Arts Impact 2 Day Summer Conference

From Puget Sound Educational Service District, Learning & Teaching Department: Arts Impact 2 Day Summer Conference

Arts Impact is hosting a two-day conference titled Engaging Heads and Hearts: Social Emotional Learning and the Arts. Each day of the two-day conference begins with an opening session by Arts Impact Director, Beverly Harding Buehler. Then select from a range of classroom-ready sessions in dance, theater, and visual arts that are infused with social emotional learning. Discover the power of arts-infused learning and assessment strategies for deepening student engagement and raising achievement.

Type: 2 day conference

Title: Engaging Heads and Hearts: Social Emotional Learning and the Arts (PreK-8)

Location: Puget Sound Educational Service District, 800 Oakesdale Ave SW, Renton, WA 98057

Date: June 27 & 28, 2017

Time (Pacific Time): 8:30 am – 4:00 pm each day

Cost: $150 for one day, or $250 for both days (lesson plan and studio fee included)

For more information:

Meg Hannan
Senior Coordinator, Arts Education
Arts Impact   Facebook

ESD 121 News and Gatherings

Dear ESD 121,

  All members welcome!

Check out the March – May  2017 Gatherings…

MARCH 2017– Artist and Craftsman Supply, Tacoma. Tour of the store plus a demonstration and studio time for block printing led by store manager and artist Michael Rives. (3 clock hours)

MARCH 25TH, SATURDAY, 11:00-3:00

APRIL 29th 2017 – Daniel Smith art supplies in Seattle.  The emphasis of the day will be on fine watercolors and how to also use student grade materials that are affordable for the classroom. Thom Right will lead a tour of the DS manufacturing center for watercolors and do a demonstration of the materials for us.  This will be a great learning opportunity for teachers to make connections of earth science to the development of artist supplies and tools.(3 clock hours)

 One of our members gave us a challenge for this day to wear recycled fashion and share lesson plans that connect to recycled art.

APRIL 29ND, SATURDAY,  11:00-3:00


MAY 13th 2017 – Is still being planned, but we hope to meet at the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington – or somewhere near by from 1:30 – 4:00.  ( 3 clock hours)

No reservation necessary.

Have questions, contact Marta Olson, Co-Chair ESD 121  (


Attention ESD 121, Check out this Month’s ESD 121 Event

Marta Olson, your ESD 121 Rep has put together some amazing opportunities for her region. Come and join other art educators in your region, get to know one another, and share in some hands on workshops. Have questions, contact Marta

Please DO NOT contact the event locations. Contact your ESD 121 Reps.

FEBRUARY 2017Bainbridge Island Art Museum – The emphasis of this gathering will be on handmade books. (3 clock hours) 

BIAM is an easy walk from the ferry landing in Winslow. Catch the ferry in Seattle as a walk on, and simply walk up a hill from the landing and at the first stoplight is the museum. Great shopping and dinner options in the town of Winslow too!!


Mark your calendars for additional ESD 121 events…

MARCH 2017– Artist and Craftsman Supply, Tacoma. Tour of the store plus a demonstration and studio time for block printing lead by store manager and artist Michael Rives. (3 clock hours)

MARCH 25TH, SATURDAY, 11:00-3:00

APRIL 29th 2017 – Daniel Smith art supplies in Seattle.  The emphasis of the day will be on fine watercolors and how to also use student grade materials that are affordable for the classroom. Thom Right will lead a tour of the DS manufacturing center for watercolors and do a demonstration of the materials for us.  This will be a great learning opportunity for teachers to make connections of earth science to the development of artist supplies and tools. (3 clock hours)

            One of our members gave us a challenge for this day to wear recycled fashion and share lesson plans that connect to recycled art.

APRIL 29ND, SATURDAY, 11:00-3:00


MAY 13th 2017 – Is still being planned, but we hope to meet at the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington – or somewhere near by from 1:30 – 4:00.  ( 3 clock hours)

NWESD Regional High School Art Show

Dear Art Teachers and other Friends of High School Art,

If you are a high school art teacher, this email is for you!  If you are not an art teacher, please forward to your nearest high school art teacher!  Thank you for your help getting this to the right people.

