Spokane Arts is excited to present Bright Spot online and in person at the Chase Gallery September 1 through October 29. Bright Spot showcases five artists all using familiar materials in fresh and inventive ways to explore the varied connections between everyday experiences and how we capture, remember, and communicate them. Featuring work by Mel Hewitt, Emily Hawkins, Jerry Slough, Callie McClusky, and Dana Squires, this group exhibit includes handmade art books, digital prints on glass, photography, and paintings. Each of these artists tackle complex subjects (including memory and identity) in inventive and playful ways. Each of these artists tackle complex subjects (including memory and identity) in inventive and playful ways. Although they work in different mediums and with vastly different styles, the resulting artwork shares a vibrancy and curiosity that connects them.
The Chase Gallery, located inside Spokane’s City Hall, is currently open for visitors whenever City Hall is open to the public. Stop by and see the gallery Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Gallery access may be limited Tuesday mornings.)
The mission of the Chase Gallery is to exhibit works that engage the public, bring people to a new outlook on contemporary issues, feature innovative artwork, and provide space for people of all backgrounds to share their perspective through art.
Spokane Arts is currently accepting portfolios for consideration for exhibition for the 2022 exhibition schedule! Two dimensional, sculptural, installation, video, audio, and traditional to experimental artworks encouraged. Individual artists, artists teams, or proposals for curated themes are eligible. Although the Chase Gallery primarily focuses on curating group exhibits, exceptionally strong work may be considered for a solo exhibition. Find all the details and application link here! Deadline to apply: October 17, 2021. Email Mika@spokanearts.org with questions!
June – August 2021
Spokane Arts is excited to present Figure online this summer! Figure features a diverse collection of contemporary photographs, paintings, and drawings exploring the human form by regional artists.
Featured artists: Hannah Charlton, Sally Jablonsky, Posie Kalin, Kayleigh Lang, Egor Shokoladov, Lindsey Johnson, Meagan Marsh Pine, and Janelle Cordero.
The Chase Gallery, located inside Spokane’s City Hall, has been exhibiting shows online while Spokane City Hall is closed to the public. When City Hall re-opens to the public, the show will be viewable in-person while City Hall is open for visitors.
Figure, which includes the work of several queer artists, is part of the 2021 Spokane Queer Art Walk, a city-wide event spotlighting LGBTQ+ artists on First Friday June 4, 2021. Get all the details on the Spokane Queer Art Walk here!
Selections from the Permanent Collection
Online Spring 2021
Spokane Arts is excited to share Wooden Storytellers as part of the second annual Spokane Print Fest, a month-long celebration of print arts in November! Featuring large scale woodblock prints created as collaborative pieces between the traveling arts organization Big Ink and 17 artists from around the United States, Wooden Storytellers showcases some of the most exciting work being done in woodblock printing today!
July 1 – August 28, 2020
Featuring the work of May Kytonen, Sam Marroquin, Mariah Boyle, Laura Ahola-Young, Sally Machlis and Delphine Keim. Threshold is a group exhibit featuring the work of six artists working throughout the northwest in a variety of mediums. Using paint, printmaking, drawing, with work on fabric, paper, and canvas, these artists explore boundaries of home and meanings of place. Through diverse approaches, the work in Threshold centers on themes of home and housing, migration and immigration, environment and boundaries. Powerful individual pieces invite the viewer to examine the many thresholds we approach and cross in our lives.
JUNE 4-26, 2020
Featuring the work of Sarah Barnett, Jessica Earle, Nadiya Nacorda, Morganne Radziewiez, Mica Lillith Smith, and Azzah Sultan; curated by June T. Sanders and Krista Brand.
Soften showcases artwork utilizing softness of form and aesthetics within video, painting, and collage. This diverse group show centers on work using softness as a strategy of strength in opposition to patriarchal methods of achievement. The exhibit investigates the intellectual and emotional aspects of labor, self-care, and embodiment. These beautiful and thoughtful works invite you to exploring ways to create a new posture of care, inclusivity and equality.
Joe Hedges: Hypercombines
JANUARY 3 – MARCH 25
For all its convenience, resources, and novelty, for many the smart phone has also brought constant distraction and stress. This is among many themes explored in an upcoming solo exhibition at the Chase Gallery by Pullman-based artist Joe Hedges. Hedges’ “Hypercombines” are part oil painting on canvas and part new media sculpture. As he writes in his artist statement for the exhibit, he is “seeking to contribute to a contemporary dialogue about the role of art, the influence of the internet and the boundary between digital and physical realms.”
Joe Hedges (b. 1980) is an intermedia artist who has developed an expansive practice that weaves together oil painting, new media, web art, installation etc. His projects often explore the effects of digital technologies on human experience. Currently an assistant professor of painting/intermedia at Washington State University, Hedges lives and works in Pullman and shows his work internationally.
OCTOBER 1 – DECEMBER 26: JJ HARTY, KAT SMITH, JACKIE TREIBER
From the artists:
“Everyday life is understood better through more fully interacting with these unnoticed and ignored objects and spaces found in the world around us.”
“Collages walk the line between poetry and visual art, using both words and images to tell a story, to coax new meaning from the texts.”
“The stories in this collection fulfill a longstanding need to build narratives from women’s perspectives.”
JULY 1 – SEPTEMBER 25: AMANDA CALDWELL, SEIKO A. PURDUE, & KENNETH SUSYNSKI
Featuring three regional artists each working in their own distinct styles and in a range of mediums, the work all shares an evocative, dream-like quality. Fiber artist Seiko A. Purdue installed her fiber piece, Berry Grove, in the Chase, stringing the lightweight fabric structures from the ceiling slats above. The installation is surrounded by the large oil paintings by Seattle-based artist Kenneth Susynski and the paintings and drawings of Spokane artist Amanda Caldwell. All three artists were at the gallery for the September First Friday reception, on Friday, September 6, as well as for a lunch-hour Artist Talk.
“I have been investigating various ways to connect East and West through my hands, ideas, and actions, being a Japanese artist in the US for more than 20 years. ”
— Seiko A. Purdue
APRIL 1 – JUNE 26
SATURATE is a city-wide collaboration calling attention to Spokane’s diverse yet under-recognized artists of color. For the entire month of April, many arts venues large and small will simultaneously feature artwork, curatorial projects, and performances led by people of color. Your participation, and every artist and venue joining in, will help deepen the conversation on race, identity, and culture in our city and beyond. Join in the conversation and enjoy the diversity of work at every venue.
For more details on SATURATE, and to submit your work for consideration for exhibition please head to our SATURATE page.
Explorations XVI: Student Invitational
JANUARY 2 – MARCH 27
Our region is home to five college art programs, each with its own emphasis, from conceptual to technical art. The Chase Gallery is proud to present the biennial group exhibition Explorations XVI, featuring the work of art students nominated by faculty from Whitworth University, Gonzaga University, Eastern Washington University, Spokane Falls Community College, and North Idaho College. The artwork on display showcases a variety of media, including painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, videography, and mixed media.
Eastern Washington University: Madeline Hanson, Timothy III, Tayler Parkin
Gonzaga University: Celeste Hatfield, Alex Lee, Melina Palomba
North Idaho College: Sydney Croteau, Daniel Siemens
Spokane Falls Community College: Brandon Johnson, Olivia Reit, Lydia Wallace
Whitworth University: Melissa Jones, Hannah Pomante, Kathleen Smith
Love the art? Want to take it home?
You can purchase artwork at the Chase Gallery! For purchasing or with any questions about the gallery or the artwork, please email Mika.