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Jaq Chartier's paintings explore scientific methods through experimentation with paint and process. All of her works are "tests" to discover something about materials and what they do. Inspired in part by images of DNA gel electrophoresis, Chartier investigates the migration of various stains through layers of paint and acrylic gels.

Paintings such as, 1 Day vs. 1 Week [2006], Sun Test: 40 Whites [2004-2010], and Dilution Test [2014] – titles that attest to such experimentation – feature intimate views of materials as they react to each other, respond to light, and change with the passage of time, including notes written directly on the paintings. Through experimentation, observation and notation Chartier creates sensuous paintings that provide commentary on both the visual culture and everyday practice of scientific investigation by highlighting similarities between artistic and scientific practice.

Chartier's paintings have been featured in major exhibitions including: Genipulation: Genetic Engineering and Manipulation in Contemporary Art, at CentrePasqueArt, Kunsthaus Centre d’art, Biel Bienne, Switzerland; Genesis – Die Kunst der Schöpfung (The Art of Creation), at Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland; Diagnose [Art]: Contemporary Art Reflecting Medicine, at the Kunst-Museum Ahlen, Germany; and Gene(sis): Contemporary Art Explores Human Genomics, which traveled from the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, to the Berkeley Art Museum, Weisman Art Museum, and Block Museum of Art. Her paintings have been featured in books and publications including Molecular Aesthetics, by Peter Weibel & Ljiljana Fruk ed., Art+Science Now, by Stephen Wilson, and Art in the Age of Technoscience: Genetic Engineering, Robotics, and Artificial Life in Contemporary Art, by Ingeborg Reichle. Awards include an Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship, and PONCHO Special Recognition Award from the Seattle Art Museum's Betty Bowen Committee. She was also a Creative Capital Grant finalist, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Award nominee, and a finalist for the 2011 Contemporary Northwest Art Award at the Portland Art Museum. Her work has been collected by Microsoft, The Allen Institute, Rosetta Inpharmatics (Merck), the Progressive Art Collection, Charles Schwab, and many others.

 

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EDUCATION

1994

MFA, painting, University of Washington, Seattle

1984

BFA, painting (Cum Laude), University of Massachusetts, Amherst

1980-81

Syracuse University, School of Art (film), Syracuse, NY

 

Solo Exhibitions

2016

Hunting Color, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland

2015

A Fever in Matter, Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco

2014

Testing, Base Gallery, Tokyo

2013

Ultra Marine: New Paintings & Drawings About the Sea, Elizabeth Leach, Portland

 

SubOptic, Platform Gallery, Seattle

2011

Slow Color, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York

2010

SuperNatural, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland

2009

Downtime, Platform Gallery, Seattle

2008

Color Charts, Haines Gallery, San Francisco
Full Spectrum, Elizabeth Leach, Portland
Testing, William Baczek Fine Arts, Northampton, MA

2007

Color Tests, Schroeder Romero, NY

2006

Testing, University of Michigan, Institute for the Humanities, Ann Arbor
Blindsight, Platform Gallery, Seattle

2005

Testing, LIMN Gallery, San Francisco
Testing, Elizabeth Leach, Portland

2004

Testing, Schroeder Romero, Brooklyn
Testing, LIMN Gallery, San Francisco

2003

Testing, Schroeder Romero, Brooklyn
New Work, William Traver Gallery, Tacoma, WA

2002

Testing, Frumkin/Duval, Santa Monica
Testing, LIMN Gallery, San Francisco
Testing, Cervini Haas Gallery, Scottsdale

2001

Testing, William Traver Gallery, Seattle

2000

Testing, Cervini Haas Gallery, Scottsdale

1998

Testing, William Traver Gallery, Seattle

1997

New Work, William Traver Gallery, Seattle
New Work, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland

1996

New Work, William Traver Gallery, Seattle

1995

Introductions, William Traver Gallery, Seattle

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018

Making Life Visible, Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College, IA

2017

Dealer's Choice, Woodside/Braseth Gallery, Seattle

2016

Pairings: 16 Artists Creatively Combined, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma, CA
The Color of Memory, Jeffrey Thomas Fine Art, Portland, OR
American Painting Today, the old Value Village on Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA

2015

Diphthong, Fiterman Gallery at Borough of Manhattan Community College, NY
Thought Patterns, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Bainbridge Island, WA

2014

Real Abstract, Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle

2013

Chamber Music, Frye Art Museum, Seattle
Materialized, Robischon Gallery, Denver
Atmospheric Weather: Artwork from Seattle Public Utilities' Collection, Seattle Municipal Tower, Seattle

2012

Elles @SAM Gallery, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle

2011

One Thing Leads to Another: process and repetition in contemporary print and drawings, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art
Seattle As Collector: Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs Turns 40, 40th Anniversary Exhibition at Seattle Art Museum. Catalog.

2010

Default State Network, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York
Expansion, Robischon Gallery, Denver
The Power of Selection, part 3, Western Exhibitions, Chicago
Opening Ceremony, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York
Non-Objective, William Baczek Gallery, Northampton, MA
Northwest Mid-Career Artists, Seattle Public Utilities Portable Works, Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery

2009

Genipulation: Genetic Engineering and Manipulation in Contemporary ArtCentre PasqueArt, Kunsthaus Centre d'art, Biel Bienne, Switzerland. Catalog.

2008

Genesis – Die Kunst der Schöpfung (The Art of Creation), Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland. Catalog.
Does DNA Define You? Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Ketchum, ID

2007

Diagnose [Art]: Contemporary Art Reflecting Medicine, Museum im Kulturspeicher, Würzburg, Germany. Catalog.
Human Nature II: Future Worlds, SoFA Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington. Catalog.
A Gathering of Friends, inaugural exhibition, Golden Foundation for the Arts Gallery, New Berlin, NY. Catalog.
Beneath the Skin, LIMN Gallery, San Francisco

2006

Diagnose [Art]: Contemporary Art Reflecting Medicine, book catalog, Kunst-Museum Ahlen, Germany, (reproductions).
Potentially Mighty, p|m Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Building Tradition, Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Bellingham, WA

2005

5 Painters, Platform, Seattle
Head Over Hand: pushing the limits of paint, Denise Bibro, NY
Neddy Artist Fellowship Exhibition, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA

2003

Portals, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI
Components, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR

2002

Gene(sis): Contemporary Art Explores Human GenomicsHenry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle. Traveled through 2004: @Berkeley Art Museum; @Weisman Art Museum; @Block Museum.

2001

Theory or Faith, LIMN Gallery, San Francisco

2000

4x4: Four Decades of School of Art Alumni, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle

1999

Neddy Artist Fellowship Exhibition, Seafirst Bank Gallery, Seattle

1998

Hands On Color, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA
Pattern, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR

1997

They Came Here First! CoCA (Center on Comtemp. Art), and Bumbershoot Arts Festival, Seattle
Beeswax, SOIL Gallery, Seattle
Drawings...A Bi-Coastal Invitational, Meyerson & Nowinski Gallery, Seattle

1991

The Figure: Personal Views and Collaborations, Northampton Center for the Arts, Northampton, MA
Common Past, Recent Work, Wheeler Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

1990

Viewing Ourselves, Hampden Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

1989

Art and Soul, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA

 

Awards

2013

Purchase Award - Portable Works Collection, Seattle Public Utilities

2011

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

2006

Neddy Fellowship Award nominee, Behnke Foundation, Seattle

2005

Neddy Fellowship Award nominee, Behnke Foundation, Seattle

2004

Special Projects Grant, 4Culture (Cultural Development Authority of King County), Seattle
Visual Arts Grant finalist, Creative Capital Foundation, NY

2003

Purchase Award - Portable Works Collection, City of Seattle, Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs

2002

Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship, Seattle

2001

PONCHO Special Recognition Award, Betty Bowen Award, Seattle Art Museum
Joan Mitchell Foundation Award nominee, NY

1999

Artist Trust GAP Grant (Grant for Artists' Projects), Seattle
Betty Bowen Award nominee, Seattle Art Museum
Centrum Residency, Port Townsend, WA
Neddy Fellowship Award nominee, Behnke Foundation, Seattle

