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The New Foundation Seattle Supports Contemporary Art Lecture Series at The University Of Washington

Seven-part public lecture series, Critical Issues in Contemporary Art Practice, begins January 14

December 15, 2015

Seattle, WA — The University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design announces the lineup for the 2016 Critical Issues in Contemporary Art Practice lecture series (CICAP), a program offered in partnership with The New Foundation Seattle. Cast as both a class for UW students and series of lectures open to the general public, CICAP brings together artists and thinkers on the forefront of contemporary art practice to share ideas, raise questions, and engage with curious thinkers in both the School and the community at large.

CICAP is made possible by the integral support of The New Foundation Seattle, a nonprofit organization devoted to encouraging the production of contemporary visual art through dynamic initiatives that stimulate artistic development, research, and presentation.

"The New Foundation Seattle is proud to make the “Critical Issues in Contemporary Art Practice” lecture series possible in 2016 through a grant to the University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design," said founder Shari Behnke. "Our partnership with the School, now in its fourth year, has helped create a stronger and more vibrant contemporary art community in Seattle."

CICAP is a unique program that pairs public lectures by internationally renowned artists with a classroom experience for UW students. It consists of seven public artist lectures, activities at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, and a selection of essays by artists, theorists, and curators. The theme of this year’s series will contextualize art firmly within the common world we share, reflecting on current social, political, and philosophical conditions and possibilities rather than imaginative escapes.

2016 Critical Issues in Contemporary Art Practice Public Lectures Series

January 14 – Martine Syms
January 21 – Steffani Jemison (Winter Artist-In-Residence at Jacob Lawrence Gallery)
January 28 – John Knight (introduced by Flint Jamison)
February 11 – Anicka Yi
February 18 – Josh Faught
February 25 – Amelia Saul (will show at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery)
March 10 – Park McArthur

All lectures will take place at 7 p.m. in the Henry Art Gallery auditorium and are free and open to the public. Registration for individual lectures is required and opens on January 6. For more information, visit:

About UW School of Art + Art History + Design
The University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design is the Northwest’s flagship of creative innovation and study at one of the world’s leading public research institutions. With an interdisciplinary approach that enhances studio-based learning, the School’s educational philosophy encourages the development of new forms and practices. Our students are inspired to learn through rigorous curriculum, competitive internships, and study abroad opportunities. Championed by internationally distinguished faculty, alumni, and a network of visiting artists, designers, and scholars, students of the UW School of Art + Art History + Design’s undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs create in an environment of limitless possibility. To learn more, visit

About The New Foundation Seattle
The New Foundation Seattle is a philanthropic and cultural organization dedicated to encouraging the production of contemporary art through initiatives that stimulate artistic development, research, and presentation. The Foundation was conceptualized in 2011 during a series of conversations between philanthropist and art collector Shari D. Behnke and curator Yoko Ott and was founded by Behnke one year later. Artists, curators, critical arts writers, and Seattle-area visual art MFA programs are supported through the Foundation’s professional development activities and funding initiatives. The New Foundation Seattle’s space in Pioneer Square offers an arts library as well as public programs that include exhibitions, lectures, panel discussions, performances, and workshops.

About The College of Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts & Sciences, founded 150 years ago, provides an education of tremendous breadth and depth to more than 27,000 students while advancing research and scholarship in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.  The College has more than two dozen interdisciplinary centers and ties to many other centers, enabling scholars in diverse fields to collaborate on complex research questions in the humanities, demography, labor studies, law, astrobiology, and other areas.

The College faculty generate about $90 million in research funds annually, through public and private grants.  The College also serves the community through the more than 280 performances, 60 exhibits and 100 public programs annually offered through the Henry Art Gallery, the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, UW World Series, and Meany Hall for the Performing Arts.