June Sekiguchi

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Statement

My work is pattern based, material driven, and site responsive to create sculptures, installations, and wall mounted constructions that address cultural identity, cross cultural exchange, and personal narratives. I am interested in the repetition of forms and symbols which are universal, but in specific combinations evolve into representations of anthropological constructs. Understanding the diversity and commonality of cultures fuels my work as I explore the interplay of surface pattern and structural form with the deeper meaning of pattern in humanity, or more intimately, personal patterns of habit.

Bio

June Sekiguchi was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She has resided in the Seattle area since 1994 and has been involved in art education, served on the Issaquah Arts Commission, is a founding member of the artEAST Art Center and METHOD Gallery in Pioneer Square, and is currently an independent art curator. Sekiguchi has received an Artist Trust Fellowship in 2015, a GAP grant and four 4Culture individual projects grants. She has been awarded a sculpture scholarship from Pratt Fine Arts Center and artist-in-residencies to Luang Prabang, Laos and the James and Janie Washington Foundation. Sekiguchi’s works are in private and public collections including Seattle Portable Works and the Ethnic Heritage Art Gallery, and internationally in Laos, Morocco, and exhibited in Sweden. Her work has been shown at the Bellevue Arts Museum Biennial “Knock on Wood,” and Bainbridge Island Museum of Art among other regional Pacific Northwest exhibitions. She is represented by ArtXchange Gallery in Seattle.

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EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Studio Art 1983, University of California at Santa Barbara.

SELECTED SOLO and COLLABORATIVE EXHIBITIONS



2015 Thought Patterns, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, curated by Greg Robinson, group exhibition
FEAT: Fellowship Exhibit Artist Trust, pop up exhibition of 2015 Artist Trust Fellowship Receipients at Galvanize, Seattle, WA
Slash and Burn, Kirkland Art Center, curated by Suze Woolf, Kirkand, WA, group exhibition
The Incredible Intensity of Just Being Human, Anne Focke Gallery at Seattle City Hall, curated by Kate Vrijmoet with Holly Ballard Martz, Valaree Cox, and Ezra Dickinson to de-stigmatize mental illness.
2014 Bellevue Arts Museum Biennial Exhibition, Knock on Wood, Bellevue, WA
Against the Grain, ArtXchange Gallery. Three gallery artists who are also participating in the BAM Biennial (Humaira Abid, Elaine Hanowell, and June Sekiguchi), Seattle, WA
Meaning of Wood traveling exhibition with new work, Kenneth J. Minneart Gallery, Olympia, WA
A Cut Above, The Lakeshore, Seattle, WA, curated by June Sekiguchi and MalPina Chan traveling to Sammamish City Hall.
2013 Nihon Wa, White River Valley Museum, Auburn, WA
Method Founder’s Show, Method, Seattle, WA
The Meaning of Wood, curated by Suze Woolf, Lower Columbia College, Vancouver, WA
ArtXchange Gallery, Seattle, WA
2012 Within/Without. Solo exhibition of work in response to artist-in-residency to Luang Prabang, Laos, 4Culture Individual Artist Projects Grant. ArtXchange Gallery. Seattle, WA Collaborative Light and Sound time based elements integrated into the installation by Spar Wilson and Rob Millis.
 James Washington Foundation Artist-in-Residency open house presenting work made during the residency, Seattle, WA.
2011 Collaborations. Antioch University, Seattle, WA
2010 The Blood That Runs Through Us. Tacoma Artscapes installation. Collaboration with Mary Coss and Pam Hom. Tacoma, WA
Bloodlines. Columbia City Gallery, Three person show with Mary Coss, Pam Hom, June Sekiguchi. Seattle, WA
2009 Parts of the Whole: Two Visions. Shift Gallery, Seattle, WA
2008 Pattern Play. ArtXchange Gallery solo exhibition Seattle, WA.
A Brief Walk on the Edge. Shift Gallery, solo exhition. Tashiro Kaplan Building, Seattle, WA
2007 How the Soy Sauce Was Bottled. Wing Luke Asian Museum. Tracy Fugami, Jason Huff, Alan Chong Lau, Ethelyn C. Abellanosa, jurors, Seattle, WA
2006 A Circular Route. Vidya Gallery. Solo exhition. Co-sponsored by the Tibetan Healing Fund and the Tibetan Nun Project. Curated by Debbi Lester. Seattle, WA

SELECTED LOCAL GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2012 Bellevue Bellwether Biennial Sculpture and Installation: re-Generation. Bellevue City Hall, Bellevue, WA
Re-Shift. Invitational, Shift Collaborative Studio, Seattle, WA
Ethnic Heritage Art Gallery. Seattle Municipal Tower. Preston Hampton coordinator., Seattle, WA
SAM Gallery Re-install sculptural installation of Within/Without, curated by Barbara Shaiman, Seattle
The Material Calls: James Washington Residents, Hedreen Gallery, Seattle University
Artist Trust EDGE Graduates. Convention Center, Seattle, WA
2011 A Collaborative Process. Antioch University with Mary Coss. Seattle, WA
A Sense of Place, IDEA Odyssey Gallery. Inaugural exhibition, curated by Juan Alonso, Seattle, WA
ArtXchange Gallery at the Seattle Design Center
24 Hour Artmaking Marathon. artEAST Art Center, Issaquah, WA
2010 Fresh Eyes. ArtXchange Gallery, Seattle, WA
American/Asian: ArtXchange Artists, remounting of exhibtion at Seattle City Hall, Anne Focke Gallery, curated by Deborah Paine, Seattle, WA
Linear Progression. ArtEAST Gallery, curated by June Sekiguchi with artists Etsuko Ichikawa, Margie Livingston, Carol Milne, Milenko Matanovic, and June Sekiguchi. Issaquah, WA
Light! ArtXchange Gallery. Light as sculptural art. Seattle, WA
Farewell. Columbia City Gallery, curated by Byron Auyong, in conjunction with Spectrum Dance Company production by Donald Byrd, music by Byron Auyong. Seattle, WA
2009 Art Inspired by Textiles. ArtXchange Gallery. Seattle, WA

Kinetic Collective Works. artEAST Gallery. Issaquah, WA

American/Asian. ArtXchange Gallery. Seattle, WA
2008 Art at Urban Hardwoods. 3 person show. Urban Hardwoods. Seattle,
WA
What Does Compassion Look Like? ArtXchange, Seattle, WA

Fall City Sculpture Walk. Commission award. Fall City, WA
2007 Small Works Members Show. Shift Gallery. Tashiro Kaplan Building. Seattle, WA

Pratt Fine Arts Instructor/Student Show. Pratt Gallery, Tashiro Kaplan Building. Seattle, WA

Annual Regional Juried Art Show. Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts. South Puget Sound Community College. Olympia, WA

Demographic Tapestry: Strands of Our Culture. Inaugural Exhibition Sammamish City Hall. Dianne Elliott, curator. Sammamish, WA

June Sekiguchi. Up Front[art], ArtEAST cooperative gallery, Issaquah, WA

Intergenerational Moments. Chicago Cultural Center. Chicago, IL
2006 Plugged In and Caffeinated. Columbia City Gallery. Kamla Kakaria, Larry Calkins, Barbara Shaiman, jurors. Seattle, WA

Infusions. Floating Leave Tea. Solo exhibition. Seattle, WA

Collective Works. Featured artists from the Art Collective Issaquah, WA
2005 Contemporary Works of Asian Traditions. The Other Roadside Attraction, Mt.Vernon, WA

Gilda Club Red Door Campaign. Juried selection. Seattle, WA

Greenwood Art Walk. Birdem Turban Gallery. Seattle, WA.
2004 Northwest Women Arts and Crafts Show. Karma Place. Bow, WA.

Techlink Engineering Resources, Corporate Headquarters. Belleveue, WA.

Greenwood Art Walk. Birdem Turban Gallery. Seattle, WA.
Blue Heron Gallery. Vashon, WA.
2003 New Work: Ajrak Series. Chazen. Seattle, WA.
Aurora Women’s Health Center. Seattle, WA.
2002 Coastal Kitchen. Seattle, WA.
Joe Bar. Seattle, WA.

Dynamik Space. Seattle, WA.

June Sekiguchi and Garrison Coverdale. Blue Heron Gallery. Two person show Vashon, WA.

International Microwave Symposium. Guest programs. Seattle, WA.
2000 Heart of the Beast invitational. Silverwood Gallery, recipient of Best of Show. Vashon, WA.

City of SeaTac. Peggy Weiss juror. SeaTac, WA.

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS

2011 Ban Lao Hotel. Luang Prabang, Laos
2010 Shift/Candyland: Part 4, Mary Coss and June Sekiguchi. Candyland Artist Cooperative, Stockholm, Sweden. Fourth round of an artist exchange between Shift Studio/Seattle and Candyland/Stockholm.
Fayetteville Underground. Shift exchange between Seattle and the Fayetteville Underground, Fayetteville, AR
2009 Shift Exchange Seattle/Houston. G Gallery, Houston, TX
Interactive. Woman Made Gallery. Chicago, IL
2008 Chefchaouen Municipality, Chefchaouen, Morocco
2007 Women Beyond Borders. National traveling exhibition. Paired with Black Rights Activiist Yuri Kochiyama.
Shrines for the Environment. Mary Lou Zeek Gallery. Salem, OR
2000 Spontaneous Explorations. Adell McMillan Gallery. University of Oregon. Eugene, OR.

AWARDS

Artist Trust Fellowship, 2015

James Washington Foundation Artist-In-Residency, Seattle, WA. 2012

4Culture Individual Projects Grant, travel grant to observe Lao art practices to inform new work and initiate artist exchange, Luang Prabang, Laos. 2010
4Culture Special Projects Grant; Artist Trust GAP Grant. 2007
George Tsutakawa Sculpture Scholarship, Pratt Fine Arts Center. 2006
Artist Trust EDGE Program. 2005

PUBLIC ART COMMISSIONS

King County Public Library System, Fall City Library, Fall City, WA. 2008

Ethnic Heritage Art Gallery purchase, Seattle Municipal Tower, 2015

COLLECTIONS

Prince Nithakhong Somsanith, Luang Prabang, Laos. 2011
Chefchaouen Municipality, Chefchaouen, Morocco Asian Counseling and Referral Service. 2008
Wing Luke Asian Museum King County Public Art Collection Portable Works. 2007

SELECTED COMMISSIONS

Legacy Partners, Mercer Island, WA
Coast Hotel, Bellevue, WA
Protingent Staffing, Redmond, WA
Flow Yoga, Redmond, WA
Stephen L. Nelson Offices, Redmond, WA
Cummins Residence, Bellevue, WA
Starr Residence, Vashon, WA
Domingo Residence, Newport Beach, CA

CURATORIAL

Currently independent curator for Era Living at 5 locations including University House Wallingford, University House Issaquah, Ida Culver Broadview, Aljoya Mercer Island, and Aljoya Thornton Place.

2012 Adaptation. University House Wallingford, Seattle, WA

ZZ Wei and Alfredo Arreguin. Aljoya Thornton Place, Seattle, WA
Harold and the Purple Crayon. University House Issaquah, Issaquah, WA

Shadows and Reflections. University House Wallingford, Seattle, WA

Shadows and Reflections II. Ida Culver Broadview, Seattle, WA

MIVAL: Insight and Memory, Aljoya Mercer Island, WA

The Rookery Project. Aljoya Mercer Island, WA
Visual Biographies, Aljoya Mercer Island, co-curated with Kelly Lyles, Mercer Island, WA

Artist Couples. Ida Culver Broadview, Seattle, WA

James Wille Faust and Stacie Chappell, Aljoya Thornton Place, Seattle, WA

Saturation Point. University House Issaquah, Issaquah, WA

Inside/Outside. University House Wallingford, Seattle, WA

Earl Debnam and Marcio Diaz. Aljoya Thornton Place, Seattle, WA
2011 Unfinished Business. University House Issaquah, Issaquah, WA

North South East West. University House Wallingford, Seattle, WA

Guest Wall at artEAST Arts Center roster included Kamla Kakaria, Betsy Best-Spadaro, Deborah Kapoor, Don Haggerty, Stephanie Dickie, Stephen Rock & Nichole Dement, Issaquah, WA
2010 Linear Progressions Etusko Ichikawa, Margie Livingston, Carol Milne, and Milenko Matanovich, artEAST Gallery, Issaquah, WA
2009 Idiosyncratic Twists, Alicia Bassinger, Chris Buening, John Brucker, and Yun Hong Chang. artEAST Gallery, Issaquah, WA
2008 Over the Edge+ Artists and others from the Artist Trust Edge Program. Rickie Wolfe, Deborah Kapoor, Pirjo Berg, Susan Lockwood, and Mary Coss. artEAST Gallery, Issaquah, WA
2007 Building C and 619 Western 2 exhibitions bringing artists from Seattle studios to the Eastside in the Collective Works exhibitions of artEAST Gallery.
2006 Collective Works. 10 exhibitions for artEAST Gallery, Issaquah, WA

AFFILIATED ORGANIZATIONS

ArtXchange Gallery
Shift Collaborative Studio, 2007-2010, founded Swedish exchange with Alvaro Campo, co-curated national exchange with Leilani Law
artEAST Founding Member and past Board Member Issaquah Arts Commission, 6 years completed April 2011

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Davis, Jessica. "Let There Be Light!", International Examiner, Dec. 15, 2010, Arts Volume 37, No. 4 Kunimitsu, Susan. "Patterns as a Portal into an Artist’s Life", International Examiner, Dec. 3, 2008, p12 Edwards, Haley. "Modern Asian Art Flavored with History", Seattle Times, January 5, 2007, p45H Soukup, Jamie. "4Culture Rewards Two Local Artists", Issaquah Press, July 25, 2007, B6
Hayes, David. "Art Project Honors Local Citizens", Issaquah Press, August 22, 2007, B6 Cover South Seattle Residents Guide 2010, photography Vera M. Chan-Pool

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