Hart James

Hart James

Olympia, WA, United States

About Hart James

Hart has always been an artist sensitive to nature and intuitive. Growing up on the farm, she spent hours absorbed and absorbing the natural world around her. A backpack filled with empty jars, Golden Guide Books on Insects, Plants and Birds, she spent the entire day studying the beauty, the transience, the processes and cycles, the details of construction in nature. At the age of ten she realized the potential of infinite time and universes and the danger of our natural world/of our earth. Studying at the Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Art Institute, Northwestern in art history and biology has made a strong background for Hart’s further pursuit into the arts. She has visited almost every major art museum in the country and many abroad. The visual memory comes out in her painting. Hart is always pushing herself to improve. One recent reviewer said of her work: “Her compositions are strong, her color usage muted but glowing, and everything from tree trunks to leaves to water and air has a heavy, chiseled look with consistent paint application that announces in no uncertain terms that we are looking not at illusory pictures but at solid layers of paint on a flat surface. It may be old fashioned of me to say it, but that’s what painting is all about.”

Education

Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California

Events

HART JAMES www.hartjames.com
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ART AFFILIATIONS
Harris/Harvey Gallery — Seattle, WA
Smith&Vallee – Edison, WA
Waterworks Gallery — Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA
Slate Gallery — Oakland, CA
Spokane Art Museum -- Spokane, WA
EDUCATION 1970-1979
Northwestern University.
Art Institute of Chicago.
San Francisco Art Institute.
Studied under Anne Truitt, Vera Berdich, Ed Paschke, and Alex Castro
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RESIDENCIES & AWARDS
2020
Seattle Art Fair, represented by Harris Harvey, Seattle, WA.
Juror’s Merit Award Group Show, Minnaert Gallery, SPSCC, Olympia, WA. Juror: Dawna Holloway,
gallery e, Seattle.
2019
Seattle Art Fair, represented by Smith & Vallee Gallery, Seattle, WA
Anacortes “Festival Award’, Anacortes Arts Festival, Anacortes, WA. Juror, Joanna Sikes, director of
MoNA, LaConner, WA
Juror’s Merit Award, Minnaert Gallery, SPSCC, Olympia, WA. Juror: Dawna Holloway, gallery e, Seattle
Guest Curator for CADENCE, featuring Galen Garwood at Ryan James Gallery, Kirkland, CA
2018
Juror’s Merit Award Group Show, Minnaert Gallery, SPSCC, Olympia, WA. Juror: Amy McBride, Tacoma
Art Museum.
2017
Juror’s Merit Award, Minnaert Gallery, SPSCC, Olympia, WA. Juror: Amy McBride, Tacoma Art Museum.
Vermont Studio Center Fellowship Award - Johnson, VT
2015
Morris Graves Foundation Residency – Loleta, CA
Spokane Visual Arts Award – Spokane Visual Arts Award, a monetary award connected with the Spokane
Museum of Arts and Culture; inclusion in the Museum collection
1979
Oxbow Artist Residency, Oxbow Artist Colony - Saugatuck, MI
2000 Kentucky Women Artists Award, second runner up
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SOLO/DUO SHOWS
2023
MoNA, Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, Wa
2020
'Cathedral of the Sacred,' A Full Sensory Installation. Collaboration with Janice Arnold - SPSCC Minnaert
Gallery, Olympia, WA.
2019
Harris Harvey Gallery - Seattle, Wa
Smith&Vallee Gallery - Edison, WA. With Jan Hoy, 3-D artist
Gallery 110 - Seattle, WA
OAP - Port Haddock, WA

