The Gallery at the Kenneth J Minnaert Center for the Arts

Calls for Exhibition Proposals & Entries

Call for Guest Curator: Native American Art Exhibition

Native American Art Exhibition, February 2020

The Gallery Committee is seeking proposals from independent Native curators living in the Pacific Northwest for the annual Native American Art Exhibition to be held February 2020.

About the Exhibition
For more than a decade, The Gallery has been host to an annual exhibition featuring works by local indigenous artists, including youth. Opening receptions have included cultural performances and the spoken word. Exhibitions are well attended, most recently drawing more than 800 individuals from campus and surrounding communities.

About the Gallery
The Gallery is 1200 square feet. The walls are made of drywall backed with ¾" plywood. There is an 11' ½" high Unistrut grid system with track lighting throughout, four 4' x 6' movable hanging walls, and approximately twenty pedestals of various dimensions.

Guidelines
The guest curator will:

  • Be involved in all aspects of exhibition planning and execution including contacting artists and selecting work, inviting performers, creation of didactics and labels, artwork handling/installation and take-down.
  • Draw upon their scholarship and knowledge of regional Native art to create and present a rigorous, professional, informative, and unique exhibition that is respectful of Native tradition.
  • Arrange for complementary performances or events (music, dance, spoken word, etc.). See exhibition support below.

The exhibit will:

  • Highlight work by Native artists, adult and youth, from local and regional tribes, and/or Native artists from other locations who now live in the area.
  • Engage viewers and the community and celebrate the art and culture of Native community members.
  • Include artwork created by local Native youth during the annual FIRE Summit.

The curator may not include their own work in the exhibition.

Gallery Exhibit Support

  • $2500 curatorial honorarium for contacting artists, selecting work, inviting performers, creation of didactics and labels, artwork handling/installation and take-down.
  • $1000 budget towards complementary performances or events (music, dance, spoken word, etc.).
  • Installation assistance, including space preparation and lighting.
  • Design, produce, and mail posters and postcards.
  • Provide catering for the opening reception.
  • Manage daily operation of gallery space for the duration of the exhibition.

Important Dates
Review of applications begins immediately.
Exhibition installation: February 10-14, 2020
Opening reception: February 21, 2020 (4:30-7:30 pm)
Opens: February 17, 2020
Closes: March 20, 2020
Take-down: March 23-25, 2020

Submission Requirements
Please submit a PDF including the following to sbarnes2@spscc.edu:

  1. Curatorial CV.
  2. Exhibition narrative (max. 500 words) describing show concept and rationale for suggested artists/artworks and performers.
  3. Representative images and brief bios for at least 3 prospective artists. Please caption each image with title, artist, medium and date of completion.
  4. Contact information for two professional references. References may be contacted if your proposal is selected.
  5. Technical requirements.

Contact
For additional information, contact Sean Barnes, 360-596-5527.

Call for Entries: Fine Art Postcard Exhibition

Fine Art Postcard Exhibition, January 20-February 7, 2020

The Fine Art Postcard Exhibition is an annual event that brings the local creative community together under one theme. The 2020 theme is "Power Tools." Postcard-sized (4”x6”) original artworks, created by artists of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds, will be sold through silent auction. All proceeds support gallery programming.

Submission Deadline: December 3, 2019

Submission Guidelines:

  • Artists may submit up to 3 original artworks. Submissions will not be returned.
  • Artwork must measure 4 by 6 inches and be on a stiff material, such as matte board, cardstock, foam core, thin wood panel or canvas board.
  • 3-Dimensional artwork must not exceed 6 inches in any direction and must have a stable base and be free standing.
  • Artwork must not be framed or matted.
  • Name of artist should appear on the back of each piece.
  • Artwork, artist contact information, and $5 entry fee (cash or check payable to "SPSCC Foundation") may be mailed or hand delivered to:
    c/o Sean Barnes
    The Gallery at the Kenneth J Minnaert Center for the Arts
    South Puget Sound Community College
    2011 Mottman Rd SW
    Olympia WA 98512-6292
    Email: sbarnes2@spscc.edu
    Phone: 360-596-5527

Important Dates:
Submission deadline: December 3, 2019
Exhibition opens and registration for silent auction: Friday, January 10, 2020
Silent auction begins during opening reception: Friday, January 10, 2020 (4:30-6:30 pm)
Silent auction ends during closing reception: Friday, February 7, 2020 (4:30-6:30 pm)

Current Exhibitions

2019-20 Exhibitions
Dougie, Liza Brenner, Professor Art

Faculty Show
Sep 2–27, 2019

Closing Reception:
Fri, Sep 27, 4:30-6:30 pm

New work by South Puget Sound Community College art faculty and staff including Sean Barnes, Joe Batt, Liza Brenner, Colleen Gallagher, Nicole Gugliotti, Lisa Mellinger, Dan Meuse, and Bruce Thompson.

