Real Change Portrait Project on view at the Seattle City Hall Gallery

March 2 – May 2, 2016; Reception March 1st from 4 to 6 p.m.

 

SEATTLE, (February 29, 2016) —The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture presents Real Change Portrait Project, an exhibition featuring portraits of Seattle Real Change newspaper vendors, in the Seattle City Hall Gallery, March 2 through May 2, 2016.

“In the face of the growing homelessness crisis we are witnessing, it is so important that we remember the people behind the statistics and recognize their resilience through the creative spirit,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “This exhibit adds humanity to one of the most difficult and complicated problems we address as a community.”

The exhibition was organized by Real Change Art Director Jon Williams. Founded in 1994, Real Change is an award-winning weekly newspaper that provides immediate employment opportunity and takes action for economic, social, and racial justice. Real Change Portrait Project includes 40 portraits of Real Change vendors, many of whom are either homeless, living in shelters or living in low-income housing.

The vendors have become as much a part of Seattle’s landscape as the city’s restaurants, buildings and shops. Williams asked several Puget Sound artists, professionals and students including Derek Gundy, Robin Weiss and Sam Day to create portraits of vendors using media of their choosing. The portraits range in medium and include acrylics, oil on canvas and watercolors. Each portrait is accompanied by a bio of the vendor and together, give viewers a brief glimpse into the life of the subject.

The Real Change Portrait Project began more than four years ago and has grown to almost 40 portraits. It has become an artistic outreach project for Real Change. The portraits foster collaborations between artists of all levels and the vendors who circulate the paper. The Real Change Portrait Project was first exhibited in Bremerton when there were 12 portraits. The exhibition has expanded and traveled to Poulsbo, Port Angeles, Edmonds, Woodinville and Pioneer Square.

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

Image: David Prunell by Laura Stokes.

ARTS Galleries Exhibition Schedule Spring 2016

Upcoming exhibitions at the Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery, City Hall Gallery, and Seattle Presents Gallery

Real Change Agents Portrait Project
City Hall Lobby and Anne Focke Gallery
March 2 – May 2, 2016

  The Real Change Agents Portrait Project is a series of portraits of Seattle newspaper vendors, many of whom are either homeless, living in shelters or living in low-income housing. Real Change has been around since 1994, and the vendors have become as much a part of Seattle’s landscape as the city’s restaurants, buildings and shops. These are portraits of the familiar faces that commuters and Seattle residents see daily. The portrait project was organized by Real Change Art Director Jon Williams. He asked several Puget Sound artists, professionals and students, to create portraits of vendors using any kind of media they wanted. Each portrait includes a bio of the vendor. Image: David Prunell by Laura Stokes.

 

 

Cultural Perspectives, Part 1
Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery
March 5 – June 29, 2016

Cultural Perspectives, Part 2
Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery
July 1 – September 30, 2016

Kabuki Rehearsal

Cultural Perspectives, Part 1 and Part 2 will feature 66 recently purchased artworks from 45 artists by Seattle Public Utilities. Image: Kabuki Rehearsal by Roger Shimomura.

Dialogues in Art: Exhibitions on Racial Injustice
Jasmine Brown
Seattle Presents Gallery
March 14 – May 13, 2016

Jasmine Brown’s residency will feature her working on egg tempera portraits of murdered youth of color painted in the Byzantine icon style. Brown will include but is not limited to portraits of Tamir Rice and Michael Brown.

Dialogues in Art: Exhibitions on Racial Injustice
Mark Mitchell/ Casket Pall Residency
Seattle Presents Gallery
May 16 – July 15, 2016

Mark Mitchell’s residency will feature work on a hand sewn casket pall that subverts the flag placed on the caskets of American heroes, and honors the lives lost because of our shared history of slavery and racism.

Dialogues in Art: Exhibitions on Racial Injustice
Shaun Scott
Seattle Presents Gallery
July 18 – September 9, 2016

Shaun Scott will invite various thought-leaders to participate in curated conversations in the Seattle Presents gallery that he will audio record and then turn into podcasts. The podcasts will be made accessible on the Office of Arts & Culture’s website.