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Evolution Lost: The trouble with curating public art |
Don Fels, July 19, 2013


Buster Simpson//Surveyor at the Frye Art Museum through October 13, is a sprawling, compelling and ambitious exhibition. This retrospective is the first for Buster Simpson, and also the first solo artist exhibition at the Frye Art Museum curated by the insightful Scott Lawrimore, who comes to the museum directly from running a respected gallery.

(Image: John Holmberg)




Indian Country Today Media Network
Northwest Area Foundation Grants $3.3M to Spur Economic Opportunities –
ICTMN Staff, July 18, 2013

A benchmark-setting scan of economic potential and projects in 75 Indian Nations will highlight financial, institutional, natural, human capital and political assets that are ripe for development. A two-year, $500,000 grant to First Nations Development Institute of Longmont, Colorado, will fund an internal database and three public reports on asset-building opportunities in sectors such as arts, energy, food systems and cooperative business models in Native communities. The research will be used to uncover emerging trends, areas of progressive development and best practices. This is one of 27 grants totaling $3.3 million Northwest Area Foundation announced in the second quarter of 2013.

PV Magazine
Solar Sculptures illuminate Portland: pv-magazine
Edgar Meza, July 22, 2013


Photovoltaic sculptures are lighting up the U.S. city of Portland, Oregon.

Seattle-based artist Dan Corson recently finished installing a permanent series of four 5-meter tall photovoltaic sculptures as part of a new urban design project to connect the city’s Old Town and Chinatown neighborhoods with the Pearl District.

(Image: Dan Corson)

Seattle Times
Christopher Zinovitch no longer artistic director for ArtsWest | The Arts | The Seattle Times
Misha Berson, July 19, 2013

Christopher Zinovitch has been discharged from his position as artistic director of ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery.