From the Cooper Point Journal, Evergreen State College
Submitted by Tara Swenson on Thu, 10/08/2009 - 1:37pm
Wednesday saw the first in what is to be a yearlong series of art
lectures facilitated by Student-Originated Studies: Visual Arts faculty
Matt Hamon at The Evergreen State College. This week’s lecture was given by the Seattle-based fine art painter Jamie Bollenbach.
Bollenbach spent his formative years in Anchorage, Alaska, with a home life
politically charged by his progressive feminist mother. After leaving
home he went on to obtain a bachelor's degree in political science from
Reed College in Portland, then to a post as the director of the
American Civil Liberties Union in Alaska. Painting took root in him
while at Reed under the tutelage of Michael Knudson, and his tour in
politics was soon abandoned. “In the early '90s I gave up my perfectly
good political career and I decided I was going to try to be an artist.
This was an ill-informed decision in many ways, but it was something I
couldn’t not do,”Bollenbach.said.
Artist and Studio Art Instructor in Seattle, Washington