The Henry Announces Jason Hirata as Winner of the 2015 Brink Award

The Henry is delighted to announce Jason Hirata as the recipient of the 2015 Brink Award.

The award was established with the generous support of longtime Henry benefactors and Seattle philanthropists John and Shari Behnke, and provides financial support, increased exposure, and critical validation from an internationally recognized arts institution, with the aim of fostering the artistic and professional development of emerging artists in the region. Mr. Hirata will receive a prize of $12,500 and be given a solo exhibition at the Henry, accompanied by a publication next spring. In addition, a work of art will be acquired for the museum’s permanent collection.

“Jason Hirata’s work is multilayered and spans different media to explore questions related to the conditions of our contemporary, networked society and globalized economy,” says Nina Bozicnik, Juror and Henry Assistant Curator. “His practice is an ongoing questioning of what constitutes a work of art and the processes and forms it can take.”

Among Hirata’s concerns are the behavior of images and how they accumulate cultural meaning, technological innovation and effects on perception, and systems of valuation in art and culture. His art has taken form in flat screen monitors, the architectural details and volume of a gallery, and a meet up of audiophiles.

Jason Hirata was born and raised in Seattle. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Photography from the University of Washington and has shown locally at the Frye Art Museum, James Harris Gallery, 4Culture Gallery, and Seattle University’s Hedreen Gallery. He works in Seattle and New York.

The 2015 cycle of the Brink Award relied on nominations made by invited members of the regional arts community.  Nominators were chosen with an eye to ensuring diversity in the selection process. This group of arts professionals and academics has a strong commitment to recognizing, promoting, and supporting emerging artists in our area.

This year, 57 nominations were received from a group of art professionals across the Pacific Northwest. The jurors conducted studio visits with all of the finalists in late May before selecting the award winner. The 2015-16 Jury was comprised of Dan Webb, artist; Robert Snowden, Curator at Yale Union in Portland; Helga Pakasaar, Curator at Presentation House Gallery in Vancouver, B.C.; Nina Bozicnik, Assistant Curator at the Henry; and founders John and Shari Behnke.

The Brink is in its fourth biennial cycle. In 2009, The Brink was awarded to Isabelle Pauwels, Vancouver, B.C.; in 2011, to Andrew Dadson, Vancouver, B.C., and in 2013, to Anne Fenton, Seattle, WA.

The Brink Award complements the Henry’s role as a catalyst for the exhibition and creation of contemporary art, while simultaneously demonstrating the museum’s commitment to artists working in our region.

The Week Ahead @ Henry

Get ready — summer at the Henry is just revving up!

Thinking Differently About Dirt: A Lecture with David Montgomery
Wed, June 3, 7 – 8:30 PM
David R. Montgomery, Professor of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington, will be presenting on the cultural history of soil and how the conceptions of dirt have shifted from ancient times.

Photo courtesy of David Montgomery.
Photo courtesy of David Montgomery.

Senses of Summer Music Series: Tomo Nakayama
Sat, June 6, 4 – 5 PM
Join us for a performance by multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter Tomo Nakayama. His crystalline high-tenor voice and intricate chamber folk compositions have been praised by NPR, New York Times, and KEXP. This is the first performance in our summer series of outdoor concerts held at the Henry.

Tomo Nakayama. Photo credit: Alicia Palaniuk.
Tomo Nakayama. Photo credit: Alicia Palaniuk.

ArtBreak: Lanxia (Summer) Xie
Sat, June 6, 2:30 – 3 PM
Lanxia (Summer) Xie, MFA candidate in Painting and Drawing, will be speaking about her work in the 2015 University of Washington MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition.

Photo courtesy of the artist.
Photo courtesy of the artist.

The Week Ahead @ Henry

Coming up this week…

Speaking, In a Sense: Discussion with Jeff Riffell
Sat, May 30, 4 – 5 PM
Combining storytelling and scientific research, Jeff Riffell, UW Assistant Professor of Biology, will lead a conversation on plants that use scents to communicate with insects. This lecture will be held at University of Washington’s Medicinal Herb Garden and Botany Greenhouse.

Photo courtesy of Jeff Riffell.
Photo courtesy of Jeff Riffell.

ArtBreaks happening this weekend…

Beck Tench
Thurs, May 28, 12:30 – 1:00 PM
Join designer and technologist Beck Tench to explore experimentation and space-making in our current exhibitions.

Photo courtesy of Beck Tench. Photo credit: Alan Levine.
Photo courtesy of Beck Tench. Photo credit: Alan Levine.

Megumi Shauna Arai
Sat, May 30, 2:30 – 3:00 PM
Photographer Megumi Shauna Arai will be digging into the themes of urban photography in Ilse Bing: Modern Photographer.

Photo courtesy of Megumi Shauna Arai.
Photo courtesy of Megumi Shauna Arai.

The Week Ahead @ Henry

It’s nearly graduation time which means…

UW School of Art + Art History + Design MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition

Each year, the Henry presents the University of Washington’s School of Art + Art History + Design’s Master of Fine Arts and Master of Design thesis exhibition. Throughout their program, students consult with academic advisers and working artists to develop advanced techniques, expand concepts, and discuss critical issues. They emerge with a vision and direction for their own work, which is embodied in the pieces they have chosen to present.

 

The exhibition features the work of Maria Rose Adams, Matthew Schau Allen, Tim Coleman, Shaghayegh Ghassemian, Katherine Groesbeck, Scott Ichikawa, Morgan Mangiaruga, Coley Mixan, Ryan Moeck, Sarah Norsworthy, Krista Schoening, Abigail R. Steinem, Amanda C. Sweet, Zheng Wu, Lanxia (Summer) Xie, and Kun Xu.

