At ECONorthwest in Portland, Oregon, and the Oregon Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, Eric Rannestad is researching the ecological, economic, and cultural challenges of rangeland restoration in the Interior West. Drawing from this research - along with his own experiences with nature and place - Rannestad creates paintings and sculptures that combine organic and industrial material with landscape and maps. This artwork is an expression of the complications, externalities, and symbiotic intricacies that exist at the intersection of nature and industry. Recent shows and exhibitions include the 2016/17 ArtSquared at CAVU Cellars, a solo show at Sapolil Cellars, the 34th Annual Festival of the Arts in Joseph, Series II, CAHOOT, and Toner Cartridge Almost Empty– three group exhibition in Glasgow Scotland, and recently Connect at Studio Articolore in Walla Walla. Eric is also the recipient of Whitman’s Presidential Scholarship in Art, a Lewis B. Perry Award, and three consecutive Whitman Internship Grants.
"I plan to use these funds to further an existing body of work titled Market Boxes -- a series of lightboxes made from concrete, plywood, and Styrofoam that host plants and organic material in their interiors. I have been developing this project for 8 months now and the trajectory of the boxes have taken a turn toward site specificity: hosting plants that are native to the Interior Pacific Northwest, to Washington, and to the Walla Walla/Wallowa counties. To incorporate native plants into my artwork, I will collect the seed from the surrounding environment, clean, and grow the plant myself within a small studio greenhouse. Seeds of interest include: bluebunch wheatgrass, crested wheatgrass, local mosses, wyoming big sagebrush, cheatgrass (non-native), and a variety of native forbs. This plant material will be collected on a rolling basis as fall turns to winter, winter turns to spring, and spring turns to summer. Seeds will be grown out in plots within this studio greenhouse. This greenhouse would be compact enough to fit in a large car for transport should it be used as a component of future shows and exhibitions. As each plant matures it is transplanted into new artworks, each equipped with the appropriate light and irrigation systems to sustain the plant. The first installation of this body of work will be shown in April at the 2018 Senior Thesis Exhibition held in Whitman College’s Sheehan Gallery. However, this body of work will continue developing into the late spring and summer."
Visit his website here: http://ericrannestad.weebly.com/
Lindsay Tebeck is a freelance Illustrator based in Walla Walla, WA. She attended Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design as an Illustration major (BFA) and graduated with the high honor of Summa Cum Laude in 2015. Lindsay admires line and uses it predominately in her work. She is heavily inspired by line art from the Nouveau period and American Neotraditionalism. She uses watercolor, gouache, oil, and digital media to colorize her ink works. Lindsay exhibits her fascination with line by creating personal works which marry nature and symbology to share social, political, and internal commentary. She's received the ArtSquared People's Choice Award in 2017 and numerous RMCAD awards from 2012-2015. Her most recent project was partnering with the Carnegie Picture Lab to illustrate the children's book, "Lillian Pitt – She Who Watches", which has been distributed among local elementary schools as part of the Public School District's art curriculum.
"The project I am hoping to receive funding for is an exhibition under-works titled "Illustrated Confessions". The concept behind this project is to bring a visual voice to anonymous submissions from the community which highlight cultural, communal, and personal grievances. The event would invite people to write in about personal faults, misdeeds, and slights against them by others. "Confessions" would be collected through anonymous email, (a web page that does not require the sender to present their address would be available,) or by a physical drop box located at the gallery. The illustrations I anticipate creating would be visual renderings of the anonymous responses with the use of thick symbology. This interactive exhibition will bring interest to viewers by means that the work produced has a direct connection with the audiences' unique experiences. I anticipate that this layer of intimacy with the work will bring a constructive dialogue about what challenges we face as individuals and what we can do about them as a community. I am tentatively set to display the illustrative works at Studio Articolore in 2018."
Visit her website here: http://www.tebeckillustrations.com/
The WW Public Library (WWPL) serves the people of Walla Walla as a community information and lifelong learning center. The WWPL organizes, provides, and promotes informational, educational, recreational and cultural materials and offers opportunities for exploring ideas and furthering knowledge for people of all ages. The Library welcomes close to 200,000 visitors annually and circulates over 300,000 materials. The WWPL expands beyond its location through its outreach visits to all the schools in the Walla Walla Valley and they house a state of the art media center for art classes, 3D modeling, video-making and instruction in audio production. WWPL is also the only library in the nation to offer creative writing courses for veterans with PTSD.
