October is Arts Month! Each October during national arts and humanities month, we celebrate the breadth of arts and culture in Spokane! Check out event details and Arts Month maps here!

Spokane Arts is excited to share Wooden Storytellers online this fall! 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!
Guest curated by Reinaldo Gil Zambrano, the exhibit features work by: Rachel Thern, Debra Olin, Abel Alejandre, Angela Earley, Jessica Billey, Jun Lee, JL Abraham, Christopher O’Flaherty, Robert Maloney, Eben Kling, Robin Gibson, Zachariah Schmitt, Stephen Grossman, Reinaldo Gil Zambrano, Carolyn M. Muskat, Beth Howe and Clive McCarthy, and Lyell Castonguay. Learn more about Big Ink here.
While Spokane City Hall is currently closed to the public, Spokane Arts is exhibiting Chase Gallery shows online. 
This exhibit is part of the second annual Spokane Print Fest, a month-long celebration of print arts in November. Watch for more details on other Spokane Print Fest events soon!

Welcome to Wooden StorytellersView all of the work here.

Robin Gibson
Mahwah
Woodblock Print on Paper
40 x 30 inches
$1,000

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Love the art? Want to take it home?

You can purchase artwork at the Chase Gallery! Prices are present on the tag, however artworks not for sale are clearly marked “NFS.”  For purchasing, please email Mika@Spokanearts.org.

Open Call for Artwork submissions for the Chase Gallery in Spokane City Hall, exhibition season 2021

Details and application here. Deadline October 24, 2020.

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 now accepting portfolios for consideration of the 2021 exhibition schedule at the Chase Gallery. Located prominently in Spokane City Hall, the Chase Gallery is open if and when City Hall is open to the public. In 2020, although we have installed shows physically at the gallery, City Hall has been closed to the public due to coronavirus related public health restrictions and shows are being viewed primarily online. 2021 may see similar or other currently unforeseen restrictions.

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. Read all the details and apply here. Email Mika@spokanearts.org with questions!

Threshold

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.

View online gallery here. Spokane City Hall is currently closed to the public. Normally open to the public Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Chase Gallery is open if and when City Hall is open to the public.

 

Soften

JUNE 4-26, 2020 – view the online gallery here

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.

Inner Workings

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.”
–JJ Harty

“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.”
–Kat Smith

“The stories in this collection fulfill a longstanding need to build narratives from women’s perspectives.”
–Jackie Treiber

Summer Daydreams

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

Saturate

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.

Exhibiting Artists

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