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Artist Bio: Gail Grinnell

Sculptural Installation by Gail Grinnell

On view now through May 30, 2022 in the Atrium.

This installation announces a place where people engage in the merging of intellect and emotion – the heart of artistic expression. Inspired by memories, Grinnell weaves materials and methods through place, time, opportunity and experience and creates grounds for the stories we tell ourselves.


Gail Grinnell (b. Richland WA) has participated in awarded residencies at Centrum Foundation, Port Townsend, WA, Jentel WY, the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology OR as well as the Ballinglen Foundation, County Mayo, Ireland and Fundación Valparaíso Mojácar, Spain. She has received funding from Artist Trust Seattle, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, and 4Culture, WA and developed multiple site-specific installations for art venues such as the Art Museum of Missoula, MT, Bellevue Art Museum, WA, Suyama Space, Seattle WA, and the Boise Art Museum, ID.

In 2016/17 Grinnell completed a collaborative social practice residency at MadArt in Seattle which culminated in a large-scale temporary installation and in 2016 she was awarded a Jordan Schnitzer Printmaking Residency, at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, OR. She was a finalist for the Contemporary Northwest Art Awards, Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, in 2015.

In 2018 Grinnell received a SOLA award and created “from underneath” a collaborative site-specific installation at Oxbow, Seattle.

Her work has been published in Sculpture Magazine, Art LTD, Fiber Arts, Seattle Times, Seattle PI, The Stranger, Willamette Week, Art Week, City Arts, and Seattle Magazine as well exhibition catalogues for her large-scale installation work.

Gail Grinnell holds a BFA from the University of Washington. Her work was represented by the Francine Seders Gallery (Seattle) from 1993-2012 and The Lorinda Knight Gallery (Spokane).


2019. Fellowship, The Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ballycastle, IRELAND (also 2008, 2010).

2018. SOLA Award, Seattle, WA

2016. CityArtists Projects Award, Office of Arts and Culture, Seattle, WA

2016. Jordan Schnitzer Printmaking Residency, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Sitka OR

2015. Fellowship Award, Artist Trust, Seattle WA

2015. Contemporary Northwest Art Awards Finalist, Portland Art Museum, Portland OR

2012. GAP Grant, Artist Trust, Seattle, WA (also 2008, 1998)

2012. CityArtist Project grant, Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Seattle, WA

2012. Individual Artist Project grant, 4Culture, Seattle, WA

2010. Jentel Artist Residency, Banner, WY

2007. Artist Residency, Fundación Valparaíso, Mojácar, SPAIN

2005. The Drawing Center Viewing Program, New York, NY

1996. Artist in Residence, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA (also 1997)

1996. Western States Arts Federation, Honorable Mention, Santa Fe, NM

1993. Artist in Residence, Centrum Foundation, Port Townsend, WA (also 1990)

1991. Collaborative Project Grant, Museum of History and Industry, Seattle, WA



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