Let’s be friends!  Did you know?  NWESD High School Art Teachers has a public Facebook page!  Have you liked us yet?

The 2017 NWESD Regional High School Art Show is coming up in February.  It’s time to submit outstanding art from your students!  Winners at the NWESD Regional show go on to OSPI and the Annual Superintendent’s High School Art Show.  As promised, OSPI has created an electronic form for registration.  Using this form should streamline the process.  The Art Show application is now open for submission in the NWESD Region.    To access the form you will need an account in the Educational Data System (EDS).  Once logged in to EDS you will see in your applications list something called Art Show (see image below)

Your District Security Manager will give you access.  If you don’t know who your District Security Manager is, please go to: .

Links to the application and the application User Guide (with step-by-step directions) are available at: .

Once inside the Art Show application you will be prompted to enter information about your student’s and their piece of art to be submitted to the show.

I have attached the USER GUIDE to this email.  It provides detailed views of screens and information necessary to create submissions.  Of note:

  • You will be asked for your student’s SSID (Student State Identifier) OR you will need to search for the student using their name and school.  In order to submit student work to the HS Art Show the student must be registered at your school in the CEDARS system.  (CEDARS is the State of Washington data collection database)
  • You will be asked to enter contact, street address and parent information for your student (very much like the paper form you may have used in previous years)
  • You will be asked to describe the art work and add to the submission form what the student says inspired them to create it.
  • A releases and permissions form is inside the tool and you must have this filled out and signed by the student prior to submitting their entry.  You will be asked to attest to the authenticity of each art piece and to commit to attaching the release and permission form to the original piece of artwork.

You may want to read the guide and collect the information you will need prior to submitting the art in the system.  Once in the system this will give us at NWESD numbers for our show in order to plan appropriate and adequate space. The art itself will need to be delivered during regular business hours, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., between Feb 20 and Feb 23 to the Everett School District Community Resource Center at 3900 Broadway in Everett, WA.  Once awards are given, the information will be passed electronically on to OSPI so that they can appropriately anticipate the submission to the Superintendent’s Art Show in April.

Thank you for helping to streamline the Superintendent’s High School Art Show application process.  Please know I am here to support you!  Please ask if you have questions or are unable to make this process work.



Joanne Johnson

NWESD Regional High School Art Show

Curriculum Coordinator

Northwest Educational Service District

Teaching and Learning

1601 R Avenue

Anacortes WA 98221

(360) 299-4046

(360) 299-4070 FAX

Together We Can…

Check Out What’s going on in ESD 121

Faye Scannell, our ESD 121 Rep, collected some amazing news and information. Here is what’s going on in ESD121 as well as a wonderful example of an ESD Report. Download her Word document HERE, ESD121Report3-26

Don’t have an ESD Rep? Don’t know what’s going on in your ESD? Encourage one another to get involved, stay connected, and become a stronger region of art educators!


ESD 121 Regional Art Show Regional High School Art Show Timeline

  • February 17, 2016: Award letters mailed
  • February 17 – March 16, 2016: Art Show open for public viewing (7:00 am – 4:30 pm, daily)
  • March 16, 2016: Regional High School Art Show Reception and Awards Presentation at PSESD (6pm – 8pm)
  • May 20, 2016: 43rd Annual (State) High School Art Show Reception at OSPI, Olympia, WA (1pm-3pm)

Contest for metal & jewelry high school students contact:  Work will again be displayed at the Seattle Art Museum intent to participate – February 19

Work due – March 19

First day of exhibition – April 8

Awards Ceremony – April 16

Last day of exhibition – May 29

Work pick-up day – June 4

 Please contact us at for more information and drop off location.


