Art Exhibitions

Currently showing

BLACK & WHITE & IN-BETWEEN: Photography by Marsha Burns and Lorna Simpson

November 6, 2014 – November 6, 2016
Monday through Friday, 8 am – 5 pm
Mayor’s Office, Redmond City Hall

Through the use of photography, both Marsha Burns and Lorna Simpson thoughtfully, and at times subtly, address issues of race and societal boundaries within their work. These two groupings of black and white portraits provide an opportunity for dialogue and thought around a more challenging topic – a way for us to continue a much needed conversation about race and equity, particularly within the city of Redmond and our diverse and changing community.

Marsha Burns, a native of Seattle, began making portraits of young adults who chose to set themselves apart from the mainstream, first in Seattle and later in other cities. “The people I choose to photograph are often those for whom negative or tragically simple attitudes have been formed by the majority of society,” she writes. “In an age of technology and urbanization, I am drawn to the boundaries, to people whose existence is self-defined.”

Burns_Rodeo USA    Burns_Shawn & Alex

Lorna Simpson is well-known for her large-scale photograph-and-text works that confront and challenge narrow, conventional views of gender, identity, culture history and memory. While the pieces may appear straightforward, the photographs and accompanying text often confront the viewer with the underlying racism still found in American culture.

Lorna Simpson_Details--co-median    Lorna Simpson_Details--half learned

​On loan from the Microsoft Art Collection

Work by Damian Grava, Vicky Hattori,
Kelly Neu & Eun Kwak

February 26, 2016 – July 2016
Monday through Friday, 8am – 5pm
Lobby, Redmond City Hall

In 2009 the Redmond Clay Studio began offering ceramic classes at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center with Clay Studio Director Damian Grava at the helm. Since then, Grava has offered progressive ceramic art programming that provides an open platform for students to learn and develop their own voice as artists. This exhibition, Convergence, demonstrates the influence and convergence of artistic ideas between teachers and students and the overall communal nature of artistic exchange at the Redmond Clay Studio.

As an artist, Damian Grava demonstrates his passion for clay in the form of the utilitarian pot. The process of kiln firing is a principal tool in decorating Grava’s work; essentially he paints his pots with fire. Grava’s work is exhibited along with the work of three students: Eun Kwak, Kelly Neu and Vicky Hattori. All three students have found their own voice in ceramics at the Redmond Clay Studio – they each had creative outlets prior to clay but now find themselves even more committed to this material.

Convergence Exhibit Image

Past Exhibitions


November 2012 - October 15, 2014
Monday through Friday, 8 am – 5 pm
City Hall Lobby and Mayor’s Office 

Venus on the Half Shell, ceramic sculpture, 97 ½” H x 57” W x 34” D, by Patti Warashina

In The Palm Of Her Hand celebrates the work of women artists and features ceramic, glass, wood and mixed media artwork by preeminent national and international artists including Niki de Saint Phalle, Gwen Knight, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Ginny Ruffner, Cappy Thompson, Gail Tremblay, Patti Warashina and Elizabeth Woody.

This exhibition is made possible via a generous loan from the Microsoft Art Collection and partnership of Seattle Art Museum's exhibition, Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou, Paris.

Red Plaid Head by Gene Gentry McMahon