GiveBIG May 5th

Image courtesy of Seattle Foundation.
Image courtesy of Seattle Foundation.

Next Tuesday is GiveBIG, Seattle’s annual day of charitable giving, and nonprofits from across the city will be asking you to give to their organizations on that day (full disclosure: we’re going to ask you, too).

Why GiveBIG is such a big deal is because during this 24-hour event, all donations made online through Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG are “stretched” by the Foundation and GiveBIG’s sponsors — meaning, they grow your gift which then makes a bigger impact on your chosen organizations.

When you give on May 5th, your dollars go farther and you can make a bigger difference for the organizations you care most about. Last year, GiveBIG inspired over 64,000 donations totaling $12.8 million for over 1,600 organizations.

We ask you to consider giving (BIG is awesome, but gifts of all sizes will make a big impact) to the Henry during GiveBIG next Tuesday. Your support of contemporary art is greatly appreciated!

Image courtesy of Seattle Foundation.
Image courtesy of Seattle Foundation.

Hashtag: #GiveBIG

The Winner of the 2013 Brink Award is…

Anne Fenton
2013 Brink Award Winner Anne Fenton at the Brink Bash in May

In early May, the Henry announced the six finalists for The Brink Award, an award for emerging artists age 35 and under in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia on the “brink” of a professional career. The 2013 finalists were Raymond Boisjoly, Vancouver, B.C.; Anne Fenton, Seattle, WA; Rob Halverson, Portland, OR; Sylvain Sailly, Vancouver, B.C.; Blair Saxon-Hill, Portland, OR; and Nell Warren, Washougal, WA.

Today, we are proud to announce that ANNE FENTON is the winner of the 2103 Brink Award. Fenton will receive a prize of $12,500 and be given a solo exhibition at the Henry, accompanied by a publication next spring. In addition, a work of art will be acquired for the museum’s permanent collection.

In her artist’s statement Fenton writes, “In my current practice, appropriation and collaboration allow for a re-authoring of images and ideas. Objects and images that pass into the work often pass between strangers or materialize through translation and memory.” Fenton received a BFA in Photography from the University of Washington and attended the Mountain School of Arts in Los Angeles.

For the 2013 award, 47 nominations were received from a group of art professionals across the Pacific Northwest. The 2013 Jury was comprised of Vancouver artist Althea Thauberger, Pacific Northwest College of Art MFA Program Chair Arnold Kemp, and Henry Deputy Director of Art and Education Luis Croquer. The jury completed the review of artist submissions in early May and conducted studio visits withe the six finalists in late May.

The Brink, established with the generous support of John and Shari Behnke, is in its third biennial cycle. The Award provides financial support, increased exposure, and critical validation from an internationally recognized arts institution, with the aim of fostering the artistic and professional development of emerging artists in the region. In 2009, the Brink was awarded to Isabelle Pauwels, Vancouver, B.C. and in 2011, to Andrew Dadson, also of Vancouver, B.C.

The Brink Award complements the Henry’s role as a catalyst for the creation of new work, while simultaneously demonstrating the museum’s commitment to artists working in our region.

Congratulations, Anne!


Seattle’s Emerging Museum Professionals Kick-Off Event tomorrow!

Seattle’s new Emerging Museum Professionals chapter is holding their big, initiative kick-off party tomorrow evening, September 8, 2011.

EMP is affiliated with American Association of Museums and facilitates networking between new museum professionals within the first 10 years of their career. They offer opportunities to:
-Connect with colleagues from other institutions.
-Discover ways to increase their impact in the museum field.
-Create a forum for ideas and career development.
Visit their Facebook page here for more information about joining.

Alexander Calder. The Eagle. Olympic Sculpture Park.

Their kick-off event tomorrow is at Olympic Sculpture Park near the famous Alexander Calder sculpture, The Eagle. Come enjoy the food and festivities with your fellow museum-enthusiasts!
Here’s what you can look forward to:
-Grub from I Want Curry Now, Maximus Minimus and Street Treats
-Live music
-Opportunities to grab a drink and chat with fellow museum folk about hot topics in the field and what we want out of our Emerging Museum Professionals group
-Swapping those business cards that are burning a hole in your desk drawer

For contact information and to RSVP, click here. The party starts at 6PM. Look for the EMP sign and red balloons.