Interested students need to apply now for summer on-campus art courses. This is a great opportunity for students live on campus and take college art classes providing a preview of course work beyond high school. During this immersion experience students,  produce quality work that helps them develop a stronger portfolio. Complete list with scholarships:

  1. Art Institute of Chicago:
  2. Boston University Visual Arts Summer Institute
  3. California College of the Arts Pre-College Program:
  4. Idyllwild Arts Summer Program:
  5. Kansas City Art Institute Pre-College Art Lab:
  6. Maryland Institute College of Art Baltimore Pre-College Studio Residency Program:
  7. Massachusetts College of Art Summer Studios:
  8. Minneapolis College of Art & Design —Pre-College summer sessions:
  9. Otis College of Art & Design Summer of Art:
  10. Pratt Institute Pre-College Program:
  11. Rhode Island School of Design Pre-College Program:
  12. San Francisco Art Institute Pre-College Program:
  13. Ringling College of Art & Design Pre-College Perspective:
  14. Savannah College of Art:


Must See Exhibits:


FEB 11 – MAY 8 2016




Kehinde Wiley is one of the leading American artists to emerge in the last decade and he has been ingeniously reworking the grand portraiture traditions. Since ancient times the portrait has been tied to the representation of power, and in European courts and churches, artists and their patrons developed a complex repository of postures and poses and refined a symbolic language. This language, woven into all aspects of a portrait, described the sitter’s influence and power, virtue and character, or profession. In his consideration of portrait traditions, Wiley has been especially drawn to the grand aristocratic portraits of the 18th century.

The artist began his first series of portraits in the early 2000s during a residency at the Studio Museum in Harlem. He set out to photograph and recast assertive and self-empowered young men from the neighborhood in the style and manner of traditional history painting. Since then he has also painted rap and sports stars but for the most part his attention has focused on ordinary men of color in their everyday clothes. Trained at Yale in the 1990s, Wiley was steeped in the discussions concerning identity politics during this decade and he brings his personal insights and theoretical studies to his practice.

Wiley’s portraits are highly stylized and staged, and draw attention to the dialectic between a history of aristocratic representation and the portrait as a statement of power and the individual’s sense of empowerment.

Frye Art Museum-


Agitation and Propaganda: The Soviet Political Poster 1918–1929

Reproductions of early Soviet political posters issued in 1967 by the seminal, independent literary publishing house, Grove Press Inc. Photographed by Caio Garruba at the Lenin State Library in Moscow, their publication in the United States offered Western audiences a rare window into the postrevolutionary visual culture of the Soviet Union.

ART – Professional Development

Classes and workshops for adults are designed to inspire artists of all abilities to reach new heights of creative and artistic excellence

Art Studio Classes @ Gage Academy


Art Classes @ Kirkland Arts Center


APRIL – Seattle ART Events

April 1 – 24

Art in the Schoolhouse at Christianson’s Nursery, Mt. Vernon.

April 2

Pratt Fine Arts Center Spring Open House, 6 – 9pm. 1902 South Main

April 18 – June 3

Northwest Watercolor Society International Open Exhibition, Mercer Island Community Center, 8236 SE 24th Street, Mercer Island, 206/275-7609.

April 30

Pratt’s 34th Annual Fine Art Auction,Bell Harbor Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66. Visit


ON-Going PUGET SOUND EVENTS: 1st Thursday/Friday Puget Sound Area


First Thursday

Gallery Walks in Pioneer Square and the Seattle Art Museum area, 5 – 8pm.

Downtown Museum and Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park are free all day on First

Art in the Park at South Lake Union Park.May through Oct. 11am – 7pm. Free admission at Museum of History and Industry. For more information:

SLU Art Walk from 5 – 8pm Oct. and May. South Lake Union event features temporary art shows in multiple venues run by Shunpike.

Silverdale Artwalk, March – Nov. 5 – 8pm, Meet at Lisa Stirrett Glass Art Studio, 9536 NW Silverdale Way. 360/613-5472

First Friday

Anacortes Galleries are open 6 –

Bainbridge Island Galleries are open from 6 – 8pm.

