Artist and scholar lecture series, 7 p.m. in PUB 161 (Fireside Lounge).
All events are free and open to the public.


Please see the Clark Art Talks archive for a complete lsiting of past speakers.



June 10th, BeresSuttonCuller
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BeresSuttonCuller met at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA while pursuing degrees in sculpture. The group went on to explore performance and multidisciplinary installations in various venues. Both Consolidated Works and the Suyama Space commissioned and presented major new installations in the fall of 2002. They were awarded a GAP grant through Artist Trust for their project “Trailer Park”, a mobile city park on a flatbed trailer that toured King County through the summer months. The Seattle-based trio continues to garner attention with their energetic, often performance-based installations.



2013-2014 Past Lectures

May 21st, Kate Bingaman-Burt
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Kate makes piles of work about consumerism and she happily thinks and draws for other good people and companies. Along with being an educator and illustrator, she is also a curator, author, speaker and workshop giver. Since 2007, her work has been represented by Jen Bekman in New York City and exhibited around the globe. Her first book, Obsessive Consumption: What Did You Buy Today? was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2010. She has since collaborated with them to produce two more titles about documentation and consumption in 2012 and 2013. Her design clients include the New York Times, MoMa, the Gap, as well as locally loved institutions like the Museum of Contemporary Craft.
April 23rd, Rodrigo Valenzuela
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Video artist/photographer Rodrigo Valenzuela left Chile in 2005 to look for a place where he could grow personally and artistically, initiating his transition from being an emerging award-winning artist and teaching assistant at the University of Chile to being an illegal concrete laborer in Boston which, not surprisingly, changed his art-making process completely. After earning a BFA in photography from The University of Chile and a BA in Philosophy from The Evergreen State College, he earned a MFA in Photo media from the University of Washington. An alumni of the Skowhegan school of Painting and Sculpture, Valenzuela's work has been shown at: MOCA Miami; National Academy Museum in New York; North Dakota Museum of Art; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle: El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, NM; COCA, Seattle; Longwood Gallery in the Bronx, NY; Perspective Gallery in Chicago and more.


March 5th, Amjad Faur
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In conjunction with the exhibition at Archer Gallery, Clark Art Talks hosts a panel discussion investigating art, politics, and history in the Middle East. Faur will be joined by political scientists and historians to explore themes of media, representation, and social unrest. As Heleana Genaus writes: "We often see violent, desperate and sometimes hopeless images when we think of occupied Palestine. We think of the political relationships between countries as having broken down; leaving those living the day to day in a state of uncertainty… Amjad Faur, identifies the commonalities in the relationships between displacement and colonization of native communities in Palestine, which he explores within the context of contemporary Photography."


February 11th, Kimberly Trowbridge
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Trowbridge received her BA in English Literature and BFA in Painting from Indiana University in 2003, and her MFA from the University of Washington in 2006. She has had several solo exhibitions at galleries including The Painting Center in NYC, and Blindfold Gallery, Gallery 40, and the Steele Gallery at Gage Academy of Art, in Seattle. Trowbridge is an instructor and lecturer on figure painting and color theory. She has taught at the University of Washington, Seattle, Western Washington University, Bellingham, and is a current instructor at the Gage Academy of Art. She runs a private painting school out of her Top Hat Studio in Seattle, and leads national and international plein air painting tours.


January 21st, Emily Nachison
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Emily Nachison is a multi media artist. She received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2006 and a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2010. Nachison has had numerous solo exhibitions and has been included in multiple group shows across the country. This year she received an Artistic Focus Project Grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council in Portland, Oregon. Nachison is currently the Interim Fiber Department Chair and a Visiting Faculty member at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, Oregon.


November 20th, Susan Seubert

image:photo of Susan Seuberts work. Three jars with eggs inside.

Award winning photographer Susan Seubert was born in 1970 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ms. Seubert is an active fine art and journalism photographer based in Portland, Oregon and Maui, Hawaii. Her provocative imagery has earned her critical acclaim with inclusion in the Portland Art Museum's 1999 and 2001 Biennials, the 2009 Tacoma Art Museum's Northwest Biennial and selected as a finalist for the 2011 Contemporary Northwest Artist Awards. Since receiving her BFA in photography from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 1992, Seubert has exhibited continuously in the United States and abroad. Ms. Seubert received an Alfred Eisenstaedt Award and an International Photography Award, as well as being acknowledged as a photography expert by the National Geographic Society. She continues to contribute regularly to such publications as National Geographic Traveler and The New York Times.


