Gretchen Frances Bennett was selected to receive a Special Recognition Award for Betty Bowen. 2014. Also in 2014, she completed postgraduate studies with the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, Vermont. In 2012, her work was included in exhibitions at Ditch Projects, Springfield, Oregon and The Hedreen Gallery, Seattle University. In 2011, she developed a temporary work for the Seattle Art Museum Olympic Sculpture Park, presented a solo show at Vignettes, Seattle, and her work was featured in the exhibition Heel Gezellig, Grimm Gallery, Amsterdam. She was awarded a residency with The Corporation of Yaddo in 2011. In 2010, she won a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council residency on Governors Island, New York, and a studio residency with The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists, Reykjavik, Iceland. Her work was included in the 2010 Seattle Art Museum exhibition, Kurt. She helped found the arts collective, Seattle Catalog LLC (Sea-Cat). She teaches at Seattle University.

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Dan Attoe: Wednesday, October 22nd, 11:30-1:00 pm in Lecture Hall 1


Dan Attoe was born in 1975 in Bremerton, Washington.  He grew up in parts of Washingon, Idaho, Minnesota and Wisconsin, and now lives in Washougal, Washington.  He received his BFA from the University of Wisconsin in ’98 and his MFA from the University of Iowa in ’04. Dan is represented by Peres Projects Berlin, Western Exhibitions in Chicago and Fourteen30 Contemporary in Portland, Oregon.  He has had several solo shows in Los Angeles, Chicago and Berlin, as well as several throughout Europe.

His most recent gallery solo shows were Landscapes with Water, at Peres Projects in Berlin in March 2014, and Dan Attoe at 1430 Contemporary in Portland in May 2014.  Dan has been in numerous group shows in galleries all over the world and several museums – including the Portland Art Museum.  He worked with and was part of the inspiration for a line of clothing by fashion designer Adam Kimmel in 2011.  Dan is also one of the founders of the art collaborative Paintallica whose most recent installation was at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. He enjoys the beauty and the culture in the Northwest and Portland where he sometimes teaches courses at Portland State University.


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Emily Abendroth: Wednesday, October 15th, 11:30-1:00 pm in Lecture Hall 1

Headshot PicEmily Abendroth is a poet, teacher and anti-prison activist. Much of her creative work attempts to investigate state regimes of force and power, as well as individual and collective resistance strategies to the same. Her poetry book, ]Exclosures[, was just released from AEmily AbendrothPress this May. Her works are often published in limited edition, handcrafted chapbooks by small and micropresses such as Belladonna (New York), Horse Less Press (Denver), Little Red Leaves (Texas), Albion Press (Philadelphia), and Zumbar Press (San Francisco). She is an active organizer with Decarcerate PA (a grassroots campaign working to end mass incarceration in Pennsylvania) and is co-founder of Address This! (an education and empowerment project that provides innovative, social justice correspondence courses to individuals incarcerated in Pennsylvania).

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Deidi von Schaewen: Wednesday, October 8, 11:30-1:00 pm in Lecture Hall 1

von-Schaewen-tree-2 For the past 28 years, Deidi von Schaewen has traveled in India, immersing herself in its people and culture, and exploring themes through her photography and video.  For her series on the Sacred Trees, she traveled the length and breadth of India.  The exhibition in Evergreen Gallery is an opportunity to view these lush, complex images in large-scale, to be surrounded by their energy and power.Born in Berlin, von Schaewen studied painting at the Berlin Academy of Arts before deciding to concentrate on photography and film.  Currently she is based in Paris.  She has exhibited extensively throughout Europe, India, North Africa, and the US.  Twenty books of her photographs have been published, with one about Sacred Trees of India due out next year.  A continuing obsession of hers is to capture on film the ephemeral, aspects of our urban and rural civilizations that are temporary, fleeting, or vanishing with time.  For the Sacred Trees of India, it is more a revelation of devotion and accumulation over time, the ability of trees to survive, rejuvenate, transform – in India, trees are not only sacred to the gods, they can actually BE gods.

Evergreen Gallery is extremely pleased to announce the fall exhibition, Sacred Trees of India: Photographs by Deidi von Schaewen.  The exhibition in Evergreen Gallery is an opportunity to view these lush, complex images in large-scale, to be surrounded by their energy and power.

Von Schaewen was director of photography for a feature film by Robert Cordier in 1972 – a time when it was unusual for a woman to be in that position.  She continued as director of photography on other films, and in 1978 she began writing and directing her own films.  One of her films, Sravanabelgola, will be showing in Evergreen Gallery as part of the exhibition.

Opening Wed. Oct. 8, 5-7pm
Exhibition continues through Dec. 3

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Welcome to the The Evergreen State College Art Lecture Series, 2014-2015

The series takes place in Lecture Hall 1 at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, on 4-5 Wednesdays per quarter, from 11:30-1:00 pm. Free to the public, Evergreen’s visual arts programs offer an opportunity to hear local, national and international interdisciplinary artists, writers and art workers speak about their work.

The fall 2014 series will present artists and writers who were chosen (albeit loosely) with the year’s theme of “paying attention” in mind. The theme comes from the orientation book Crow Planet by Lyanda Lynn Haupt. Please join us in welcoming these artists to our campus.

Week 2  10/8 Deidi von Schaewen, photographer. Her exhibition The Sacred Trees of India, will be in the Evergreen Gallery in October.

