In 2010, Bellevue Arts Museum launched the BAM Biennial, a juried exhibition which focuses on the work of established and emerging Northwest artists, craftspeople, and designers, with an emphasis on new work. Every two years, Bellevue Arts Museum has designated a new focus of exploration. The fifth edition in the series, BAM Biennial 2018: BAM! Glasstastic, will be focused on glass.
With Seattle being the undisputed center for the development of glass as an art form in North America, it was natural that this medium should have been selected to culminate the Museum's series of purely media-based biennials. In the future, BAM Biennials will be opened to more general themes or techniques in the fields of art, craft, and design.
The simplicity of its composition, the complexity of its production, the many forms it can take—blown, cast, frit, stained—as well as its many uses, from the stained-glass of a medieval cathedral to the modernist skyscraper, from the Venetian goblet to the IKEA tealight, attest to the fact that glass is a paradoxical material, that has inspired the artists of the Northwest for generations.
The Museum called upon Northwest artists, craftsmen, designers, and makers of all kinds working in the medium of glass to join us for a celebration around this most essential of media. 49 artists were selected to participate.
Fumi Amano, Jimmy Anderegg, Karen Buhler, David Chatt, Bri Chesler, Benjamin Cobb, Julie Conway, Emily Counts, Erin Dengerink, Mark Ditzier, Emily Endo, Gabe Feenan, David Francis, Dan Friday, Terri Grant, KT Hancock, Keiko Hara, Carolyn Hopkins, David Huchthausen, Etsuko Ishikawa, Carrie Iverson, John Kiley, Steve Klein, Morgan Madison, Amanda Manitach, Dante Marioni, Katie Miller, Carol Milne, Janis Miltenberger, Melissa Misoda, Anna Mlasowsky, Shelley Muzylowski-Allen, Karsten Oaks, Jenny Pohlman & Sabrina Knowles, Kait Rhoads, Joseph Rossano & Martin Blank, Nathan Sandberg, Heidi Schwegler, Ethan Stern, April Surrend, Lino Tagliapietra, Kathryn Thibault, Happy Thompson, Michael Tyra, Dick Weiss, Erich Toll, Mark Zirpel
Tina Aufiero, Artistic Director, Pilchuck Glass School, WA / Lucile Chich, Assistant Curator, Bellevue Arts Museum, WA / Benedict Heywood, Chief Curator, Bellevue Arts Museum, WA / Andrew Page, Chief Editor, Glass Quarterly, NY / Susan Warner, Executive Director, Vashon Center for the Arts, WA
BAM Biennial 2018: BAM! Glasstastic is organized by Bellevue Arts Museum and curated by Lucile Chich and Benedict Heywood. The exhibition is made possible with support from Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass and 4Culture.
November 9 - April 14, 2018
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday – Sunday: 11am – 5pm
Free First Friday: 11am – 8pm
Bellevue Arts Museum
510 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
A celebration of diverse expressions of gender, identity, and the human body.
September 25, 2018 - November 10, 2018
Closing reception Tuesday, November 6th, 2pm - 4pm
The exhibition “I say: “RADICAL! You say: “FEMINIST!” is a celebration of diverse expressions of gender, identity, and the human body. The title suggests the call and response of a protest chant, referencing activism and the urgency of these times. At a moment of political upheaval and renewed culture wars, the show will investigate themes of inclusion and pride, as well as persecution and the ever-present threats to non-dominant identities. Ultimately, the show aims to honor individual expression, freedom, and the universal human rights for respect, dignity, and well-being.
Artists: Roz Crews, Kelly Bjork, Wynde Dyer, Emily Endo, Alexa Feeney, Klara Glosova, Junko Iijima, Tyler Mackie, Victor Maldonado, Patricia Melton, Matthew Offenbacher, Alyson Provax, Kelly Rauer, Maggie Sasso, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Ann Leda Shapiro, Naomi Shersty, Alisa Sikelianos, Anthony Sonnenberg, Alexander Wurts
Archer Gallery, Clark College
1933 Fort Vancouver Way
Vancouver, WA 98663
"Emily Nachison’s works in cast glass and mixed media do not shy away from the seductive power of beauty. Inspired by the natural world, material processes, and a fairy-dusting of mysticism, the ethereal objects she creates seem to hover between our world and some fantastical realm just beyond it. Part of their lustrous glow comes from the use of cast glass, a material with a milky luminescence that heightens the magical associations that her favored imagery evokes. More recent works hint at an edgier side through the inclusion of brass piercing studs and leather, but in Nachison’s hands, these materials contribute a sense of pathos and yearning rather than darkness."
