Honoring Evergreen’s Steve Davis: Wednesday, February 10th, 11:30-1:00 pm in the 2nd floor Recital Hall in the COM Building

Steve DavisSteve Davis is a documentary portrait and landscape photographer based in the Pacific Northwest.  His work has appeared in American PhotoHarper’s, the New York Times Magazine, Russian Esquire, and is in many collections, including the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Seattle Art Museum, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and the George Eastman House. He is a former 1st place recipient of the Santa Fe CENTER Project Competition, and two time winner of Washington Arts Commission/Artist Trust Fellowships.  Davis is the Coordinator of Photography, media curator and adjunct faculty member of The Evergreen State College. He is represented by the James Harris Gallery, Seattle.

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Prison Library/Prison Art Panel featuring Laura Sherbo, Neal Vandervoorn, Pat Graney, and Sebastian Raine: Wednesday, January 27th, 11:30-1:00 pm in the 2nd floor Recital Hall of the COM Building












Seattle-based choreographer Pat Graney‘s interest in working with incarcerated women began in 1992 after a conversation with Rebecca Terrell, then head of Florida Dance Festival. This conversation later morphed into what has become Keeping the Faith/The Prison Project. KTF is an arts-based residency program that features dance, expository writing and visual arts, and culminates in performances. This project has been conducted at FCI Lowell & FCI Broward in Florida, MCI Framingham in Massachusetts, Excelsior Girls School in Denver, Houston City Jail, Echo Glen Children’s Center & King County Juvenile Detention in Washington, Red Rock Juvenile Center in Maricopa County, AZ, Shakopee Women’s Prison in Minnesota, Estrella Jail in Phoenix, AZ, River City Correctional Center in Cincinnati, OH, Tokyo Girls Detention in Japan, Bahia Women’s Prison in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, Munich City Jail in Munich, Germany, the Dochas Centre/MountJoy Prison in Dublin, Ireland and Washington State Corrections Center for Women and Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women in Washington State.

Keeping the Faith/The Prison Project is one of the longest-running prison arts programs in the US.

Ms. Graney’s latest work, a peformance/installation project called girl gods, will premiere at On the Boards in Seattle in 2015. With National Dance Project Production and Touring support, the work will tour nationally and internationally through 2016.


Laura Sherbo received her MLS from Western Michigan University in 1978 and has dedicated her career to providing library services to the incarcerated by working with inmates and prison administrators to uphold the Library Bill of Rights.  She is currently the Branch Library Services Manager for the Washington State Library, overseeing nine (minimum and maximum security) prison library branches and two mental state hospital branches throughout the state.  Laura headed the McNeil Island Corrections Center library for 20 years, 13 of which she spent living on the island.  In 2012, she was awarded the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) Leadership and Professional Achievement Award from the American Library Association.


Neal Vandervoorn taught high school for twelve years before he switched course to pursue librarianship.  He received an MLS from Emporia State University in Kansas and was employed with the Washington State Library as Branch Manager/Senior Librarian at Eastern State Hospital, Lakeland Village in Medical Lake and Western State Hospital for a combined twenty-two years. He provided library services to the mentally ill, the developmentally delayed, hospital staff and extensive outreach services to locked wards at Western State Hospital.  He retired as a medical librarian from MultiCare Health System in Tacoma in 2009.

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Steffani Jemison: Wednesday, January 13th , 11:30-1:00 pm in the 2nd floor Recital Hall in the COM Building

Steffani JemisionSteffani Jemison was born in Berkeley, California, and is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2009) and a BA in Comparative Literature from Columbia University (2003). Jemison uses time-based, photographic, and discursive platforms to examine “progress” and its alternatives.

Jemison’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including the Brooklyn Museum; the Drawing Center; LAXART; the New Museum; the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art; the Studio Museum in Harlem; Laurel Gitlen; Team Gallery; and other venues. Her publishing project, Future Plan and Program, commissions literary work by artists of color and has published books by Martine Syms, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, and Harold Mendez, among others. She has participated in artist residencies at Smack Mellon, Brooklyn; the International Studio and Curatorial Program, Brooklyn; Project Row Houses, Houston; the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine; and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. Jemison has served as a visiting critic in the graduate art programs at Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Illinois-Chicago. She was a 2013 Tiffany Foundation Biennial Awardee and a 2014 Art Matters Grantee. In 2015, she presented her new multipart commission Promise Machine at the Museum of Modern Art.

Jemison is currently an artist-in-residence in the Sharpe-Walentas Space Program. She teaches at Parsons The New School for Design, the Cooper Union, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Evergreen Art Lecture Series presents a broad range of interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary art issues by artists, writers, activists and scholars.  The emphasis is to introduce the way in which a variety of practices undertake fields of inquiry in the arts. The series provides a lively forum for the exchange of ideas between the speakers, students, faculty and the public. The series will take place in the Recital Hall of the Communications Building at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. Most of the talks take place on Wednesdays from 11:30-1:00 pm and are free and open to the public.

