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Thank you so much your support, we have met our initial goal to support the Jacob Lawrence Residency Program. We are stretching our goal to $6,000 in order to cover writer's fees for the upcoming MONDAY, Volume 3. This last volume will debut during our one-of-a kind, not to be missed 25th Anniversary Party on Saturday February 16th, 2019! 

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Stretch Goal for MONDAY! $75

Receive copies of all three volumes of MONDAY, the limited-edition journal published by the Jacob Lawrence Gallery. Plus, receive donor recognition in Vol. 3 and invitation to the Anniversary Party. This last volume will debut during our one-of-a kind, not to be missed 25th Anniversary Party on Saturday February 16th, 2019! Let's celebrate.

A Quarter Century of Learning from the Legacy of Jacob Lawrence

In 1970, after establishing an international reputation as one of the 20th century's most acclaimed visual storytellers of Black American experience, Jacob Lawrence was invited to become a professor at the University of Washington. Along with his expertise in painting and printmaking, Lawrence brought a critical perspective that never shied away from political and social issues. As a professor he inspired the same in his students. 

On February 16th, 2019 the Jacob Lawrence Gallery celebrates its 25th anniversary. Dedicated to Lawrence in 1994, the Gallery has supported learning at the University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design through a mission focused on education, social justice, and experimentation. In celebration of this history, the Gallery is leading a fundraising campaign for the next Jacob Lawrence Legacy Residency. 

Established in 2015, the Jacob Lawrence Legacy Residency and Exhibition has become the cornerstone of the Gallery’s program, enabling artists, students, faculty, and staff to engage in dialogue as new work is incubated. Black artists at all stages of their careers are nominated by a selection committee to travel to Seattle for a residency during the month of January and an exhibition in February. Previous Jacob Lawrence Legacy Residency awardees are HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, Steffani Jemison, and C. Davida Ingram. 

The next Jacob Lawrence Legacy Resident will not only have an exhibition at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, but also has the opportunity to show their work at SOIL, Seattle’s oldest not-for-profit space located in Pioneer Square. This opportunity to share an artist's work in venues that stretch between the University’s campus and Downtown Seattle presents a rare occasion to create a dialog between the center of Seattle’s cultural life, Pioneer Square, and the city’s academic hub, the University of Washington. 

Contributions to this campaign will be used towards housing in Seattle for the Jacob Lawrence Legacy Resident and materials for the production of new work. Your contribution to this campaign helps ensure that this vital program honoring the legacy of Lawrence’s life and practice may continue into the future.  

HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, "Post-Speculation/wayblackmachine" (2015).
HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, "Post-Speculation/wayblackmachine" (2015).
HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, "Post-Speculation/wayblackmachine" (2015).
HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, "Post-Speculation/wayblackmachine" (2015).
Steffani Jemison, "SOL" (2016).
Steffani Jemison, "SOL" (2016).
C. Davida Ingram, "A Book with No Pages" (2018).
C. Davida Ingram, "A Book with No Pages" (2018).
The Jacob Lawrence Gallery's journal MONDAY, Vol. 2 guest edited by C. Davida Ingram, the 2018 Jacob Lawrence Legacy Resident. Offered as a reward for a $20 contribution!
The Jacob Lawrence Gallery's journal MONDAY, Vol. 2 guest edited by C. Davida Ingram, the 2018 Jacob Lawrence Legacy Resident. Offered as a reward for a $20 contribution!

25th Anniversary Party

The Jacob Lawrence Gallery will celebrate its 25th Anniversary on Saturday, February 16th, twenty-five years to the day after the gallery was dedicated to Jacob Lawrence. 

We are elated that SassyBlack will be headlining for the party! We'll also be launching MONDAY, Vol. 3 at the 25th Anniversary Party! We'll be sharing more details about performances, food, activities and partners as the party approaches! 

For the $30 reward you will receive entrance to the party, and three drink tickets! Admission to the party will be $15 and drink tickets will be $10 each. 

About the Jacob Lawrence Gallery

Through a mission focused on education, social justice, and experimentation, the Jacob Lawrence Gallery serves as an inspiring space for exhibitions, a vital center for social interaction and dialog about art, art history, and design, and a critical resource for students, faculty, and the public. The Gallery is a site of knowledge production dedicated to enhancing the intellectual life on campus by advancing discourses on contemporary exhibition and curatorial practice with its ambitious program of exhibitions, lectures, performances, screenings, and workshops, and always testing art’s capacity to teach and engage the community. The Gallery serves as a living legacy of Lawrence’s exemplary life and admirable practice. As such, it is a community cultural laboratory, a platform for presenting a variety of artistic viewpoints, and an agent for deploying experimental pedagogy intended to help prepare students to enter and contribute to the cultural milieu while also engaging the community at large as a site for discovery, wonder, and meaningful exchange.

Jacob Lawrence and Gwendolyn Knight at the dedication ceremony for the Jacob Lawrence Gallery
Jacob Lawrence and Gwendolyn Knight at the dedication ceremony for the Jacob Lawrence Gallery

Jacob Lawrence's Artist in Studio

In 1994 Jacob Lawrence created a self-portrait, "Artist in Studio" to help raise funds for the Gallery's endowment. "Artist in Studio" was then featured on a promotional poster for the Inaugural Exhibition at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, and signed copies were made available to further grow the endowment. Honoring this history of fundraising for the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, we are offering two of the original Inaugural Exhibition posters that have been signed by Jacob Lawrence himself, and ten of the unsigned Inaugural Exhibition posters as rewards (signed posters have been valued at $800 and the unsigned posters at $200).

