Jacob Lawrence: The Legend of John Brown + Other Works
February 1 – March 4, 2017 Opening reception: 5-8pm | Tuesday, January 31, 2017
in the Jacob Lawrence Gallery
In honor of the 100-year anniversary of our Gallery namesake’s birth—and as part of a citywide celebration of the artist’s life and work—we are pleased to announce the opening of Jacob Lawrence: The Legend of John Brown + Other Works. Drawn from the holdings of the UW Campus Art Collection — including works on loan from the Washington State Arts Commission — as well as the collections of Francine Seders and the School of Art + Art History + Design, this exhibition represents a unique effort to showcase the work of one of the University’s historically preeminent professors and change-agents. Lawrence came to Seattle to teach at the University in 1971 after an already-illustrious, barrier-shattering career in the arts. He was a Professor in the School until 1985, then served as Professor Emeritus until his death in 2000. This exhibition highlights Lawrence’s mastery of various printmaking techniques and includes: The Legend of John Brown (1977), a 22-part serigraph series depicting the life and contribution of the important abolitionist; etchings from The Builder’s Suite (1996); and numerous stand-alone works including lithographs like Artist in Studio (1994), and Man on Scaffold (1985).
Jacob Lawrence: The Legend of John Brown + Other Works is opening alongside:
Utopia Neighborhood Club: A Student Response Part II—The Jake Legacy Residency February 1 – March 4, 2017 Curated by: Nadia Ahmed (Art History + 3D4M undergraduate), Sarah G. Faulk (Art History undergraduate), Anqi Peng (IVA BA 2016), and Scott Lawrimore.
Due to the overwhelming number of thought-provoking student submissions for A Student Response during our Utopia Neighborhood Club series, the Gallery is also pleased to announce a special iteration of its popular Jake Legacy Residency program that began in 2015 as a way to honor our namesake and celebrate Black History Month. Three students have been invited to spend one week each in the Gallery creating new work, presenting programs, and conducting workshops. Student-artists taking part are: Yabsira Wolde (week 1), Brianna Wray (week 2), and Bobby Yin (week 3).