About

Garric Simonsen's artwork draws from a large collection of family history. Simonsen works with traditional materials and inter-disciplinary approaches, including dry-etching, encaustic, collage, hand-coloring and digital print, the evolution of what could be classified as his antipainter persona. His Swedish heritage and deep roots in Pacific Northwest history pull away from abstraction and focuses on artifact, the timeless quality of both object and image.

Bio

(B: 1975) a fifth-generation Washingtonian, artist and musician. Work and projects have shown at Bellevue Arts Museum, Jundt Art Museum, Boston Center for the Arts, Platform Gallery (Seattle, WA), Darger HQ (Omaha, NB), Seattle University, Eastern Washington University, University of Wisconsin Madison, the 2010 Brucennial (NY, NY), Wheaton University (Norton, MA) and Bradley University (Peoria, IL). 

Other achievements include 2012 and 2014 nominations for Portland Art Museum’s Contemporary Northwest Art Awards, MFA Scholarship Award (WSU), Art Music Grant (WSU), JUNO Award (TESC), Mark Blakely Award (TESC). Currently tenured faculty at Spokane Falls Community College; holds an MFA from Washington State University and BA from The Evergreen State College (Olympia, WA).

Reviews and publications of Simonsen’s work are included in; The Stranger, Seattle Weekly and Art Collector Magazine. Simonsen has also guest written for Hyperallergic art blog in Brooklyn, NY.  Projects have been funded and awarded grants from the Vermont Studio Center, Artist Trust (Seattle, WA) and The James and Janie Washington Foundation (Seattle, WA).

 

CV ( * Solo, ** 2 person)

2018

**Garric Simonsen and Craig Roper, Darger HQ, Omaha, NB

 

2017 

*Ruddell Gallery, Black Hills State University, Spearfish, SD

*Going Home, Riversea Gallery, Astoria, OR

*Eastern Washington University Gallery of Art, Cheney, WA

Bradley University International Print and Drawing Biennial, Peoria, IL

 

2016

Drawn to the Wall, Jundt Art Museum, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA

Seattle City Hall, James and Janie Washington Foundation, AIR Exhibition, Seattle, WA

 

2015

Feelers, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA

**Pentimenti, Darger HQ, featuring work by Garric Simonsen & Michael Willett, Lincoln, NB

Window Dressing (Thōs Guys), Wall St. & Main Ave., Spokane, WA

Average Art Show, Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Spokane, WA

 

2014

Bellevue Art Museum Biennial: Knock on Wood

Toronto Love Art Fair, Darger HQ, Toronto, CA

*Monument, Spokane Falls Community College Art Gallery, Spokane, WA

Inaugural Exhibition, Darger HQ, Lincoln, NB

Current: All Faculty Show, Spokane Falls Community College Art Gallery, Spokane, WA

New Area Faculty Invitational, Saranac Art Projects, Spokane, WA

 

2013

Poseidon’s Pull:

Ionian Center for the Arts, Kefalonia, Greece

Washburn Art Gallery, Gallaudet University, Washington, DC.

Manhattan Graphic Center, Printmaking Show, New York, NY

Cascadia, Collar Works Gallery, Troy, NY

Ransom, Wayfarers Studios, Brooklyn, NY

**New Work, Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Spokane, WA

Bradley Print and Drawing Exhibition, Bradley University, Peoria, IL

Wheaton College Drawing Biennial, Beard & Weil Galleries, Norton, MA

Social Interventions, 4141 Garage Gallery, San Diego, CA

 

2012

Mall of America: A Toll Free Audio Exhibition, Place Gallery, Portland, OR

Tilting at Windmills, Porter Butts Gallery, University of Wisconsin (Madison)

James Washington Residents, Hedreen Gallery, Seattle, WA

Intramurals organized by Chris Moss, AFA Gallery, Scranton, PA

The Fool’s Journey, Curious Matter, Jersey City, NJ

#Nobody goes to SF (site specific locations), San Francisco, CA

I am a Painter, Effjay Projekts, Sheboygan, WI

Portal: Journey Through the Past, Design Collaborative, Spokane, WA

 

2011

Video Rover III (shortlisted), NURTUREart, New York, NY

#Nobody goes to NY (site specific locations), New York, NY

Conversation Piece (Bus Stories), Disjecta, Portland, OR

 

2010

Magicality, organized by William Powhida & Eric Trosko, Platform Gallery, Seattle, WA

Brucennial: Miseducation, New York, NY

Memory Upgrade, Center for Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA

Wet Paint Exhibition, Zhou B. Art Center, Chicago, IL

Play for Keeps, The Tribute Gallery, Portland, OR

The Spectacle, Two-Person Show, Saranac Art Projects, Spokane, WA

Y(art) Sale, Ouch My Eye Gallery, Seattle, WA

New Members Exhibition, Saranac Art Projects, Spokane, WA

MFA Thesis, Washington State University Museum of Art, Pullman, WA

 

