2017-2018

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

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Week 8, Evergreen’s own Bob Leverich! Wednesday, February 28th, 11:30-1:00PM, in the Recital Hall, COM Building

Bob Leverich is an architect, sculptor, and craftsman, and a faculty member at The Evergreen State College, where he teaches visual art, craft, and sustainable design. He has building projects, sculpture, and furniture works in public and private collections across the country and in Canada.  His architectural experience includes commercial, public, residential, and religious projects, as well as preservation of historic structures.

His sculpture and craft works have addressed expressive and functional themes in a variety of materials.  His recent sculpture has focused on carved stone and wood, using iconic landscape and body forms, and includes large, site specific, multi-part public art works in Maine and Washington State. Bob regards drawing as a foundational tool in his working process, and he sees architecture, sculpture, and craft as connected by their substantiality and character as kinesthetic experiences, both in making and in use. Meaning gained through making is fundamental to his work and to his teaching.

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Week 6, Kaia Sand: Wednesday, February 16th, 11:30-1:00 pm, in the Recital Hall, COM Building

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Kaia Sand is a poet, artist, and community organizer. She is author of three books of poetry—interval (Edge Books 2004), a Small Press Traffic book of the year; Remember to Wave (Tinfish Press 2010); and A Tale of Magicians Who Puffed Up Money that Lost its Puff (Tinfish Press 2016); and co-author with Jules Boykoff of Landscapes of Dissent: Guerrilla Poetry & Public Space (Palm Press, 2008).

Sand works across genres and media, dislodging poetry from the book into more unconventional contexts. From 2013-2015, she served with Garrick Imatani as artists-in-residence at the City of Portland Archives and Records Center, responding to historical surveillance files on local political activists; and then she created textile art with street vendor Marcia Rodrigues Braga during her Despina International Artist Residency in Rio de Janeiro in 2015.  Much of her work has focused on economic injustice and homelessness, from a magic show she created about the financial collapse to the Right 2 Survive Ambassador Program she co-founded for housed people to learn from people experiencing homelessness.

She is the executive director of Street Roots, a weekly newspaper sold in Portland, Oregon, by people experiencing homelessness and poverty as means of earning an income.

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Week 4, Heide Hatry: Wednesday, January 31st, 11:30-1:00 pm, in the Recital Hall, COM Building

Heide Hatry grew up on a pig farm in the south of Germany. She left home at the age of 15 to enroll in a sports school. She studied art at various German art schools and art history at the University of Heidelberg. She taught at a private art school for 15 years while simultaneously conducting an international business as an antiquarian bookseller. Since moving to New York in 2003 she has curated numerous exhibitions and has shown her own work at museums and galleries around the world. She has produced about 200 artist’s books and edited more than two dozen books and art catalogues. Her book Skin was published by Kehrer, Heidelberg, in 2005, Heads and Tales and Not a Rose by Charta, Milan/New York in 2009 and 2012 and Icons in Ash by Station Hill Press, Barrytown, NY in 2017.

Heide Hatry is best known for her body-related performances and her work employing animal flesh and organs. Among her fundamental preoccupations are identity, gender roles (and specifically what it means to be a woman), the nature of aesthetic experience and the meaning of beauty, the effects of knowledge upon perception, the human exploitation of the natural world, and the social oblivion that permits atrocity to persist in our midst.

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Week 2, Mary Ann Peters: Wednesday January 17th, from 11:30-1:00 pm in the Recital Hall, COM Building

MARY ANN PETERS is an artist whose combined studio work, installations, public art projects and arts activism have made noted contributions to the Northwest and nationally for over 30 years. Most recently her work has focused on the overlap of contemporary events with splintered histories in the Middle East.

Her awards include the 2016 ArtMatters/Jerome Foundation fellowship at the Camargo Foundation, Cassis, France; 2015 Stranger Genius Award in Visual Art; a 2013 Art Matters Foundation research grant; the MacDowell Colony Pollock Krasner Fellowship (2011); the Civita Institute Fellowship (2004) and the Behnke Foundation Neddy Award in Painting (2000).

She is a founder of COCA (Center on Contemporary Art), a recipient of the Artist Trust Leadership and Arts Award, and former board member and board president of NCFE (National Campaign for Freedom of Expression), the seminal group who defended artist rights and the First Amendment during the Helms era.

She lives and works in Seattle, Washington.

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Winter Quarter Art Lecture Series Guest Speakers

Week 2, 1/17 Mary Ann Peters, visual art   

Week 4, 1/31 Heide Hatry, visual and performance art, artist books

Week 6, 2/14 Kaia Sand, poetry, art and activism

Week 8, 2/28 Bob Leverich, 3D visual art, architecture, education

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Sarah Jaquette Ray: Wednesday, 12/6, from 11:30-1:00 pm in the Recital Hall, COM Building

Sarah Jaquette Ray is an associate professor of environmental studies at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, where she also leads the BA program in Environmental Studies.

