Jaq Chartier was born in Albany, Georgia in 1961. She received her BFA (Cum Laude) in Painting from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1984, and her MFA in Painting from the University of Washington in 1994. Chartier’s solo exhibitions include Schroeder Romero, Brooklyn; Limn Gallery, San Francisco; Elizabeth Leach, Portland; Frumkin/Duval, Santa Monica; and William Traver, Seattle. Group exhibitions include "Gene(sis): Contemporary Art Explores Human Genomics," which originated at the Henry Art Gallery and traveled to the Berkeley Art Museum, the Weisman Art Museum, and the Block Museum of Art.
Her work has been published in Artforum, Contemporary, Artweek, The Stranger, The San Francisco Chronicle, Artnet.com, The Seattle Weekly, New American Paintings, 100 Artists of the West Coast, and Kunst aus dem Labor. Awards include a 4Culture Special Projects Grant, an Artist Trust Fellowship, and a Betty Bowan PONCHO Special Recognition Award. Chartier lives and works in Seattle and is represented locally by Platform Gallery.
Mary Larson was born in 1972 in Seattle, Washington. She received her BAN from Carroll College in Helena, Montana in 1995. Larson’s work has been shown in a variety of locales in Seattle’s Pioneer Square, Capitol Hill and University neighborshoods.
Larson's work has been featured in People Magazine, The Asahi Shimbun newspaper of Tokyo, Japan, The Houston Chronicle, The Seattle Times, The Seattle Post Intelligencer and The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Her work has been profiled on ABC's World News Tonight with Peter Jennings and by PBS television affiliate KCTS. Larson's work has been acquired by The University of Washington Schools of Architecture, Nursing and Social Work, Seattle University School of Law and Harborview Medical Center as well as by numerous private collections around the United States. Larson lives and works in Seattle.
Helen O'Toole was born in County Mayo, Ireland in 1963. She received her BFA in 1986 from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. In 1987, she moved to the United States to pursue her graduate studies at the Art Institute of Chicago where she graduated with an MFA in 1989. That year, she received a scholarship to the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. O'Toole has participated in a number of residency programs including the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown 1991-1992, the Tyrone Guthrie Center, Ireland, 1992 and the Bemis Foundation, Nebraska, 1992- 1993. Her work has been exhibited in Ireland, Singapore, Chicago, Provincetown, Pittsburgh and Seattle, and has been reviewed in numerous publications, including Artforum and Art News.
O'Toole is represented by Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle and she is currently an Associate Professor of Painting at the University of Washington.
Joseph Park - 2005 Fellowship Recipient
Joseph Park was born in 1964. Park received a BAA from Cornish College of the Arts in 1988 and a MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 1990. His work has been shown in solo exhibitions at Howard House, Seattle; Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco; Roberts and Tilton, Los Angeles; and Augen Gallery, Portland. Park’s work has been presented in numerous group exhibitions including Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma; Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh; Korean Cultural Center Art Gallery, Los Angeles; Gwangju Biennale, South Korea; Illinois State University, Normal, California State Fullerton Museum of Art, Fullerton and the Frye Art Museum, Seattle.
Park’s work has been published in Art Issues, The Stranger, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer to name a few. Park lives and works in Seattle and is represented locally by Howard House.
Jeffrey Simmons was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1968. He received a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Michigan School of Art in 1991, and moved to Seattle two years later. Simmons’ paintings have been exhibited at the Seattle Art Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum, the Art Gym at Marylhurst University, the Kresge Art Museum at Michigan State University, and in a solo exhibition at the Whatcom County Museum of Art. His work is in the collections of the Seattle Art Museum and the Tacoma Art Museum. He has been the recipient of a GAP award from Artist Trust and a Special Recognition Award from the Betty Bowen Committee of the Seattle Art Museum. His work has been published in Art in America, The Seattle Times, The Portland Oregonian, The Seattle Weekly, The Ann Arbor News, and Artweek. Simmons lives and works in Seattle. He is represented in the Northwest by the Greg Kucera Gallery.