Bellingham Downtown Art Walk is from 6 – 10pm.

Bremerton Art Walk is from 5 – 8pm in downtown Bremerton.

Ellensburg Art Walk is from 5 – 7:30pm in historic downtown Ellensburg.

Fremont Art Walk is 6 –

Issaquah Art Walk is from 6 – 9pm, May – September in downtown

Sequim Art Walk is from 5 – 8pm in downtown Sequim.

Vashon Island Gallery Cruise is from 6 –

First Saturday

La Conner Galleries are open April – Oct. 5 – 8pm as part of the Skagit Valley Art

Langley on Whidbey Island Art Walk is from 5 – 7pm.

Port Orchard Art Walk April – Oct. from 2 – 5pm.

Port Townsend Art Walk is from 5:30 –

Summer SPLATTER issue!

The summer issue of SPLATTER is hot off the presses. Read how other art teachers “Renew” and re-energize over the summer. Find out more about the amazing upcoming Washington state art educators’ conference, Artoberfest! Get your hands on a few new lesson plans and so much more…! You don’t want to miss out on reading this summer’s issue of SPLATTER.

Click here to download a pdf of …. SPLATTER, vol. 1, issue 4

Have you missed some other issues? Not a problem, see the archive page for more SPLATTER issues and get up-to-date.

WAEA April Minutes

Hello Marvelous Members,

Our April Meeting was a “task-packed” meeting of agenda items. Thank you to all you came and to all who volunteered for much needed jobs for our 2015 Conference. We certainly are finishing up the 2014 – 2015 school year strong.

So grab a cup or coffee or a bottle 😉 of wine, sit back and read on.

Mark your calendars for the next two celebratory meetings: May 16th and June 6th! Details will be coming soon.

Hoping you are enjoying the glorious sunshine today.

As always, thank you for all you do. You are saving lives and inspiring bright futures.

Mari Atkinson

6th gr. Honors LA & 8th gr. Visual Art

Olympic View Middle School

WAEA Co-President

Please find the following Meeting Minutes from our April Meeting:

WAEA MINUTESApril 18, 2015 Location: Tacoma Art Museum 1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma
The Mission Statement of the Washington Art Education Association is to promote excellence in visual arts education, advocacy, leadership, professional development, and scholarship in Washington State.
Presidents: Mari Atkinson and Pamelia Valentine President-Elect: Cynthia Gaub
Secretary: Tracy Fortune (absent)
Treasurer : Katie Hall, Toni MinishElect
Members in attendance:
Debbie Supplitt, Barb Holterman, Cynthia Gaub, Jonathan Lindsay, Marta Olsen, Mandy Hallenius

CALL TO ORDER TIME: _ Start Time: 10:35 am
: Corrected adding Barbara Holterman’s last name / minutes were moved, seconded and approved.
1. State Conference:

       Update on 2015 state conference at Cascade HS Leavenworth (2016 tentative plan w/Portland)
Title and Theme: ARTober Fest – A Celebration of Art Education
Committees were developed and leads, along with a schedule. Please check attachment for details. Consider signing up for one of the committees or leading one of the open spots. We need everyone to play a part. The planning and the participating all fits into the charge given to all NAEA members in NOLA. Our theme and our work truly fits the “Remarks” made by Deborah Reeves to the Delegates Assembly in NOLA.
Dr. Reeves encouraged us to “reach our preferred future. Forward-looking leaders create a vision, design a future, map strategies…and – working in reverse – determine the series of steps that will get us to that vision.”   – Dr. Deborah Reeves

  1. Google for Non-Profits Proposal:
    See attachment for details. Cathy, James and Cynthia attended an excellent session at NAEA on the strategies to help states with communication using Google for Non-profits. This would include emailing contacts, document storage, forms, calendars, YouTube channel. The motion for applying for the Google for Non-Profits account and products for better online presence and cloud storage, forms and team document and email sharing was carried and passed.

