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Jeffry Mitchell

Identifying himself as a “gay folk artist,” Jeffry Mitchell creates work that deals largely with dualities. Using a variety of materials and methods, including ceramics, printmaking, and drawing, Mitchell manages to juxtapose seemingly disparate ideas into beautiful, fragile, and startling works. Using sweet, furry animals and soft, pastel colors, Mitchell transforms kitsch subject matter into a study of complex human experiences, including death, sex, religion, and loss. His work, at times appearing clumsy and hand-wrought, remains approachable and innocent, engaging viewers with his child-like curiosity and ungainly re-creations of recognized subjects. While highly sophisticated in his technique, Mitchell chooses to display vulnerability in his work, allowing both himself and his viewers to negotiate frightening realities by couching them in the comfort of the familiar and a faith in innocence. His work is suffused with a desire to welcome, accept, and even love the disconcerting and flawed aspects of ourselves and others.

Jeffry Mitchell was born in 1958, the fourth of nine children of working-class parents. After experiencing a largely itinerant childhood owing to his father’s career, Mitchell continued this nomadic lifestyle in his young adulthood. Although his family eventually established a somewhat permanent residency in Seattle, he decided to attend the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas, and spent a semester in Rome, an experience that had a profound effect on his work. After graduating with a BA in painting, Mitchell moved to Japan to teach English and landed an apprenticeship with a production potter in Seto (known as one of the “Six Old Kilns” in traditional Japanese pottery). Impressed and changed by his experiences abroad, Mitchell returned to Seattle in 1984 and enrolled in a printmaking class at the Cornish College of the Arts. This spurred his decision to pursue an MFA in printmaking at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia. During his studies he returned to Rome, setting up a studio in the basement classrooms at Villa Caproni. Notable solo exhibitions of Mitchell’s work include: Like a Valentine: The Art of Jeffry Mitchell, 2012-2013, Henry Art Gallery; Some Things and Their Shadows, 2009, Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA; Shiny Happy Pretty (with Tina Hoggatt), 2008, Missoula Art Museum; Hanabuki, 2001, Henry Art Gallery; My Spirit, 1992, New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY; and Documents Northwest: The Poncho Series, 1990, Seattle Art Museum. (from the Henry Art Gallery website)

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2016-2017

The 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 Lecture Hall 1  at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. Most of the talks take place on every other Wednesday during the quarter from 11:30-1:00 pm, they are free and open to the public.

Winter 2017

Week 2, 1/ 18: Jeffry Mitchell, visual artist

Week 4, 2/1 Dawn Lundy Martin, poet

Week 6, 2/15  Alexis Pauline Gumbsmulti-disciplinary artist, scholar, activist and this year’s Evan’s Chair

*Week 7, 2/22 Lina Aguirre and Latin American Experimental Animation(Please note this is an extra week. There will be a screening of Trends in Latin American Experimental Animation on Tuesday, 2/21, 6 pm in LH 1

Week 8, 3/1 Thalia Field, literary artist

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Molly Dilworth: Week 8 – November 16th from 11:30-1pm in Lecture Hall 1

Molly Dilworth_headshotFrom  Molly Dilworth…For me, creative practice is a tool for investigation and problem solving. Using data from a specific site as a structure, I give form to the things that invisibly motivate our actions. I have partnered with green building organizations, climate change activists, arts organizations and government agencies to make public art that addresses our relationship to history, nature and technology. Currently, I am investigating the relationship of domestic space, global trade, feminism, labor and craft.

From the rooftops of Brooklyn to the Pedestrian plazas of Times Square, I have created outdoor site-specific paintings in New York City and exhibited across the United States. I have been a resident artist at the Salina Art Center in Kansas and in the Art & Law Program with the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in NYC. My work was part of Spontaneous Interventions: design actions for the common good in the U.S. Pavilion at the 13th International Venice Architecture Biennale.

I have been an artist in residence at Recess Activities/Pioneer Works (2012), in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Program (2013) and Smack-Mellon (2014). In the spring of 2013 I installed a permanent exterior painting for the Garden at The James Hotel in Lower Manhattan. Recent commissions include a 6,000 sq. ft. mural for Toledo, a temporary garden for a city block in Seattle, and a sculpture for a light rail station in Denver.

 

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Anna Moschovakis: Week 7, 11/9, from 11:30-1:00 pm in the Recital Hall of the COM Building

anna_mAnna Moschovakis’s most recent books are They and We Will Get Into Trouble for This (poems) and Bresson on Bresson (interviews with Robert Bresson, translated from the French). She is the author of two previous books of poems, You and Three Others Are Approaching a Lake and I Have Not Been Able to Get Through to Everyone, as well as numerous chapbooks. Other translations include books by Annie Ernaux, Albert Cossery, and Marcelle Sauvageot.

She has received grants from the Howard Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts and The Fund for Poetry, the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, and residency fellowships from Ledig House/Writers OMI and The Edward Albee Foundation; in 2009 she was the recipient of an apexart “outbound” residency grant to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She teaches in the MFA programs at Pratt Institute and Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College and was the 2016 Holloway Lecturer in the Practice of Poetry at U.C. Berkeley. She is a longtime member of Brooklyn-based publishing collective Ugly Duckling Presse, for which she edits several books a year and heads up the Dossier Series of investigative texts, and she recently co-founded Bushel, an art and community space in Delhi, NY. Her first novel, The Rejection of the Progress of Love, is forthcoming from Coffee House Press.

