colleen sargen

Colleen Sargen, Artist Statement (Download .PDF Version)

Because I design and build art with a broad diversity of materials, the inspiration and motivation constantly changes - from use of a found object as a starting point - to selecting material that will most effectively express a particular idea. Therefore, one day I'm an engineer, the next, a painter or a printmaker, on yet another day, a sculptor, and always a student.

Having taken as many geological and cultural anthropology classes as I could at university, it seems that seeking out found objects to use in my work is like some sort of archeological dig; these findings, objects, their history, their designer's intentions. A found object or material presents the challenge of marrying it to a minimal number of other elements into an assemblage that is direct in design and visually compelling. I like that it forces me to set design parameters and cultivates a responsibility toward seeking out value in unexpected places. In reuse of salvaged materials, I like to believe that I also can bring attention to practices destructive to our world - disposable products, excessive consumerism and present the idea that we often discard items that could continue to be useful.

I'm equally interested in starting with fresh canvas or paper, paints or ink, or with camera in hand. I favor abstracted style and geometric structure. Photography is introduced in mixed media works.

Contemporary artists who change my world are for example, Kara Walker whose intense focus on articulating her own voice through such powerful imagery challenges me to boldness. Judith Pfaff's unending ability to surprise. The sensual patina and powerful yet fragile language of Richard Serra's massive metal sculptures. And he and Chuck Close in their declaration that art making is not as much about the inspiration as it is about working hard.

My current projects explore carrying the line and structure of my sculptural work forward into paintings and printmaking compositions. Substrates for these works include handmade papers, photographs printed onto rag paper, and surfaces that I've layered with metal and over time with outdoor weathering, carry rust markings and patterns that serve as yet another layer of information.


Colleen Sargen, Résumé (Download .PDF Version)

EDUCATION
BA Fine Art and Communications. Millersville University, Millersville, PA
2003

Interior Design Studies. Pennsylvania School of Art & Design. Lancaster, PA

Printmaking-Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts, w/Frank Janzen TMP, Pendleton, OR

Waterless lithography
2004

Relief Print
2006

Wood cut and relief - w/Marty Vreede, New Zealand
2009

Photo Lithography
2011


AWARDS AND PUBLICATIONS
Andrea Stout, Interview with Artist and Curator

Colleen Sargen. Gadfly: Journal of Art and Literature, 2011, p.56
2011

Rossi Giardi. The Walla Walla Artist Alliance. Mid Columbian, Mar/Apr 2009, p.21
2009

Monothon 2007 event. Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts - Publicity artwork
2007

EDGE Professional Development, Artist Trust, Seattle, WA - Grant recipient
2007

Outstanding Contribution to the Creation of Downtown Walla Walla Arts District
2003

Artwork images-Along Came Spring, monotype p14.Night-Mixed Media p.60

Gadfly: Journal of Art and Literature, 2003.
2003


CURRENT GALLERY REPRESENTATION
American Art Company, Tacoma, WA


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
mixed media works: Colleen Sargen. Betty Feves Memorial Gallery, Blue Mountain
2011

Community College, Pendleton, OR


repurposed: constructions. Elizabeth Lofts, Portland, OR
2010


mixed media. Colville Street Patisserie, Walla Walla, WA
2009


Transfigurations. Northstar Winery, Walla Walla, WA
2006


Yum Gallery, Hood River, OR
2005


a collection. Waterbrook Winery, Walla Walla, WA
2005


natural progression. Reininger Winery, Wall Walla, WA
2005


on demand. Lyle Hotel, Lyle, WA
2005


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Turning Point: 2007 EDGE Graduates. Corridor Gallery, Seattle, WA
2013


Open Regional: Pendleton Center for the Arts (juried). Pendleton, OR
2013


Artist Trust/Exhibit: Celebration of Washington Artists. Convention Ctr Seattle, WA
2012


media works: year 4. Willow Art Gallery, Walla Walla, WA
2011

(Ian Boyden, Anne Bullock, Anne Hysell, Colleen Sargen, Frank Janzen, Leslie Cain)


media works. Willow Art Gallery, Walla Walla, WA
2011

(Ian Boyden, Anne Bullock, Anne Hysell, Colleen Sargen, Frank Janzen, Leslie Cain)


DEKKA, Washington D.C.
2010


Disparate Fusion. Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA
2009

(Colleen Sargen, Frank Janzen)


Metal Urge. Tacoma, WA (citywide event)
2009


Living With Doom. Collective Visions Gallery, Bremerton, WA
2008


New Roots. Willow Loft Gallery, Walla Walla, WA
2008


Abstracts: The Consequence of Creation.. Carnegie Art Center, Walla Walla, WA
2008


