The Evergreen Art Lecture Series presents a broad range of interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary art issues by artists, writers, activists, and scholars who bring a diversity of practices from a variety of fields and areas of inquiry and creative production to our campus.  The series provides a lively forum for the exchange of ideas between speakers, students, faculty, and the public.

WHERE:Recital Hall, Communications Building, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA

WHEN: (usually) Every other Wednesday, 11:30-1:00 pm, during the academic quarter.  [see schedule below for details]

• All lectures are free and open to the public • 

Check the VIDEO GALLERY for recordings of lectures

Week 2, 4/10   Dave Kennedymultimedia artist working in photography, collage, sculpture, and installation

Week 4, 4/24   Gretchen Bennett, visual artist working in drawing, writing, and photographic media

Week 6,  5/8  Jasper Bernesspecializes in 20th-century American literature, with an emphasis on postwar poetry and poetics, Marxism, and political economy

Week 8, 5/22   Lauren Levinpoet, mixed-genre writer, art critic, and author – and Julian Talamantez Brolaskia two-spirit and transgender poet and musician of mixed Mescalero and Lipan Apache, Latin@, and European heritages

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Week 9: Women in Latin American Experimental Animation, Wednesday, 3/6, 7-9:20pm in Purce Hall 1

 Women in Latin American Experimental Animation

Experimental animation reinterprets, reorganizes and challenges the material, technical, narrative and affective conventions of animation established by mainstream studios. While the participation of women in this field has become more and more visible, their work has not been sufficiently exhibited or discussed, nor have their varied and singular perspectives. To recognize the important contributions that women have made to the field of Experimental Animation in Latin America as directors, animators, artists, art directors, and sound engineers, Moebius Animación has curated Women in Latin American Experimental Animation, an exhibition of short films by Latin American women and women of Latin American descent. Join us for this screening of films, presented by co-curator Lina X. Aguirre.

The program features women animators from Latin America exploring multiple techniques like drawing, stop-motion, time-lapse, found footage and paint on glass to produce an exceptional program of experimental animation.

LIna X. Aguirre is a member of Moebius animación, a curatorial and critical project dedicated to Latin American experimental animation. Moebius has curated a selection of 16 short films from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, produced between 2007 and 2014 by independent filmmakers and artists. This compilation is the result of their effort to map out the artistic field of experimental animation and its intense dynamic during the last decade. They have defined trends in the technical, narrative, material, and sensorial/affective dimensions of the works. Screening (85 min.)

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Week 8: Unsoeld Lecture, Rosa Clemente, Wednesday 2/27, 11:30-1pm in Lecture Hall 1

Rosa Clemente is an Afro-Puerto Rican journalist and scholar-activist researching national liberation struggles inside the United States, Afro-Latinx identity+politics, sexism within Hip-Hop culture, media justice, Hip-Hop activism, and African American and Latinx unity. More information about her can be found here:

Rosa’s schedule while she is on campus:

Wednesday, 2/27, 11:30-1pm Lecture Hall 1

Thursday, 2/28, 3-5pm Longhouse

Many thanks to the sponsors and programs contributing to Rosa’s days with us!

Sponsors include: Media Island International, the Women of Color in Leadership Movement, the Willi Unsoeld Seminar Series, the CCBLA, the Art Lecture Series, and the the Dean’s Match.

Programs include: “Who Gets What?: Political Economy of Income, Wealth, and Economic Justice,”  – “Political Economy and Environmental and Social Movements: Race, Class, and Gender,” – “Mediaworks,” –  “The Spanish-Speaking World,” – “Teaching ELLs: Culture, Theory, and Methods,” and “Unruly Bodies: Health, Media, Biology, and Power.”



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Week 6 – Andrew Cutrofello, Wednesday, 2/13, 11:30-1pm in the Recital Hall of the COM Building – to be rescheduled, canceled due to snow

Andrew Cutrofello is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago. He is the author of several books, including All for Nothing: Hamlet’s Negativity (MIT, 2014) and Continental Philosophy: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge, 2005). His interests include the nature of antinomies — apparent contradictions — and how these play out both in professional philosophy and in everyday life. He is also deeply interested in what T. S. Eliot called the varieties of metaphysical poetry.

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The Evergreen Art Lecture Series presents a broad range of interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary art issues by artists, writers, activists and scholars who bring a diversity of practices from a variety of fields and areas of inquiry and creative production to our campus. The series provides a lively forum for the exchange of ideas between speakers, students, faculty and the public.