 

Collections

The Allen Institute
Amgen
Chambers Hotel, NY
City of Seattle, Portable Works Collection
Microsoft
Oregon State University, Corvallis
The Progressive Art Collection
Rosetta Inpharmatics (Merck)
Charles Schwab, San Francisco
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School
Swedish Medical Center, Seattle
TA Associates, Boston
Tacoma Art Museum, WA
USAA
Wellington Management

 

Selected Bibliography

2017

Schmidt, Carley, "Chance and Chaos: In the Studio with Jaq Chartier," Medium.com, 8/1, (images, video).

2016

Bright, Richard, "Drawing Thoughts," Interalia Magazine, Issue 20, January, InteraliaMag.org, (images).

2015

Kordic, Angie, "Jaq Chartier at Dolby Chadwick Gallery," Widewalls.ch, March, (images).
Mendelsohn, John. "The Ghost in the Machine: Diphthong at the Fiterman," artcritical.com, Oct 5.

2014

Geijutsu Shincho Magazine, July, p. 111, (image).
ST 37, I'm Not Good, Cleopatra Records. Painting featured on album cover.

2013

Harper's magazine, image reproduced in New Books section, December issue, p. 85.
Langner, Erin. "Disappearing Act: Jaq Chartier's Climate-Changing Paintings," New American Paintings Blog, 9/30/13 (images).  
Speer, Richard. "Jaq Chartier: Ultra Marine," Willamette Week, 5/17/13.
Weibel, Peter, and Ljiljana Fruk (eds.). Molecular Aesthetics, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT, pp. 242-245, (images).

2012

Beal, Suzanne. "Seattle: A Celebration of Elles," art ltd, November/December, p. 42, (image).

2011

artcritical: Review Panel #44 - Carrier, Diaz, and Welish with moderator David Cohen, discuss Alison Knowles at James Fuentes, Jaq Chartier at Morgan Lehman, Iván Navarro at Paul Kasmin, and Rirkrit Tiravanija at Gavin Brown’s enterprise, mp3 - 1 hr, 38 min, April 1st.

Baker, R.C. "Best in Show:...Jaq Chartier at Morgan Lehman," The Village Voice, 3/30/11
Haber, John. "Color As Obsession," haberarts.com New York, 3/18/11, (image)
Heinrich, Will. "On Display: Maya Block at Thierry Goldberg Projects; Jaq Chartier at Morgan Lehman," The New York Observer, 3/8/11, (image).
Seattle As Collector: Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs Turns 40, catalog for 40th Anniversary Exhibition at Seattle Art Museum, (image).

2010

Studio Visit, Volume 10, juried by Steven Zevitas, Needham Heights, Mass.: Open Studio Press, pp. 36-37, (image).
Wilson, Stephen. Art+Science Now, New York: Thames & Hudson, p. 32, (image).

2009

Battenfield, Jackie. The Artist’s Guide, New York: Da Capo Press, p. 134+ (image). 
Battenfield, Jackie. "Reality Check Interview with Jaq Chartier," ArtistCareerGuide.com, (images).
Genipulation, exhibition catalog, CentrePasqueArt, Biel Bienne, Switzerland, pp. 54-59, (images).
Hackett, Regina. "Jaq Chartier and the memento mori of a color field," Another Bouncing Ball, 5/1/09, (images).
Mattera, Joanne. "Fair and Fair Alike: Miami 2009," Joanne Mattera Art Blog, 12/15/09, (images).
Ingeborg. Art in the Age of Technoscience: Genetic Engineering, Robotics, and Artificial Life in Contemporary Art. Austria: Springer WienNewYork. pp. 237-241, (images).

2008

Baker, Kenneth. “Wauson remembered at Haines,” San Francisco Chronicle, 7/5/08.
Brady, Patti. Rethinking Acrylic, Cincinnati: North Light Books, p. 152, (image).
Genesis - Die Kunst der Schöpfung (The Art of Creation), exhibition catalog, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland, p. 29, (image).
Speer, Richard. “Profile: Jaq Chartier,” art ltd, September, pp. 66-67, (image).
Studio Visit, Volume 4, juried by Carl Belz, Needham Heights, Mass.: Open Studio Press, pp. 32-33, (images).

