OPENS: 2016 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards

Willem Volkersz, Vincent in Paris, 2013
Willem Volkersz, Vincent in Paris, 2013, neon, wood, acrylic, latex paint, and found objects, image courtesy of artist.

The Museum’s fourth biennial awards exhibition, Contemporary Northwest Art Awards 2016 features eight outstanding artists including a two-person artist’s collaborative. Four of the eight artists are immigrants, coming to the Northwest from Asia and Europe and contributing to the exhibition’s conceptual strength with a fresh view of America. Works in the exhibition address global and regional humanist issues —prejudice, belonging, war, the evolution of power, omnipresent technology, and the environment. Ranging from large-scale installations to intimate ceramic portraits, the multimedia exhibition showcases works in combinations of neon, video, glass, drawing, painting, and clay with innovative approaches to both new and traditional media.

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