    OSPI High School Art Show:

    Date: Friday, May 15th Time: 1:00-3:00 p.m.  We have enough volunteers! Cathy Tanasse and Pamelia Valentine will now attend to help host with Mari Atkinson and Gale Riley. All are invited.REPORTS & UPDATES:
    Treasurer: (Katie) Non-profit status has been updated (Form-990), Balance $15,885.64 ($10,000
    Conference) / Need to return to suggested assignment structure by making Membership Chair also
    available to accept and deposit checks into the WAEA account.
    > ESD Vice Presidents: See attached reports from ESD 189, ESD 114
    ESD 112: Continuing to work on the database and in process of conducting a “Round-up.”
    ESD 105: Tons going on! Katie will post on website. High School Regional Show, Middle Schools Show,
    Dept. of Ecology WA recyclable jewelry show “Message in Materials”

> Advocacy: (Mandy) Update on Arts Advocacy Day in D.C. Excellent training for speaking to Congress; articulation of our wants and needs are paramount. What stood out most to Mandy? How clueless (i.e. totally ignorant – editorial license here) congressional workers are regarding education; especially art education. What is at stake? 30 million dollars available for professional development for art teachers AND evaluating art teachers (TPEP) on teaching art (whadda concept). WAEA will be working toward supporting more members who would like to become involved in advocacy training.
> DVI: (Mandy) Retreats were won in NOLA at NAEA by Utah and Colorado’s art associations. Mandy’s work with DVI brought forward a ton of excitement to Delegate’s Assembly as the winners were announced at the close of our session. DVI is putting WAEA strong on the NAEA radar! All of this helps NAEA consider Seattle as a possible future venue for the national convention. Also, the poster project is underway and images are almost ready for us to vote on.

   > YAM: (Nancy and Laurel) No report available. Please think about a couple of decisions regarding YAM entries as far as a policy for double-dipping student work in contests.

> SCHOLASTIC: (Jonathan) Very successful year with National Winners in art (check the website ) along with Golds and Silvers in writing. More to come as Washington State grows as an all-state affiliate.

> SPLATTER: (Cynthia) Lots of news! Please see attachment. We will be designing a sign-up for regular features for Divisional Reps submissions. This could be a favorite lesson that works with your grade level or suggestions for class management, anything pertaining to your area. Be thinking!
April deadline extended to the 30th. Theme for the summer issue (due date June 15th) is Summer Rejuvenation / Inspiration; how do you refuel? Think. Write. Submit. Let your voice as an art educator be heard.

> WEBSITE: (Trinity) Continue to be sure to send Trinity updates and news of events in your district / school. There are a number of Night of the Arts coming up for us to attend and help support.

NEXT WAEA MEETING DATES:  May 16th, 10:00ish, somewhere on Bainbridge Island 😉   Details will come your way. This will be a fun gathering to make it easier for our ferry-taking-folk to attend with more conference details to be worked out.
June 6th we head to the East in the Yakima area. Let’s set-up some carpools!


WAEA Full Board of Directors 2015-2017
WAEA Exec Board
Mari Atkinson
Co-President Pamelia Valentine
President Elect Cynthia Gaub
Secretary Tracy Fortune
Katie Hall Elect Toni Minish
Regional Representatives / Role: Vice Presidents WAEA ESD
See ESD 112, 171 & ESD 189 Collaborative Representative Teams now acceptable
Faye Scannell
(3) ESD 114: PORT TOWNSEND · SEQUIM · PORT ANGELES · NEAH BAY · FORKS Lorinne Lee (on leave)   David Cassel
(4) ESD 113: ABERDEEN · WHITE PASS · OLYMPIA OPEN (Amada Lang has resigned)
(5) ESD 112: VANCOUVER · LONG BEACH Barb Holterman and Debbie Supplitt
(6) ESD 101: SPOKANE · PULLMAN Sherry Syrie
(7) ESD 171: NORTH CENTRAL PART OF THE STATE: Cyndi Noyd and Don Collins
(8) ESD 105: YAKIMA: Position is OPEN
(9) ESD 123: Tri-cities: Position is OPEN
Divisional Representatives:
Elementary Representatives: Kellia Brinson
Middle School Representative: Nancy Jordan
Secondary Representative: Tracy Fortune
College Representative: Mandy Hallenius
Administrative/Supervision Representative: Jonathan Lindsay
Museum Representative: Lynda Swenson
Retired Teacher Representatives: Carl Clausen Clausen
Art Education Student Representative: Emily Jacobson-Ross jacobsonre@cwu.EDU
Committee Chairs:
   James Andrews a
Advocacy/Arts Time Ginny Lane
Awards Cynthia Gaub  
Scholarship Carl Clausen and Laurel King
Webmaster / Communications Director: Trinity Osborn
Youth Art Month Representatives: Laurel King and Nancy Jordan
Publication Editor: Cynthia Gaub