Read full interview here: www.frontrunnermagazine.com
I am honored to be included in this year's list of Regional Arts & Culture Council grant recipients.
The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) provides grants for artists, arts organizations, and artistic projects in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties; manages an internationally acclaimed public art program; raises money and awareness for the arts through Work for Art; convenes forums, networking events and other community gatherings; provides workshops and other forms of technical assistance for artists; and oversees a program to integrate arts and culture into the standard curriculum in public schools through The Right Brain Initiative. RACC values a diversity of artistic and cultural experiences and is working to build a community in which everyone can participate in culture, creativity, and the arts. For more information visit racc.org.
July 13 - July 29, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, July 13, 2018 6pm -9pm
Elephant is pleased to present Liquid Nails, a collaborative exhibition by Martha Mysko and Emily Endo. Liquid Nails will be on view from July 13 through July 29, with an opening reception July 13, 6-9 PM. Gallery hours Saturdays and Sundays 12-4 PM, and by appointment.
Seashells, candles, hair gel, oversized perfume bottles, custom-printed beach towels, fountains, and teenage paraphernalia are collaged together to create a liminal environment inspired by dreamscapes, cheap beauty products, cartoon color palettes, google image searches, and low-budget film sets. The resulting work creates both tension and fluidity between tactility, desire, toxicity, beauty, illusion, mystery, revulsion, and disappointment.
With a heart-shaped tub at its center, the exhibition gives form to an ongoing exchange of dialogue and imagery between the two artists, melding their seemingly divergent processes and practices into a cohesive exhibition and critical investigation into consumption and reverie.
Martha Mysko builds fractured narratives using both abstract and representational languages. Creating temporary, color-saturated installations, she works fluidly between the physical and the digital. She finds potential in second-hand items and in kitsch--avoiding nostalgia and questioning conceptions of taste and value. Cultural and personal associations tied to objects and materials are disrupted through formal play, and her explorations of painterly space. Martha lives and works in Pontiac, MI in Metro Detroit.
Emily Endo creates mixed-media sculpture that pulls from the disparate, yet conjoined, histories of science and mysticism. Predominantly comprised of cast glass and natural materials such as leather and hair, the sculptures and installations reference the practice of mythologization as a means of explaining natural phenomena and wish-fulfillment. Recent work uses this as a starting point to explore adolescent fantasy and false promises. Emily lives and works in Joshua Tree, California and Portland, Oregon.
Elephant Art Space
3325 Division Street
Los Angeles, California 90065
Open Saturdays and Sundays 12-4pm and by appointment
Upcoming lecture at the University of Missouri on Monday, April 9, 2018 at 5:30pm.
University of Missouri
Tate Hall, Room 111
Columbia, MO 65211
This January I am launching a new curatorial project titled DUST TO DUST. Located inside of an independent record label and vintage clothing store, DUST TO DUST mounts curated exhibitions that take a non-hierarchical view of material and method. DUST TO DUST's curatorial program promotes playful and critical dialogue.
DUST TO DUST is located at 3636 N Mississippi Ave Portland, Oregon 97227.
Symmetry Breaking catalog now available through Marylhurst University. Symmetry Breaking, featuring eight contemporary visual artists from the Pacific Northwest: Emily Counts, Jovencio de la Paz, Jo Hamilton, Anya Kivarkis, Brenda Mallory, Kristen Miller, Emily Nachison, and Jane Schiffhauer. This exhibition, curated by Blake Shell, showcases the work of artists who engage or intersect with craft materials or processes. The accompanying catalog was designed by Sibley House and features an essay by Sarah Margolis-Pineo.
Catalogs are available here: https://squareup.com/store/theartgym/
Please join us at the Art Gym for the closing reception and catalog release for Symmetry Breaking. Symmetry Breaking, featuring eight contemporary visual artists from the Pacific Northwest: Emily Counts, Jovencio de la Paz, Jo Hamilton, Anya Kivarkis, Brenda Mallory, Kristen Miller, Emily Nachison, and Jane Schiffhauer. This exhibition, curated by Blake Shell, showcases the work of artists who engage or intersect with craft materials or processes. The accompanying catalog, designed by Sibley House, will be released on December 10, 2017. Catalog essay by Sarah Margolis-Pineo.
December 10, 2017 from 4:00 - 6:00pm
17600 Pacific Highway (Hwy. 43)
Marylhurst, OR 97036-0261
Please join us for a gallery talk with exhibiting artists from Symmetry Breaking. Curator Blake Shell will participate in a conversation with artists Jovencio de la Paz, Anya Kivarkis, and Emily Nachison about their work as it intersects with craft materials or processes.
