GO Arts: Josephine Halvorson, Sandow Birk to be artists in residence at University of Puget Sound

Staff writerMarch 18, 2014 

Sandow Birk, "American Qur'an."


Two artists take up residency at the University of Puget Sound in a program begun last fall, thanks to an anonymous donor. It allows students, staff and faculty to learn from and develop relationships with prominent living artists as they spend 7-10 days at the university, interacting with art students through lectures, demonstrations, one-on-one meetings and critiques. They also interact with the public via exhibitions, talks and town-hall-style meetings. This spring, Josephine Halvorson and Sandow Birk will be in residency, Birk in April and Halvorson next week.

Halvorson makes paintings on-site in the object’s environment, transcribing texture, light and temperature to create an intimate portrait. The recipient of a Fulbright scholarship, a Tiffany Foundation grant and a New York Foundation for the Arts award, she serves as critic in the MFA program in painting at Yale University. She’ll be speaking with local painters Emily Gherard and Helen O’Toole next Wednesday on how memory, tactility, and empathy inform the layered, distinctly time-based process of painting, and next Thursday night at Tacoma Art Museum about her own work.

Sandow Birk, a Los Angeles multi-media artist who focuses on social themes such as graffiti, politics, travel, war and prisons, will be in residence at UPS from April 14-18; his work “American Qur’an” is currently on display at Kittredge Gallery.

Halvorson talks: 4 p.m. March 26. Free, refreshments served. Trimble Forum, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. 253-879-2806, pugetsound.edu/art

7 p.m. March 27. Free. Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4258, tacomaartmuseum.org

“American Qur’an”: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday, closed through Mar. 23 for spring break. Gallery artist talk 3 p.m. April 14. Free. Kittredge Gallery, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. 253-879-2806, pugetsound.edu/art

Rosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568 rosemary.ponnekanti@thenewstribune.com

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