2015 ESD 189 HS Art Show

The Awards Celebration is this Friday 5:30 to 6:30 at the Everett Community Resource Center and take down starts at 6:30. Come and see it soon! It is a small but mighty show!

ESD 189 Brochure

A Sample of some of the OSPI Show and Scholarship Winners:

Natasha Hanson, "Sick Flow V2"

Natasha Hanson, “Sick Flow V2”


Kainalu Ramos, "Free-For-All"

Kainalu Ramos, “Free-For-All”

Chan Ha Kim, "Finding Birds"

Chan Ha Kim, “Finding Birds”

Floyd Clark, "Addiction"

Floyd Clark, “Addiction”

View more of the work here.

News from your ESD 101 Rep

My name is Sherry Syrie and I have recently accepted the honor of being the Washington Art Education Association Regional Vice President for ESD 101.  In this role, I am here to assist the visual arts educators in your district by organizing opportunities for collaboration with other art educators to help facilitate student learning and help them grow as professionals. I would also like to share information about the WAEA, and to assist your art educators with finding resources for delivering their art curriculum. At the present time I am in need of your assistance.

I am requesting your help in compiling a database of all art teachers in our ESD 101 area. This will help me better serve the secondary art educators in your district as no such list exists at this time. I have attached a letter for your art teachers explaining why I need their contact information and have a form for them to complete and send back to me in a timely manner.

Please forward the attached letters labeled, “Art Teacher Letter of Request” and the form labeled, ”Art Teachers of ESD 101” to all the secondary art teachers in your district. Once these forms are complete, I will be able to contact your teachers easily and we can begin our important collaborative work.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me and thank you for your help.


Sherry A. Syrie
Visual Arts Educator
Cheney Middle School/ Westwood Middle School
(509) 559-4441<>

Sherry Syrie

Art Teacher Letter of Request

Art Teachers of ESD 101

ATTENTION ALL ESD 189 High School Art Teachers!

The Department of Art at Central Washington University is pleased to offer $5000 in scholarships (tuition waivers) at the ESD 189 High School Art Show this year and to continue these awards annually.

We will be offering three $1000 scholarships and one $2000 scholarship. Preference will be given to students of junior and senior class status. These awards will be made solely on the basis of merit in recognition of one artwork entered into the exhibit. All media are eligible. Faculty of the Department of Art at Central will make the selection of awards from the artwork in the exhibition. There is no major of study requirement with these awards. There will be a deadline for acceptance of the award depending on the class standing of the student. The award will remain eligible until the first year the student is eligible to attend college.

What an amazing opportunity,

Cathy Tanasse

OSPI News & Updates


42nd Annual Superintendent’s High School Art Show

High school students from all nine Educational Service Districts are eligible to participate. Teachers with interested students are encouraged to submit artwork to their regional ESD shows. Finalists from the regional shows move forward to the state show that will be on display at OSPI on April 6 – May 28 with a reception and awards ceremony taking place on Friday, May 15 from 1–3 p.m.


