UW News

June 21, 2021

ArtSci Roundup: Indigenous Walking Tour, Sonolocations: A Sound Works Series, and More

Through public events and exhibitions, connect with the UW community every week! This week, attend several museum exhibitions, the Indigenous walking tour, and more. While you’re enjoying summer break, connect with campus through UW live webcams of Red Square and the quad.

Many of these online opportunities are streamed through Zoom. All UW faculty, staff, and students have access to Zoom Pro via UW-IT

Indigenous Walking Tour


Owen Oliver, who graduated from the University of Washington with a double major in American Indian Studies and Political Science in Spring 2021, has created a walking tour of the University of Washington Seattle campus, highlighting the Indigenous presence on campus. His senior year, with support from the Husky Seed Fund and Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, he researched and drafted the tour.

The 40-page, full color booklet tells the story of Indigenous places through an Indigenous community member’s eyes across seven stops on campus. Stops include the Burke Museum, wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ  [Intellectual House], Indigenous artworks, the Medicinal Herb Garden, the Ethnic Cultural Center, the Husky Union Building (HUB) — where one of his father’s works is on display — and Union Bay Natural Area. The booklet, with physical copies available at University libraries and other campus buildings beginning Autumn 2021.

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Queer Imagination

Through July 8 | Jacob Lawrence Gallery

The Jacob Lawrence Gallery proudly presents Queer Imagination, a group exhibition curated by Brittney Frantece, recipient of the gallery’s 2021 Curatorial Fellowship for BIPOC Graduate Students. Queer Imagination asks, how can creative works distort material realities and build a world that explores new ways of being, thinking, and knowing?

The exhibition features works by Portland-based set designer August Oaks and four University of Washington artists and scholars: writer and English graduate student Rasheena Fountain, poet Nanya Jhingran, who graduated in 2019 with an MA in English, photographer Berette S Macaulay, and illustrator and painter Meshell Sturgis. Together they offer insights into a world governed by violent logic and contemplate ways to radically warp, shift, redesign, or altogether burn that world to the ground.

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Sonolocations: A Sound Works Series

June – August | Online

The Henry Art Gallery and Jack Straw Cultural Center are pleased to partner to commission a three-part series of audio artworks, to be released free and online throughout the summer of 2021. The participating artists were invited to consider the theme of place, and its unique resonance throughout the pandemic, to offer directed sonic experiences for listeners wherever they might find themselves. Participating artists are Byron Au Yong (b. 1971, Pittsburgh, PA), Chenoa Egawa (b. 1964, Ellensburg, WA), Bill Lowe (b. 1946, Pittsburgh, PA), and Naima Lowe (b. 1979, Middletown, CT).
Audio artworks will be available on SoundCloud, and on the Jack Straw website. You can also subscribe to Sonolocations as a podcast to receive each piece when it launches.

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A Gee’s Bend Quilt by Mary L. Bennett

Through October 3 | Henry Art Gallery

This iteration of Viewpoints features “Housetop”—nine-block variation (1975) by Mary L. Bennett (b. 1942), a quiltmaker from Gee’s Bend, Alabama. Since at least the second half of the nineteenth century, women from this small and geographically remote community of mostly slave decedents have made quilts using a range of available materials, including flour and fertilizer sacks, old work clothes, and factory remnants, with the practical purpose of keeping their families warm. The quilts, however, are much more than utilitarian objects, and the range of patterns and styles exemplifies ingenuity, creativity, and resourcefulness. The pattern variations are also markers of cultural continuity as the practice of quilting is passed down through generations, illustrating a rich history of resistance to and survival within the realities of economic and racial oppression. One of the most enduring patterns in Gee’s Bend is the “housetop,” which features blocks of fabric pieced in concentric formation around a central patch. In Bennett’s nine-block variation, she creates a dynamic composition that emphasizes her individual expression within a shared, collective history and quilt-making tradition.

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ArtsUW: On Demand


Engage with the arts at the University of Washington from the comfort of your own home, in your own time. This archive of events offers you the opportunity to watch the latest virtual lectures and performances, and see recent digital exhibitions. In addition, visit ArtsUW Events to see all that is coming up.

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Looking for more?

Check out UWAA’s Stronger Together web page for more digital engagement opportunities.