WHERE: Recital Hall, Communications Building, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA

WHEN: (usually) Every other Wednesday, 11:30-1:00 pm, during the academic quarter.  [see schedule below for details]

• All lectures are free and open to the public • 

WINTER QUARTER 2019: Check the VIDEO GALLERY for recordings of lectures

Week 2, January 16:  Markel Uriu, visual artist

Week 4, January 30: Vivian Hua, Executive Director, Northwest Film Forum,  filmmaker, writer. Also see

Week 6, February 13: Andrew Cutrofello Scholar in Continental philosophy

Week 8, February 27: Unsoeld Lecture – Rosa Clemente , Afro-Puerto Rican journalist and scholar-activist [LOCATION CHANGE: Purce Hall, Lecture Hall 1]

Week 9,  March 6:  7:00pm EVENING EVENT Moebius Animacion’s 2019 screening of Women in Latin American Experimental Animation, with Lina Aguirre. [LOCATION CHANGE: Purce Hall, Lecture Hall 1]

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Week 4 – Vivian Hua, Wednesday, 1/30, 11:30-1pm in the Recital Hall of the COM Building

Vivian Hua (華婷婷) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer who regularly traverses up and down the west coast. As the Executive Director at Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, a Co-Founder of the civil rights film series, The Seventh Art Stand, and the Editor-in-Chief of the interdisciplinary arts publication, REDEFINE, much of her work unifies her interest in the metaphysical with her belief that art can positively transform the self and society.

Her narrative short film, Searching Skies–which touches on the controversial topic of Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States–was released in 2017, after making festival rounds. She is currently writing her next film projects, as well as researching national efforts to preserve cultural space.

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Week 2 – Markel Uriu, Wednesday, January 16, 2019 11:30-1pm, Recital Hall, COM Building

Markel Uriu is an interdisciplinary artist based in Seattle, WA. Her work explores impermanence, maintenance, and the unseen. Drawing from her Japanese and Irish-American heritage, she is particularly interested in liminal spaces, and explores these concepts through ephemeral botanical narratives and two-dimensional work. Her subjects of time, cycles, and cultural interchange have culminated in a fascination with invasive species. Her current work explores the nature of invasive species, their environmental impacts, and their links to humanity, colonialism, and globalization.

Markel received her BA from Whitman College in 2011. She is the recipient of various awards and residencies, most recently the 2018 Amazon Artist in Residence, and the 2016-2017 Artbridge Fellow at Pratt Fine Arts Center. She is a member of the Lion’s Main Art Collective for Queer and Trans Artists, Seattle and SOIL Gallery, Seattle, and has shown throughout the United States.

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Week 8 – Gail Tremblay’s panel of Indigenous Basket Makers

Out of retirement to teach the first ever class from the new Fiber Arts Studio, Gail Tremblay has assembled a brilliant group of master weavers  for you!


Writer, teacher, and mixed media artist Gail Tremblay (Onondaga and Mi’kmaq),was born in 1945 in Buffalo, New York.   Tremblay taught English, Native American Studies, Art, and Art History at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, where she joined the faculty in 1981.  As an educator, she has influenced more than a generation of Native and non-Native students and has been instrumental in building Evergreen’s focus on Native arts and Native Studies.

In the 1980s, while she was teaching a Third World and Feminist Film Theory class, Tremblay began weaving baskets out of scrap 16mm film, old movie trailers, and outdated educational films. In perfect postmodern irony, Tremblay, who has been making baskets since childhood, utilized materials from a medium that often originated and propagated stereotypes of Indigenous people in order to create “traditional” baskets that critique those same stereotypes. Her titles often allude to the film source, which is frequently obscured by the weaving.

JOE FEDDERSEN…former Greener faculty member!

Joe Feddersen, who is Okanagan from the Colville Confederated Tribes, lives on the reservation in Omak, Washington.   He taught art programs, from the early 1990’s until he retired, at the Evergreen State College. His work includes a suite of what he calls his Urban Indian baskets that use designs from things like car and truck tire tracks, electrical towers, parking lot designations, and other forms, objects, and structures that have moved from urban America onto American Indian reservations during the 20th and 21st centuries.  Many non-Indian viewers often perceive his basket as having traditional Indigenous designs until they read the basket titles and come to see what he is saying about contemporary experiences in the Indigenous


Jeremy Frey started weaving in his 20s, learning to make baskets from his mother Gal Frey. Gal taught him, drawing on what she had learned from her teacher Sylvia Gabriel. Sylvia was renowned for her basketry, especially her porcupine curlwork.  Jeremy learned all aspects of the tradition from selecting brown ash to pounding and preparing basket stuff. His work fuses traditional shapes with the innovative use of both traditional and non traditional materials, as well as unique signature designs.

