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1120 Art Walk Features Organism-X

15 Apr



A group exhibit by SOTA

Part of the Art Walk at 1120 Creative House
Third Thursday April 16, 2015, 5-9pm
1120 Pacific Ave, First Floor

The School of the Arts (SOTA) presents Organism-X, a series of 8 intricate drawings based upon a project given in Biology classes. Students studied the physical characteristics and habits of animals from the Pacific Northwest. They then selected two different animals and combined them into a single species. Each drawing also includes patterns used to embellish the surface of the animal, and each animal is interacting with a piece of discarded trash tossed into the environment.

Framed prints will be for sale.

Participating artists:
Lucy Ahn – Bird with Antler
Eve Robinson – Snake
Emily Miller – TurtleDactyl
Marlies Amberson – Fox
Ellia Coggins -Snake-ephant
Rose Davis – Teddy-Boar
Mackenzie Casper – Octopus with Fork
Talmon Glidden – Sharkopus

Student Curated SOTA Art Exhibition

11 Apr

SOTA Presents
Curated by Ashly McBride & Brandon Hendricks
1102 A Street – Old Post Office Lobby Display Cases
Jan 16 -April 23, 2014

Botanical mandala by Stephanie King, Mixed-Media on Paper

Botanical mandala by Stephanie King, Mixed-Media on Paper

The Northernmost wing of the main hallway in the Historic Post Office contains a series of large, wood framed display cases.  Over the last 100 years these cases must have been filled with countless displays of valuable content.  With the new push to transform the building into a hub for the arts, Spaceworks was charged with keeping these cases alive.  This means you can expect to see a new, dynamic exhibition every 4 months.  The current exhibition features the work of students from Tacoma’s illustrious School of the Arts (SOTA). Fellow students Ashly McBride and Brandon Hendricks are curating this exhibition which includes elaborate mandalas, plus featured work from select individual artists. Continue reading

Watch “artTown” Documenting Tacoma Artists

11 Oct
Impressive new TV series of documentary-style spotlights on Tacoma artists and entrepreneurs.

Impressive new TV series of documentary-style spotlights on Tacoma artists and entrepreneurs. Watch it on cable, or online!

The City of Tacoma’s Media and Communications Office – in partnership with its Community and Economic Development Department’s Arts Program – announces the launch of “artTown,” a cultural documentary-style TV initiative exploring Tacoma’s emergence as a major creative hub in the Pacific Northwest. The quarterly series offers segments featuring diverse perspectives on a variety of creative disciplines. The show launches today – you can view anytime online or watch tonight at 8 p.m. on TV Tacoma.

“In developing the concept for ‘artTown,’ we wanted to offer a more holistic look at creativity in Tacoma,” said Tacoma Arts Administrator Amy McBride. “In addition to what people traditionally think of as ‘creative,’ such as fine art, music or dance, we also plan to spotlight other creative areas of interest that have really flourished in our city like food, fashion, innovative education practices, architecture and more. You’ll see some of that in this first episode.”

The inaugural episode features:

music composed by local artist Isaac Solverson

J.D. Elquist and Travis Pranger from Feather and Oar

Pacific Avenue Streetscape artists Elizabeth Conner and Daniel Martin

graphic designer Art Chantry and letterpress artist Lance Kagey of Beautiful Angle

Metro Parks historian Melissa McGinnis

Tacoma School of the Arts instructors Robin Jaecklein and Kareem Kandi

Arts EnviroChallenger teaching artist Meredith Essex

illustrator and designer Sean Alexander

glass artist Sarah Gilbert

dance choreographer Carla Barragan

jazz musician Kareem Kandi

Old Town Dock public artist Chandler O’Leary

and much more…. Continue reading

“Ghost Prairie” is Taking Root at UW-T

9 Nov

Laser-cut components for "Ghost Prairie." Photo courtesy of Thoughtbarn

The design team of Lucy Begg and Robert Gay (Thoughtbarn) flew in from Austin yesterday to begin assembly of their public art installation, Ghost Prairie, on the Prairie Line Trail. Begg and Gay, with Philadelphia-based urban planner, Todd Bressi, have been charged with creating a public art plan for the highly anticipated walkway/bikeway project now underway. But this week, the artist/architects will be switching laptops for work gloves as they install a light-emitting, 25′ x 4′ sculpture at a site on the University of Washington-Tacoma (UW-T) campus.

A preliminary sketch for "Ghost Prairie." Photo courtesy of Thoughtbarn

Ghost Prairie is one of eight temporary public art projects that will be unveiled on Saturday, Nov. 12, along the half-mile landmark trail, which marks the terminus of the 19th-century Transcontinenal Railroad. The other seven projects are by Tacoma artists and participants in PA:ID (Public Art In Depth), an intensive program created by the City of Tacoma to provide selected professional artists free training and mentorship in how to apply for and advance through the process of creating public art works. Saturday’s demonstration project is “the pilot for a public art program that will enliven the new civic artery,” says Begg. “We’ve been working in tandem with urban planner Todd Bressi, who is devising the public art masterplan for the trail.” The public-art strategy is being developed with support from a planning grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

An abstract interpretation of the prairie. Photo courtesy of Thoughtbarn

Guidelines for the eight commissioned works indicate that recycled, reused or reclaimable materials be used in construction. Thoughtbarn’s installation is made from laser-cut, industrial-weight cardboard with long, feathery zip ties, and will be illuminated at night. The enigmatic design, suggesting an insect or a chiton, was inspired by a visit to the Mima Mounds Natural Preserve in Thurston County. The startling natural landscape of undulating, uniform mounds is best described as resembling an upside-down egg carton, multiplied outward, and blanketed in prairie grass.

“Several theories compete for how the mounds came to be,” says Begg. “Earthquakes, erosion, giant gophers…” She and Gay chose the title, Ghost Prairie, in “playful reference to the once-vast prairies in southern Washington that the rail-line crossed to reach Tacoma.” Of 160,000 acres originally managed by Native Americans, she says, only 3% remain today. “We were inspired by both the plight and the poetry of the prairie. Our 25′-long undulating structure will be covered with a field of zip ties, simulating a grass-like effect. The goal of it is to be a tactile, intriguing object. We want it to invite people in to touch it, but also catch eyes from afar.”

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