This winter the lectures in week 4 and week 6 will be affiliated with the exhibition Prison Obscura in the Evergreen Gallery exhibition.

Week 2, 1/13: Steffani Jemison, New York based video artist. Her video Personal was in the fall exhibition, Sensations that Announce the Future.

Week 4, 1/27:  Prison Libraries/Prison Art. Laura Sherbo on libraries and prisons focused on the first amendment and Pat Graney, Seattle based choreographer, on art/performance in prisons and its impact on the incarcerated.

Week 6, 2/10:  Steve Davis, Evergreen faculty/staff, photography.  Current exhibition,  Steve Davis Portraits at Galerie Fotoland, Library First Floor

Week 8, 2/24: Melissa Buzzeo, Brooklyn based poet.

Week 10, 3/9: Julia  Heineccius, Evergreen visiting faculty, Seattle based sculpture and fine metals artist.



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Panel on Contemporary Native American Art featuring Wendy Red Star, John Feodorov, Sara Siestreem, and Corwin Clairmont: Wednesday, December 9th, 11:00-1:00 pm in the 2nd floor Recital Hall of the COM Building


Wendy Red StarWendy Red Star is an artist living and working in Portland, Oregon. Red Star received her B.F.A. from Montana State University-Bozeman and her M.F.A from UCLA in 2006. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Her exhibitions include shows at the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Hallie Ford Museum, The Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship 2009, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Missoula Art Museum, St. Louis Art Museum, National Museum of the American Indian-New York, Portland Art Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bockley Gallery, and Haw Contemporary gallery. She has been a visiting lecturer at a range of respected institutions, including The Banff Centre, CalArts, National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), Portland State University, Dartmouth Hood Museum, Figge Art Museum, Fairhaven College, Fine Artworks Center-Provincetown, and I.D.E.A. Space-Colorado College.


john feodorov with sharkflute150Born in Los Angeles of mixed Navajo (Diné) and Euro-American heritage, John Feodorov grew up in the suburbs of Southern California while making annual visits to his family’s land near Whitehorse, NM. The time he spent with his mother and grandparents on their homestead near the Anasazi ruins at Chaco Canyon continues to inform and impact his work.

John has been called a conceptual artist, a political artist, as well as a Native American artist, but he is still not sure how to define what he does. His work includes painting, drawing, assemblage, installation, video, music and songwriting. He also has engaged in experimental performance in the past, but not lately. Currently, he writes and performs with his art/pop band, The Almost Faithful.

John’s work as been widely exhibited and has been featured in several publications; most recently in Time and Time Again, by Lucy R. Lippard, and Manifestations, edited by Dr. Nancy Marie Mithlo.  He was also featured in the first season of the PBS  series, “Art 21: Art for the 21st Century”.

John has also worked with the Seattle-based afterschool arts program, Artscorps, and served as an Arts Commissioner for the City of Seattle. He is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Fairhaven College.



Sara Siestreem (Hanis Coos and American, 1976-) is from the Umpqua River Valley in South Western Oregon. She grew up in Portland, Oregon. She is a Master Artist and Educator. She comes from a family of professional artists and educators and her training in both fields began in the home. Siestreem graduated Phi Kappa Phi with a BS from PSU in 2005. She earned an MFA with distinction from Pratt Art Institute in 2007. Siestreem is the weaving student of Greg Archuleta, Greg Robinson, and Nan MacDonald. She is represented by Augen Gallery in Portland and her work has been shown in museums and figures in prestigious private and public collections nationally.

Her studio work is multi-disciplinary. Her primary language is painting, but she also works in photography, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, video, and traditional weaving.

She teaches Foundations in Studio Arts and Indigenous Studies at PSU and Traditional Weaving Practices for The Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians. She works as a consultant and free lance educator for museums and cultural groups regionally. Siestreem also serves various youth organizations and individuals in the role of mentor, workshop leader, promoter, public speaker and volunteer.

She lives and works exclusively in the arts in Portland, Oregon.


Corky - one to useCorwin (Corky) Clairmont is a contemporary artist and enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.   Living in Los Angeles, Corky  pursued a contemporary exhibiting artist career as well as teaching and becoming department head of  printmaking at the Otis/Parsons Art Institute located in Los Angeles, Ca. Upon his return to Montana in 1984, Corky began administrative work at the newly credited Salish Kootenai College located in Pablo, Montana on the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Reservation.  This included the creation of the SKC  Fine Arts Department and art degree program. Through work as a printmaker, conceptual and installation artist, Corky’s images   discuss and explore situations or issues that effect tribal people such as sovereignty, colonization, giving a cultural and historical perspective.   Corky’s artwork has been exhibited through out the United States and in several Countries including Germany Norway, New Zealand, France, and most recently at the US Embassy located in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa.  Awards have included Ford and National Endowment of the Arts, the Eiteljorg Fellowship Award, and the 2008 Montana Governors Award for Visual Arts.  He currently serves on the State Board of the Montana Arts Council.



