College of Fine & Performing Arts

Nature as Muse: Voices from the Pacific Northwest

Mary Iverson, Swarm, 2008, Oil and ink on canvas, 40 x 36”

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 4:00pm

  

 
 
Open to All at No Cost

Tues. June 6 from 4-6 p.m.
Sarah Clark-Langager Gallery
Performing Arts Center
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Western Gallery and WWU are proud to present a new exhibition of Pacific Northwest art from the collection of Western Washington University. Nature as Muse: Voices from the Pacific Northwest is a project organized by young curators under the tutelage of Lee Plested through the Exhibitions Theory and Practice Seminar.
 
This exhibition showcases the work of renowned Pacific Northwest artists such as Guy Anderson, Sonja Blomdahl, Morris Graves, Frank Okada, Mary Iverson, and Jeffry Mitchell.  The artists’ works featured in the exhibition embody visual narratives derived from experiences of the Pacific Northwest. Utilizing Western’s extensive collection, artworks were chosen that draw inspiration from environmental, spiritual, and cultural histories of the area, in an effort to bring a contemporary lens to these often hybrid perspectives. The installation is designed to respond to the actual environment seen through the gallery’s ocean view windows, bringing the outside in.  This exhibition method seeks to further the discussion between the works of art and the larger landscape.
 
We would like to invite you to our opening event on June 6th, 2017, from 4 PM to 6 PM in the Performing Arts Center, Sarah Clark-Langager Gallery. There will be a presentation at 5 PM. This exhibition will be on extended display and can be viewed 9AM-5PM, Monday through Friday and during events on the weekends at the Performing Arts Center gallery. We look forward to seeing you there.

Nature as Muse: Voices from the Pacific Northwest is presented in the Performing Arts Center’s Sarah Clark-Langager Gallery. Sarah Clark-Langager served as the Western Gallery Director from 1988 until 2014. Drawn to Western by the gallery's well-known sculpture collection, Western's membership in the Washington Art Consortium, and the desire to work with students, Clark-Langager became the first official director of the Western Gallery. Clark-Langager successfully built upon the gallery’s existing programs and expanded their collections. She intended that all of the exhibitions would be interdisciplinary, reaching out to the campus as a whole. As a board member of Washington Art Consortium, she was able to further develop a regional collection for the university with a large acquisition gift from the Safeco Insurance Company’s Northwest Art Collection. These pieces are the core of this exhibition.

This exhibition was curated by the 490 Exhibitions Theory and Practice team: Kenric Aalund-Nelson, Bronwyn Akimseu-Arnold, Natalie Bex, Josephene Butcher, Matthew Charboneau, Zoe Fejeran, Brooke Hiatt, Jade Jiang, Jody Thompson, Stephanie Vollbrecht, Megan Warren, and Ariel Wright. We would like to thank Western Gallery, Hafthor Yngvasan, Paul Brower, Professor Sarah Campbell, the faculty of the arts and WWU for their assistance and the opportunity to curate this exhibition.

 

For disability accommodations, please contact the department presenting the event. Disability access information is available online at Parking Services, and further resources can be found on Western's Disability Resources website.

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