Mayor Ed Murray and the Seattle City Council awarded seven Seattle organizations a total of $650,741 to support neighborhood-initiated projects across the city. The awards are part of the City’s Neighborhood Matching Fund, which provides more than $3 million each year to local organizations.
The Large Projects Fund, a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, provides awards of up to $100,000 to community organizations committed to fostering and building a better community. For this fund, two teams of community members from neighborhood districts selected the recipients through an extensive evaluation process. With the city’s investment of $650,741, these seven awardees will contribute $1,048,216 in locally raised money, donated materials and professional services and volunteer labor.
“These projects are inspirational examples of neighbors working together to improve the lives of others and the health of their communities. I heard from many of the recipients at my Council committee in August, and look forward to seeing Neighborhood Matching Fund dollars put to great use across the city.”
– Councilmember Tim Burgess (Position 8, Citywide)
The $100,000 award granted to Mini Mart City Park will be spent finalizing plans for an on-site building designed by Seattle architecture and design firm goCstudio, as well as demolition, remediation, and phase I construction.
Tacoma, WA — Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) debuts new and recent works by 24 regional artists in NW Art Now @ TAM, opening May 14. This exhibition highlights the current moment in Northwest visual arts with works that illuminate and respond to the social and environmental forces shaping our regional identity. Through their work, artists reveal tensions, provoke, delight, and inspire us to understand the challenging and urgent concerns of today. See how those themes appear in contemporary art through this special exhibition, on view through September 4, 2016.
“For the past 40 years, TAM has conducted regular surveys of contemporary art in the Northwest. We are proud that TAM takes on this important role to survey the art of our time and of our region,” said Stephanie Stebich, Executive Director at TAM.
Although the frequency and titles of TAM’s regional survey exhibitions has varied, the focus has remained constant – showcasing the achievements and advances made by artists working in the Northwest. Artists, curators, collectors, arts instructors, students, and art fans eagerly look forward to the surveys. You’d need to visit 24 art studios from Boise to Walla Walla and Seattle to Portland to see all of the works that NW Art Now @ TAM brings together in one stop in Tacoma.
How does a regional visual arts survey come together? Last winter, TAM issued an open call to artists, inviting them to submit digital images along with written statements about their work. Nearly 300 artists responded. This is a juried exhibition, meaning that the applications were reviewed and narrowed based on how the artworks and practices reflected the themes and goals of the exhibition. The co-curators then visited the studios or conference called each of the semi-finalists. The resulting show includes 24 artists and 47 works in a wide range of media, including painting, sculpture, craft-based work, as well as conceptual, performance, installation, and digital projects. Eleven of the original works will be on view for the very first time.
“It is fascinating to see how artists reach beyond the region and bring deep knowledge of contemporary art from around the world into their practices. They are raising the bar in really important ways,” observed Rock Hushka, Chief Curator and Curator of Contemporary and Northwest Art at Tacoma Art Museum. “These artists are changing our expectations about the role of art in shaping Northwest identity.”
The exhibition is co-curated by Hushka and Juan Roselione-Valadez, D
Puzzles and Portraits
Greg Kucera Gallery
January 7 – February 20, 2016
PUZZLE – A PAINTING IN 150 PARTS is just that—a large, singular puzzle now broken into its individual, but constituent, parts. Each puzzle piece was laser cut from a plywood blank, assembled as a whole, then painstakingly painted as a large image encompassing all the parts.
Now the pieces are presented in the gallery as separate parts. Each part is also its own unique whole, whether completely abstract, or depicting elements of landscape, still life or figurative imagery.
Viewers will not know what the complete image is until 2021 when the work is reassembled and exhibited as a complete pictorial whole for the first time publicly. Until then, only the artists will have ever seen it whole.
For the SEARS PORTRAITS, the trio of SuttonBeresCuller, have relied on Sears photo department and their own various individual skills for make-up, costume and concept to create myriad views of themselves in different guises. The artists would regularly schedule time at Sears with their ideas, props, clothing and cosmetics, and then work with the much amused or annoyed technicians there to snap their photographs.
January 8 – February 17, 2016
55 West 28th Street, New York, NY 10001
Planthouse Gallery is pleased to present its upcoming group exhibition, Exquisite Corpse, an artful modern day collage of ‘pictorial consequences’, which accompanies the release of its first children’s book publication, 43 Monsters. Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, January 8th.
The Exquisite Corpse, derived from the French expression “Le cadavre exquis boira le vin nouveau” (or, “the exquisite corpse shall now drink the new wine”) is an exercise in improvisational intrigue that has challenged the agendas of artists since it was purportedly invented by André Breton and his Surrealist companions as a parlor game in the early th century. Traditionally, the Exquisite Corpse involves a rotating piece in poetic or visual form that is initiated by one artist, then continued by another, and finished by a third. The limitation of the ‘game’ is that the successive artists see only a fragment of the previous drawing upon which to elaborate, thus resulting in a playful, imaginative, and surprising image that is more than the sum of its parts. For our version of this experiment, we’ve invited Planthouse veterans and friends to partner with artists and media of their choosing. The collective collaborations complete — along an essay by Night at the Museum and Dinner for Schmucks screen- writer David Guion—the veritable ‘monsters’. Planthouse is delighted to manifest our own uncer- tain iteration of this game in homage to the cheeky humor of our new book 43 Monsters, which features the whimsical 1970’s childhood illustrations of Chuck Webster and a comic text by Arthur Bradford.
Exquisite Corpse Artists:
Richard Dupont, Carol Bove, Enoc Perez, Greg Foley, Will Cotton, Nathan Fox, Jamisen Ogg, Ryan Fenchel, Caleb Lyons, Victoria Haven, Dawn Cerny, Daft Kuntz, Ian Cooper, Libby Rothfeld, Paula Rondon, Naho Taruishi, Tatiana Istomina, Arturs Virtmanis, Robert Medvedz, Teresa Lui, Adam Raymont, Martha Lewis, Melissa Marks, Eva Mantell, Chuck Webster, James Siena, B. Wurtz, Alex Dodge, Glen Baldridge, Louise Sheldon, Martin Mazorra, Jenny Schmid, Damara Kaminecki, Ellen Driscoll, Selena Kimball, Stephanie Snider, Katherine Bradford, John Mitchell, Caroline Wells Chandler, SuttonBeresCuller, and David Guion.