The Gallery at the Kenneth J Minnaert Center for the Arts

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Current Exhibitions

2017-18 Exhibitions
Faculty Show, Colleen Gallagher

SPSCC Art Faculty and Staff Exhibition
Sep 11–Oct 20, 2017

Opening reception:
Fri, Sep 22, 6-8 pm

New work by South Puget Sound Community College art faculty and staff, including Colleen Gallagher, Sean Barnes, Lisa Mellinger, Liza Brenner, Dan Meuse, Nicole Gugliotti, Nathan Barnes, Jane Stone, and Joe Batt. [Image courtesy Colleen Gallagher]

A History of Violence, John Adkins

A History of Violence
Oct 30–Dec 8, 2017

Opening reception:
Mon, Nov 6, 6-8 pm

This exhibition asks difficult questions surrounding the nature of technology and innovation. The figurative works of John Adkins, Associate Dean and Professor of Art at Miami Dade College, and Kristen Woodward, Professor of Art at Albright College, are created on and in the context of gun targets, and speak to our society’s ongoing struggle with gun violence and the heightened debate surrounding the nature of personal protection and social responsibility. The artwork of David Cordes, Professor of Chemistry at Pacific University, approaches the field of chemistry with a vulnerability reminiscent of J. Robert Oppenheimer. [Image courtesy John Adkins]

Fine Art Postcard, Jeanne Hamilton

"The Personal is Political" Fine Art Postcard Exhibition
Jan 2–Feb 2, 2018

Opening reception:
Fri, Jan 5, 6-8 pm
Closing reception:
Fri, Feb 2, 6-8 pm

The Fine Art Postcard Exhibition is an annual event that brings the local creative community together under one theme. The 2018 theme is “The Personal is Political”. Postcard sized original artworks, created by artists of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds, will be sold through silent auction. All are invited to join the creative celebration! Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit The Gallery. [Image courtesy Jeanne Hamilton]

Thunder Spirit, Puyallup Canoe Family, Native American Art Exhibition

Native American Art Exhibition
Feb 9–Mar 9, 2018

Opening reception:
Fri, Feb 9, 6-8 pm

A themed exhibition, shaped and selected by Native guest curators, which will engage viewers and the community and celebrate the art and culture of our Native community members. The exhibition will highlight work by Native artists, adult and youth, from local and regional tribes, and Native artists from other locations who now live in the area. [Image courtesy Puyallup Canoe Family]

Juror's Invitational, Hart James

Juror's Invitational
Mar 19–Apr 20, 2018

Opening reception:
Fri, Mar 23, 6-8 pm

Award winning artists from the 2017 Southwest Washington Juried Exhibition, selected by juror Amy McBride, are invited back to show new work in this group exhibition. Participating artists include Melissa Barnes, Bernie Bleha, Charles Eklund, Doyle Fanning, Evan Clayton Horback, Hart James, Neil Peck, ReBecca Smurr, Jason Sobottka, and CJ Swanson. [Image courtesy Hart James]

Indigenous Land, Collaboration Installation

Collaboration Installation
Apr 30–May 4, 2018

Closing reception:
Fri, May 4, 6-8 pm

SPSCC art students, led by a visiting artist, will participate in a multi-session workshop that culminates in an exhibition of the work in The Gallery. Students will experience all aspects of a collaborative project, including planning, production, installation, and presentation. [Image: Indigenous Land, Collaboration Installation]

Student Show, Doreen McAvity

13th Annual SPSCC Student Art Exhibition
May 14–June 14, 2018

Opening reception:
Fri, May 18, 6-8 pm

South Puget Sound Community College’s art faculty selects outstanding work created by students in studio art classes during the 2015-16 year. Works include ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking, digital photography, mixed-media, 2D and 3D design exercises, and sculpture. A continuous slide show of student work is also included in the exhibition. [Image courtesy Doreen McAvity]

Hall of Mosses, Lou MacMillan

2018 Southwest Washington Juried Exhibition
July 9–Aug 23, 2018

Opening reception:
Thu, July 12, 6-9 pm

Artists residing in Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Skamania, Thurston, and Wahkiakum counties are invited to submit work in any media for review by a guest juror and possible inclusion in the exhibition. Up to $1500 in purchase prizes along with $400 in honorable mention prizes will be awarded. Award winners will be invited to exhibit together during the next exhibition season. [Image: Hall of Mosses, Lou MacMillan]

Past Exhibitions

2016-17 Exhibitions
Margaret Noble, Surrogate Daydreams

Margaret Noble: Resonating Objects
Sep 12–Oct 21, 2016

Margaret Noble holds a MFA in Sound Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her experimental artworks have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her interdisciplinary work resides at the intersection of sound, sculpture, installation and performance. ‘Resonating Objects’ is a series of sculptural sound experiences designed to immerse audiences in artifacts of identity and memory through tactile gestures and ephemeral sonic experiences.

