TACOMA, WA.- Tacoma Art Museum presents a half-day program featuring four Biennial artists who work in the medium of photography, but each in very different and innovative ways. Michael Kenna, Doug Keyes, Isaac Layman, and Susan Seubert will give overviews of their work and then come together for a discussion moderated by Rebecca Cummins, Associate Professor, Photography, University of Washington School of Art.
Submissions to the The 9th Northwest Biennial saw an unprecedented number of applications by photographers. These numbers reflect the tremendous growth in this medium over the past decade. Historically, artists were bound by the limitations of the film and equipment, but today many select from a myriad of technologies, processes, and tools.
Michael Kenna (Seattle, Washington) has had more than five hundred one-person and group exhibitions at galleries and museums worldwide. He studied at the London College of Printing, Banbury School of Art in Oxfordshire, and St. Josephs College in Lancashire. His work is included in the collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the Shanghai Art Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, among others. Numerous books on his work have been published over the past twenty-five years.
Doug Keyes (Seattle, Washington) has had one-person exhibitions at galleries in New York, Santa Fe, Denver, Houston, Portland, and Seattle. His work has been included in group shows at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe, the Seattle Art Museum, Bellevue Art Museum, and Tacoma Art Museum. His work has been acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Akron Art Museum, and the Berkeley Art Museum, among others. He was the 1999 recipient of the Neddy Artist Fellowship for photography. A recent monograph on his work, Collective Memory, was published by Decode Books.
Isaac Layman (Seattle, Washington) earned a bachelor of fine arts at the University of Washington. His work has been included in one-person and group exhibitions in Seattle at Crawl Space, SOIL, the Photographic Center Northwest, and Lawrimore Project, and at Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery in Portland. His work has been reviewed in Art in America, the Stranger, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He was selected for the National Photography Competition at SoHo Photo Gallery in New York and is the winner of the 2008 Betty Bowen Award.
Susan Seubert (Portland, Oregon) graduated from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland with a bachelor of fine arts in photography. She has had one-person exhibitions at galleries in Portland, Seattle, and Houston, and her work has been included in group exhibitions at Tacoma Art Museum, the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, The Art Gym at Marylhurst University, and the Portland Art Museum. Her work is in several museum collections, including the Portland Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in Salem. Her work has been reviewed in the Oregonian, the New York Times, Camera Arts Magazine, and the Seattle Times.
Advance tickets for this program are available. Cost is $10 and includes museum admission; $5 for Tacoma Art Museum members. 253.722.2455. Education@TacomaArtMuseum.org.