The WWPL project is a Graphic Novel Project for fourth and fifth graders. Children at this age often struggle to find success at school. Active listening, reading at grade level, collaborative learning, critical thinking, and the ability to communicate effectively in a group environment are required skills for success in the classroom. The challenge is to help them meet these goals without losing their love of learning. Art can often be the answer to keeping their passion for curiosity and creativity alive while reinforcing the skills they need. The Graphic Novel Project incorporates writing, reading, design, composition, illustration, collage, painting and book art. Through art activities, children have the ability to engage, use critical thinking, follow directions, develop a plan and execute the plan, and work collaboratively in a text-free environment. Through art activities, children enjoy success through the creation of art. The Graphic Novel Project will engage 20-25 underserved children who have been identified for participation in the Walla Walla Public School’s after school program during April-July of 2018.
Lincoln High School is a public school of 200 students in Walla Walla, Washington. Lincoln is a Trauma Sensitive school. Teachers, as well as students, have been educated on ACEs and Trauma Sensitive Practices. Thirty-eight percent of the student population is SpEd (Special Education). Eighty-two percent of the population is on free and reduced lunch (low income). The school administration supports art programs at school and emphasize their importance to visitors and incoming students. The need for expressive outlets for our special population. My principal loves it when we hang the student work in the halls. It is a focal point when giving tours. Visitors enjoy seeing the work that students make in our art classes. We have an Annual Art Show in January. We submit work for the Annual Superintendent Art Show, District Art Show, and the SE WA Fair in the summer.
Throughout the year Lincoln's art teacher runs a Teaching for Artistic Behavior classroom with a very small budget. The Teaching for Artistic Behavior philosophy is to give the students some basic skills and have them create what they want whether it be painting, drawing, assemblage, collage, etc. This project will fund the materials and supplies like canvases, paint, brushes, ink, printing supplies, silkscreen, spray paint, pencils, woodblocks, and more for the students Lincoln High School serves for the 2017-2018 school year.
The Walla Walla Symphony delights and challenges our community by providing live orchestral performances and opportunities for learning about music. They are committed to making our region a better place to live by awakening a passion for the arts in as many people as possible. With over a century’s experience training and developing countless generations of classical musicians and music lovers, they have been and continue to be a vital thread in the arts and cultural fabric of Walla Walla. As the oldest continually-operating symphony orchestra west of the Mississippi, they are the only arts organization in our community capable of providing world-class full symphonic and classical music experiences. Each season they offer full symphonic concerts, smaller chamber music events and, because no child with a love for music should be deprived because of socioeconomic status, extensive, free and low-cost offerings for youth and families.
The annual Free Rock and Roll Camp is the cornerstone of their efforts to engage and empower young people through music. Each summer this camp serves 50+ area young people with high-quality music production and performance experience and instruction. No experience is necessary in order to participate in the camp, and many campers are students who don’t have access to or can’t afford private lessons—both of which are made available to them through camp participation. During the camp, students take lessons, form bands, and explore music marketing and merchandising. Mentoring and group and individual coaching are critical to the camp's success and the camp faculty consists of experts and artists who work closely with our students throughout the camp. The camp culminates in a free, student-produced concert for the community in a local park—an event that has become a beloved annual celebration where families come together and celebrate our community and our talented young people. Campers showcase their newfound skills and many bands continue after the conclusion of the camp. Our Rock and Roll camp is also a demonstration of collaboration and partnership at its best. The Symphony works with the Walla Walla Blues Society, the City of Walla Walla and the Walla Walla Public Schools to provide this dynamic experience to our area’s young people.
Sharpstein is an elementary school serving 415 students in grades K-5. Almost 60% of the students are eligible for free and reduced price lunches, and just over 25% are learning English as a second language. The school's vision is "Every Child, Every Day, Every Step of the Way, Welcoming, Achieving, Caring, Educating." Our school district's mission statement is: Walla Walla Public Schools ensures all students receive high quality instruction in an aligned and coherent system while addressing their social and emotional needs in a safe and engaging environment."
Sharpstein does not have an art program at the school, so this grant will help fund a school art program in partnership with the new 21st Century After School program. Sharpstein will have three 4-week session, meeting once weekly. Each session will serve up to 20 students, and will be taught by Outside the Lines art instructor Katy Rizutti. Student art will be displayed on the evening of Feb. 1, 2018 at Sharpstein Family Night of the Arts.