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Experience the Diverse World of Ceramic Art at SJIMA's 2023 Spring Exhibitions

San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) is proud to announce its 2023 Spring Exhibitions, showcasing a diverse range of ceramic sculptures by three talented artists: Geoffrey Pagen, Patti Warashina, and George Rodriguez.


Geoffrey Pagen: The Portland Years

In the Nichols Gallery, visitors can experience Geoffrey Pagen’s The Portland Years, a retrospective of his over 100 site-specific commissioned ceramic projects throughout the United States and abroad. Pagen’s extensive studio work is complemented by his experience as the Head of the Ceramics Program at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where he has been directing since 1979. This exhibition is a tribute to his remarkable career and his lifelong commitment to the art of ceramics.



Patti Warashina: The World Upside Down

In the North Gallery, Patti Warashina’s The World Upside Down features figurative sculptures that explore the absurdity and foibles of human behavior. Her sculptures are known for their dreamlike quality, with stories often rooted in fantasy, and they range in size from very small to larger-than-life. Her work is a reflection of her own experiences and curiosity about the world around her, and her low-fire polychrome ceramics are vividly colored, with animated surface decorations that bring her sculptures to life.



George Rodriguez: El Zodíaco Familiar

In the Atrium, George Rodriguez’s El Zodíaco Familiar is a collaborative exhibition of the Chinese Zodiac reimagined as analogous creatures of Mexican origin. The exhibition features sculptures created by Rodriguez and 13 Mexican and Chicanx/Chicana artists, each imbued with a personal perspective, folk tradition, and an intimate feeling of celebration. This exhibition is a celebration of community and cultural exchange, bridging cultures and creating new narratives.


The SJIMA 2023 Spring Exhibitions provide a rare opportunity to experience the remarkable works of these talented artists. The exhibitions are on view now through May 29, 2023. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to discover the diversity of ceramic art at SJIMA.

Sponsors: The Honeywell Charitable Fund, Town of Friday Harbor, National Endowment for the Arts, ArtsWA, Printonyx, Browne’s Home Center, and Harbor Rentals

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