Juried this year by artist Anida Yoeu Ali, the Art Students Annual is a longstanding tradition for the Puget Sound Department of Art and Art History. Any student currently enrolled at Puget Sound who has taken a studio class, either on campus or in a study abroad program, is eligible to enter the juried show; students are not required to be art majors.
Michael Johnson, UNTITLED (BLUE), 2017, PLYWOOD, URETHANE PAINT, 80" X 102" X 36"; Yao Genyun (1931-1988), Mt. Huangshan, ink and color on paper, 26 in x 18 in, 1982
Reception Wednesday Nov. 15th, 5-7 p.m.
In "Latent Home" Christopher Paul Jordan's carved paintings and immersive virtual installations archive fragments of Tacoma's landscape. Reassembling neighborhood memories through rolls of unprocessed film from 2007, Jordan uses a series of collaborations with his teenage self to investigate the construction of belonging in an era of redlining and mass displacement. Describing the exhibition as a "long distance phone call with the past", Jordan experiments with optics, aerosol and stereoscopic collage to survey his childhood home while questioning traditions of consuming and documenting the environment.
The exhibition “Guardians, Warriors, and Allies” explores how Gustavo Martinez comes into peace with his inner demons. Martinez tells stories through his work that embody powerful imagery, history, and figurative forms that connect to Mesoamerican imagery and personal identity. These are artworks with the presence of a guardian-warrior seen as an ally to aid Martinez in the process of quieting his mind to allow positive thoughts that are free of fear to guide him in times of darkness.
Exhibition Reception Friday, Nov. 3 5–6:30 p.m.
Liberal and Phenomenal are two exhibits affiliated with the inaugural NW5 Painting Colloquium. Linda Besemer (see image), The James Irvine Distinguished Professor of the Arts at Occidental College, will be the colloquium's keynote speaker.
Liberal features work by the five painting professors who teach at the NW5 colleges: Michael Knutson (Reed College), Richard Martinez (Whitman), Cara Tomlinson (Lewis & Clark College), James Thompson (Willamette University), and Elise Richman (University of Puget Sound).
Phenomenal involves five painters, Eric Elliott, Anne Gale, Emily Gherard, Ron Graff, and Jan Reaves, whose work exemplifies painting’s phenomenal potential to represent and reveal subjective experience through its shared language.
Opening Reception September 6 5-7pm
Sligh creates mixed media experiences on hate, safety, and belonging in the modern US. Clarissa will be coming to campus Sep. 5-7, for a variety of workshops and talks in addition to her shows in Kittredge Gallery and Collins Library.
Kimura’s sumi paintings range in scale from intimate to installation. Her works are based on Asian influenced brush calligraphy and paintings of landscapes, flowers, insects, and birds as well as mixed media collages based on experimental approach, all following her experience as a biochemist and over fifty years as visual artist.
Through gallery exhibitions and artist lectures focused on expanding students exposure to core issues in contemporary art, Kittredge Gallery serves as a teaching tool for the Puget Sound Art & Art History Department and supports the liberal arts curriculum of the university as a whole. With its history of strong exhibitions by regional and nationally recognized artists, Kittredge Gallery also contributes to the broader cultural community of the Pacific Northwest.