Meet the Artist: Grace Weston
Grace Weston, Serious Play
Artist Talk: Tuesday, May 3rd, 7 pm
Fireside Lounge (PUB 161)
1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA
Grace will present an overview of her photography from her early black and white beginnings to the colorful miniature staged photography for which she is currently known. Her philosophy, influences, inspirations, and process will be presented along with behind-the-scenes studio secrets. She will also share a sneak peek into her latest series, explaining the evolution that brought her to it.
This event is made possible by the Artist Trust 2015 Fellowship grant. The Meet the Artist event is part of the grant whereby award recipients outreach into a community unaware of their artwork. Enjoy! To learn more about Artist Trust, see: www.artisttrust.org
A 2015 Artist Trust Fellowship Award recipient, Grace was nominated in both 2014 and 2012 for Portland Art Museum’s Contemporary Northwest Art Awards. In 2012, her work was received with acclaim in her first European solo show at Paci Contemporary in Brescia, Italy. Grace received honorable mentions in the International Kontinent Awards 2013 and Center Forward 2013. She was a finalist in PhotoEspana’s Descubrimientos 2009 and one of the Whatcom Museum 2008 Photography Biennial’s “Nine to Watch”. The Oregon Arts Commission honored Grace with an Individual Artist’s Fellowship in 2006. Public collections include those of the Portland Art Museum, University of Oregon, Seattle Public Utilities Portable Artworks Collection, Photographic Center Northwest, Portland Community College, 4 Culture King County, and the City of Seattle. She has exhibited widely in the United States, as well as in Europe and Scandinavia. Her work has been featured in print magazines in Italy, Spain, China, and the Netherlands, as well as on many international online magazines. Grace’s work is included in the book Microworlds, published in 2011 by Laurence King Publishing (UK).
Grace has also been commissioned to create her unique style of staged narrative photography in the editorial world, illustrating writings in “O the Oprah Magazine” and “Discover Magazine”, and creating the cover imagery for CDs, books and several city magazines, including “Portland Monthly”, “Seattle Metropolitan”, and “Pittsburgh Magazine”. In July 2013, Seattle’s weekly paper The Stranger featured one of her images as the cover.