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

TIME: The Beautiful Indulgence
New Work by Damian Grava

June 18, 2015 – January 15, 2016 
Monday through Friday, 8am – 5pm
Lobby, Redmond City Hall

This ceramics exhibition features the new work of Seattle-based artist Damian Grava, director of the Redmond Clay Studio. Through his new work of ceramic pieces, Grava's installation reflects a progression of societal growth, as we were introduced into the environment, and the marks we create.


About the Artist
Damian Grava’s undergraduate studies in art and geology guided him on a journey exploring natural materials, firing processes, and the purpose of artisan objects in today’s world. In 2003, Grava began the life of a potter in Seattle, Washington, where he continued his studies as a resident artist at Pottery Northwest for 5 years. During his residency, Grava developed clay bodies, slips, and glazes for soda fire and wood fire kilns. His preference is to use vapor fire kilns as vehicles to manifest depth, intrigue, and emotion in his pots. Grava currently teaches at the Redmond Clay Studio, Seward Park Clay Studio, and North Seattle College.

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

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