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Evergreen Gallery Presents - 'Building for the Future: Collections at Evergreen'

Zoe Kolln
Olympia, WA

Jan 24, 2015 —

Evergreen Gallery presents - 'Building for the Future: Collections at Evergreen' from January 22 - March 4, 2015.

Artists Include -
Diane Arbus, Rick Bartow, John Divola, Lyonel Grant, Allan Houser, Ester Hernandez, Helmi Juvonen, Jacob Lawrence, Larry McNeil, Ramon Murillo, Richard Misrach, Susan Pavel, Lillian Pitt, Mary Randlett, Charles Stokes, Andy Warhol, Edward Weston, and more!!!

Located on the entry level of the Library Building, near the clock tower

Room 2204 The Evergreen State College
2700 Evergreen Pkwy NW, Olympia, WA 98505

Mon & Wed, 10am - 5pm, Tue & Thu, 12:30 - 5pm

-Photograph by Briana Martini-
Left - Polaroids by Andy Warhol, Gift of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts
Right - Ralph Gibson, Man in Pool, 1972, gelatin silver print

"Evergreen Gallery is extremely pleased and proud to present an exhibition highlighting the remarkable collections at The Evergreen State College - Building for the Future: Collections at Evergreen.
Since its beginnings, The Evergreen State College has valued the arts, culture, and historical heritage as essential parts of education. It has displayed and collected art, artifacts, and historical documents that tell the story of Evergreen itself, of our cultural context, and of our connections to all cultures. Certain groups within Evergreen are entrusted with the display and preservation of specific collections; they are fervently committed to caring for these irreplaceable resources, believing in the communicative powers of these collections in the present time and for future generations. Six of these groups are featured in this exhibition: the Malcolm Stilson Archives and Special Collections; the Chicano/Latino Archive; the James F. Holly Rare Books Collection; the Evergreen Gallery and Art Collection; the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center; Evergreen Pictures."

- Gallery Curator/Director, Ann Friedman

"This exhibition serves as a reminder of works in Evergreen's collection which may be dispersed and removed from Evergreen if the gallery is closed without someone to care for these works. The loss of the gallery would reduce the quality of the interdisciplinary education of many Evergreen students and would threaten the identity and accreditation of TESC as a liberal arts college. As a student studying visual literacy, art history, and various media, it is incredibly invaluable towards my educational goals to have a dedicated space to view and engage with artwork here on campus. The gallery is important in the retention & attraction of students and since Olympia does not have an art museum, the presence of each and every gallery is necessary."

- Zoe Kolln, TESC Student Organizer of initiative to save Evergreen Gallery

“Evergreen has some amazing art facilities to offer to students wishing to pursue art, but without the gallery I believe a lot of potential students will choose another school. The lack of a gallery will have a grave impact on the school’s reputation. It sends the message that Evergreen doesn’t support the arts.”

- Pamela Davis, TESC Student Organizer of initiative to save Evergreen Gallery

"How much is the operating budget for the Gallery?
How important is art in the transfer of knowledge?
How important is a space filled with looking and thinking and receiving ideas?
I remember taking my 4 year nephew to the Gallery when it was on the top floor. It was dark and scary and filled with giant paintings dimly lit. He cried from fear. He cried from the unknowable world he was seeing and feeling. Yet, he cried. he saw. He felt.
Now the Gallery is much brighter and not an inaccessible cave. Yet it still elicits feelings and tears and life living. The Gallery contributes to the life of Evergreen, to the thoughts and feelings of students, staff and the community, and to 4 year olds. The transfer of ideas is not something to be cut to save a few bucks. Providing a place for artists declares the importance of art to the community of Evergreen. Evergreen is where the borders between the fields of knowledge are blurred at the center by art making, art thinking, art seeing, art feeling, art living.
How much is the operating budget for the Gallery?
It is cheap.
Please keep it open."

- Nikki McClure, BS and BA class of 91' The Evergreen State College & Olympia Local Artist

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