Upcoming Exhibitions

HAC Members Exhibition

November 3 to December 30

The Annual Humboldt Arts Council Member Show is a juried exhibition designed to highlight the fabulous art being produced by HAC Artist Members. As always, this exhibition is eclectic, surprising and enjoyable.

20 Years: The Victor Thomas Jacoby Award

December 8 to January 27

Victor Thomas Jacoby was a local artist whose medium was French tapestry. He was internationally renowned for innovation in his field. When Jacoby passed away in 1997, he left a generous bequest to set up a fund with Humboldt Area Foundation, which would support visual artists and craftspeople, and encourage the exploration of new ideas, materials, techniques, mediums, images, and excellence. Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Victor Thomas Jacoby Award and view the work of over 20 artists that the award has supported. The works of these grantees will be showcased along side Jacoby's tapestries and sketchbooks from the HAC Permanent Collection.

Chris Motley: Feelings in Fiber

January 5 to February 17

Chris Motley’s sculptural forms use knitting in a unique way.  She takes a familiar medium and expands its possibilities, using texture, color and dimension to explore universal themes.

Often her sculptures tell personal stories.  “Slice of Life,” like a tree, has a ring for each year of her life.  “Living Alone” is about her Mother’s first year as a widow.  “Up, Really Down and Up Again” reflects the changing moods of our daily life. 

Widely familiar in its usual functional form, knitting in her art brings the technique up to date.   Motley has received wide recognition and critical praise for taking the craft of knitting and elevating the process into the realm of contemporary sculpture. 


Paul Flippen: 36days

January 5 to February 24

I lost my father to a stroke his third day in the hospital. 

He didn’t die for another month.

36days examines the emotions and ethics of the end of life, through drawings and text describing the narrative of one family’s experience.  Negotiating with doctors, each other, and our own feelings, my family and I sought to do what was best for my father, as he would have defined it.

Thirty-six drawings of pen and ink layered over eroded surfaces of paint weave in and out of thirty-six text panels that detail my relationship with my father and my reactions to his passing.  Shifting from crisp scientific renderings to the atmospherics of memory, the words and images navigate one account of modern medicine meeting family history.

Humboldt Collects!

February 2 to March 17

Why are we a nation of storage units, packed basements, and reality TV shows about hoarding? Humboldt Collects presents extraordinary collections from Humboldt County residents, exploring the fascinating practice of collecting. Celebrating the intrinsic beauty and insightful stories found within the collections and the people who make them, this show examines how the items we collect inform notions of who we are as individuals and a community.

28th Annual Images of Water Photography Competition & Exhibition

April 3 to May 12

Celebrating years of creative visions of water, this annual competition highlights the inspiring beauty of water. From images of lakes and streams to ice-cube trays and snow, Images of Water is a fun, theme-based show to take part in or to just take a look at. Open to all photographers, this is an exciting opportunity for all to become involved in the arts on the North Coast.

Pat Durbin: Picture this...

April 20 to May 26

Pat Durbin is inspired by the beauty of creation.  Many of the art pieces are large and most reflect the places in and around Humboldt County.  The familiar medium of fabric and thread are her tools.  She uses them to build works of art that bridge the gap between fine art painting and traditional quilting.

Pat’s style is to complete a pictorial fabric piece by machine quilting it with many threads which add depth and texture to her work.

Pat’s art has been shown often in national shows and exhibited in art and quilt shows locally, nationally, and internationally.  One of her special quilts “Forest Walk” was purchased by the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY, for their permanent collection.

You may enjoy walking through the exhibit, “Picture this...” and guessing where the inspiration photos were found by Pat and her husband, Gary.  Many of you will remember walking the same paths through the beauty of our great North Coast as well as some more distant places.

Pat has written several books which share her methods: “Mosaic Landscape Quilts”,  and “Painted  Picture Quilts” as well as a photo journal: “A Walk in the Woods”. Pat and her work have been featured in newspaper and magazine articles and on the online “thequiltshow.com” Show # 2103.

Divine Providence

April 27 to June 2

Divine Providence features selected photographs, works on paper, and sculptures by three artists that each explore what it means to own and exploit a landscape. As a national debate rages over public control of land and resources, the Lee Running, Meredith Lynn and Nicole Jean Hill are interested in fundamental questions about how a struggle for dominance has impacted the current relationship to a sense of place and environmental stewardship in the American West. The artists grapple with the physical and cultural remnants that point to the struggle for power and mythmaking that molded the national character of western expansion.  The works question the impact of this violent relationship to the natural world and critique a narrative that was written by men and glorifies a decidedly masculine relationship to the environment.

Roadkill is just one part of the collateral damage of our economy, land use, and speed. Lee Emma Running finds the bones of whitetail deer in the ditches and waterways near Interstate 80. These remains are the material for a series of sculptures and works on paper. Nicole Jean Hill creates landscape and still life photographs along the periphery of rural communities in the American West, collecting evidence of the lawlessness inherent in the liminal space between public and private land. The images contain evidence of the disruptive character of human activity, efforts at cultivation, and the inherent wildness of an environment. Meredith Lynn’s text-based paintings draw upon the romantic language that has framed our relationship to the frontier - poetic mantras that both obscure and narrate violence as a uniquely American spiritualism.

Wesley Hurd: The Odyssey of These Days

June 1 to July 7

Wesley Hurd’s painting series, The Odyssey of These Days, explores intimate depths of loss, struggle, grief and hope. The paintings present an abstract visual narrative evoking the intensity of human suffering and our journey beyond it, into hope.

According to Hurd, “This series of abstract paintings formed an unexpected narrative in three movements: shock and struggle, loss and grief, and finally memoriam and acceptance of loss. Rather than focusing on the social, political and ideological, I am interested in how we form meaning from life experiences—good and bad, pleasurable and painful.” The tragic shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College in 2015, occurred in the midst of the making of this work, deeply influencing the final two paintings.

Junque Arte: 25 Years!

October 5 to November 25

Designed to celebrate artistic creativity on the North Coast, and heighten the awareness of renewable resources in the art making process, each artwork in this juried exhibition is made from 100% recycled materials…reclaimed, reused, recovered, secondhand, salvaged, anything un-new! This year's juror is Dan McCauley from Dan's Custom Metals.

Exhibition Sponsored by Linda Wise & Recology Humboldt County

HAC Member Exhibition

November 2 to December 15

The Annual Humboldt Arts Council Member Show is a juried exhibition designed to highlight the fabulous art being produced by HAC Artist Members. As always, this exhibition is eclectic, surprising and enjoyable.

Morris Graves Museum of Art

636 F Street
Eureka, CA 95501
Fax 707.442.2040

Museum Hours
12pm - 5pm Wednesday-Sunday

Humboldt Arts Council Office Hours
9am - 5pm Tuesday-Friday

$5 for adults;
$2 for seniors (age 65 and over) and students with ID;
children 17 and under free;
Museum members are free.

Thank You Museum Sponsors

•Schmidbauer Lumber Company
•Living Education & Arts Foundation
•Philip & Sally Arnot
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