest Seattle through access to affordable housing, arts & culture, preservation of greenspace, food justice, and education. www.dnda.org

Images from top to bottom:

Das Wald/Sommer/The Woods. Summer. Richard Kent, 2015. Image 9” x 6”; Matted Image 11” x 14”, Lino Print, Pastels, Ink Spray

The Coopercabana. Koji Kubota, 2006. 22” x 30”, Oil on Canvas

The Eclectic Collection: Artwork by former Artists-in-Residence at the James and Janie Washington Foundation

On view at the Seattle City Hall Gallery
September 9 – October 28, 2016
Artist Reception on Thursday, October 20, 4-6 p.m.

SEATTLE, (Sept. 27, 2016) —The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture presents The Eclectic Collection: Artworks by former Artists-in-Residence at the James and Janie Washington Foundation, an exhibition featuring 51 works celebrating the artists whose work has been inspired by sculptor James Washington Jr. The exhibition will be on view in the Seattle City Hall Gallery, September 9 through October 28, 2016, with an artist reception on Thursday, October 20th from 4 – 6 p.m. in the gallery.

The exhibition features artists who served as artists-in-residence at the James and Janie Washington Foundation from 2009 to 2015. The artworks represent a range of mediums including metal, mixed media, found materials, ceramics, wood, photography, printmaking, paper and paint. Artist included in the exhibition work with a variety of different media and come from different backgrounds, but they all exemplify commitment to prolonged acts of creation, as did Washington.

The James and Janie Washington Foundation was established in 1997 as a nonprofit organization to preserve the art, writing, and lifetime works of Dr. James W. Washington Jr. The Foundation’s artist-in-residence program offers artists the freedom, space and time to explore their creative process in new ways.

Washington (1909-2000) was an eminent African American sculptor and painter and was a leading member of the Northwest School. He was born and grew up in rural Mississippi in the segregated South and spent the majority of his career working from his Seattle studio. His work is represented in more than 600 private and public collections, including The Smithsonian, the Whitney, SFMOMA and the Seattle Art Museum.

Photo credit: MalPina Chan, Red Envelope, 2015. Infused dye on aluminum, 13 x 22 x 1. Courtesy MalPina Chan

For more information on galleries and the Office of Arts & Culture, go here: http://www.seattle.gov/arts/experience/galleries


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The Yesler Terrace Summer Youth Media Project on view at the Seattle City Hall Gallery

July 7 – September 2, 2016

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture presents The Yesler Terrace Summer Youth Media Project, an exhibition featuring photographs of the Yesler Terrace community and redevelopment project, in the Seattle City Hall Gallery, July 7 through September 2, 2016.

The exhibition is a result of the Summer Youth Media Program at Yesler Terrace Community Center, a seven week intensive program where teens discovered their voice through photography and video. The program focused on the residents and history of Yesler Terrace and the impact of the current redevelopment project on their community.

The Yesler Terrace Summer Youth Media Project explored their diverse community and transition through 40 photographs taken by 20 teens ages 13 to 18 years old. The Seattle Housing Authority has committed to a 15 year plan for the redevelopment of Yesler Terrace. Built between 1941 and 1943, Yesler Terrace is home to 1,200 residents and represents one of the most diverse and economically challenged communities in Seattle.

The Summer Youth Media Program at Yelser Terrace Community Center was developed in partnership with arts organizations such as Youth In Focus and the Fine Arts Department Photography Program at Seattle University. Based at the Yesler Learning Center, students had access to a digital media lab and learned both analog and digital photography, video production, digital imaging, journalism and documentary practices in interviewing, investigating and writing. The project allowed students to engage with their community, identity, history and their future.

The project was made possible through the support of Seattle University Youth Initiative, Humanities Washington, the University Unitarian Church Seeds for Justice, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and the Department of Neighborhoods Matching grants program.

Spotlight Art Tours shines a light on City of Seattle artwork

Seattle City Light, the nation’s greenest utility, has been a supporter of the city’s public art program, and its portable artwork collection since the city adopted a 1% for Art ordinance in 1973. The city’s Portable Works Collection is a rotating collection of artworks in all media including sculpture, site-specific commissions, painting, mixed media, prints, photography and textiles that are exhibited throughout city facilities. This fall the city is offering Spotlight Art Tours featuring artwork from City Light’s portable collection. Tours are led by Deborah Paine, Curator and Collections Manager at the Office of Arts & Culture, and will focus on artwork displayed at Seattle Municipal Tower.

If you are interested in attending a tour, please RSVP here, each tour is limited to 12 guests. Gather at the information/guard station inside the Seattle Municipal Tower lobby at 700 5th Avenue. All tours are ADA accessible, if you have specific accommodation requests please email arts.culture@seattle.gov or call (206) 684-7372.


Thursday, November 12th, 10 a.m.
Friday, November 20th, 2 p.m.

Thursday, December 10th, 10 a.m.
Friday, December 18th, 2 p.m.

Thursday, January 14th, 10 a.m.
Friday, January 29th, 2 p.m.

Tour Highlights:

  • Eight City Light office lobbies featuring commissioned site-specific artwork.
  • On view in the Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery is Seattle Simplified, featuring Seattle City Light’s recent artwork purchases portraying Seattle and its surrounding landscape a two part installation encompassing 56 contemporary artworks ranging from painting, multi-media, photography and prints by 36 different artists.

After the tour you can also visit these other exhibitions in the Seattle Municipal Tower and City Hall

  • On view in the Ethnic Heritage Art Gallery is Origins: An Art Show by an Iñupiat Scandinavian, featuring artist Susan Ringstad Emery’s unique perspective on contemporary Native artwork with her cave art-inspired mixed media works on panel. Ethnic Heritage Art Gallery exhibitions rotate quarterly, artists are chosen from a vetted roster of artists of color.
  • On view in the Seattle Presents Gallery is artist Joseph (Wahalatsu?) Seymour, Jr. Joe studied the Coast Salish form line art, the style of art of the people of Puget Sound. He also participated in indigenous artist gatherings in Hawaii and New Zealand. In addition to using materials such as wood, wool, glass and printmaking, Joe also makes and paints drums. During his residency at The Evergreen State College, Joe is focusing on making and designing drums and yellow cedar paddles. Seattle Presents Gallery is a pop up-like gallery. Every two months the gallery features a static exhibition of artwork in the collection, an artist-in-residence who spends up to six hours a week creating artwork in the space or a guest curator who collects and exhibits artwork based on a specific theme.
  • On view at City Hall beginning November 3, 2015 is Sound Impressions. Home to Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Sub Pop Records, Death Cab for Cutie and Macklemore, Seattle is known for its music, inspiring a thriving scene of poster designers, illustrators and screen-printers. Curated by recognized poster designer Andrew Saeger of Factory 43 Sound Impressions features the artwork of Seattle’s poster scene veterans and newcomers.