2007

Human Nature, exhibition catalog, SoFA Gallery, Indiana Univ. Bloomington, p. 63, (image).

2006

Cantu, John Carlos, "Disintegration at the core...," Ann Arbor News, 2/5/06, p. C2, (image).
Diagnose [Kunst], exhibition catalog, Kunstmuseum Ahlen, Germany, p. 133, (image).
Dwell, "In the Modern World," 10/06, (image).
Faigin, Gary. "Jaq Chartier at Platform Gallery," artdish.com, 9/23/06, (image).
Grant, Adriana. "Ink that makes you think," Seattle Weekly, 10/4/06, (image).
Graves, Jen. "Profanity, Testing, Explosion," The Stranger, 9/14/06, (image).
Hackett, Regina. "Jaq Chartier breaks down decay...," Seattle P.I., 9/8/06, p. 29, (image).
Hackett, Regina. "Serial in Seattle," Visual Codec, March, (image).
Pence, Elizabeth. "Jaq Chartier at Platform Gallery," Artweek, November, pp. 22-23, (image).
Langley, Matthew, "Jaq Chartier @ Platform Gallery," Matthew Langley/weblog, 9/19/06, (image).
Scott, Carrie E.A., "State of the Art," Seattle Magazine, June, pp. 123-125, (image).
Neddy Artist Fellowship, exhibition catalog, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA.
'Testing' by Jaq Chartier, exhibition catalog [download catalog PDF 657 KB], Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

2005

Engelson, Andrew. "Visual Arts Pick: Five Painters," Seattle Weekly, 7/13/05.
Kangas, Matthew. "Abstraction and revelations," Seattle Times, 7/8/05.
Koplos, Janet. “Report from Seattle: Plugged In and Caffeinated,” Art in America, September, p.69, (image).
Neddy Artist Fellowship, exhibition catalog, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA.
New American Paintings. Vol. 61. Pacific West Coast edition. Needham Heights, Mass.: Open Studios Press, pp. 30-33.
Perry, Vicky. Abstract Painting Concepts and Techniques, New York: Watson-Guptill. Reproduction p. 125.
Reichle, Ingeborg. Kunst aus dem Labor: Zum Verhältnis von Kunst und Wissenschaft im Zeitalter der Technoscience. Austria: Springer WienNewYork. Images on book cover and pp. 225-229.
Wiggin, Ashley. “The Art of Science,” Seattle Magazine, May, 2004, p. 30, (image).

2004

Berry, Colin. "Jaq Chartier and Elizabeth Scheidl at LIMN Gallery," Artweek, June, pp. 12-13, (image).
Baker, Kenneth, "Art grapples with science and politics," San Francisco Chronicle, 3/27/04, p. E-1, (image).
Jaq Chartier, Testing. [Amazon.com or download PDF version of book 788 KB], Seattle: Marquand Books, 47pg hardcover book.
Maine, Stephen, "Dateline Brooklyn," Artnet.com, 9/30/04, (image).
Pepper, Keane (aka William Powhida). "The October Art Crawl," FREEwilliamsburg.com, October.
Shaviro, Steven, "Genetic Disorder," Artforum, [download PDF 3.6 MB], Januray, 2004, p. 42, (image).
Stillman, Nick, "Jaq Chartier: Sun Tests at Schroeder Romero," MinusSpace.com, November, (images).

2003

Bullis, Douglas. 100 Artists of the West Coast. Atglen, PA.: Schiffer Books, pp. 172-173, (images).
Conner, Jill. "Jaq Chartier: Testing," Contemporary magazine, [download PDF 5.8 MB], issue 53/54, p. 117-118, (image).
Lovejoy, Bess. "Weird Science: Art and Chemistry Collide in the Lab of Jaq Chartier," Resonance magazine, issue #38, p. 32-33, (images).
Pepper, Keane (aka William Powhida). "The April Crawl," FREEwilliamsburg.com, April, 2003.

