Artists Josephine Halvorson and Sandow Birk will be participating in several public events during their residencies this spring. These events are free and open to the public. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Edgar at 253-879-2806 or email email@example.com.
What Makes its Presence Known: Emily Gherard, Helen O’Toole, and Josephine Halvorson
Wednesday, March 26, 4:00 PM
Trimble Forum, University of Puget Sound
Professor Elise Richman will moderate this panel discussion with local painters Emily Gherard, Helen O’Toole and artist in residence Josephine Halvorson. The artists will discuss how memory, tactility, and empathy inform the layered, distinctly time-based process of painting. Refreshments will be served.
Artist Talk: Josephine Halvorson
Thursday, March 27, 7:00 PM
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave.
Josephine Halvorson makes paintings on-site, face to face with an object in its environment. Often no more than an arm’s length away, she detects variations in texture, light, and temperature, transcribing these perceptions through the medium of paint. The result is an intimate portrait of the object, capturing both a natural likeness as well as the often unseen or overlooked character of her chosen subject. Join us as Halvorson speaks about her work at the Tacoma Art Museum. Refreshments will be served.
Selections from the American Qur’an Project
March 10 – April 14, 2014, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (M-F), 12:00 - 5:00 PM (Sat.)
On view in the Kittredge Gallery are selections from Sandow Birk’s ongoing project American Qur’an. Around 2005, as an outgrowth of his travels in Islamic countries and as a response to political events around the world, including the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Birk began to read and closely study the Qur’an in order to better understand Islam. Over the course of his studies, he began to envision an art project that would result in what he calls “a personal Qur’an,” a series of artworks that would explore how this important religious text relates to contemporary American life, and thereby help him and his viewers develop a more nuanced understanding of Islam. Birk hopes that others will be inspired to think in broader terms about the Qur’an, and what it intrinsically means to be Muslim; that it is not a state of “otherness” but instead a shared experience of the world through a lens of different cultures.
Gallery Talk: Sandow Birk
Monday, April 14, 3:00 PM
Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound
Artist in residence Sandow Birk will speak about his work, American Qur'an, in the Kittredge Gallery.
Information about additional events for Sandow Birk will be forthcoming as his visit approaches.