If you’re not part of the solution…

HAG, the Student Henry Advisory Group, had a Vancouver weekend trip planned long before we knew we had a Vancouver Problem (TVP).
More on TVP here, here, here, and here.

I think we can agree that part of the solution–if  examining the differences between art communities in Vancouver and Seattle can actually be called a problem– is just making the trip; getting to know what artists and art-interested folks are thinking about in the other cities in our region; getting to know people in communities outside of Seattle; and creating ties and conversations that are relevant across borders.

Five SHAG students and a few local artist/curator/enthusiasts headed north, with a stop at the Western Washington University Outdoor Sculpture Collection. We had a fantastic time meeting  artists, curators,  and collectors, visiting the Vancouver Art Gallery (Catching the last weekend of the FANTASTIC exhibition How Soon is Now), spending time at various artist run centres and galleries, checking out the graduate shows at Emily Carr, and just generally taking in all the ART our eyeballs could possibly handle.

Here’s some of what we saw (Click the photos to visit their presenters’ websites)

How Soon is Now @ The Vancouver Art Gallery
How Soon is Now @ The Vancouver Art Gallery (Closed May 3) - This selection of recent art from British Columbia was why SHAG chose this weekend to make the trip. I am SO glad we were able to see it!
Enacting Abstraction @ the Vancouver Art Gallery - February 14 to May 10, 2009
Enacting Abstraction @ the Vancouver Art Gallery until May 10, 2009
Phot(o)bjects Organized by Bob Nickas Alan Belcher, Walead Beshty,Gil Blank, Jennifer Bolande, Trisha Donnelly,Roe Ethridge, Guyton Walker, Rachel Harrison, Robert Heinecken, Matt Keegan, Annette Kelm, Louise Lawler, Carter Mull, Torbjorn Rødland, Alex Rose, Sam Samore, Wolfgang Tillmans ,Josh Tonsfeldt, Sara VanDerBeek, B. Wurtz
Phot(o)bjects --at Presentation House until June 7, 2009 (Alan Belcher, Walead Beshty, Gil Blank, Jennifer Bolande, Trisha Donnelly,Roe Ethridge, Guyton Walker, Rachel Harrison, Robert Heinecken, Matt Keegan, Annette Kelm, Louise Lawler, Carter Mull, Torbjorn Rødland, Alex Rose, Sam Samore, Wolfgang Tillmans ,Josh Tonsfeldt, Sara VanDerBeek, B. Wurtz; organized by Bob Nickas)
Transcontinental Divide: Raymond Boisjoly, Karina Bergmans, Jennifer Cook, Steven Hubert, Roy Lu, Sara Mameni, Isabelle Pauwels, Minh Nguyen, Stefan Thompson and Ron Tran
Transcontinental Divide at the Helen Pitt Gallery Artist Run Centre (Raymond Boisjoly, Karina Bergmans, Jennifer Cook, Steven Hubert, Roy Lu, Sara Mameni, Isabelle Pauwels, Minh Nguyen, Stefan Thompson and Ron Tran)
Paper Trail: Serial Material at Gallery Atsui until May 30, 2009
Elizabeth Zvonar: There are No Rules Elizabeth Zvonar April 11 – May 16, 2009 | Opening: April 10, 2009 8PM
Elizabeth Zvonar: There are No Rules on view at Western Front until May 16, 2009
Lutz Braun Abstrakter Realismus  May 6 - May 29, 2009
Lutz Braun: Abstrakter Realismus on view at Blanket Gallery May 6 - May 29, 2009
Tim Gardner  APR 17, 2009 to JUN 7, 2009 Tim Gardner on view at the Contemporary Art Gallery Vancouver until June 7, 2009

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Brandeis Students Sound Off on Rose Museum

This morning, in addition to the dozens of blog posts from people all over the world, students at Brandeis University are sounding off.

Brandeis University’s independent paper The Justice featured a couple op-eds from the student perspective on the closure of the Rose Museum:

From The Justice

Another from The Justice

And a student organized sit-down to happen on Thursday:

Sit-down to Save the Rose Museum

I am thankful to see that university students are responding quickly to this news and are organizing and voicing their support of the arts on their campus.

this calls for collaboration…

In a city with a wealth of talented individuals and collegiate arts institutions, why haven’t we seen more collaboration between universities?  Last Friday, the Henry’s Associate Director for Communications, Betsey Brock, and students from S.H.A.G  (Student/Henry Advisory Group) headed downtown to visit students art Cornish College of the Arts for a meeting of the minds. After some brief introductions we all started chatting about what we would like to see happen in the coming years – studio visits – collaborative shows – guest lectures  – public programs –  we put everything on the table, including business cards and contact information.

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Shortly after, Henry folks were given a walk through tour of the facilities at Cornish. We were impressed with the individual studio space and group cohesion.  Even though each student had their own workspace they all seemed more than comfortable to engage each other outside that space and talk about their classmates work in an informed and genuine vernacular. Throughout the tour we continued to toss around ideas and agreed to meet up again after the New Year to get some projects in the works. One possible opportunity that was discussed was the possibility of a group show at Parnassus Cafe on the UW campus. On behalf of those visiting from the Henry, I can say that I’m greatly looking forward this collaboration – the whole situation smacks of possibility.cornish01

Cornish Open House

Thank goodness for Facebook, as this is nowhere to be found on Cornish’s website and it will be worth checking out!

From Facebook  – sorry for the formatting issues:

The senior class at Cornish College of the arts is holding an open studio for EVERYONE to come see what we are workng on!!!

Host:
Cornish Seniors
Type:
Time and Place
Date:
Friday, October 17, 2008
Time:
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location:
Senior Studios
Street:
427 9th ave n and 418 8th n ave
City/Town:
Seattle, WA