Dayton K Knipher
Abstract Photographic Artist
June - December
The latter half of 2009 has been extremely busy with multiple exhibits and gallery
showings each month. I was juried into 4 major shows in the past 6 months and
had a solo show in Ellensburg the month of October.
I have been in Seattle's Bell Town Artwalk, Ellensburg's Artwalk, and Tacoma's
November I am in City of Tacoma's Art at Work month studio tour as well as
showing my work on the big screen of Rialto Theatre at Tacoma's Art Slam on
November 18th. I am also in juried shows at Pierce College and at Frank Tobey
Jones Gallery plus I will exhibit my work with 13 fellow Artist Trust EDGE
graduates at University of Washington Tacoma's Iron Gallery through the end of
Also in December I will wrap up my residency with Tacoma Art Place and hand off
my curatorial duties at the TAP Gallery to Meghan Lancaster. During my
residency I curated 13 shows, met many talented artists, and was honored to have
curated a part of City of Tacoma's Metal Urge in the TAP Gallery.
As a completion of my residency, TAP Gallery will be exhibiting my newest works
throughout the month of December.
February - May
February proved to be an exciting month. In a field of 434 enties, Neon Web was
juried into the 36th National Photography Exhibition at the Larson Gallery in
Yakima, WA. Juror Ellen Garvens, a noted Seattle artist and photographer, stated
"I was quite impressed with the images. A love of photographing the natural world
was quite evident." It is an honor to be counted among the few chosen to exhibit.
This exhibit showed in April. Also in February, I was accepted as an exhibiting
artist in one of the Washington State Department of Ecology's galleries in Olympia,
WA. I installed 23 images in March and will have my work on display throughout
In March I was accepted into an alliance of artists on Bainbridge Island and
installed 14 pieces in the A is for Artists Gallery in Winslow. The gallery address
is 123 Bjune, Bainbridge Island, WA (www.AisForArtistsGallery.com). Also in
March I participated in Barefoot Collective's "8@8" program in Tacoma, WA.
Barefoot Collective is a dance cooperative that hosts oppportunites for artists to
show/perform their art and receive audience critiques. My 10 images were well
received by the audience, but the most rewarding response came from a 12 year
old enthusiast who said, "Your work is just so .… COOL."
In May I am exhibiting pieces in the Annual Regional Photography Competition at
SeaTac City Hall and in the Tacoma Art Museum's Zeit-Bike Spoke Tales
With work showing in four galleries this spring, I have turned my focus to curating a
father/daughter photography exhibit at Tacoma Art Place and am planning an eight
artist exhibit in May, an eight artist exhibit in June, and a twelve artist exhibit in
November - January
On November 1, I began my artist in residence program with Tacoma Art Place
(www.TacomaArtPlace.org) and have curated 2 successful shows. It has been
great fun to meet and work with new artists showing in the TAP Gallery, and I am
looking forward to curating throughout 2009.
I had a nice New Year's gift in the form of a full-page article about my residency
and my art in the Tacoma Weekly Newspaper (www.TacomaWeekly.com, Jan. 1,
2009 issue). Also in November, Artist Trust 2008 EDGE graduates
(www.ArtistTrust.org) received scores on portfolios we had submitted to the director
of the Seattle Art Museum Gallery, Barbara Shaiman. I was thrilled to receive a
score of 5 out of 5 for the professionalism of my portfolio. Wow!
In December, I continued exhibiting my work in both the Mandolin Café and the
Port Gamble Gallery as well as installing my art in a show titled "New Beginnings"
and sponsored by the Washington State Department of Health in Olympia. This
exhibit will run through January.
I also received notice that Neon Storm had been juried into the February show at
the Collective Visions Gallery in Bremerton, WA (www.CollectiveVisions.com). This
had a field of over 800 entries narrowed down to 131, so again I am thrilled to have
been chosen in this competitive process. Happily, several of my 2008 EDGE
cohorts also have been juried into this show. We are planning to rendezvous at the
artist's reception on February 7th.
Showing on Tacoma's Click on Demand TV station will be artists who participated
in the 2008 Tacoma "Art at Work Month" Art Slam. I will have 10 of my 2008
creations on this TV show.
I recently accepted a position in the field working for The Fashion Institute of
Design and Merchandising (FIDM), with 4 campuses in California. I will be on their
speaker's bureau in Washington and will travel to high schools teaching a
curriculum of short presentations in the design and fashion field. I am looking
forward to working with a well-established college of design where I can interact
with creative youth interested in pursuing their own artistic careers.
So an abundance of new adventures and exhibits have begun to unfold in 2009.
August - October
In the past several months my photography and abstract art have been
experiencing great success. I won a "Best Floral" special award in April for
Defiance Rose in the Tacoma Photographic Society's seventh annual photo
competition, and Tropical Delight took third place in the Proctor Art Festival's juried
In August I was chosen by jury process to receive professional training from Artist
Trust in their Edge Program. Only 30 artists in the state of Washington were
chosen this year for this informative program. Edge B had seventeen Washington
artists receiving training in portfolio preparation, business and budgeting, gallery
expectations and much more. After 7 days in Port Townsend, WA, the
culmination of this training was an opportunity to submit our portfolio for
professional review to the Seattle Art Musem Gallery in Seatttle, WA.
In September, my photograph Brilliant Orange won first place in the Washington
State Photographic Competition, and was runner up for Best in Show! Also in
September, Murray M Meets the Lady was awarded a place in Art Port Townsend,
a juried competition of 500 entrants with only 80 entries invited in. Barbara
Shaiman of the Seattle Art Museum Gallery was the juror for this competition.
In September, I also signed a contract with the Port Gamble Gallery in Port
Gamble, WA to represent my work. The address of the gallery is 32260 Rainier
Ave., Port Gamble, WA.
Currently I am exhibiting in four locations: The Tahoma Center Gallery and the
Mandolin Cafe in Tacoma, WA (through October), The Northwinds Art Center in
Port Townsend, WA (ends Oct. 27), and The Port Gamble Gallery, Port Gamble,
WA (through Spring 2009).
Beginning in November, I am looking forward to being an artist in residence for
Tacoma Art Place (TAP). My time in this position will allow me to develop my art
more fully as well as providing TAP a curator for their Third Thursday Artwalk
Lots happening as 2008 draws to an end. Stay tuned!
-- Dayton K