 Own a piece of Pacific Northwest art history!

 Milton C. Brown writing on Jacob Lawrence for the catalog og Jacob Lawrence's retrospective at the Whitney: "Perhaps no other artist of our time has hewn so closely, despite external conditions and personal esthetic evolution, to his original inspiration and principles. There is something monolithic about Jacob Lawrence and his work, a hard core of undeviating seriousness and commitment to both social and Black consciousness.… He has at the same time continued to insist on the larger human struggle for freedom and social justice in all the world and for all people." 

Signed copy of Jacob Lawrence's Inaugural Exhibition Poster
Signed copy of Jacob Lawrence's Inaugural Exhibition Poster

New Reward! Portrait of Jacob Lawrence and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence

 A framed photographic portrait of Jacob Lawrence and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence created in 1993 by Seattle-based artist Spike Mafford.  

Spike Mafford, "Jake and Gwen" (1993)
Spike Mafford, "Jake and Gwen" (1993)

Risks and challenges

Supporting artists as they experiment with new processes and materials in taking the next step in their careers always involves responsible risk-taking. Things can go wrong, and plans can change. An important part of supporting artists in the process of creating new work is allowing the space for growth and revision. Providing ample residency time allows for those challenges to be encountered and overcome. One of the great strengths of the Jacob Lawrence Gallery is that it is part of the University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design, a school with extraordinary intellectual resources for creative problem solving.

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    A thank you on social media and the website as well as invitations to the opening reception + artist talk for the Jacob Lawrence Legacy Residency Exhibition!

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    MONDAY Vol 2!

    Receive a copy of MONDAY, Vol. 2, the limited-edition journal published by the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, guest edited by the 2018 Jacob Lawrence Legacy Resident, C. Davida Ingram! MONDAY Vol. 2 includes writing by C. Davida Ingram, Kimberly Crutcher, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Bryce Henson, Neesha Powell-Twargirumukiza, Christopher Paul Jordan, Bitta Johnson and dk pan!

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    A raffle ticket for a chance to win an unsigned poster for the Jacob Lawrence Gallery's Inaugural Exhibition (featuring Jacob Lawrence's "Artist in Studio"). This limited-edition poster was originally created in 1994 to raise funds for the gallery!

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    Invitation to a one-of-a kind, not to be missed 25th Anniversary Party on Saturday February 16th, 2019! Plus you'll receive an invitation to the opening reception, and a thank you on our website + social media.

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    Strech Goal for MONDAY!

    Receive copies of all three volumes of MONDAY, the limited-edition journal published by the Jacob Lawrence Gallery. Plus, receive donor recognition in Vol. 3 and invitation to the Anniversary Party. This last volume will debut during our one-of-a kind, not to be missed 25th Anniversary Party on Saturday February 16th, 2019! Let's celebrate.

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    Preview exhibition tour with the Artist!

    You'll be invited to a special preview tour of the exhibition with the next Jacob Lawrence Legacy Resident! Additionally, you'll receive copies of the Jacob Lawrence Gallery's journal, MONDAY Vol. 1 + 2, donor recognition in the exhibition venue, an invitation to the 25th Anniversary Party, as well as an invitation to the opening reception!

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    Jacob Lawrence "Artist in Studio" Poster

    You'll receive a special limited-edition poster of Jacob Lawrence's "Artist in Studio" created twenty-five years ago for the dedication of the Jacob Lawrence Gallery! Originally commissioned to raise funds for the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, this poster was unveiled at the Gallery's first exhibition opening after the dedication!

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    Dinner with the Artist

    You'll receive an invitation to an exclusive dinner with the artist and the director of the Jacob Lawrence Gallery during the Jacob Lawrence Legacy Residency. Additionally, you'll receive an un-signed Jacob Lawrence "Artist in Studio" Poster, a thank you on the wall of the exhibition venue, as well as invitations to a one-of-a kind not to be missed 25th Anniversary Party!

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    Portrait

    A framed photographic portrait of Jacob Lawrence and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence by Spike Mafford, who documented the couple throughout the 1990's. Jacob Lawrence and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence moved to Seattle in 1971, after Jacob accepted a teaching position at the University of Washington, and never moved away. Both became active members in the Seattle arts community, working with local civic organizations like the Urban League, and the Seattle chapter of Links. Gwendolyn served on the King County Arts Commission and Jacob on the Washington State Arts Commission.

    Seattle-based artist Spike Mafford composes documentary, landscape and still life photographs taken around the globe.

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    Signed limited-edition Poster

    You'll receive a rare, limited-edition poster for the Inaugural Exhibition at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery featuring of Jacob Lawrence's "Artist in Studio," signed by Jacob Lawrence himself! The gallery at the School of Art + Art History + Design was dedicated to Jacob Lawrence on February 16, 1994. The first exhibition in the new Jacob Lawrence Gallery took place from to October 19 - December 6th, 1994, and featured Jacob Lawrence's paintings. As a fundraiser for the gallery Jacob Lawrence created a lithograph of the "Artist in Studio" which was then translated into a poster for this inaugural exhibition. Own a piece of Pacific Northwest art history!

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