Coming Summer 2022

The Exquisite Gorge Project II

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Exquisite Gorge Project

Exquisite Gorge Project 2022 - Maryhill Museum - Columbia Gorge


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.

Co-Artistic Directors for the project are Oregon-based artists Owen Premore and Tammi Jo Wilson.

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.

Exquisite Gorge Project 2022 - Maryhill Museum - Columbia Gorge


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.

Exquisite Gorge Project 2022 - Maryhill Museum - Columbia Gorge
Exquisite Gorge Project 2022 - Maryhill Museum - Columbia Gorge


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@maryhillmuseum.org.


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