Nominations for the 2020 Arts Awards are open now! Recognize the amazing accomplishments of creatives, arts and cultural organizations, and local individuals committed to enriching our community through the arts by submitting your nominations for each of the four awards categories: Leadership, Collaboration, Imagination and Inclusion. Submit your nominations here and save the date the 2020 Spokane Arts Awards on Saturday, September 26!

Cover image Zenith by Laura Ahola-Young

Spokane Arts is excited to share Threshold at the Chase Gallery and online, 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.

Enjoy the exhibit here online all summer. 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.

Use these Discussion Questions as you explore the exhibition! Plus, use these family-friendly Art Activities for ideas for art projects to engage with the exhibit! 

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As City Hall is temporarily closed to the public as part of wide-spread response to COVID-19, the Chase Gallery is also temporarily closed.

The Chase Gallery is located on the lower level of the Spokane City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. The gallery is always free and open any time City Hall is open, generally Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed holidays, limited access on Tuesdays). Spokane Arts curates at least 4 shows a year in the gallery, following an open public call for art submissions.

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.

 

Did you miss our June exhibit, Soften? You can still view that fantastic work here! 

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.

Enjoy the exhibit here online all summer. 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