In Support of Artists: The Evolution of Seattle Exhibition Spaces

Gallery Panel
Thursday, May 25, 7pm

Read the panel recap from Emily Pothast, posted on the Slog, May 26.

Hosted by Greg Kucera (Greg Kucera Gallery)
Co-hosted by Sharon Arnold (Bridge Productions), and Gail Gibson (G. Gibson Gallery)
Moderated by Beth Sellars (Read more), the panel will explore the different models for the art gallery, how they operate and facilitate artist careers, and what the future may bring to Seattle.

Panelist include:
Julia Greenway - Interstitial (Read more)
James Harris - James Harris Gallery (Read more)
Dawna Holloway - studio e (Read more)
Brendan Kiley - Seattle Times (Read more)
S. Surface - The Alice (Read more)
Tariqa Waters - Martyr Sauce (Read more)
Robert Yoder - SEASON (Read more)

We imagine this event as part of a series we will convene on the arts community in Seattle. We are hopeful that this discussion will lead to a realization of the richness and diversity of the visual art community at this moment. There are a great many show spaces in Seattle now - at least 50 or so by our recent informal survey. We also recognize that the scene here is shifting a bit. It's becoming apparent that galleries don't have to be in the downtown core as they generally have been in the past. Georgetown's development as an arts district brings a host of new ideas and models to the gallery world. Not all of these models are open during predictable daytime hours, five or six days a week. As several prominent galleries have closed, or gone private, in recent years, we are also reminded that our business is perhaps more fragile than ever before and we need to take steps to insure that artists have places to physically show their work. We need to preserve space where critical assessment can occur, and places where artists can convene to share ideas and experiences.

Purchase Tickets Here $5 for admission. Additional donations gladly accepted.

Julia Greenway

Originally from Detroit Michigan, Julia Greenway began her curatorial practice with Interstitial, a contemporary new media gallery in Georgetown, Seattle. Her work focuses on how digital media influences the aesthetic presentation of gender, economics, and environment. Upon relocating to Seattle five years ago, she began working with Kira Burge to create venues in which new media artists could receive the maximum amount of curatorial support. From 2012 to 2014 she developed exhibitions at various galleries and institutions within the region: LxWxH Gallery (now Bridge Productions), SOIL Gallery, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle Art Museum, Bumbershoot Festival, as well as participating in the Seattle Storefronts Project.

Since 2015, Interstitial has hosted up to 20 solo exhibitions by local, national, and international new media artists. In 2016, Greenway undertook a month-long term of research and networking in Shanghai and Hong Kong through the The New Foundation Seattle as part of The New Fellows program. As of 2017, she has launched seven large scale new media installations for Upstream Music Fest, and has been named the 2017-2018 Curator-in-Residence with Disjecta Contemporary in Portland, Oregon.

James Harris

James Harris, longtime advocate of the arts and Seattle gallerist, is owner of James Harris Gallery. Founded in 1999, the gallery focuses on showing contemporary painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, video and installation. The gallery prides itself on exhibiting northwest, national and international artists. By placing work in an international context, the gallery strives to promote its artists beyond the region. Our ongoing policy is to develop emerging artists' careers, showcase mid-career artists, and curate thematic group exhibitions which emphasize an art historical dialogue.

Dawna Holloway

Dawna Holloway is a woman committed to excellence, and happy accidents. studio e came about when she saw that the shop she had just built for her lighting company (Eastbay Sculpture & Lighting) could in fact serve the greater good as a contemporary art space. Her lifelong passion for art (having studied painting at Evergreen and beyond), her 20 years living as a resident of Georgetown, and an unforeseen opportunity coalesced in an electric space for connecting people and ideas. Once named "the Fastest Woman in International Motorsports" vis-a-vis a competitive sidecar racing career that toured her all over America and Europe, Holloway has hung up her calipers and concentrates now on giving back to a community that nourishes her. studio e is a contemporary art space committed to exploring new territories in creative expression through a diverse program of exhibitions, talks and temporary in-situ projects. Founded in 2014 by long time Georgetown resident Dawna Holloway as a way to support and encourage emerging and established artists to stretch their own definitions of their work, studio e is itself a challenge to raise the bar ever higher. What started as an exercise in creating space for artists has become a project for creating place and relationships. Whether it be through gallery lectures and artist talks, sharing space with independent curators like Beth Cullom or with MAAKE Magazine, our micro-gallery (the vatican) or our pop-up installations on Capitol Hill and elsewhere, studio e aims to expand the definition of how a gallery fosters conversation and develops audience. studio e is a labor of love with an international and local reach; something of a commercial gallery with the beating heart (and creative flexibility of) an alternative space.

Brendan Kiley

Brendan Kiley was a longtime writer and editor at The Stranger who now writes for The Seattle Times. Kiley's had an expansive and varied career, having been a child actor in New Orleans; collaborated on experimental theater in NYC with Reggie Watts and Tommy Smith; written for a ton of publications about arts and international politics; and has co-organized the Smoke Farm Symposium-which has brought international artists and intellectuals-for almost a decade at a former dairy farm near Arlington.