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Art Lecture Series: Charles Mudede on Wednesday, 11/2, from 11:30-1:00 pm in Lecture Hall 1

Charles MudedeCharles Tonderai Mudede is a Zimbabwean-born cultural critic, urbanist, filmmaker, and writer.  Mudede collaborated with the director Robinson Devor on two films, Police Beat and Zoo, both of which premiered at Sundance–Zoo was screened at Cannes. Mudede, who is an editor for The Stranger, has contributed to the New York Times, LA Weekly, Village Voice, Black Souls Journal, e-flux, C Theory, Cinema Scope, Keyframe, Filmmaker and is on the editorial board for the Arcade Journal and Black Scholar. His fiction has appeared in Seattle Review. Mudede has lived in Seattle since 1989.

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Geraldine Ondrizek: Wednesday, October 19th, 11:30-1:00 pm in the Recital Hall of the COM Building

Gerri 1Geraldine Ondrizek is a Professor of Art and artist at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. For the last twenty-five years she has collaborated with genetic and medical researchers to make architectural based installations.

She has had over 30 solo exhibitions internationally and is the recipient of several grants including an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Ford Family Foundation, an Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship, an exhibition grant from NASA and the Houston Foundation, a UNESCO Artist in Residence grant, an NEA exhibition support grant, and a Mellon Foundation Art and Science Research Grant.

Geraldine’s work is currently on exhibit in the Evergreen Gallery, located in the Library building,  from October 5th to November 7th.  A reception will be held for her on Tuesday October 18, from 4 – 6pm.

Her 2014-15 project Shades of White done in collaboration with Dr. Alexandra Stern focused on skin color charts and eugenics practices in the US. In 2015, she was an artist in residence at Kaiser Wilhelm Archive at The Max Plank Institute in Berlin where she studied the work of Dr. Georg Geipel and the origins of Biometric Data to create a series of artist books and a short film. Her work was recently in Global Exo-Evolution, curated by Peter Weibel, at ZKM, the Center for Media, in Karlsruhe, The Momentum AIR in Berlin and in Translocation at the Musrara Mix Festival in Jerusalem. In 2016, she completed mtDNA an architectural installation charting of mitochondrial DNA world-wide that will travel to several museums in 2017.  Geraldine received her BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MFA from the University of Washington.

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emilyEmily L. R. Adams is an installation artist living in Olympia, WA. Her work often combines arrangements of altered found objects, with large-scale photo based screen prints. Her work examines issues of femininity, counter-culture, and war in a syntax that brings a quieting awareness through the power of the multiple. 

 Adams earned her BFA from the Columbus College of Art & Design (2005), and her MFA from the University of Wisconsin (2015). She is a recipient of the David and Edith Sinaiko Woman in the Arts Award, and her work has been featured in New American Painting Magazine. Adams has a breadth of printmaking experience; having worked with artists and master printers at the highly respected Pace Editions and Tandem Press.

 Adams currently works at The Evergreen State College as the printmaking technician, and adjunct faculty, teaching evening classes in printmaking and drawing.

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2016-2017

The 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 Lecture Hall 1 (after week 4) at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. Most of the talks take place on every other Wednesday during the quarter from 11:30-1:00 pm and are free and open to the public.

Fall Quarter 2016

Week 2, 10/ 5: Emily Adams, visual artist; Evergreen faculty and printmaking technician (location TBA)

Week 4, 10/19:  Geraldine Ondrizek, visual artist; her exhibition, Tracing Genetic Inheritance, is currently at the Evergreen Gallery (location TBA)

Week 6, 11/2: Charles Mudede, cultural critic, film maker and Associate Editor for The Stranger; LH1

Week 7, 11/9: Anna Moschovakis, poet, translator and editor (location TBA)

Week 8, 11/16: Molly Dilworth, visual artist, public art and creative research; LH1

 

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Amanda K. Davidson: Wednesday, May 18th, 11:30-1pm in the 2nd floor Recital Hall of the COM Building

Amanda Davidson_high resAmanda Davidson writes, draws, and makes performances in Brooklyn and Los Angeles. Her prose chapbooks include Arcanagrams: A Reckoning (Little Red Leaves 2014), The Space (Belladonna 2014), and Apprenticeship (New Herring Press 2013), and she is the founding editor of Occasional Remarks: Prose Chaps and Audio Tracks. Davidson’s fiction, reviews, and comics appear in the Brooklyn Rail, the Believer, and Weird Sister, where she’s serializing a graphic novel called The Conditions of Our Togetherness. She’s been a writer-in-residence at MacDowell, Art Farm Nebraska, Millay, and I-Park, and received a 2014-2015 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Residency, and a 2014 NYFA Fellowship in poetry.

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Rob Halpern: Wednesday, May 4th, 11:30-1:00 pm in the 2nd floor Recital Hall of the COM Building

Rob HalpernCommon Place (Ugly Duckling Presse 2015) is Rob Halpern‘s most recent book of poetry. Other titles include Music for Porn (Nightboat 2013), Disaster Suites (Palm Press 2009), and Rumored Place (Krupskaya 2006).  Together with Taylor Brady, he also co-authored the book-length poem, Snow Sensitive Skin, which has been reissued by Displaced Press.  Recent essays and translations appear in Chicago ReviewJournal of Narrative Theory, and The Claudius App.  Rob currently splits his time between San Francisco and Ypsilanti, Michigan, where he teaches at Eastern Michigan University and Women’s Huron Valley Prison.

 

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