Exhibitions

HART JAMES www.hartjames.com
____________________________________________ART AFFILIATIONS
Harris/Harvey Gallery — Seattle, WA
Smith&Vallee – Edison, WA
Waterworks Gallery — Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA
Slate Gallery — Oakland, CA
Spokane Art Museum -- Spokane, WA
EDUCATION 1970-1979
Northwestern University.
Art Institute of Chicago.
San Francisco Art Institute.
Studied under Anne Truitt, Vera Berdich, Ed Paschke, and Alex Castro
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RESIDENCIES & AWARDS
2020
Seattle Art Fair, represented by Harris Harvey, Seattle, WA.
Juror’s Merit Award Group Show, Minnaert Gallery, SPSCC, Olympia, WA. Juror: Dawna Holloway,
gallery e, Seattle.
2019
Seattle Art Fair, represented by Smith & Vallee Gallery, Seattle, WA
Anacortes “Festival Award’, Anacortes Arts Festival, Anacortes, WA. Juror, Joanna Sikes, director of
MoNA, LaConner, WA
Juror’s Merit Award, Minnaert Gallery, SPSCC, Olympia, WA. Juror: Dawna Holloway, gallery e, Seattle
Guest Curator for CADENCE, featuring Galen Garwood at Ryan James Gallery, Kirkland, CA
2018
Juror’s Merit Award Group Show, Minnaert Gallery, SPSCC, Olympia, WA. Juror: Amy McBride, Tacoma
Art Museum.
2017
Juror’s Merit Award, Minnaert Gallery, SPSCC, Olympia, WA. Juror: Amy McBride, Tacoma Art Museum.
Vermont Studio Center Fellowship Award - Johnson, VT
2016
Escape to Create Artist Residency - Seaside, FL - Residency and Salon
2015
Morris Graves Foundation Residency – Loleta, CA
Spokane Visual Arts Award – Spokane Visual Arts Award, a monetary award connected with the Spokane
Museum of Arts and Culture; inclusion in the Museum collection
1979
Oxbow Artist Residency, Oxbow Artist Colony - Saugatuck, MI
2000 Kentucky Women Artists Award, second runner up
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SOLO/DUO SHOWS
2023
MoNA, Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, Wa
2020
'Cathedral of the Sacred,' A Full Sensory Installation. Collaboration with Janice Arnold - SPSCC Minnaert
Gallery, Olympia, WA.
2019
Harris Harvey Gallery - Seattle, Wa
Smith&Vallee Gallery - Edison, WA. With Jan Hoy, 3-D artist
Gallery 110 - Seattle, WA
OAP - Port Haddock, WA
2018
Tacoma Community Gallery at Gig Harbor - Tacoma, WA
Pierce College Gallery - Tacoma, WA
Gallery 110 - Seattle, WA
Lower Columbia College Gallery - Longview, WA
All Sort’s Gallery - Olympia, WA
Washington Department of Ecology Gallery - Olympia, WA
2017
Cobalt Gallery - Mendocino, CA
Tim Carmody Gallery - Fort Bragg, CA
2015
The Ancients – Washington Arts Center, Olympia, WA
2014
Washington Department of Ecology Gallery– Olympia, WA
1999
Lexington Public Library Gallery – Lexington, KY
1998
Mixed Media Meditations – President’s Room, University of Kentucky, Singletary Center for the Arts,
Lexington, KY
1984
501 Gallery – Eugene, OR
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SELECTED JURIED SHOWS AND INSTALLATIONS
2020
Waterworks Gallery - Friday Harbor, Lopez Island, WA
Olympia Arts Walk - invited by Holy Lamb Organics - Olympia, WA
March, 2020. Juror’s Merit Award Group Show, Minnaert Gallery, SPSCC, Olympia, WA. Curator/gallery
owner of Studio E, Dawna Holloway, Olympia, Wa.
2019
Southwest Juried Show, SPSCC Minnaert Gallery, curator/gallery owner of Studio E, Dawna Holloway.
Olympia, WA.
Anacortes Arts Festival Juried Art Show, curator of MoNA, Joanna Sikes. Anacortes, WA
Olympia Court House, Olympia, WA
2018
Northwind Art Center, Port Townsend, WA
Juror’s Invitational. Minnaert Gallery, SPSCC, Olympia, WA . Juror: Amy McBride, Tacoma Art Museum
Curator. Olympia, WA
2017
Maryland Federal of Arts, Strokes of Genius Juried Exhibition, juror: Susan Behrends Frank, Ph.D. The
Phillips Collection - Annapolis, MD
Anacortes Arts Festival, Art at the Port Juried Exhibition, juror: Schugurensky, Microsoft Cu