Monday, November 20 at 2:00pm.
17600 Pacific Highway (Hwy. 43)
Marylhurst, OR 97036-0261
This year I will be donating work to "Art First" the annual Disjecta Contemporary Art Center auction.
Auction proceeds assist Disjecta to continue providing the community with contemporary visual art free public programming. Your ticket to Art First gets you into a great party filled with lively people, free food and drink. Disjecta is partnering with organizations to allow at-risk youth interested in art to attend our auction. p:ear will provide tickets to homeless and transitional young people and Latino Network will give tickets to Latinx youth. If you can’t attend the auction (or even if you can and would like to extend your support): just purchase a “give-back ticket”. The ticket will be passed along to a young art enthusiast.
Saturday November 18, 2017
6:00pm - Member preview & champagne toast, Buy-it-now sections open
7:00pm - Check-in
8:30pm - Live auction
10:00pm - After-party (cash bar) Location TBA
Disjecta Contemporary Art Center
8371 N Interstate Avenue
Portland, OR 97217
'Millennial pink' meets art in 'Symmetry Breaking' exhibit at Marylhurst. Review by Briana Miller.
"Pink is having a moment. From the ubiquitousness of Millennial pink across the design world to the pink knit “pussy hats” that became the symbol of the Women’s March on Washington in January, the color has seeped into the collective cultural consciousness.
So it may not be surprising that “Symmetry Breaking,” a group show of mostly new work by eight Pacific Northwest artists that opened this month at Marylhurst University’s Art Gym, seems to have a rosy cast. But, as is the case with the pink hats and even with Millennial pink, there’s an underlying seriousness to the work in this exhibition, which was curated by Blake Shell and launches the gallery’s 2017-2018 exhibition season.
Emily Nachison’s “Pony Girl (1)” continues this theme. Sitting jauntily in the center of the gallery, its lavender leather tack and flowing white “mane” evoke the candy-colored hues of My Little Pony toys. But the leather, which has been stretched and sewn over a heavy length of rope, is studded with dozens of silver piercing studs, lending it a subversive air."
Read the full article here: http://www.oregonlive.com/art/index.ssf/2017/10/breaking_symmetry_art_gym.html
Lecture at the Glass Alliance of Northern California.
The Glass Alliance of Northern California (GLANC) is a non-profit organization that promotes the advancement of the glass arts in Northern California. GLANC's goal is to provide useful information to artists, collectors and students and promote glass art events in the Bay Area.
Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 1:00pm
4514 Hollis Street
Lecture at the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts.
Monday, October 2, 2017 at 7:00pm
Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts
Blue Room, Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way
Fairbanks, Alaska, 99701
The Art Gym presents Symmetry Breaking, featuring eight contemporary visual artists from the Pacific Northwest: Emily Counts, Jovencio de la Paz, Jo Hamilton, Anya Kivarkis, Brenda Mallory, Kristen Miller, Emily Nachison, and Jane Schiffhauer. This exhibition, curated by Blake Shell, showcases the work of artists who engage or intersect with craft materials or processes. An opening reception will be held from 4-6 pm on October 1, 2017. An accompanying catalog, designed by Sibley House, will be released on December 10, 2017.
Since 1980, the Art Gym has been recognized as a venue that exhibits some of the most significant and timely art of this region. The mission of the gallery is to increase public understanding of the contemporary art of the Pacific Northwest through exhibitions, artists’ projects, publications, and public engagement. The Art Gym is a non-collecting, non-commercial gallery that supports artists in creating ambitious, risk-taking projects at key stages in their careers. As an art space working within an academic venue, we are dedicated to making knowledge accessible and committed to providing artistic and intellectual freedom. The Art Gym’s catalogs continue to be among the greatest records of Pacific Northwest contemporary art, contributing to the discourse on contemporary art and representing the region.
Exhibition Dates: October 3 - December 10, 2017 (Closed Nov 10 - 11 and Nov 23 - 27)
Opening Reception: Oct 1, 2017 from 4-6pm
Catalog Release and Closing Event: Dec 10, 2017 from 4-6pm
17600 Pacific Highway (Hwy. 43)
Marylhurst, OR 97036-0261
Please join me at Bullseye Projects on Saturday, September 23rd. I will be giving a lecture on my recent body of work as part of the closing reception for the "Transformations" exhibition. "Transformations" explores personal, natural, and metaphysical change; featuring work by Ligia Bouton, Kate Clements, Emily Counts, Emily Nachison, and Judy Tuwaletstiwa. "Transformations" is on view June 21 - September 30.
Saturday, September 23 at 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
300 NW 13th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 USA