First Nation Legendary & Emerging Artists
Voices of ancestors speak through the work of a new generation of First Nation artists and their honored mentors.
SJIMA is honored to present its first exhibition devoted to First Nation art. The artists are members of tribes in the Coastal Pacific Northwest and others are Inuit from the Hudson Bay area. Over 25 artists are represented from at least five different outstanding collections.
Our goal is to highlight contemporary artists as they interpret traditional cultural images in glass, prints, stone, bone and wood.
Educational materials and events accompany the exhibitions to expand the understanding of the art, its function and the legends and myths of the tribal cultural heritage.
EMERGENCE will run from May 26th to September 4, 2017.
SJIMA hours are Thursday - Monday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
SPONSORS: Dave and Nancy Honeywell Charitable Trust, Susan and Gary Sterner, Law Office of Stephanie Johnson O'Day, Harbor Rental
The SJIMA 2017 schedule of exhibitions explores and honors the resources of the abundant, Northwest landscape which artists transform into personal statements of celebration and genuine concern. First Nation art will be featured in the summer exhibition and will continue the dialogue concerning the forest and culture.
CELEBRATIONS by Morse Clary, artist/professor from the Tri Cities
Clary is a gifted sculptor, who sees each of his elegant ‘books’ as a study of sculptural metaphor and the visual and tactile qualities of wood. In this seminal exhibition of his life’s work, he presents a fascinating array of woods, fiber, jewels, bones and other materials from the natural environment, which have informed and inspired him. View his collection of books from March 4th – May 15th.
CHARRED TOTEMS by Suze Woolf, painter, sculptor from Seattle
The artist’s anxiety about climate change emerges in this series on burned-over forests. A strange, stunning beauty is accompanied by destruction and heartbreak in these cast paper sculptures and pine beetle books. Her painting walks a line between involving reality and a collection of brush strokes. Woolf is concerned about climate change and in this series on burned-over forests she portrays strange and stunning beauty. View Suze Woolf’s exhibit from March 4th – May 15th.
A REFLECTION OF VESSEL by Aaron Haba, installation artist, Camano Island
This site specific installation invites the viewer to look toward the heavens to see the beauty inside our own human vessels. Here at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art Haba has re-imagined his work “Vessel” to respond to the Atrium Gallery. View Aaron Haba’s “A Reflection of Vessel” in the Atrium from March 4th – May 15th.
Sponsors: Peg Gerlock & Phil Johnson, Earthbox Inn & Spa, Friday Harbor Suites, Harbor Rental & Saw Shop & PrintonyxSJIMA is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization: At the heart of the Salish Sea, SJIMA enriches arts and artists as we champion authenticity of our islands’ expression, place and connections.
Comparing his own journey from China to Canada, with that of the of the migration of the Salmon, Canadian multi-media artist Gu Xiong will install “A River of Migration” in the San Juan Islands Museum of Art’s (SJIMA) Atrium Gallery.
FRAGILE WATERS calls attention to water, our most critical resource, presenting 117 iconic black-and-white works by three renowned photographers and lifelong environmentalists.
The San Juan Islands Museum of Art presents an exhibition of work by Ai Weiwei, one of the most influential artists and most closely followed dissident political voices in the world.
As Above, So Below is a site-specific installation by Portland-based artist Dana Lynn Louis, recipient of the 2016 Contemporary Northwest Art Award.
Sleep of Reason presents 16 prints culled from two of Goya’s famous suites of prints: Los Desastres de la Guerra (1810–20) and Los Caprichos (1797–98).
For All We Know is an exhibition that features work from an eight-year long collaboration between visual artist, Dianne Kornberg, and poet, Elisabeth Frost that crosses the borders of media and form. Four projects are represented that honor and question limits to the creation of knowledge through the scientific method.
A retrospective exhibition of noted artist and educator John F. Heric. His artwork engages a wide variety of mediums – sculpture, music, drawing, and painting.
Hydrographs is a site-specific installation by Nicole Pietrantoni, a noted scholar, professor, and printmaker. She combines digital printing with traditional bookbinding techniques to create works that are both powerfully cerebral and stunningly aesthetic.
The fifth annual SJIMA Artists’ Registry Show – an exhibition of artworks by more than 92 Artists’ Registry members from San Juan County!
SJIMA welcomes the community to our fourth annual exhibition of artworks by more than 70 Artists’ Registry members from San Juan County!.
Michael Dailey is considered one of the Northwest's great mystical painters. This exhibition of luminous, color-field meditations spans 44 years of his remarkable work.
IMA is delighted to debut the first museum survey of San Juan Island artist Joe Miller's colorfold paintings. These masterful watercolors present Miller's stunningly original reflections on land forms, rocks, sky, and rivers.
Kathy Venter's life-size ceramic sculptures connect with universal themes of the human spirit, evoking ancient times while challenging figurative traditions.
See huge, spellbinding images of marine invertebrates from the waters around the San Juan Islands by acclaimed San Francisco wildlife photographer Susan Middleton.
"The Twist of Rist: Lasting Impressions by Luigi Rist" features a fascinating set of woodblock prints by Luigi Rist (American, 1888-1959) from the collection of Gregory B. Maynard.
Morris’ glass sculpture speaks of human origins, myth, ancestry, and ancient civilizations. Symbolizing a harmony between humanity and nature, the artists’ extraordinary technical skill combine with a love for cultural history to create a body of work like none other.