Archer Gallery serves the students and community of Clark College by exhibiting contemporary art in a not-for-profit educational setting. In order to exhibit work that has a strong interest for an academic institution, the gallery brings work that fulfills at least one of the following criteria.
- Regionally, nationally or internationally exhibiting professional artists
- Artwork that has a strong connection to new contemporary art concepts or methods
- Artwork that connects to Clark College Art Department curriculum and programs
- Works by artists with significant historical influence on contemporary art practices
The Archer Gallery is located in the Penguin Union Building (PUB) attached to Gaiser
Hall on the Clark College campus in Vancouver, Washington.
Pull into the Parking Lot south of Gaiser Hall. Park in any of the unmarked spaces. F/S spaces are reserved M–F until 5:30. Enter at the SW corner of Lower PUB.
Look for "Archer Gallery" lettering on the outer doors of the building. The gallery is just inside the door.
By Pamela Chipman and Jan Cook
Exhibit Dates: February 7- April 25th 2024
Viewing hours: Mon. - Sat., 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Opening Reception: February 7th Noon - 2PM
- Artist Reception and Performance by Lyra Butler-Denman: February 17th 2 - 5PM
- Artist Talk (In-Person): April 18th, 2-3 PM
“Afraid/Not Afraid, Immersive Photo Based Art Installation Looks at Gender and Vulnerability”
Afraid/Not Afraid examines how women live with an ever-present threat of violence and the feeling of being unsafe in their world. Gender violence, sexual stereotypes, and the portrayal of women in the media and popular culture feed and perpetuate this fear in our society. This collaborative photo-based installation explores vulnerability and the artist’s relationship to it as women. The work looks at the emotional side of this subject and how these forces shape the lives and behavior of women, often in subtle ways, that become ingrained and normalized as part of their worldview.
In this immersive installation, the viewer becomes the voyeur, peeping through an exterior window of a house before entering the space. The exhibition combines projected images, large photographic fabric panels and sound. The images reflect the relationship between being watched and objectified and how women present their identities to the world. The photographs and projections on semi-transparent layers combine and interplay as the viewer moves through the piece, building an intimate space for reflection.
The artists Jan Cook and Pamela Chipman created this installation together in an artist residency in Portland, OR. They are white cisgender women whose own experiences and concerns with safety and consent propelled them to make this body of work. In confronting this underlying fear, they want to call attention to and to create discussion and change around these issues.
Jan Cook is a Seattle artist who works with photo-based imagery to examine the ideas that run through our collective unconscious and tie us together in our humanity. Pamela Chipman is a Portland, Oregon based visual artist who explores themes of memory, domesticity, and femininity. She creates work that speaks to the history, strengths and struggles of women in our culture.
Exhibitions and art talks are free and open to the public.