Friday, June 29, 2007

University of Washington MFA Exhibition

The University of Washington School of Art holds its Thesis Exhibition at the Henry Art Gallery. Congratulations to the class of 2007: Nola Avienne, Jason Campbell, Celeste Cooning, Benjamin Eckman, Eric Elliott, Andrew Fallat, Julia Freeman, Andrea Gialer, Amanda Hanlon, Aitana de la Jara, Amy Johnson, Caroline Kapp, Kirk Lang, Fred Muram, Claire Putney, Mielle Riggie, James Ryan, Ross Sawyers, Michael Simi, Neha Tembey, Matthew VanHorn and Kristine Veith.

The photos in this posting are impressions of the exhibition opening event and reception. For insight into the ideas and expression of these young artists, look for the exhibition catalog, "Master of Fine Arts: 2007 Thesis Exhibition," available from the UW Art Department <206.543.0970>.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

The Big Bang Bash - Henry Art Gallery

The Henry Art Gallery is celebrating its 80th year. The Big Bang Bash, held on May 18, 2007, was one of the events marking that milestone. Both the Henry and the big bang theory of the universe debuted in 1927.

More than 800 people attended the party, 200 works of art were sold and entertainment was provided by DJ Riz Rollins; Sarah Rudinoff, Nick Garrison and their band, Sissyfist; and the Vis-à-Vis Society collected data in their Math Lab and performed the results in song, dance and poetry.

The Bash included three walls of art for sale.

Richard Andrews, Director, Henry Art Gallery

Henry administrator Betsey Brock & curator Sara Krajewski

Henry staffer Allison Rabbit & Jennifer Roberts

Henry staffer Ethelyn Abellanosa (left)

Members of Sissyfist

Susan Hauck, Manager, U Village Apple Store

The nearby U Village Apple Store donated the use of computers and store staff for a popular photo booth activity.

The images immediately above and below capture the party's unusual martini servers (note fully functional costume - with pour spouts - above).

Mike Pham, Henry Art Gallery staff

Artist Yuki Nakamura

Deborah Park & artist Joe Park