Jeremy was born in 1978 and raised in Indian Township. His work has received national recognition with the 2011 Best of Show award at the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market and the Santa Fe Indian Market. He was the recipient of a $50,000 United States Artists grant.


Terrol Dew Johnson started basketry weaving at the age of ten. He soon learned that he was a born natural and found that it was one of the few things in life that he found intrinsically effortless.

Johnson is a member of the Tohono O’odham nation of southern Arizona. The Tohono O’odham have a long history of basket weaving using a whole variety of techniques using natural materials and dyes. These are all used in order to tie the basketry in with the local landscape colours and flora, making the baskets part of the community and of the larger landscape.

The traditional basketry weaving techniques that Johnson learnt at such an early age, have allowed him to expand into the world of contemporary fine art basketry, while still keeping hold of his traditions, which he uses as a foundation or anchor point for his subsequent career as an artist.


Lisa Telford (Everett) was born in Ketchikan, Alaska, in 1957. As a Gawa Git’ans Git’anee Haida weaver she comes from a long line of weavers including her grandmother, mother, aunt, cousins and daughter. Lisa harvests and prepares her own material, using red and yellow cedar bark and spruce root. The gathering of materials takes her hundreds of miles from home and hours of preparation that vary depending on the final product. Bark is traditionally stored for one year and then must be processed further. Her baskets may be seen in the collections of The Oregon Historical Society, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, The Heard Museum, The Portland Art Museum, and The Burke Museum.

Lisa also received a 2000 GAP.


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Week 6: Susanna Bluhm Wednesday, October 31st 11:30-1pm in Lecture Hall 1

from Susanna

My paintings are usually related in some way to my physical environments and experience of them. Source material I draw from when I’m painting often includes photographs I’ve taken of places I’ve been. Also, the paintings are experiments in creating new environments. An individual painting can become a new place in itself, with sensations of things that might happen in a place, such as weather, touch, landscape, temperature, sex or noise. Abstract marks interact with more recognizable shapes, and a kind of narrative ensues.

When talking or writing about my work, I stray from defining the narratives in a literal way. Instead, I try to describe them as I see them, both as the person that made them and decided they make sense, and also as a witness to the end result.

Semi-abstract “characters” show up in the paintings and suggest meanings with their repetition and associations with each other. For example, a chunk of green and white stripes has its origins in the green and white striped pajama bottoms from Suzanne Valadon’s The Blue Room, 1923. To me, this “character” feels like a queer, feminist reclaiming of the history of painting. A pink fir tree is an odd, out-of-place Pacific Northwestern interloper and solo eloper in the big city.

Making these semi-abstract landscape-based paintings with a personal narrative running underneath is a three-pronged effort. I am looking at my agency in the landscape. I am trying to spend more time in the place by painting it. I’m using paint to make physical contact again. In this intimate way, the paintings explore landscape as a lover and loved one, enmeshed with the paint, and without the safe distance usually afforded by the Sublime in traditional Western landscape painting.

I think of both painting and looking as pleasureful experiences.

Susanna Bluhm 2018


Susanna Bluhm is an artist based in Seattle, WA. After growing up in a suburb of Los Angeles, she earned her BA in Studio Art from California State University Humboldt and her MFA in Painting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin and at the Karl Hofer Gesellschaft in Berlin. Bluhm was a member of SOIL artist-run gallery (Seattle) for five years, and was the 2014 recipient of the Neddy Artist Award in Painting. She lives with her wife and ten-year-old son in Seattle.



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Week 4: Rodrigo Valenzuela Wendesday, October 17th 11:30-1pm in Lecture Hall 1

from Rodrigo

I construct narratives, scenes, and stories which point to the tensions found between the individual and communities. I utilize autobiographical threads to inform larger universal fields of experience. Gestures of alienation and displacement are both the aesthetic and subject of much of my work. Often using landscapes and tableaus with day laborers or myself, I explore the way an image is inhabited, and the way that spaces, objects and people are translated into images. My work serves as an expressive and intimate point of contact between the broader realms of subjectivity and political contingency. Through my videos and photographs, I make images that feel at the same time familiar yet distant. I engage the viewer in questions concerning the ways in which the formation and experience of each work is situated—how they exist in and out of place.

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