May 13, 2014 Seattle — Scott Lawrimore – curator , art historian, writer, lecturer, and former gallerist—is named the new director of the Jacob Lawrence Gallery by the University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design, effective July 1, 2014.
Lawrimore comes to the Jacob Lawrence Gallery from the Frye Art Museum where he was Deputy Director of Collections and Exhibitions. Lawrimore has dedicated his entire professional career championing and facilitating Seattle’s artists and institutions, contributing to the cultural vigor of the city and actively working to contextualize those activities in larger art world dialogs.
“Adding Scott to the staff of the School of Art + Art History + Design is a game changer,” said Jaime Walker, professor and incoming director of the School. “This new position marks a turning point in the history of the Jacob Lawrence Gallery. Scott has a record of shifting paradigms, so as the School begins to reimagine how the Gallery can contribute to the intellectual life on campus, and achieve greater local, national and international relevance, his vision, leadership, and collaborative spirit will be key moving forward.”
Lawrimore will direct the development and presentation of exhibitions and programs at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, and will also be a part-time lecturer for the School. “We’re going to blow the roof off this place,” said Lawrimore. “My curatorial and intellectual heroes have all affected radical change and made significant contributions within university contexts, and as the leading site of experimentation and knowledge production in the region, I’m privileged to be working with the students, faculty and staff of the University of Washington. It is a unique opportunity to contribute to this exciting phase in the development of the School of Art + Art History + Design, and helping to transform the Jacob Lawrence Gallery.
It will be an honor to lead something with such a distinguished namesake, and I hope to extend Lawrence’s legacy of testing art’s capacity to teach and engage the community.”
Lawrimore holds a Bachelor of Art Degree in Art History from the University of California Davis, and a Master of Art Degree in Art History from Sacramento State University. In Seattle, he worked for Art Access Magazine, Foster/White Gallery, Davidson Galleries, and Greg Kucera Gallery, before opening his own space, Lawrimore Project, in 2006. In 2012, he was appointed Deputy Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Frye Art Museum where he realized exhibitions that included over 50 Seattle-based artists and artists groups, and organized the lecture series, Toward a New History of Northwest Art. His publications include Buster Simpson // Surveyor, distributed by UW Press, and produced in conjunction with 40-year retrospective he organized for Simpson at the Frye in 2013. Lawrimore has taught professional practicum classes for graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Washington and Cornish College for the Arts, and for art history students at Seattle University.