Beth Sellars

Beth was the co-founder of Suyama Space in 1998, with a spotlight on site-specific large-scale installation and sculpture by artists from around the world. She curated this landmark exhibition space until its closing in 2017. Having served as a museum curator in the Pacific Northwest since 1975, and as curator of the City of Seattle's Portable Art Collection through 2004, Sellars now works as an independent curator. Most recently, she was on the 2016 Out of Sight curatorial team, placing several large-scale installations throughout the 3rd floor of King Street Station. She has served on many regional and national jury panels, museum and arts organization boards and committees, and has lectured internationally. She has successfully written numerous grants to provide project funding, as well as coordinating close to 100 documentary publications. We are so excited and honored that Beth has agreed to be our moderator and we so look forward to the conversation she brings!

S. Surface

S. Surface is a Seattle-based curator, designer, critic, and writer on the public consequences of design, architecture and art. Surface is currently a curator with The Alice, an exhibition space and writers' residency in Seattle's Georgetown neighborhood, and serves on the Seattle Arts Commission and on the board of directors of Architects, Designers, and Planners for Social Responsibility. As Program Director of Design in Public in 2015 and 2016, Surface organized the annual city-wide Seattle Design Festival and curated exhibitions at the Center for Architecture & Design. Surface earned the BFA in Integrated Design with a focus on graphic design and photography at Parsons School of Design, and M.Arch from Yale School of Architecture. The Alice is a contemporary art space located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle. The Alice is run by a curatorial collective of six artists and writers: Julia Freeman, Satpreet Kahlon, Molly Mac, Natalie Martínez, Dan Paz and S. Surface. The collective presents new work and experimental projects by Pacific Northwest, national and international artists, with a preference for work that has a strong physicality. The Alice is a space where artists, writers, thinkers and makers can create community and dialogue through contemporary art, curatorial opportunities, and alternative modes of production.

Tariqa Waters

Tariqa Waters manages a multi-faceted practice as a visual artist, alternative gallerist, curator and educator. Waters was born in Richmond, Virginia. She taught herself to be a painter, learning from other artists in her family and a period of time working as a muralist in Sicily. She exhibited her paintings in group exhibitions in the Metro D.C. area and in Atlanta where she lived prior to moving to Seattle in 2012. Tariqa also works as a teaching artist at the Seattle Art Museum, where she presented two interactive mural installations as part of the Pop Departures and City Dwellers and Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic. Waters' commitment to providing a creative platform for other artists is evident in First Thursday openings, exhibitions, and performances at Martyr Sauce and in her co-curation of a series of exhibitions at The Paramount Theater in 2016. She and co-curator, Jonathan Moore, describe the mission of Re:definition as a place to "showcase, within the historic cultural space of The Paramount Theatre, the work of Black Seattle artists. By providing sustained exposure for ideas and perspectives too often marginalized, we hope to challenge preconceptions and facilitate awareness and understanding." 2013 Waters opened, Martyr Sauce: A "renegade" gallery and platform for generating press and attention for marginalized perspectives. Originally located in the stairwell/storefront entry to her live/work loft space, Martyr Sauce recently re-located two blocks away in a larger underground space that used to house, Bud's Jazz Records. Martyr Sauce was recently featured in 2017 spring issues of French Rolling Stone and Madame Figaro magazine.

Robert Yoder

Robert Yoder is a nationally exhibiting artist whose work has been the focus of numerous solo and group shows across America and Europe, including Charles Cowles Gallery, Frye Art Museum and the Peeler Art Center. His work is included in public collections at Microsoft, Boeing, Twitter and Hewlett Packard, Seattle Art Museum, Portland Art Museum (Oregon), Tacoma Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Whitney Museum of Art Book Arts Collection and The Henry Art Gallery. Robert was the recipient of a Pollack Krasner Foundation Grant, as well as an Artist Trust Fellowship award and the UW School of Art Alumni Award. He is a contributing writer to the recently published book "The Artist as Culture Producer" edited by Sharon Louden. His work is represented by Frosch & Portmann, New York and Zurich; and Platform, Seattle, Washington. SEASON was formed out of a dual need to dedicate space to under-recognized local artists providing a platform for conversation among artists, critics, curators and collectors; and to bring national and international artists to a Northwest audience. The gallery produces four three-month shows a year, allowing for shows that are fluid and changeable within their duration presenting work from artists at any stage in their career, in any media. Since the inaugural show in October 2010, SEASON has shown artists from Munich, the Netherlands, and New York City, as well as San Francisco, Brooklyn, Chicago, Portland, Boston, and of course Seattle. The gallery has participated in art fairs since inception, with very successful exhibitions at VOLTA NY, NADA NY, and Pulse Miami. SEASON has participated in the Seattle Art Fair since it began in 2015 and will present two Seattle artists there this year.