["Dougie" by Liza Brenner, Professor of Art]

Underneath by Melinda Hurst Frye
Cornu Brachysiphon: Perithecia Stage #1 by Cyrra Robinson

What Lies Beneath:
Photographs by Melinda Hurst Frye & Sculptures by Cyrra Robinson
Oct 7–Nov 1, 2019

Opening Reception/Artist Talks:
Fri, Oct 11, 4:30-5:30 pm

Melinda Hurst Frye is a Seattle-based artist whose work and approach aim to create curious representations of the ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest through capturing images using both flatbed scanners and cameras in order to achieve a specific viewpoint, both technically and conceptually. Cyrra Robinson is an Olympia-based artist whose bronze and stone sculptures explore the spaces between the fantasy and reality of our natural world to discover and highlight where they most intersect.

["Underneath" by Melinda Hurst Frye & "Cornu Brachysiphon: Perithecia Stage #1" by Cyrra Robinson]

Stay by Eun-Kyung Suh

Stay: New Work by Eun-Kyung Suh
Nov 11–Dec 13, 2019

Opening Reception/Artist Talk:
Fri, Nov 15, 4:30-6:30 pm

Eun-Kyung Suh is a Full Professor of 3D art at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. By definition, a wall is a continuous vertical brick or stone structure that encloses or divides an area of land. In the modern historical era, a wall evokes multiple simultaneous emotions and connotations. A wall divides regions or countries not only physically but also ideologically or prevents the influx of people from one country to another. Eun-Kyung Suh presents new work of diaphanous silk walls with transferred maps of areas and lost homes along the Green Line of the Israeli West Bank Wall. Eun-Kyung Suh hopes to symbolize the lost lives of the people affected by this arbitrary configuration.

["Stay" by Eun-Kyung Suh]

Wrestling Hares by Joe Batt

2020 Fine Art Postcard Exhibition
"POWER TOOLS"
Jan 10–Feb 7, 2020

Opening Reception:
Fri, Jan 10, 4:30-7 pm
Closing Reception:
Fri, Feb 7, 4:30-7 pm

The Fine Art Postcard Exhibition is an annual event that brings the local creative community together under one theme. The 2020 theme is "POWER TOOLS." Postcard sized original artworks, created by artists of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds, will be sold through silent auction. Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit The Gallery. All are invited to join the creative celebration!

Sponsored by Nineveh and Dingle Bay Art.

["Wrestling Hares," Viewer's Choice Award, Joe Batt]

Fourth Grade History Class by Whess Harman

Native American Art Exhibition
Feb 17–Mar 20, 2020

Opening reception:
Fri, Feb 21, 4:30-6:30 pm

A themed exhibition, shaped and selected by Native guest curators, which engages viewers and the community celebrating the arts 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.

Sponsored by Nisqually Tribe.

["4th Grade History Class" by Whess Harman]

Something About Syria by Marilyn Frasca

Juror's Invitational
Mar 30–May 1, 2020

Opening Reception:
Fri, Apr 3, 4:30-6:30 pm

Award winning artists from the 2019 Southwest Washington Juried Exhibition, selected by juror Dawna Holloway, are invited back to show new work in this group exhibition. Participating artists include, Marilyn Frasca, Hart James, Irene Osborn, Jay Shepard, Julia Szten, and Gail Ramsey Wharton.

["Something About Syria" by Marilyn Frasca]

Something About Syria by Marilyn Frasca

Collaboration Installation
May 11–15, 2020

Closing Reception:
Fri, May 15, 4:30-6:30 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.

[2019 Beginning Ceramics Student installation with interdisciplinary artist Joe Seymour]

The Succulent Man by Christian Morrison

15th Annual SPSCC Student Art Exhibition
May 25–Jun 19, 2020

Opening Reception:
Fri, May 29, 4:30-6:30 pm

South Puget Sound Community College's art faculty selects outstanding work created by students in studio art classes during the 2019-20 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.

Sponsored by Olyphant Art and Media and SPSCC Bookstore.

["The Succulent Man," Poster Award, by Christian Morrison]

Fisherman's Home, South China Sea, by Jennifer Lauer

Southwest Washington Juried Exhibition
Jul 6–Aug 21, 2020

Opening Reception:
Thu, Jul 9, 4:30-7 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. Purchase prizes and honorable mention prizes will be awarded. Award winners will be invited to exhibit together during the next exhibition season.

Sponsored by April Works.

["Fisherman's Home, South China Sea" by Jennifer Lauer]

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About the Gallery

The 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 map and dimensions »

Gallery Hours: Regular hours are Monday-Friday 12:00-6:00 pm and summer hours are Monday-Thursday 12:00-6:00 pm.