Week 3 10/15 Emily Abendroth, poet

Week 4 10/22: Dan Attoe, painter

Week 6 11/5: Gretchen Bennett, visual artist

Week 8 11/19: Ben Russell, filmmaker

The Art Lecture Series is facilitated by Shaw Osha,

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CA Conrad: Wednesday, May 28th 11:30-1:00 pm in Lecture Hall 1


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CAConrad is the author of seven books including ECODEVIANCE: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness (Wave Books, 2014), A BEAUTIFUL MARSUPIAL AFTERNOON (WAVE Books, 2012) and The Book of Frank (WAVE Books, 2010).  A 2014 Lannan Fellow, a 2013 MacDowell Fellow, and a 2011 Pew Fellow, he also conducts workshops on (Soma)tic poetry and Ecopoetics.  Visit him online at

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Tisa Bryant: Wednesday, May 21st 11:30-1:00 pm in Lecture Hall 1


Tisa Bryant is the author of Unexplained Presence, a collection of fiction-essays focused on myth-making and black presences in film, literature and visual art. Archival research, montage and collage and various forms of retelling and reenactment feature prominently in both her creative and critical practice.  She is co-editor and publisher of the cross-referenced journal of narrative and storytelling possibility, The Encyclopedia Project, and co-editor of War Diaries, an anthology on black gay men’s desire and survival, and nominated for a 2010 LAMBDA Literary Award.  She recently completed a year-long reunion tour with the poets and writers of The Dark Room Collective, celebrating the 25th anniversary of their nationally-renown African diasporic arts exhibition and reading series. Her writing has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Animal Shelter, Black ClockBombay GinMandorla, Mixed Blood, The Reanimation Library’s Word Processor Series, and Viz, as well as in the catalogues and exhibits for visual artists Laylah Ali, Jaime Cortez, Wura-Natasha Ogunji and Cauleen Smith. A board member for the newly inaugurated Thinking Its Presence: Race & Creative Writing annual conference, Tisa Bryant fiction and hybrid forms in the MFA Creative Writing Program at the California Institute of the Arts, where she also serves as Interim Co-Director of Equity & Diversity.   She lives in Los Angeles.

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Aisha Harrison: Wednesday, May 7 11:30-1pm in Lecture Hall 1



Aisha Harrison is interested in the experience of power and privilege derived from an individual’s race, and class, and gender identities.  She works with brown bare clay and salt to create figures that get at the emotional impacts of privilege. Aisha has a studio in Olympia, Washington and is a member of the faculty at The Evergreen State College.  She received a BA from Grinnell College, a BFA from Washington State University, and an MFA from University of Nebraska- Lincoln.  She has been a recipient of numerous fellowships and awards from institutions around the country and her work is shown nationally.

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Alain LeTourneau: Wednesday, April 23 11:00-1:00 pm in Lecture Hall 1

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Alain LeTourneau is a Portland, Oregon based artist. He utilizes 16mm film, video and still photography to explore the social and personal histories embedded in landscapes, and to consider how the accumulated actions of individuals and organizations define the function, shape and character of the built environment.

Alain is the co-founder of, a 16mm conservation initiative that maintains the international exhibitors list and houses a collection of 16mm film prints. From 1999-2009, Alain presented important and challenging films in the 16mm format at a micro-cinema operated by 40 Frames in Portland’s Central Eastside Industrial District.

His work has been exhibited internationally, including Anthology Film Archives, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Film Studies Center at University of Chicago, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, International House Philadelphia, Images Festival (Toronto), Los Angeles Filmforum, Portland Art Museum, San Francisco Cinematheque, Unknown Pleasures (Berlin) and Vancouver International Film Centre.

Alain’s latest projects include the photographic series Swan Island Industrial Park, and Open Road, a 16mm film about the landscape of private, automotive transportation.


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Carl Smool: Wednesday, April 9 11:30-1:00 pm in Lecture Hall 1


Carl Smool is a Northwest native who spent the first 30 years of his career working in Seattle, often in the margins and in-between spaces of the art world.  Arriving in Belltown in the late ’70s, he was motivated to address social, political and environmental issues in his art; these issues continue to inform his work.  While working as an editorial illustrator for The Rocket, his cover portrait of Ronald Reagan got the paper banned from Pacific Lutheran University; his graphic work for a campaign opposing Reagan’s re-election earned him death threats; and his altered billboards made national news. His work has appeared at the Center On Contemporary Art, the Whatcom Museum, the Mia Gallery, the Bellevue Art Museum, and many other venues.

 In the ’90s, he expanded his work with Bumbershoot, the Seattle Arts Festival, creating numerous large scale installations, including a sinfully delightful fire ceremony in 1997.  He designed the grounds and stage décor for WOMAD-USA (the World Of Music, Arts and Dance Festival held in Redmond) from 1998 through 2001, and in 1999, he brought his work to WOMAD UK. Carl’s five stage, 17 sculpture piece, “At the Crossroads, a Fire Ceremony for the New Millennium,” was commissioned by the Seattle Center, but got caught up in Mayor Paul Schell’s post WTO terrorist anxiety.

In the new millennium, Carl has created plaza artwork for Seattle’s light rail system, celebrating the nation’s most diverse community. He also worked with 14 middle-school students to create a large solar powered installation, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Seattle World’s Fair, at the Seattle Center. He now resides in Olympia, where he is pausing to more closely examine our global predicament, and asking: what’s next?

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