2009

Tell Me What to Draw, Blackfish Gallery (window installation), Portland, OR

**Release and Restraint, 2 Person Show, Saranac Art Projects, Spokane, WA

8th Annual PONCHO Fine Art Exhibition, Western Bridge Gallery, Seattle, WA

Allied Arts Association Awards Exhibition, Allied Arts Center, Richland, WA 

**1st Yr MFA Exhibition, Gallery II, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

A House Divided: Legacy of Lincoln, Chase Gallery, Spokane, WA

 

Bibliography    

McQuaid, Cate, Boston Globe, Two local biennials…, Nov. 24 (2015)

Adams, Samuel, Big Red and Shiny, Drawing Show, Nov. 16 (2015)

Michelman, Elizabeth, ARTSCOPE,  “Putting out Feelers,” Oct. 30 (2015)

MIller, Brian. Seattle Weekly, "A Walk Through the Wood at BAM," (2015) 

Faigin, Gary. Seattle Times, The Arts, "Bellevue Arts Museum Biennial Puts Wood on a Pedestal," (2014)

Graves, Jen. The Stranger, Currently Hanging, “What Shows Up in My Inbox,” (2013)

Graves, Jen. The Stranger, "What We Lost That We Never Had," Visual Art, June 26, (2012)

Graves, Jen. The Stranger, “Magical Thinking,” Vol. 19, No. 44 (2010)

Graves, Jen. The Stranger, Currently Hanging, “Junk Drawers,” (2010)

Graves, Jen. The Stranger, Currently Hanging, “The Spectacle is Coming Tomorrow,” (2010)

Platt, Craig. Hyperallergic, “The Art World Gets Trashed,” (2010)

Daily Serving. “Brucennial 2010: Miseducation,” (2010)

Lieberman, Rhonda. Art Forum, Diary, “Their Name Is Bruce,” (2010)

Kron, Catherine. Art in America, News and Opinion, “Inside/Outside the Brucennial,” (2010) 

Burket, Brent, Hyperallergic, “The Brucennial Piece by Piece,” March 15 (2010)

Cotter, Holland. New York Times, Art Review, “Who Needs the Whitney? They Have Their Own Show,” February 26, p. C29 (2010)

22:BLOG. “Garric Simonsen,” (2010)

Daye, Kendrick. Art Nouveau Magazine, “Artist of the Week: Garric Simonsen,”(2009)

Kohn, Ilana. Lost at E Minor, “New Art/Garric Simonsen,” (2009)

Art News Blog. “Art Studio of Garric Simonsen,” (2009)

Zurlini, Jennifer. “A House Divided: Legacy of Lincoln,” The Spokesman Review, Thursday February 12, p. C1&C3 (2009)

Scozzaro, Carrie. “Oil Barrel Project: Spokane Visual Arts Tour,” The Inlander, October Issue, p. 28 (2006)

Crane, Julianne. “Young Artist Profile: Garric Simonsen”, The Spokesman Review, Friday June 27, p. C26 (2006)

 

Publications    

Art Collector Magazine, #110, Dec. (2014)

Peripheral Arteries, Issue 2, pg. 22 (2013)

RiverLit Literary Magazine, Issue 9 (2013)

34th Annual Bradley International, exhibition catalog (2013)

Intramurals, exhibition catalog (2012)

The Fool’s Journey, exhibition catalog (2012)

Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously, Hyperallergic, Brooklyn, NY (2011)

National Wet Paint, exhibition catalog, p. 21 (2010)

Art Calendar Magazine, Art School Confidential, November, Pg. 6 (2009)

Studio Visit Magazine, Open Studios Press, Boston, MA (2008)

Wire Harp, Associated Students of SFCC (2002)

 

Grants/awards/achievements

2014    PAM Contemporary Northwest Art Awards, Nomination 

2012    PAM Contemporary Northwest Art Awards, Nomination 

2012    Vermont Studio Center, Artist Grant

2009    MFA Scholarship Award, Allied Arts Association

2009    Art Music Grant, Washington State University

2006    SWS, Materials Award 

2005    JUNO Award, Evergreen State College 

2005    Capitol City Jurors Award, Side Door Gallery

2004    Foundation Activities Grant, Evergreen State College 

2003    Mark Blakley Memorial Scholarship, Evergreen State College 

1994    Artist Scholarship, Lewis and Clark H.S., Spokane, WA 

1994    Spokane Arts Portfolio Contest, 1st Place, Spokane, WA

 

Teaching    

Spokane Falls Community College // Tenure Track // current

Spokane Falls Community College // FT Annualized // 2013

Whitworth University // FT Lecturer // 2012

Washington State University // PT Adjunct // 2010 - 2012

Eastern Washington University // PT Adjunct // 2010 - 2012    

 

Education    

Washington State University – MFA, 2010

The Evergreen State College – BA, 2005