Supported by a grant from the Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation, the Washington Foundation started in Artist in Residence Program in Spring, 2008. The artists who participate in the program will reflect Dr. Washington's strong belief in the healing and transcending value of art in the human spirit. They will live and work in the Washington house and studio, bringing new artwork to life and interacting with the Seattle community. This programming will include mentoring, lectures, open studios and workshops which will serve to inspire and add meaning to our lives.
Romson Bustillo is creating art in the Washington Studio. He is producing beautiful mixed medium works out of paper and has finished a site specific installation entitled, To Make Hard Soft. On October 14th he will be leaving for Nicaragua, Chile and later Barcelona to collect ideas for future artwork.
In a beautiful article about Northwest woodworker Ross Day there is a meaningful tribute to James W. Washington, Jr. Ross Day is an accomplished craftsman who designs and builds furniture on commission for home owners with refined taste. During his early years growing up, Day worked at "dead-end jobs, paycheck jobs." While reading the Seattle Times one Sunday morning in the 1970s, he came upon a profile of James Washington. The sculptures featured caught his eye. Reading further he was struck by Washington's deep and probing statements about talent and potential. Please follow the link to the blog entry in WOODWORK, a national publication for "all woodworkers."
Daniel Minter, James & Janie Washington Foundation's first Artist in Resident, has made a big impression on the program and Seattle. He was incredibly productive, both as an artist and as an ambassador of the Foundation. He reached out and engaged regular folks from the city and involved the local artistic community. Through a well attended art talk at the Northwest African American Museum he was able to give great voice to his and our endeavors at the Washington Studio.
Here's a link to a blog entry by one of the great friends of the Foundation, Dr. Susan Platt...Art and Politics
The James & Janie Washington Foundation is pleased to announce that Marita Dingus is currently the Artist in Residence at the Washington House. During her residency, Dingus is making shoes using some of the tools Mr. Washington used during his time as a shoemaker for the Army during WWII.
Artist in Residence, Marita Dingus, was featured in an article by P-I art critic. Regina Hackett wrote a warm entry to her blog Art to Go about Marita Dingus working at the Washington Studio. Photo by Hayley YoungSince the closing of the Seattle PI, Regina Hackett's new blog is at Artsjournal.com
Panelists form the local art community will pick from applicants for this years Washington Call to Artists next week. Local artists and educators Larry Calkins, Terri Rau and art historian and writer Susan Platt will choose six artists. The panel will select three for the King County residencies and three for the State residencies. Look for the results in early April.
Daniel Minter, our first artist in residence, has posted photos of a few of the stone sculptures he made during his residency back in March 2008. Daniel chose stones from James Washington's back yard to carve. These where stones that Mr. Washington had picked up from around the state to use at a later time. We call these piles of stones, Mr. Washington's bone yard. Daniel also used Washington's tools to make these sculptures.
Jite Agbro was a Washington Artist in Resident during the coldest part of the winter. She trudged through the snow, built fires in the wood stove and had to work extra hard to warm up her bee's wax at the beginning of each visit. Jite has been working on a series of work in encaustic and silkscreen, an unusual combination, with beautiful results. Her work features scientific schematics, words, letters and bianary sequences of penny sized holes. See some of the new work that she created in the Washington Studio at her web site, jiteagbroart.com