2002

DeVuono, Frances. " 'Gene(sis)' at the Henry Art Gallery," Artweek, July/Aug 2002, p. 22.
Engelson, Andrew. "Dot Matrix: Jaq Chartier smears the line between art and science with her DNA-inspired blobs," Seattle Weekly, 3/28/02, p. 63, (image).
Failing, Patricia. "Seizing the Moment," ARTnews, march, jp. 76.
Hackett, Regina. "Messing with Mother Nature," Seattle P-I, April 6, p. E-1.
Hall, Emily. "Haunted Houses," The Stranger, April 4, p. 30.
Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, Bioethics and the Book of Life. New York: Thirteen/WNET. Image on video box and booklet covers.
Roth, Charlene. "Jaq Chartier and Amy Ellingson at Frumkin/Duval Gallery," Artweek, March, 2002, p. 17-18, (image).
Staiger, Alex. "At the Crossroads where Science and Art Meet," Art Access, May, pp. 10-11., (image).
Uehling, Mark D. "Designer Genes on Display," bio-itworld.com, 6/2/02.
Welles, Elenore. "Amy Ellingson and Jaq Chartier," ArtScene, January, 2002, p. 12-13, (image).

2001

Cullum, Jerry. "Seductive changes," Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 12/28/01.
New American Paintings, Vol. 31, Pacific West Coast edition. Needham Heights, MA: Open Studio Press. (also 1997, Vol. 13)
Westbrook, Lindsey. "Theory or Faith," San Francisco Bay Guardian, 8/15/01.

1998

Farr, Sheila. "Hands on Color at BAM...," Seattle Times, 11/17/98, p. E1.
Hackett, Regina. "Color hits the big time...," Seattle P-I, 11/27/98.
McTaggart, Tom. "Leaving a paper trail," Seattle Weekly, 8/20/98, p. 32, (image).

1997

Burkman, Greg. "Digging in Deeper," Art Access, 3/97.
Farr, Sheila. "Drawing on inspiration," Seattle Weekly, 7/16/97, p.33.
Knode, Marilu. "Dehesive," Aorta, Summer-1997, p. 14.
McTaggart, Tom. "Biology Lessons," The Stranger, 5/22/97, p. 56, (image).
Smith, Cary. "Intergalactic Interpretations," News Tribune, 7/6/97, p. F1.
Walker, Emily. "Loving the Aliens: UFO Art," The Daily (Univ. of Washington), 6/2/97, p. 8.

1995

Foo Fighters, Capitol Records/Roswell Records. Images inside CD booklet, on record album back cover, and on cassette J-card.

   

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1994 -

1426 S. Jackson St Studios, Seattle
Founder & manager of art studios building near downtown Seattle for approx 30 visual artists.

2010 -

519 S. Main St Artists Studios, Seattle
Co-founder & manager of art studios in downtown Seattle for approx 15 visual artists.

2005-2012

Aqua Art Miami, Miami Beach, FL

Co-created & Directed a prominent art fair event concurrent with Art Basel Miami Beach. The fair was established to give innovative galleries and artists from the west coast a presence during Art Basel week. Managed sales and exhibitor relations; directed PR campaign; negotiated contracts with the venue, vendors and city agencies; coordinated public art installations; supervised art handlers, lighting & wall contractors, musicians & event staff.

1998-2005

Golden Artist Colors Working Artist Program, Seattle

Received extensive advanced technical training by Golden Artist Colors to lead workshops & lecture demos for artists about the use of acrylic paints, materials and techniques.

1999 & 2000

Art Detour: Open Studios Seattle

Co-founded & co-directed the initial two years of an annual city-wide open studios events, which included approximately 150 artists' studios all over the city.

1997

Visiting Lecturer, basic drawing, University of Washington, Seattle

1993-94

Teaching Assistant, basic drawing, University of Washington, Seattle

1985-92

Instructor, painting; Guild Studio School/Guild Art Center, Northampton, MA

1987-91

Instructor, painting; University of Massachusetts Continuing Ed. Program, Amherst, MA