In early 2021, Olympia Artspace Alliance (OAA) approached Lauren Boilini, an art instructor at The Evergreen State College, to ask Evergreen students to host a student-curated Art in Storefronts exhibition in downtown Olympia. Evergreen seniors Athelia O’Dell and Sierra Grove agreed to take on the task of co-curating and organizing students from their “Advanced Projects in Media and Visual Arts” class.
The installation that resulted from this collaboration is called A New Sincerity and is an exploration of vulnerability, sincerity and trauma and includes landscape paintings, a large paper sculpture, portraits, pottery, an exhibit for introspection and a technical installation with a film running on a timer. The installation features the multi-media work of Alithea O’Dell, Chloe Pierson, Donna Michelle Seder, Elisa Brown, Ines Rodriguez, Emma Ritchie, Payton Reid, Sally Traxler-Lavengood, Landon Jones and Jessie Knorr.
Organizers agree that this project created a unique exhibition opportunity for students at Evergreen while bringing attention to downtown spaces through art and also increasing the visibility of OAA and Evergreen’s art programs.
“This project creates a great opportunity for Evergreen students to creatively display their work and helps to facilitate an ongoing relationship between art students and downtown Olympia’s artist resources,” says Tracy Jameson, Board Member at Olympia Artspace Alliance. “We are thrilled for the opportunity to support art students and look forward to similar collaborations in the future.”
The exhibit is now open for viewing through mid-July in the windows of the Goldberg Building at 403 Capitol Way S in downtown Olympia.
Who: The Evergreen State College faculty, art students and Olympia Artspace Alliance
What: A New Sincerity, a student-curated art exhibit that is part of OAA’s Art in Storefronts project Where: Windows of the Goldberg Building, 403 Capitol Way S, Olympia
When: Exhibit Open for Viewing Through Mid-July