Art in Public Places – Art Lessons

ArtsWA (Washington State Arts Commission), the Art in Public Places team, and Arts in Education staff have developed a series of four high-quality, participatory arts lessons.


Arts Infused Learning Closes Opportunity Gap

Download a new research report conducted as part of a U.S. Department of Education grant project between Arts Impact and the Seattle Public Schools.



National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is accepting applications for the 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. Twelve award-winning programs will each receive $10,000. After-school and out-of-school time arts and humanities programs are encouraged to apply. Applications are due February 2.


Federal Junior Ducks Stamp Design Contest

This art contest is open to ALL Washington State students grades K-12. There will be a total of 36 place winners, between four age groupings, who receive ribbons, prizes, recognition, and whose art will be on display for a full year at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge in Olympia. The art will also be featured in a traveling exhibit. The submission deadline is March 15. For questions contact the Washington State coordinator, Michael Schramm, at 360-753-9467 or


Seattle Art Museum


JAN 29, 7 – 8 pm
Seattle Art Museum

Learn More »


Bangalore-based artist Pushpamala N. discusses her works featured in the exhibition City Dwellers: Contemporary Art from India. Her series “Native Women of South India – Manners and Customs” is a collaborative photo-performance with artist Clare Arni that raises questions about female representation, ethnography, colonialism, and Indian modernity—which adds up to some stunning imagery.


Fyre Museum

Rodrigo Valenzuela: Future Ruins
Friday, January 30, 2015, 7:30 pm


Please RSVP by Monday, January 26, 2015
Questions? 206 432 8288

Rodrigo Valenzuela: Future Ruins

January 31–April 26, 2015

Rodrigo Valenzuela is a Seattle-based artist and the winner of the 2013 Stranger Genius Award in visual art and 2014 Artist Trust Arts Innovator Award. Although he has exhibited widely in the United States, Valenzuela’s exhibition at the Frye Art Museum is his first solo museum exhibition and the first large-scale presentation of his work in Seattle. It features two works created especially for the exhibition, a large-scale architectural installation titled Hedonic Reversal and a three-channel video projection, El Sisifo, which is based on the myth of Sisyphus.

Valenzuela was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1982. His work draws on his personal history, including his experience as an undocumented worker following his immigration to the United States. Valenzuela describes his work as follows:

“I situate my creative practice within the contradicting traditions of documentary and fiction through video, photography, and installation. I construct narratives, scenes, and stories which point to the tensions found between the individual and communities. I utilize autobiographical threads to inform larger universal fields of experience. Gestures of alienation and displacement are both the aesthetic and subject of much of my work. Often using landscapes and tableaus with day laborers or myself, I explore the way an image is inhabited, and the way that spaces, objects, and people are translated into images. My work serves as an expressive and intimate point of contact between the broader realms of subjectivity and political contingency. Through my videos and photographs, I make images that feel at the same time familiar yet distant. I engage the viewer in questions concerning the ways in which the formation and experience of each work is situated—how they exist in and out of place.”

PASS the TORCH (high school state jewelry/metals competition)

Important Dates in 2015:
Sat Feb 20 — RSVP deadline. Please communicate your intent to participate by this date, as well as a firm RSVP for the teacher workshop.
Sat March 21, 12-2pm — Drop-off day for entries, and Teacher Workshop
Sat May 2, 1-3pm — Awards Ceremony @ Washington State Convention Center, North Galleria
Sat June 6, 12-2pm — Pick-up day for student work
Thurs April 2-Thurs May 28 — Entire duration of exhibition at the Washington State Convention Center

The website has also been updated with current info and the 2015 poster:

If you didn’t receive a poster please let me know, I’d be happy to send one to you!

Let me know if you have any questions!
Kristen Hummel
Passing the Torch, Committee Chair

Attention NWESD 189 High School Teachers

Hello Northwest Educational Services District 189 High School Art Teacher!  You have an opportunity to enter your 9 – 12 art student work for a special regional art show.  Some of the regional winners will be selected to be part of a special OSPI State High School Art Show in Olympia and could possibly win even more recognition.  There is a lot of information so please email me, Cathy Tanasse, at for more details!