 

MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition Patron Preview
Thurs, May 21, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
Henry Contemporary and Patron Circle members are invited to preview the work of UW School of Art + Art History + Design Master of Fine Arts and Masters of Design candidates. This particular exhibition preview has long been a favorite among Henry supporters.

MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition Opening
Friday, May 22, 7-9 PM
Please join us for the public opening celebration and reception for the MFA +MDes Thesis Exhibition. This opening is being sponsored by Arts Dawgs, a program of ArtsUW. All are welcome!

 

2014 MFA + MDes Preview. Photo credit: Dan Bennett.
Patrons at the 2014 MFA + MDes Preview. Photo credit: Dan Bennett.

Video//Yoga
Thurs, May 21, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Enrich your yoga experience with Julia Greenway, curator and teacher at Interstitial Theatre. Her immersive yoga classes are taught in accompaniment with video art and engage your senses. Event is public and free.

Julia Greenway leads VIDEO//YOGA.
Julia Greenway leads VIDEO//YOGA.

The Week Ahead @ Henry

Much happening this week: New installations! Parties! Workshops!

 

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Catherine Parr
May 9 – July 26

This photographed image of the wax figure of Henry VIII’s last wife invites questions about perceptions of history and popular culture through Sugimoto’s creation of visual dissonances. Three UW faculty members’ responses to the latest piece in our Viewpoints series are on view alongside the image on our mezzanine.

Hiroshi Sugimoto. Catherine Parr, 1999. Gelatin silver print. Henry Art Gallery, Virginia and Bagley Wright Collection, 2014.185. Courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco. Copyright Hiroshi Sugimoto.
Hiroshi Sugimoto. Catherine Parr, 1999. Gelatin silver print. Henry Art Gallery, Virginia and Bagley Wright Collection, 2014.185. Courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco. Copyright Hiroshi Sugimoto.

The 2015 Brink Bash
Fri, May 15, 6 – 8 PM
Contemporary and Patron Circle members are invited to join us to celebrate the 2015 Brink Award finalists. Meet the seven finalists at Hilliard’s Taproom while enjoying snacks, drinks, and music by KEXP DJ Larry Rose. The Brink Award supports rising regional visual artists “on the brink” of exceptional professional careers. (Wondering how you can be invited to awesome events like this?)

The Brink Bash 2013. Photo credit: Robert Wade.
The Brink Bash 2013. Photo credit: Robert Wade.

On Cultivation and Preservation: Growing a Summer Cocktail Garden with Amy Pennington
Sat, May 16, 11AM & Sat, June 27, 12PM
Renowned author Amy Pennington offers a two-part workshop on creating a summer cocktail garden and a homemade summer amaro, a classic Italian herbal liqueur. Pennington is the author of Urban Pantry: Tips and Recipes for a Thrifty, Sustainable, and Seasonal Kitchen, and the host of the PBS show Check Please! Northwest.
Tickets: $15 per workshop; $25 for both. Limited space available.

Courtesy of Amy Pennington. Photo credit: KK Dundas.
Courtesy of Amy Pennington. Photo credit: KK Dundas.

The Week Ahead @ Henry

In this week’s news…

Ilse Bing: Modern Photographer

May 2 — October 18
Visit the Henry for an exhibition of images by Ilse Bing, an early pioneer of photographing with the 35 mm Leica hand-held camera. A commercial photographer between the late 1920s and 1950s, she is recognized today as one of the key contributors to the development of modern photography.

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Ilse Bing. Garden wire, 1953. Gelatin silver print. Henry Art Gallery, gift of Yuri and Zoe Gurevich, 2012.91. © Estate of Ilse Bing.

ArtBreak: Mindfulness Meditation
Thurs, May 7, 12:30 PM
Come de-stress and soak in art during this meditation session by engaging and observing your physical, mental, and emotional experiences. Practicing mindfulness helps to promote a general sense of health and well-being. Please check in at the front desk for location information. Event is public and free.

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ArtBreak: Mindfulness Meditation

2015 University of Washington MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition
May 23 — June 21
The exhibition will be featuring the work of graduating Master of Fine Arts and Masters of Design students from University of Washington’s School of Art + Art History + Design.

University of Washington 2014 MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition. Installation view: Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, 2014. Photo credit: Mark Woods.
University of Washington 2014 MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition. Installation view: Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, 2014. Photo credit: Mark Woods.

Also,

This is a reminder that GiveBIG is happening tomorrow, Tuesday, May 5th. You have the opportunity to support contemporary art and the Henry by donating online through the Seattle Foundation. Thank you for your continued support!

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Image courtesy of Seattle Foundation.

GiveBIG May 5th

Image courtesy of Seattle Foundation.
Image courtesy of Seattle Foundation.

Next Tuesday is GiveBIG, Seattle’s annual day of charitable giving, and nonprofits from across the city will be asking you to give to their organizations on that day (full disclosure: we’re going to ask you, too).

Why GiveBIG is such a big deal is because during this 24-hour event, all donations made online through Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG are “stretched” by the Foundation and GiveBIG’s sponsors — meaning, they grow your gift which then makes a bigger impact on your chosen organizations.

When you give on May 5th, your dollars go farther and you can make a bigger difference for the organizations you care most about. Last year, GiveBIG inspired over 64,000 donations totaling $12.8 million for over 1,600 organizations.

We ask you to consider giving (BIG is awesome, but gifts of all sizes will make a big impact) to the Henry during GiveBIG next Tuesday. Your support of contemporary art is greatly appreciated!

Image courtesy of Seattle Foundation.
Image courtesy of Seattle Foundation.

Hashtag: #GiveBIG