Pioneers and Prophets: Northwest Modern Art Reconsidered

This one year exhibition presented an overview of key figures in our regional art history beginning in the mid-19th century and leading into the modern movement. Since our unique visual culture has not yet been fully documented in print, we presented a variety of paintings and sculpture that offered an introduction to the mission of our museum and begin the process of defining the breadth and accomplishments of our leading early artists. Familiar names such as Morris Graves, Kenneth Callahan, and Mark Tobey share space with artists of no less importance, many of whom, because of gender or social bias, have not been presented with the same regularity in recent decades. It is our intention to celebrate and recognize all of their contributions and integrate them more fully into the local historical canon. These artists would include John Davidson Butler, Paul Morgan Gustin, Yvonne Twining Humber, Helen Loggie, Kenjiro Nomura, Fokko Tadama, and others.

  • September 12, 2015 - August 21, 2016