Opening reception: Fri, Sept 23, 6-8 pm
Image courtesy Margaret Noble

Native art, Heather Genia, Redemption

Native American Art Exhibition
Nov 1–Dec 9, 2016

The Native American Art Exhibition features a wide variety of works by local and regional Native American artists of all ages. Works include paintings, basketry, carved wood pieces, textiles, and mixed media.

Opening reception: Fri, Nov 4, 6-8 pm
Image courtesy Heather Genia

Fine Art Postcard, Deborah Henderson

Fine Art Postcard Exhibition
Jan 3–Feb 3, 2017

The Fine Art Postcard Exhibition is an annual event that brings the local creative community together under one theme. The 2017 theme is “Wild Thing.” Postcard sized original artworks, created by artists of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds, will be sold through silent auction. All proceeds for this fundraiser benefit The Gallery.

Opening reception: Fri, Jan 6, 6-8 pm
Closing reception: Fri, Feb 3, 6-8 pm
Image courtesy Deborah Henderson, 2016 "Solving for X" people's choice winner
Gallery sponsors:

Nineveh logo Dingle Bay Art logo

Collaboration Installation, Ancestral Tunnel

Project 562: In>digenous Land
Feb 21–24, 2017

Matika Wilbur, acclaimed photographer and creator of Project 562, from the Swinomish and Tulalip Tribes, will exhibit a selection of images from her multi-year national photo initiative. Project 562 will reveal rich indigenous reality, history and identity of Native Americans through photography, film and oral narrative. Alongside Matika Wilbur, students will create a large-scale photo mural that will tell the indigenous story of this community. The mural will be installed on the outside of a campus building.

Keynote lecture: Tues., Feb 21, 7pm; Reception: Fri, Feb 24, 6-8 pm; Image courtesy 2016 guest artist: Arrington de Dionyso

Wooden Sacred Architecture in Poland, Pan Chabrowski

Wooden Sacred Architecture in the Republic of Poland (1918-45)
Mar 6–Apr 7, 2017

The Gallery, in conjunction with the City of Lacey and its sister city, Minsk Mazowiecki, presents a selection of drawings, by Polish artist Marek Chabrowski, that document sacred wooden structures from the Republic of Poland.

Opening reception: Sat, Mar 25, 6-8 pm
Image courtesy Marek Chabrowski

Empirical Evidence, Joe Hedges

Joe Hedges: Empirical Evidence
Apr 17–May 12, 2017

This exhibition will feature a grouping of digital prints, sculptural objects, paintings, and installations with sound components. For example, the work Connect Electrodes, emits a robotic voice repeating “connect electrodes” as a defibrillator refuses to accept tree bark as human flesh.

Opening reception: Mon, Apr 17, 6-8 pm
Image courtesy Joe Hedges

When the Ocean Used to Sing, Tanner Jenkins

12th Annual SPSCC Student Art Exhibition
May 22–June 16, 2017

South Puget Sound Community College’s art faculty selects outstanding work created by students in studio art classes during the 2015-16 year. Works include: ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking, digital photography, mixed-media, 2D and 3D design exercises, and sculpture. A continuous slide show of student work is also included in the exhibition.

Opening reception: Thu, May 25, 6-8 pm
Image courtesy Tanner Jenkins
Gallery sponsors:

Olyphant logo  SPSCC Bookstore logo

Boat, Charles Eklund, 2016 winner

2017 Southwest Washington Juried Exhibition
July 3–Aug 25, 2017

Artists residing in Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Skamania, Thurston, and Wahkiakum counties are invited to submit work in any media for review by a guest juror and possible inclusion in the exhibition. Selected artwork will be exhibited by The Gallery and The Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Up to $1500 in purchase prizes along with $400 in honorable mention prizes will be awarded.

Opening reception: Thu, July 6, 6-8 pm
Image courtesy Charles Eklund, 2016 Viewer's Choice winner
Gallery sponsor: Camille Kettel

2015-16 Exhibitions
Native art

Faculty Art Exhibition
Sep 14–Oct 30, 2015

New work by South Puget Sound Community College art faculty and staff, including Colleen Gallagher, Lisa Mellinger, Liza Brenner, Dan Meuse, Nicole Guliotti, Nathan Barnes, Joe Batt, and Jane Stone.

Opening reception: Fri, Sep 25, 6-8 pm.

Image courtesy of Lisa Mellinger

Native art

Native American Art Exhibition
Nov 7–Dec 11, 2015

The Native American Art Exhibition features a wide variety of works by local and regional Native American artists of all ages. Works include paintings, basketry, carved wood pieces, textiles, and mixed media.

Opening reception: Fri, Nov 13, 6-8 pm.

Call for Entries: Native American Art Exhibition

Image courtesy of David Wilson

Postcard art

Fine Art Postcard Exhibition
Jan 4–Feb 12, 2016

The Fine Art Postcard Exhibition is an annual event that brings the local creative community together under one theme. The 2016 theme is “Solving for X.”  Postcard sized original artworks, created by artists of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds, will be sold through silent auction. All proceeds for this fundraiser benefit The Gallery.

Opening/closing reception: Fri, Jan 8, 6-8 pm / Fri, Feb 12, 6-8 pm.

Call for Entries: Fine Art Postcard Exhibition

Image courtesy of Brittania Joy, 2015, "Out of Sight" Fine Art Postcard Exhibition people's choice winner.

Collaboration art

Collaboration Installation: ANCESTRAL TUNNEL
Feb 17–Feb 19, 2016

SPSCC art students led by visiting artist, Arrington de Dionyso, contribute to this one week exhibition. Two long strips of painted paper, suspended in midair, create the experience of walking through a painted cave.

Opening reception: Fri, Feb 19, 6-8 pm.

Image courtesy of Arrington de Dionyso and SPSCC art students

Systems art

Systems of Place
Feb 29–Mar 25, 2016

Featuring the work of Chad Erpelding and Florin Hategan, this exhibition considers the complexities of visualizing place and the impact it has on our ability to locate ourselves within it.

Opening reception: Fri, Mar 4, 6-8 pm.

Image courtesy of Chad Erpelding

Embroidered art

Embroidered Spaces
Apr 4–May 6, 2016

The ethereal hanging installations of Amanda McCavour employ the material of thread as metaphor for memory and how we remember the spaces we call home.

Opening reception: Mon, Apr 4, 6-8 pm.

Image courtesy of Amanda McCavour

Student art

11th Annual SPSCC Student Art Exhibition
May 16–Jun 10, 2016

SPSCC’s art faculty selects outstanding work created by students in studio art classes during the 2015-16 year. Works include: ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking, digital photography, mixed-media, 2D and 3D design exercises, and sculpture. A continuous slide show of student work is also included in the exhibition.
Opening reception: Fri, May 20, 6-8 pm.

Image courtesy of Fern Sullivan

SW WA map

Southwest Washington Juried Exhibition
Jul 5–Aug 25, 2016

Artists residing in Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Skamania, Thurston, or Wahkiakum counties are invited to submit work in any media for review by a guest juror and possible inclusion in the exhibition.
Opening reception: Thu, Jul 7, 6-8 pm.
Full Prospectus (pdf)
Entry Form (pdf)

SW WA mapImage of Nature's Plaid courtesy Ruth Bravetti, 2015 Southwest Washington Juried Exhibition people's choice winner.

2014-15 Exhibitions

About the Gallery

art galleryThe Gallery at the The Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts offers a diverse range of visual arts exhibitions and programs to enrich the educational experiences of students and the community. The Gallery is 1200 square feet. The walls are white and made of drywall backed with 3/4-inch plywood. There is an 11-1/2 foot high Unistrut grid system with track lighting throughout, and the gallery is wired for media art.

Gallery Hours: Regular Gallery hours are Monday-Friday noon-4:00 pm and summer hours are Monday-Thursday noon-4:00 pm and by appointment. To schedule an appointment, contact the gallery, artgallery@spscc.edu, 360-596-5527.

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