The Henry receives NEA grant

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that the Henry is one of 832 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. The Henry was awarded a $20,000 grant to support the upcoming exhibition Out [o] Fashion Photography: Embracing Beauty to be presented March 2 – July 7, 2013. The exhibition is curated by Dr. Deborah Willis, Chair and Professor of Photography and Imaging at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Out [o] Fashion will present over 90 photographs that examine historic and contemporary representations of beauty. The exhibition will include works by renowned artists Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, E. J. Bellocq, Marsha Burns, Imogen Cunningham, Edward Curtis, Bruce Davidson, Fred Miller, Hope Sandrow, Cindy Sherman, Lorna Simpson, Andy Warhol, Weegee, Carrie Mae Weems, and Garry Winogrand.

“I’m proud to announce these 832 grants to the American public including the Henry Art Gallery,” said Chairman Landesman. “These projects offer extraordinary examples of creativity in our country, including the creation of new work, innovative ways of engaging audiences, and exemplary education programs.”

In March 2012, the NEA received 1,509 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than $74 million in funding. The 832 recommended NEA grants total $22.3 million, span 13 artistic disciplines and fields, and focus primarily on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing works for the benefit of American audiences. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit.

complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support may be found at the NEA website at

UW School of Art Design Lecture: Karen Cheng

Thursday, October 18, 2012, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Henry Auditorium
FREE with Museum Admission

Join us this Thursday at 7 pm in the Henry’s Auditorium for a lecture by Associate Professor Karen Cheng. Professor Cheng will discuss her professional design practice, her design research and her teaching philosophy.

This lecture is held in conjunction with our friends, the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, who are currently exhibiting a show by UW faculty.

Karen Cheng received her Master’s Degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Washington in 1997, she worked in Brand Management at the Procter and Gamble Company and studied engineering at Penn State University. Her work has been published by Communication Arts, the American Center for Design, Critique, the Society for Publication Designers, the University + College Designers Association, HOW Magazine and PIE Tokyo. She is active in the Seattle chapter of the AIGA, where she has been a board member and chair of the education committee. Her book, Designing Type, was published by Yale University Press in Spring 2006. She is currently Chair of the UW Division of Design.

Summer Symposium Time – Art and Migration in the Age of Globalization

Hi, Henry fans! I’m Marian, the Henry’s new Communications and Engagement Intern for the summer. I’m working with Betsey Brock to let you know what’s coming up at the Henry, and I’ll be posting here regularly. I look forward to your comments and meeting you at Henry events!

Are you interested in learning more about the global migration and displacement of indigenous communities as a topic of contemporary art? We have a few interesting opportunities coming up for you this summer:

In conjunction with the American Ethnic Studies Department at UW, there will be a panel discussion entitled, Art, Indigenous Communities and Migration in the Age of Globalization in the UW Ethnic Cultural Theatre, as well as an art exhibition entitled, Art & Migration: Takeda and His Disciples in the Jacob Lawrence Gallery.  It features Takeda along with filmmaker Yolanda Cruz, and scholars Erasmo Gamboa (UW American Ethnic Studies) and Agustín Jacinto Zavala (Colegio de Michoacán, México),and will be moderated by UW professor Lauro Flores.

The exhibition will display 24 pieces by Shinzaburo Takeda and twelve of his most esteemed current and former students. Finally, on Thursday, June 28th at 7:00pm, the Henry will be having a screening of the film, 2501 Migrants: A Journey, a full-length documentary that follows the story of the artist Alejandro Santiago, who leaves his home of Oaxaca, Mexico for a brief stay in France, and upon his return finds the Oaxaca has become one of Mexico’s “leading exporters of human labor.” Deeply affected by what he sees in Oaxaca, Santiago amazingly creates 2,501 life-size figures as a commemoration to each individual who has migrated from his village. Filmmaker Yolanda Cruz will give an introduction to the film. Don’t miss these exciting and thought-provoking events which take place on June 27th, 28th, and 29th.
See the trailer for the film:

Art & Migration: Takeda and His Disciples
June 26-July 20

Jacob Lawrence Gallery

Art, Indigenous Communities and Migration in the Age of Globalization
Wednesday, June 27 2012 at 7:00 p.m
UW Ethnic Cultural Theatre
3940 Brooklyn Ave. NE

2501 Migrants: A Journey
Thursday June 28th, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Henry Auditorium

Art Break (UW Staff Tour)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 12:00 – 12:30 PM
University of Washington staff, faculty and affiliates are invited to join s for FREE 30-munite guided tours of the Henry’s exhibitions. Gather your colleagues and meet at the Henry for an engaging tour. New art will be explored each month. Make it a date! Stay for lunch in our Molly’s café and keep the conversation going.

UW Students: Call for Artwork

The UW Hall Health Center has released a call for artwork from UW students to be displayed in in the building during the 2012-2013 school year. The exhibition’s intent is to promote the theme of physical and mental wellbeing.

Any size and media of work will be considered. Please provide the composition and dimensions of the work when submitting it. Each artist is limited to 2 digital submissions. The top 3 juried works will receive a $100 prize!

All work is due Friday, June 9th, 5pm. Submit work to:

Gold, Flowers, Shrines, Celebrations, Dead Animals, Glitter and Vibrators: Tony Sonnenberg

Have I ever told you how much I LOVE the Ceramic and Metal Arts building?  Well, I really do.  I biked down there on a beautiful afternoon last week to drop in on Tony in his studio.  The CMA is a magical place where all the best parts of it seem to always stay the same: a volleyball net and thirty bikes locked up out front, all the doors wide open, thick dust and clay residue EVERY WHERE, and some guy walking around without his shirt on.  It’s sort of like being at your best friend’s house where people are always coming and going, there are always snacks and music and someone’s always super stoned.  Let the good times roll.  Whatever, it’s a beautiful place and I immediately remembered that special place in my heart for the CMA.

 I’ve been trying to track Tony down now for about three weeks.  This guy is a super lovebug who you can’t help but feel at ease with whenever you’re around him.  “I had a piece blow up in the kiln the other day…” That was the first thing he said to me once in his studio.  He seemed pretty bummed out, or maybe just exhausted.  But in true Tony fashion, he followed it up with a beautiful up-beat aside: “But maybe it was just god editing my work for me!” HA/DUH.  Whatta guy!

Tony’s Studio. GOLD!

As with all of the MFAs, Tony is preparing for his departmental thesis show (Tuesday at the CMA, 6pm) as well as the Henry show that opens Friday, so it makes sense that it’s taken so long to get some face time.  His work is great because his sculptural pieces are always perfectly finished and over the top decadent (he cites baroque and rococo as huge influences) and come out of layers and layers of stories and jokes, source materials, and imagined scenarios (as my #1 top favorite professor always says: “IT’S ALLEGORICAL!”).  Of his own work Tony has this to say: “My work is about facades and what’s behind facades, superficial narratives over more mysterious ones…I have a lot of interest in surfaces and modes of pulling the viewer in.  There is always a top layer of humor and beauty and materialism and decadence…you’re never quite sure what you’re looking at- you’re always second guessing what you’re seeing.  On the one hand, I employ all these tactics and then underneath all that there’s this darkness and kind of emptiness and isolation. It’s like you set up an expectation and then you thwart the expectation.”

Installation shot, Tony Sonnenberg. 2012, CMA.

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I Give You: Steve Sewell.

Steve is a weird dude who makes great work.  This guy has a killer collection of found mix-tapes and old art history slides, plays a mean accordion, rules at karaoke and once when he was my TA, nearly failed me.  He is one of those people who is an infuriating mix of smarts, vision, tireless self-motivation and hustle.  We met up over some bazooka bubblegum and talked about the show and what he’s been working on lately.  Walking into his studio I immediately noticed ten bottles of black face paint and knew this would be a good visit.

Steve's studio.
Steve’s studio.

Chewing Bubblegum, 2011
Chewing Bubblegum, 2011

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