She is author of The Ecological Other: Environmental Exclusion in American Culture (University of Arizona Press, 2013), which considers ways in which environmental ideas have been used for purposes of social control and oppression in the U.S. She has co-edited two collections: Critical Norths: Space, Nature, Theory (University of Alaska Press) and Disability Studies and the Environmental Humanities: Toward an Eco-Crip Theory (University of Nebraska Press), both published this year.

Ray is working on two new scholarly projects: a co-edited volume titled Latinx Literary Environmentalisms: Justice, Place, and the Decolonial, and a book that argues that environmental studies and science instructors need to take students’ emotions about climate change and social injustice seriously in the classroom: Coming of Age in the Anthropocene: Climate Justice Pedagogies and Affective Resilience.  Her talk for this lecture series, “What Do the Arts and Humanities Have to Do with Our Environmental Crisis?” will focus on the important role that the arts and humanities play in addressing environmental problems.

 

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Storme Webber: Wednesday, 10/4 from 11:30-1pm in Recital Hall, COM Building

Storme Webber is a Two Spirit, Alutiiq/Black/Choctaw, internationally-nurtured poet, playwright, educator, and interdisciplinary artist. She creates blues-influenced, socially-engaged texts and images exploring identity, art activism, and the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, memory and spirit.

Storme’s poetry collections include DiasporaBlues Divine, and the forthcoming Noirish Lesbiana. Her solo theatre works include Buddy RabbitNoirish Lesbiana: A Night at the Sub Room, and Wild Tales of Renegade Halfbreed Bulldagger. She has been highlighted in numerous anthologies, documentaries (including Venus Boyz, May Ayim: Hope in HeartWhat’s Right with Gays These Days?Living Two Spirit), and international performance tours.

Storme is an inspired educator, bringing art, history & soul as a visiting artist in programs across the country. She enjoys teaching Creative Writing to young people at the University of Washington. She has served as featured faculty at Hedgebrook, Whidbey Island Writer’s Conference, Chuckanut Writer’s Conference, The University of Puget Sound, Seattle University, and Richard Hugo House.

Storme was honored to receive a 2015 James W. Ray Venture Project Award from the Artist Trust/Frye Art Museum Consortium. Storme’s work has also been supported & awarded by 4Culture, Hedgebrook, Richard Hugo House, Pride Foundation, Seattle Art Museum, CIRI Foundation, City of Seattle and Jack Straw Foundation.

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Bonnie Whiting: Wednesday, November 15th from 11:30-1pm in the Recital Hall, COM Building

Bonnie Whiting is Chair of Percussion Studies at the University of Washington. She performs and commissions new experimental music for percussion, seeking out projects that involve non-traditional notation, interdisciplinary performance, and the speaking percussionist. Recent work includes a series of performances at the John Cage Centennial Festival in Washington DC, solo appearances with the National Orchestra of Turkmenistan, and as a soloist in Tan Dun’s “Water Passion” under the baton of the composer himself.

In 2011, she joined red fish blue fish percussion group in premiering the staged version of George Crumb’s “Winds of Destiny” directed by Peter Sellars and featuring Dawn Upshaw for Ojai Festival. Her debut album, featuring an original solo-simultaneous realization of John Cage’s “45′ for a speaker” and “27’10.554″ for a percussionist”, was released on the Mode Records label in April.

Whiting has collaborated with many of today’s leading new music groups, including the International Contemporary Ensemble (American premiere of James Dillon’s Nine Rivers at Miller Theatre), Ensemble Dal Niente (the Fromm Concerts at Harvard), Bang on a Can (Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians for the LA Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella Series), and eighth blackbird (the “Tune-in” festival at the Park Avenue Armory). She received her DMA in Contemporary Music Performance from the University of California San Diego, and also holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Interlochen Arts Academy.

 

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John Feodorov: Wednesday, November 1st from 11:30-1pm in the Recital Hall, COM Building

Born in Los Angeles of mixed Native and European American heritage, John Feodorov grew up in the suburbs of Southern California while making annual visits to his family’s land on the Navajo Reservation. The time he spent with his grandparents on their homestead in New Mexico, near the Anasazi ruins at Chaco Canyon, continues to inform his work.

Feodorov’s art both engages and confronts the viewer through questioning assumptions about Spirituality, Identity and Place. Lately, he has been responding to ongoing environmental exploitation and degradation by both government and corporate sources, as well as their potential effects on how we relate to and understand our sense of Place.

John’s work 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”.

He served as an Arts Commissioner for the City of Seattle and is presently an Associate Professor of Art at Fairhaven College at Western Washington University in Bellingham Washington. He currently writes and performs with his band, The Almost Faithful.

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