January 31 – May 25, 2009

Tacoma Art Museum’s Northwest Biennial considers recent developments and accomplishments by Northwest artists.The 9th Northwest Biennial will focus on the current aesthetic and conceptual concerns addressed by regional artists. Through an increasingly complex matrix of influences, Northwest artists adapt and shed ideas, media, and imagery to define themselves as artists while reinventing or restating the core notion of a Northwest artist. Because the concept of “regional art” continually collapses and rebuilds, the subtle shifts in the imagery, stylistic impulses, and conceptual foundations reveal how the region’s artist community participates in the broad dialogue of contemporary art.

Selected Artists
Rick Araluce, Seattle
Gala Bent, Seattle
Michael Brophy, Portland
Jack Daws, Seattle
Eric Elliott, Seattle
Tannaz Farsi, Eugene
Sarah Hood, Seattle
Denzil Hurley, Seattle
Linda Hutchins, Portland
Robert C. Jones, Seattle
Michael Kenna, Seattle
Doug Keyes, Seattle
Isaac Layman, Seattle
Zhi Lin, Sammamish
Micki Lippe, Seattle
Margie Livingston, Seattle
Victor Maldonado, Portland
Debora Moore, Seattle
Susan Robb, Seattle
Stephanie Robison, Portland
Ross Sawyers, Seattle
Susan Seubert, Portland
Chang-Ae Song, Eugene
W. Scott Trimble, Seattle