EXHIBITION | January 18, 2022 – May 21, 2022

ABOUT |The Pacific Northwest is home to a unique artistic ecosystem involving craft traditions, pre-industrial cultures, and Indigenous and settler histories. Like folk art, the works featured here are handmade, straightforward, and often blur the line between functionality and aesthetics. Artisanal woven baskets and tooled-wood objects mix with works that are makeshift, improvisational, and often employ salvaged materials. For the artists—patchwork quilters and abstract painters alike—a rural and working-class ethos of making do with what you have is as foundational as art history and studio technique.

This exhibition will include many significant artistic practitioners of the region including Marita Dingus, Warren Dykeman, Joe Feddersen, Blair Saxon-Hill, Whiting Tennis, and Cappy Thompson. Check back here for a full list of participating artists soon. A playlist of Indie Folk music selected by Portland’s Mississippi Records will accompany the exhibition, filling the galleries with the sound of the Pacific Northwest.

Funding for this exhibition is provided by the members of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU.
Curated by Melissa E. Feldman and organized by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU.

About the Curator | Along with her ongoing work as an independent curator and writer, Melissa Feldman held positions for the last several years as Distinguished Visiting Faculty at Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, and Director of the Neddy Artist Awards, a regional grant with related public programming and exhibitions. Recent curatorial projects include Indie Folk: New Art from the Pacific Northwest (2020) at adamsandollman.com; Uses of History (2019) at studio e, Seattle; Free Play, an Independent Curators International touring exhibition (2013-17): A Cool Breeze: L.A. and Vancouver Art in the 1960s and Beyond at Griffin Art Projects, Vancouver B.C. (2017); Another Minimalism: Art After California Light and Space (2015-16), at the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh and travelling to the Mead Gallery, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK; Dance Rehearsal: Karen Kilimnik’s World of Ballet and Theatre (2012) at Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, and travelling to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver. Feldman has been a frequent contributor to Art in America and Frieze among other international publications and has taught at the California College of Art, the San Francisco Art Institute, and Goldsmith’s College, London. Feldman is credited with organizing the first monographic exhibitions for Kilimnik, Martin Kippenberger, and Hiroshi Sugimoto in the 1990s as a curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia.

LOCATION | The  Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU is located in the Crimson Cube (on Wilson Road across from Martin Stadium and the CUB) on the WSU Pullman campus. Check Covid-19 updates for our open hours. For more information please contact the museum at 509-335-1910.