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 C. Davida Ingram: Wednesday, November 18th,
11:30-1:00 pm in the 2nd floor Recital Hall of the COM Building

Artist and writer C. Davida Ingram uses intensive collaborations to explore society and community. She is a self-described “cultural worker” whose creation takes many forms: performances, installations, photographs, videos and private performance art. Community is at the heart of all her work, as well as queer theory, gender politics and race. Her audiences can be many or one: For her project Come Hungry, 10 years in the making, she invited white men into her home and cooked for them, “which was a way for me to have a disarming conversation about white male supremacy.” She’s worked at the Seattle Art Museum, Gage Academy of Art, Video Machete, Insight Arts and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center and she’s a co-founder of the Seattle People of Color Salon. Last spring she curated Stereo*type* at LxWxH, featuring text-based pieces focused on poetics, type and typography that outlined and expanded upon racial identities.
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Lisa Blas: Tuesday, November 10th, 10:30-12 noon in the 2nd floor Recital Hall of the COM Building

Lisa Blas - 11.10.2015Lisa Blas is a visual artist of Guamanian / Italian-American descent working in painting,
collage, photography, and installation. Based in New York, she draws from art history,
nature, and current events to reflect on specific cultural and political legacies, past and
present. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, while living and working in Los
Angeles, Washington, DC, Lille, France and Brussels, Belgium during the years of 2001
– 2012. Concurrent with exhibiting her work, Blas has taught across disciplines in Fine
Art and Art History at the undergraduate and graduate level, with a special focus on the museum and historical archives. Recent solo exhibitions are LISA BLAS / Still Lifes, Sometimes Repeated at Rossicontemporary, Brussels, LISA BLAS / As if pruning a tree, after Matisse at Musée Matisse, Cateau-Cambrésis, France, and group exhibitions A Particular Kind of Solitude: An exhibition inspired by the writings of Robert Walser at the Elizabeth Street Garden, New York, and Sensations That Announce The Future at Evergreen College Gallery, Olympia, Washington. She is currently working on a project for the forthcoming issue of Public Art Dialogue: The Dilemma of Public Art’s Permanence, to be published in winter 2016.
B.A. 1996 University of Southern California / Political Science
M.F.A. 2001 Claremont Graduate University / Painting

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Thierry de Duve: Monday, November 9th, 5:30-7:00 pm in the 2nd floor Recital Hall in the COM Building

Thierry de Duve

Historian and philosopher of art, Thierry de Duve, is Professor emeritus from the University of Lille 3, and was Kirk Varnedoe Visiting Professor at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, for the fall semester of 2013. His English publications include Pictorial Nominalism (1991), Kant after Duchamp (1996), Clement Greenberg Between the Lines (1996, 2010), Look—100 Years of Contemporary Art (2001), and Sewn In the Sweatshops of Marx: Beuys, Warhol, Klein, Duchamp (2012). He is presently finishing a book of essays on aesthetics, forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press.

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Alison O’Daniel: Wednesday, November 4th, 11:30-1:00 pm, in the Recital Hall of the COM Building

Alison O'Daniel.tifAlison O’Daniel works weave narrative between films, objectmaking and performance. Utilizing sound and its synesthetic displacement onto materials, O’Daniel builds a visual, aural and haptic vocabulary through varying levels of access to sound, color and material. O’Daniel’s previous feature-length film Night Sky premiered at the Anthology Film Archive in conjunction with Performa 11 and the exhibition Walking Forward-Running Past at Art In General, New York. Night Sky has been presented with live musical accompaniment by various musicians or with live Sign Language accompaniment at The Nightingale (Chicago), MOCAD (Detroit), NYU, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Museum of Jurassic Technology and other venues. She is the recipient of grants from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Art Matters, the Franklin Furnace Fund and the California Community Foundation.

Recent solo exhibitions include Samuel Freeman Gallery in Los Angeles. Recent group exhibitions include Untitled Art Fair, L.A. Louver Gallery in Venice, CA, and Zic Zerp Gallery in Rotterdam. Writing about O’Daniel’s work has appeared in ArtForum, the L.A. Times, L.A. Weekly, and ArtReview. She is currently working on her second feature length film, The Tuba Thieves.

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Matthew Offenbacher: Wednesday, October 21st, 11:30 – 1pm in the Recital Hall, COM Building

Matthew OffenbacherMatthew Offenbacher seeks constructive, positive positions at often difficult intersections of individuals, communities and institutions. His work has been called “freakishly egoless”, vulnerable, funny and queer. Offenbacher grew up in Portland, Oregon, and currently lives in Seattle, Washington. He runs a press which publishes ‘zines and books by Northwest artists. His essays include Green Gothic (2009), which has become a landmark in Pacific Northwest art history. Recent exhibitions and projects include The V&A at Veronica, Deed of Gift at the Seattle Art Museum, and Flower Painting at Lather Daddy Laundromat. Other notable exhibitions include The Gift Shop (2009-10) at the Henry Art Gallery.

Matt's work                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          His “Decor for Interstellar Flight” is included in the exhibition “Sensations that Announce the Future” in the Evergreen Gallery.

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