Coming Summer 2022
The Exquisite Gorge Project II
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Exquisite Gorge Project
The Exquisite Gorge Project II 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 working collaboratively with community members and the Community Partner within their assigned section. The artists will engage with and draw inspiration from their interactions in the community and with the river. Each artwork section will portray 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 artwork.
In addition to the participating artists, there are many partner organizations, individuals and sponsors who make The Exquisite Gorge Project II possible.
For opportunities to support this great project, contact Colleen Schafroth 509 773-3733 x 23 or email development@
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.
Maryhill Museum of Art’s collaborative printmaking project is taking the Columbia River Gorge by storm. The Exquisite Gorge Project is the first of its kind in the region and took its inspiration from Surrealist art practice known as exquisite corpse.
Section 2 of the Exquisite Gorge Project includes faculty, staff, and students from Lewis & Clark College, in Portland, Oregon. The student members are Frankie Beilharz and Shannon Drew and, recently graduated, Anna Kahler, Iris Reidel, and Aiden Turlington....