The Centerpiece – Christopher Paul Jordan
Christopher Paul Jordan integrates virtual and physical public space to form infrastructures for dialogue and self-determination among dislocated people. Jordan’s paintings and sculptures are time-capsules from his work in community. His 7,000 sq ft panoramic mural from #COLORED2017 is now buried into the walls of the Carpenter’s Union Building in Tacoma where it can only be rediscovered through demolition.
Jordan’s installations and public projects have been implemented internationally including Trinidad and Tobago, Taiwan, and Mexico. His work has been recognized by the Neddy Artist Award in painting, the James W Ray Venture Project Award, the Jon Imber Fellowship, the GTCF Foundation of Art Award, and the Artist Trust Fellowship.
Connecting Artworks – Civilization
Civilization is a design practice founded by Michael Ellsworth, Corey Gutch, and Gabriel Stromberg in Seattle, WA USA. Since the studio’s inception, it has built identity systems, digital experiences, printed materials, environmental graphics, and exhibitions that are engaging, empathetic, sustainable, and create meaningful connections.
The practice is a recipient of the prestigious National Design Award for Communication Design from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in honor of “excellence, innovation, and enhancement on the quality of daily life.” Their internationally recognized work is included in the permanent collection of SFMOMA and the Milton Glaser Design Archives at SVA, has won numerous awards including a Webby Award for Best Activist Website, and is regularly featured in print publications as well as most major global media outlets such as The Guardian, The New York Times, The Huffington Post and NPR.
The founding members lead workshops and lecture globally. The collective intelligence of the team comes from dedication and experience in the fields of graphic design, technology and the arts with diverse organizations—from museums to global NGOs. Working with those committed to creating positive change, their clients include the National Head Start Association, The Nature Conservancy, Shout Your Abortion, Asia Society, and The Biennale of Sydney.
Cal Anderson Park Artworks & Master Art Plan – Horatio Hung-Yan Law
Horatio Hung-Yan Law, is a Portland-based installation and public artist. He was born and raised in Hong Kong and came to the US at age 16. Law pursued at MFA at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. The impetus for his arts degree was his first-hand experience of the AIDS crisis in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s.
Much of his Social Practice work stems from his Asian American identity and his experience as an immigrant and a former British colonial subject. His work interrogates the effects of our current culture of consumption and explores the invisible foundation of a community–identity, memory and history. He is interested in the intricate issues created by the long arc of global commerce: From ancient Silk Road trades to our current reliance on cheap labor in developing countries; and how different cultures can exert influence through the things they make for each other. He is equally fascinated by our ability to invest meanings into ordinary objects. A common thread in his projects is the use of unexpected but simple material and imagery to create meaning and metaphor that connect individuals with community and place. His project often includes a strong community process, engaging stakeholders in planning and production of the artwork.
His public art portfolio includes works created for the City of Tacoma, the Housing Authority of Portland, Seattle Public Utilities, Oregon State Hospital, Sisters of the Road, Tri-Met’s Portland-Milwaukee Light-Rail Line, Portland Parks & Recreation, and Seattle’s Asian Counseling and Referral Service.
Community Room Artwork – Storme Webber
Storme Webber is a Two Spirit, Alutiiq/Black/Choctaw, internationally-nurtured poet, playwright, educator, and interdisciplinary artist. She creates blues-influenced, socially-engaged texts and images exploring identity, art activism, and the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, memory and spirit.
Storme’s poetry collections include Diaspora, Blues Divine, and the forthcoming Noirish Lesbiana. Her solo theatre works include Buddy Rabbit, Noirish Lesbiana: A Night at the Sub Room, and Wild Tales of Renegade Halfbreed Bulldagger. She has been highlighted in numerous anthologies, documentaries (including Venus Boyz, May Ayim: Hope in Heart, What’s Right with Gays These Days?, Living Two Spirit), and international performance tours.
Storme is an inspired educator, bringing art, history & soul as a visiting artist in programs across the country. She enjoys teaching Creative Writing to young people at the University of Washington. She has served as featured faculty at Hedgebrook, Whidbey Island Writer’s Conference, Chuckanut Writer’s Conference, The University of Puget Sound, Seattle University, and Richard Hugo House.
Storme was honored to receive a 2015 James W. Ray Venture Project Award from the Artist Trust/Frye Art Museum Consortium. Storme’s work has also been supported & awarded by 4Culture, Hedgebrook, Richard Hugo House, Pride Foundation, Seattle Art Museum, CIRI Foundation, City of Seattle and Jack Straw Foundation.