WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9, 4 P.M., Randall Rm. 117
Lecture by Anna Hoover and Nickolus Meisel, participating artists in the Yakima River Diaries exhibition, on view in Sarah Spurgeon Gallery January 10 through February 8:
Anna Hoover is a Native Alaskan Fisherwoman and multi-disciplinary artist whose work has been exhibited throughout the United States, in both solo and group shows. Her creative and cultural work has taken her around the world to share experiences with indigenous peoples in Northern Japan, Far Eastern Russia, Hawai'i and New Zealand. She has two Masters degrees from the University of Washington, where she studied both documentary filmmaking and Native American art history. Over the past few years, she has made a number of short films presenting the Native art world to a broader audience. Hoover also curated the exhibit fashion STATEMENT: Native Artists Against Pebble Mine, which will be on view in the CWU Museum of Culture and the Environment beginning on January 9.
Nickolus Meisel is Associate Professor of sculpture and installation art in the Washington State University Department of Fine Arts. A sculptor, public artist, and installation artist, Meisel creates immersive installations centered on site conditionality: “The artworks I make grow out of an improvisational dialogue between materials and space. I enjoy engaging with everyday materials through focused meditative attention. Through this process develops a transformation of common objects into a new organism that lives in the space that informed it.” His public art commissions include work in the Edmonds City Hall in Edmonds, Washington, as well as the Chinatown International District Community Center and South Lake Union Light Rail Station in Seattle, Washington.