Art of the Home. Carnegie Art Center, Walla Walla, WA
2008


Bella Perla Gallery, Portland, OR
2006


First Annual Downtown Holiday Cooperative Art Sale. Co-founder, Walla Walla, WA
2006


Artistry of Flora and Fauna. Seven Hills Winery, Walla Walla, WA
2006


Mixed Media: Colleen Sargen & Andrew Geasland. Pendleton Center for the Arts, Pendleton, OR
2006


Time to See: Works by Colleen Sargen and Frank Janzen. Preston Winery, Walla Walla, WA
2006


Transfigurations. Northstar Winery, Walla Walla, WA
2006


New Work: Colleen Sargen & Andrew Geasland. Colville Street patisserie, Walla Walla, WA
2006


Two Artists: Frank Janzen & Colleen Sargen. Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts, Pendleton, OR
2006


Art Slate Invitational. Condon, OR
2005


Blue Mountain Arts Alliance Annual Invitaional. Walla Walla, WA
2005


Open Regional: Pendleton Center for the Arts (juried). Pendleton, OR
2005


Annual Regional Juried Art Show. Carnegie Art Center, Walla Walla, WA
2003


Open Regional: Pendleton Center for the Arts (juried). Pendleton, OR
2003


Lancaster Summer Arts Festival: Lancaster Museum of Art (juried). Lancaster, PA
2002


CURATORIAL and EXHIBIT INSTALLATION
20th Anniversary Celebration: Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts. Pendleton, OR
2012


Fibers, Shell, Stone & Bone: The A. Susana Santos' "Journeys in Creativity" Program,
2011

Oregon College of Art and Craft, Exhibition at Crow's Shadow Institute fo the Arts Gallery


Willow Art Gallery, Walla Walla, WA

Media works: year 4 (6 local artists, 1 guest regional artist)
2011


Collective Visions (2 local artist)
2011


Eccentric Orbits: Recent Paintings by Ian Boyden (1 local artist)
2011


Interwoven (1 local, 1 regional artist)
2010


Mixing media: 7 by 13 (13 regional artists)
2010


Place + Context (4 regional and 1 national artist)
2010


Sense of Place: Near and Far (4 local and 1 regional artist)
2010


Saving Daylight + Beauty is a Rare Thing =Jim German +Claire Johnston/New Work
2010

(2 regional artists)


Encaustic by Amy Rogers. Willow Annex Gallery at Trio
2010


Collages by Rachel Smith. Willow Annex Gallery at Trio
2009


Smoke Prints by Frank Janzen. Willow Annex Gallery at Trio
2009


Simple Form (2 regional artists)
2009


Enduring Spirit: Photographs by Phil Borges. Special Guest Exhibitors: Charly
2009

Bloomquist and Laci Cole (International photography and film documentarian and

2 local photography teachers. Community project and fund raiser with local YWCA)


Prints from Crow's Shadow Press (national and international artists' prints,
2009

print making demonstration and events)


Down at the Bridge: Paintings Revisitings a Favorite Site by Leslie Cain with Ramblings
2009

by poet Janice King (2 regional - artist and poet)


Inside Pandora's Box (1 international, 1 regional artist, installation and performance)
2009


Creatura (1 international and 8 regional artists)
2009


Slings and Eros (7 regional artists)
2009


Constructions in Glass (4 regional artists)
2009


A Glance Inward: sculpture (3 regional artists)
2008


Human Form: Artists' Interpretations (6 local artists)
2008


New Roots (6 local artists)
2008


Lillian Pitt: Ancestors. Pendleton Center for the Arts, Pendleton, OR
2007


Cultural Sustainability, Native Views: Influences of Modern Culture. Verve,
2006

Walla Walla, WA


Cultrual Impact. Dean Hoalst Jewelers, Walla Walla, WA
2006


• Changing Exhibitions, local artists, US Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla, WA
2005


Design & Texture Crossing Two Cultures. Pendleton Center for the Arts, Pendleton, OR
2004


RELATED EXPERIENCE
Monothan. Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts, Pendleton, OR - event management,

press assistant
2007,08,09,13


Intro to Art and Design, Campfire USA summer arts program, Walla Walla, WA - curriculum

development and class instructor
2007


Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, Pendleton, OR - internship, visual design of work space

and curriculum for American language immersion program
2003


Carnegie Arts Center, Walla Walla, WA - exhibition coordination and installation Management
2003


Contract Interiors, San Diego, CA - commercial interior design visual presentations
1999


Doneckers Inc., Lancaster, PA - visual retail design, interior design
1999


Excel Productions, Lancaster, PA - set design for video production company
1998


MEMBERSHIPS, COMMUNITY
Artist Trust, Ambassador

Walla Walla Artist Alliance, co-founder