La Conner, WA.
In a recommitment to the museum’s founding principles, the Museum of Northwest Art is excited to announce a new curatorial structure.
Created with the mission to connect people with the art, diverse cultures and environments of the Northwest, museum staff and the board have long seen this as a dual commitment to connect individuals with both the legacy of Northwest art and the present art of the region. A further examining of how best to keep these two priorities paramount in the focuses of the organization has led to a reworking of the curatorial framework of the museum. Beginning April 1st, the existing curatorial team of Kathleen Moles and Chloé Dye Sherpe stepped into slightly altered positions designed to better support the needs of the museum and MoNA's aim to tell the whole story of Northwest art.
To better serve the museum's commitment to steward the legacy of Northwest art, Kathleen Moles takes up the position of Northwest Legacy Projects Curator, and will be focusing her efforts on the preservation, scholarship, and display of Northwest artists with projects involving original research and publications. Upcoming projects include an exhibition from MoNA's permanent collection's art and archives featuring Clayton James (summer 2017); an exhibition and book celebrating the career of painter William Slater (summer 2018); a book of the collected writings of Jake Seniuk (late Port Angeles Fine Arts Center director and curator) (2019); and an exhibition and book dedicated to the work of Charles Stokes (2020). Moles is also collaborating with Greg Robinson, Chief Curator at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, on a Robert McCauley project that will result in a book and a shared exhibition at BIMA (autumn/winter 2017) and MoNA (spring 2018).
Dye Sherpe’s new role as Curator will focus on more fully representing the present state of art in the Northwest by curating exhibitions that emphasize contemporary themes, such as modes of engagement and interdisciplinary collaboration, and promoting community partnership. Dye Sherpe gained curatorial and programming experience at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture and University of Florida’s University Gallery and Special Collections Library. During her time at MoNA, she has collaborated with several regional arts leaders and has brought over 100 different artists to the museum. Upcoming projects of note will include a partnership with the Skagit Climate Consortium for the museum’s third representation of Surge, an exhibit on the impact of climate change on coastal communities.
The museum welcomes the new opportunities that will come with a more defined devotion to the legacy of art in the Northwest and contemporary Northwest art and welcomes you to experience the exhibitions that will come from this change with us.
La Conner, WA.