October 15th, Mike Rathbun
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Mike Rathbun has a national reputation for large-scale site-specific installation in wood and other materials. Rathbun has an MFA from University of Minnesota, and a BA, from Bethel College, Minnesota. Recent sites for his installations include: Franconia sculpture Park, Shafer MN; Boise Art Museum, ID; San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, CA; Suyama space, Seattle WA; Schneider Museum, Ashland, OR, 2010; and the Art Gym, Marylhurst, OR.


May 7th, Shantell Martin

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From London to Tokyo to New York, internationally acclaimed visual artist Shantell Martin is expanding conventional definitions of drawing and animation to transform visual experience in the design, fashion and music industries. Martin has collaborated with celebrity photographers and brands alike; her notable work includes a project with celebrity photographer Nigel Barker, the transformation of the New York custom denim store 3×1 into a Martin inspired wonderland, and a screening in Dell's 2011 experiential pop up workspace. In February 2012, she was one of four artists commissioned by Nike iD to make a piece of work and a limited edition shoe to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Nike Cortez. She also creates murals in a range of contexts – from the private homes of celebrities to the faces of models and friends.


April 17th, Avantika Bawa
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Avantika Bawa is an artist, curator, and academic. Her drawings and site- specific installations transform the act of drawing into sculptural gestures that react formally and also conceptually to architectural spaces and their history. This process emerges due, in part, to her relationship to the legacy of Minimalism and its emphasis upon reductive form, modularity and literal scale.

She has an MFA in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1998) and a BFA in the same from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India (1995). She was a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2008), Vermont Studio Center, VT, Milepost 5, Portland, OR, Jentel Artist Residency Program, WY and most recently the MacDowell Colony, NH.

Note worthy exhibits include; solos at Suyama Space, Seattle, WA, The Columbus Museum, Columbus GA; Saltworks Gallery and the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, Atlanta, GA; Lalit Kala Academy and Nature Morte Gallery, New Delhi, India; Gallery Maskara, Mumbai, India; Disjecta and Portland State University, Portland, OR. She was part of the South by East Biennial in Boca Raton, FL; and juried group shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art, GA, The Drawing Center and Smack Mellon, NY and SAVAC, Canada. Her work has been reviewed in international publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian, Art Papers, Art Lies, Art India, Art Asia Pacific, The Oregonian, and The Times of India amongst others.

Bawa's curatorial work began with a hotel room show during the Art in Chicago fair (98') and has grown through her studio and gallery, aquaspace – a laboratory for new and multi media art. In April 2004 she was part of a team that launched Drain - Journal for Contemporary Art and Culture, a peer reviewed online journal (www.drainmag.com).

She is currently Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Washington State University Vancouver, WA. Once upon a time she taught at Clark College and was a happy penguin.


March 5th, Amjad Faur
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Amjad Faur received his M.F.A from the University of Oregon in 2005. He has been working for over a decade with large format (8x10 inch) photography and it continues to be the means by which he conceptualizes, associates and produces his work. Amjad has spent a great deal of time in Italy as well as the Middle East. The collective histories of these particular regions have come to inform and inhabit his work.

Amjad currently lives in Olympia, WA with his wife, Laila as well as their little cat and giant dog. He teaches at Evergreen State College.


February 5th, Mike Rathbun
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Mike Rathbun received his MFA in sculpture from the University of Minnesota. He has taught sculpture at Lewis and Clark College in Portland Oregon since 2005. He has been a recipient of multiple grants and fellowships including Pollock-Krasner, The Bush Fellowship, Virginia Groot foundation Grant. He has had solo exhibitions nationally including venues in New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, LA, and Seattle. Most recently a monumental site specific installation at the Boise Art Museum that was funded by grants from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Grant and The National Endowment for the Arts.


January 16th, Ann Christenson
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Born in Indiana, Ann Christenson holds a BA (1964) and an MFA (1983) from UC Berkeley. Working in the "Cal Pot Shop" during the early sixties and watching Peter Voulkos' performance demonstrations helped shape her ideas about clay. In the mid sixties she and Sue Newman started a ceramic studio in NYC where she worked until 1971. Returning to California she again helped form a group ceramic studio where she worked until returning to graduate study in 1979. She is currently a Professor Emeritus of Fine Art at Washington State University where she taught and coordinated the ceramic area.

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