Art Gallery

Creative Expression on Display at SVC

Art Gallery

Creative Expression on Display at SVC

Art Gallery

Creative Expression on Display at SVC


Contact Us

The SVC Art Gallery is located in the entryway of the Gary Knutzen Cardinal Center. Fall gallery hours are Monday to Thursday  from 1:30 – 4:30 pm.

For gallery & exhibit information, email: Ellen Michael, or call 360.416.7812.

Art Gallery

Where shape and color converge. Located in the main entry of the Gary Knutzen Cardinal Center, the SVC Art Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary work by regionally, national, and internationally acclaimed artists. Open Monday to Thursday from 1:30 – 4:30pm.

Current Exhibit

Photographic Journey: Photographs by Ed Jaramillo
Exhibition Dates: Oct 1 – Dec 7, 2018

Artist Talk: Oct 9th, 2018 at 12:30pm

Artist Statement

Pablo Picasso once said “The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.”

When I started in photography fifteen years ago little did I know that my work would be a representation of emotions gained through many life influences. This exhibit takes the viewer through the last fifteen years of my life as I’ve seen it photographically.

From my military service I created the project “Wounded Walls” depicting abandoned military structures. My business background drove me to create a “Corporate Color” series showing the colors that we often associate with corporation. Television has been a part of my life since childhood so seeing it with a photographic eye led to the series “Extrusive Time.” Of course, the Pacific Northwest has had a profound influence on my photography as well, and that is depicted in the various images from the Puget Sound area as seen from a different point of view.

My intent has always been to create photographs that are meant to be shared with others. They are not merely individual efforts to satisfy me. When audiences look at them my life is changed again in ways I never expected.

I now view the world in ways that to me didn’t exist fifteen years ago. My interactions with people are more powerful, as they get to know me and start looking at my photographs. Color, light, shadows, shapes, and lines are now meaningful to my eye and to my life, and are represented in my work as it continues to mature.

The last fifteen years of my life have been a true “Photographic Journey.”

Previous Exhibit

2018 AVA Exhibition
May 22 – June 11, 2018

Past Exhibits

Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition
April 9 – May 18, 2018

Opening reception is Tuesday April 10, 2018 at 12pm in the Art Gallery.

Dannica Bergam, Reshaping, Charcoal on paper, 2018

The Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition has be a long standing tradition here at Skagit Valley College. Held each spring in the Art Gallery, the exhibition serves as a chance to encourage, recognize, and support the creative work of SVC art students and instructors. It provides an excellent opportunity for aspiring student artists to display their work as a professional and to gain the knowledge necessary to build their own exhibition resumes. Each year the art gallery invites a recognized local artist or curation to judge the students entries. All guidelines must be followed in order to enter and usually the exhibition varies in scope and quality. All SVC students were eligible to submit artwork created while enrolled in studio courses through the year. Work including painting, drawing, ceramics, mixed media, and photography can be submitted. Selection of work is competitive, and those chosen are eligible for awards (announced at the opening reception). These types of exhibits happen all over the country and are imperative for artists just starting out to gain exposure in their community.

Artists in the exhibition:

Hayley Bell
Gavin Brackett
Rachel Pelter
Ken Estes
Kensley Fohn
Sandra Glenn
Terry Lindsay
Mary Spangler
David Schultze
Beth Franklin
Brett Sandstrom
Dannica Bergam
Allison Lowber
Carla Cieslar

Past Exhibits

Nancy Loorem Adams – Jan 3 – Mar 2, 2018

Made It

Sculptural basketry artist, Nancy Loorem Adams, work expresses the social concerns of our time. She is compelled to participate in the dialogue through evocative sculptural work, creating objects of visual beauty and interest, while on a deeper contemplative level, evoking the apparent entwinement with challenging and painful realities of issues such as addiction, gun rights, environmental degradation and human vanities all affecting our collective social conscientiousness. Loorem Adams specializes in using random weave basketry techniques to bring these issues to light, often using cane and wood veneers finished with stains and lacquer, some pieces incorporate mixed media elements. Other of her works are influenced by traditional Japanese basketry an aesthetic at the forefront of Loorem Adams sense of beauty and peace since the inception of her creative work.

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Past Exhibits

Justin Lee Martin – Oct 2 – Nov 17, 2017

Sea Swept, acrylic, aluminum paint, found print on panel, 4’x4’, 2017

The paintings in the exhibition, “Plunge” demonstrate a range of meditations on land, both physical and social. Some of the ideas that carry themselves throughout the body of work include; the impact of climate change, structures of control, and tactics. The implications suggested by color and form is directly related to the concepts in the work. In the piece “Sea Swept”, bands of color reflect both linear perspective and warning codes, similar to the fire danger signs found along western roadsides. Notions of control and tactics are fused in paintings depicting floating horseshoes and buoys. The buoy’s grid formation references the children’s board game of battleship and the horseshoes signify another similar game of tactics and competition. Aluminum paint is used to suggest tactical measures, as well as a landscape that has been stripped bare of its’ resources. The exhibition title, “Plunge” refers to coastal terminology, more specific a type of breaking wave. These paintings suggest the moment of or after the waves have broke.

Martin was raised in Montana where he received his BFA from the University of Montana and completed his MFA from The University of South Florida, Tampa. Martin is a dual-citizen of the United States and Canada and is also a recognized member of the Métis Federation in Manitoba, Canada. He currently lives with his family in Bellingham, Washington; where he teaches Art at Whatcom Community College.

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Submit Your Exhibition Proposal

Follow These Simple Steps

Established and emerging professional artists may submit exhibition proposals for showing their work in Skagit Valley College’s Campus Center Gallery. Please include the following in your proposal:

  • A brief description of the proposed exhibition
  • a current cv
  • a short bio
  • an updated artist’s statement
  • 10 – 15 high quality images of recent work

Send the proposal packet to:

Ellen Michael
Art Gallery Director
Skagit Valley College
2406 East College Way
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Campus Center Gallery is Skagit Valley College’s art gallery located in the Gary Knutzen Cardinal Center. The Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary work by regionally, nationally, and internationally recognized artists.

We look for work that reflects an array of media and artistic intentions. Four professional exhibitions are scheduled during each academic year, and SVC student work is shown towards the end of the spring quarter.

Contact Us

The SVC Art Gallery is located in the entryway of the Gary Knutzen Cardinal Center. We are open Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 4:00 pm.

For Gallery and exhibit information, email: Ellen Michael, or call 360.416.7812.

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