Coming Summer 2022
The Exquisite Gorge Project II
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The Exquisite Gorge Project II: Fiber Arts
Developed by Curator of Education at Maryhill Museum of Art, Louise Palermo, The Exquisite Gorge Project II: Fiber Arts features 11 regional fiber artists working with communities along 220 miles of the Columbia River from the Willamette Confluence to the Snake River Confluence.
Each artist will design an original artwork collaborating with a Community Partner in their assigned section. The artists will engage with and draw inspiration from their interactions with the people of the community and with the river. Each artwork will portray a section of the river itself and will connect to the next section, forming an “Exquisite Corpse.”
The project takes inspiration from the Surrealist art practice known as “exquisite corpse.” This began as a drawing game where participants took turns drawing sections of a body on a piece of paper folded to hide each successive contribution. When unfolded, the whole body is revealed showing each contribution.
In the case of The Exquisite Gorge Project II, the Columbia River will become the “body” that unifies the collaboration between artists and communities, revealing a flowing 66-foot work that tells 10 conceptual stories (plus a frontispiece) of the Columbia River and its people.
Visit the original Exquisite Gorge Project, held in 2019 and featuring printmakers.
Artists will interact with community members from their assigned stretch of river and create unique installations, sculpture, and innovative designs attached to that specific site.
They will also engage with educational opportunities to inspire and educate about fiber arts. These engagements will reflect, but not necessarily echo, the free-standing piece that will contain the actual “corpse” connection.
There will be resources developed, including maps and guides to encourage visitation to each site.
A culminating event will be held Saturday, August 6, 2022 at Maryhill Museum of Art, where each free-standing “exquisite corpse” section will be brought together to reveal the continuous sculpture.
PARTNERS & SPONSORS
In addition to the participating artists, there are many partner organizations and sponsors who make The Exquisite Gorge Project II possible.
Section One: Oregon Society of Artists–Artist: Lynn Deal
Section Two: Lewis and Clark University–Artist: Amanda Triplett
Section Three: Columbia Center for the Arts, The History Museum of Hood River County and Arts in Education of the Gorge–Artist: Chloë Hight
Section Four: White Salmon Arts Council and Fort Vancouver Regional Library–Artist: Xavier Griffith
Section Five: The Dalles Arts Center and The Dalles-Wasco County Library–Artists: Francisco and Laura Bautista
Section Six: The Fort Vancouver Regional Library at Goldendale Community Library–Artist: Carolyn Hazel Drake
Section Seven: The American-Romanian Cultural Society and Maryhill Museum of Art–Artist: Magda Nica
Section Eight: Desert Fiber Arts–Artist: Ophir El-Boher
Section Nine: The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation–Artist: Jessica Lavadour
Section Ten: ArtWalla–Artist: Kristy Kún
Columbia Fiber Arts Guild
To support this great project, contact Colleen Schafroth 509 773-3733 x 23 or email development@
Maryhill Museum of Art announces a second major community-based art project, The Exquisite Gorge Project II: Fiber Arts, in summer 2022. During the project, 12 regional fiber artists are slated to work with communities along 220 miles of the Columbia River from the Willamette Confluence in Portland to the Snake River Confluence near Walla Walla, Washington.
Desert Fiber Arts will be working with artist Ophir El-Boher on Section #8 of the The Exquisite Gorge Project II: Fiber Arts. Ophir is a fashion designer who works with upcycled materials. Section #8 of the project encompasses the area of the Columbia River that...
Ideas cannot blossom without support, imagination, positive energy, partnerships and talent. In December of 2018, Maryhill Museum of Art called its first meeting of potential partners for a big idea. In fact, an idea that would grow to 66-feet and 220 miles of community partnerships — the Exquisite Gorge Project.