*Please note that this is not affiliated with Seattle’s Experience Music Project (also EMP). We know, it’s confusing.

“Exploring the limits of privacy at Henry’s ‘The Talent Show'” on KPLU

Stranger (6) 1999 by Shizuka Yokomizo

The Henry’s current exhbition, The Talent Show, was featured on Seattle’s radio station KPLU Sunday morning. In case you missed this great broadcast, you can hear it at the KPLU website accompanied by discussed videos and photos.

Radio reporter and host Jennifer Wing ponders the themes as well as specific works of The Talent Show including questions on the new idea of privacy and professional examinations of the societal draw to the spotlight. The exhibit raises a lot of questions ranging from how much should we put on display to what happens to our images once they are out there. The reporter’s final warning is if we don’t take control and manage our social media selves, someone else eventually will.

The review includes audio snippets of several Q&As among which include curator Sara Krajewski weighing in on the exhibition’s themes and specific works, and artist Amie Siegel, who discusses her process of creation for her displayed video works, My Way 1 and My Way 2.

The Talent Show examines a range of complicated relationships that have emerged between artists, audiences, and participants in light of the competing desires for notoriety and privacy that mark our present cultural moment. For almost half a century, artists have modeled and exploited these desires and dramatized the complex dynamics that surround them, often engaging people to participate in their work—both with and without their knowledge.

Some upcoming events for The Talent Show are The Emancipated Spectator: Broadcast yourself, part 1 (Video and TV) on July 21 at 7Pm and its partner event The Emancipated Spectator: Broadcast yourself, part 2 (Art, Enterntainment and Reality) on August 25, also at 7Pm. Join Henry Curator Sara Krajewski for this series of casual discussions on readings and films focused around the themes explored in The Talent Show. Check out the full details and RSVP at the Henry’s website.

The documentary We Live in Public reveals the effect the web is having on our society, as seen through the eyes of “the greatest Internet pioneer you’ve never heard of”, artist, futurist and visionary Josh Harris. This special film screening will feature an introduction from King of the Web CEO and online marketing pioneer, Maggie Boyer-Finch who will be discussing the launch and development of King of the Web, a site which is redefining what celebrity means in a digital world. You can join us for this event on August 5 at 7PM. Click here for admission prices and more info.

We Live in Public trailer

And last but not least, the Henry Art Gallery invites you to join artist James Coupe for a screening and discussion of the artist’s recent work with ‘surveillance cinema’ in (re)collector, Surveillance Suite, and the web-based work Today, too, I experienced something I hope to understand in a few days. Surveillance Cinema: James Coupe will be held on August 11 at 7Pm. Check out our event posting for admission prices and more info on the artist.

Sneak peak of Surveillance Suite

You have oodles of chances to see the widely talked about The Talent Show until its closing on August 21. And, in an excellent example of some of the exhibition’s themes, go ahead and like it on its Facebook page.

100 Reasons to Support the Henry Art Gallery

BUY TICKETS NOW!SEE LISTEN TASTE FEEL will be a unique art experience that exemplifies what the Henry Art Gallery presents at the museum all year round: exciting, challenging, thought-provoking contemporary art. Proceeds from ticket sales to this event will provide essential support for Henry Art Gallery exhibitions, artist residencies, and community arts programs.

Too general for you? Well, I’m going to put the money where my mouth is and name 100 reasons – 100 amazing exhibitions, programs, and events at the Henry this past and upcoming year (in no particular order) – that’s $1 for each reason = 1 ticket to the SEE LISTEN TASTE FEEL party. Show your support for the Henry and and buy a ticket to the PARTY OF THE YEAR for the Henry Benefit on January 31.


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Seattle-Tashkent Sister City art reunion!

Did you know that the Seattle-Tashkent Association, established in 1973, was the first US-Soviet sister city affiliation? It’s the 35th anniversary of the partnership – and there are some interesting art events related to the celebration:


On Friday, April 11, from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, visiting artist Marat Sadikov, from Seattle’s sister city Tashkent, Uzbekistan, will give a talk at the University of Washington at the invitation of Professor Ilse Cirtautas of the UW Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization. The talk will be held at the Faculty-Student Lounge, 215 Denny Hall. (This is near the “quad,” where the cherry trees are in bloom.) Tea and Uzbek refreshments will be served. This is one of a special series of talks on the topic of Tashkent organized by Professor Cirtautas in Continue reading