Information for the Entries for the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s 41st Annual High School Art Show for schools in the NWESD 189 region:

This show is open to all current students in grades 9 through 12 in ESD 189 public schools.

Please deliver your entries between Monday, February 23, 4:15 p.m. and Wednesday, February 25 by 4:15 p.m.

  1. Deliver to the NEW Everett School District Community Resource Center at 3900 Broadway, Everett, WA  98201.
  2. Leave your work with the reception desk attendant.

High schools with enrollments of 1,000 students or more are limited to EIGHT entries plus three entries from Special Education students.

High schools with enrollments of fewer than 1,000 students are limited to SIX entries, plus two entries from Special Education students.

*Special Education students’ entries will be by age 14 to 21 years – not by grade.

The juried show of student work will be available for public viewing during Everett School District hours Monday, March 2, through Friday, March 13th.

There will also be an after-hours viewing and awards reception from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 13th. Please attend, as work may be taken “home” after 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 13th. Regional winners will retained for additional display and judging.

OSPI Art show judging guidelines, entry restrictions, and the official entry form are available at the OSPI web site:

(Student registration/entry form and the guidelines. Click HERE.)

(Official Entry and Show Guidelines. Click HERE.)


There will be no entry fee for this year’s show thanks to qualified volunteers, the Everett School District, and the Washington Art Education Association.

Please share this information with your school district colleagues, other ESD 189 high school art teachers and encourage your students to participate in this traditional program to support and recognize artistic talent and skills in our youth. You may want to car pool for artwork delivery, the reception, and artwork pick up, as this is your responsibility.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at (360-563-7607), or by e-mail to

Cathy Tanasse, NBCT Art,

Washington Art Education Association Past President

NWESD 189 High School Art Show Coordinator

2015 esd 189 POSTER


Attention PSESD High School Teachers

Dear High School Art Instructors,

A reminder to submit student artwork by Friday, January 23.

For guidelines and registration information, visit our website at

Important Dates

January 12 – 23, 2015: art work accepted at PSESD (office closed on the MLK holiday)

February 9-13, 2015: judging

February 18, 2015: award letters mailed

February 17 – March 18, 2015: Art Show open for public viewing (7am – 5pm, daily)

March 18, 2015: Regional High School Art Show Reception and Awards Presentation at PSESD (6pm – 8pm)

How many pieces can I enter?

Each art instructor can enter up to 3 pieces (4 pieces if 1 is a special education piece).

Artwork submitted in previous shows include:



Pen and ink


Colored pencil





Linoleum print

Paper collage

Mixed media (3D)

Mixed media (2D)

Digital photography

Color photography

Black and white photography

Digital graphics

Ceramics (hand)

Ceramics (wheel thrown)

Questions? Please contact me.

 (Student registration/entry form and the guidelines. Click HERE.)

(Official OSPI Entry and Show Guidelines. Click HERE.)

Meg Hannan

Regional High School Art Show Coordinator

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Puget Sound Educational Service District

800 Oakesdale Ave. SW, Renton, WA 98057

T: 425-917-7942 / 800-664-4549   C: 253-282-4396

TTY: 425-917-7833

SAVE THE DATE! WAEA at SAM Jan.31 and Happy Holidays

Holiday Greetings to All!

Please be sure to SAVE THE DATE – January 31st, WAEA will conduct the first meeting of the New Year at Seattle Art Museum (Thank you Lynda – what a great gift for us).

Time: 10:30 – 12:30  Docent led tour to follow (optional)
Place:  SAM downtown 1300 First Avenue Seattle, WA 98101

Agenda:  To follow later in the month along with meeting minutes from December, so stay tuned.

Please enjoy holiday wishes from the WAEA 2015 Board – CLICK HERE (in case you missed it on FB)
Warm Wishes,
Mari & Pamelia