Visiting Artist Lecture Series: John Frame

The first speaker of this year’s visiting artist lecture series, a consortium consisting of EWU’s College of Arts, Letters and Education; Spokane Falls Community College’s Art Department; Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture and the Sahlin Foundation, is sculptor John Frame. The artist lecture series has brought outstanding artists from around the world to the Eastern campus and Spokane area for more than a decade. This year is no exception. The event is open to the public and is free.

The theme of this year’s lecture series is “Question of permanence,” and will feature three artists and design professionals presenting their work as it investigates time, permanence and our experience.

In his most recent work, Frame creates haunting and dream-like vignettes using stop-motion animation. His casts of characters are small figures he makes from wood, metal and other found objects. These intricately crafted puppets reference a different time and place. His primarily figurative sculptures create emotional and visual connections with rich traditions in art history.

Having been a sculptor for many years, John Frame wanted to bring his creations to life using the process of stop motion animation – often working for many hours to create just one to ten seconds of footage. His current film, The Tale of the Crippled Boy: Three Fragments of a Lost Tale, addresses universal themes of mortality, grief and loss. His figures have a vintage quality and the nature of their movements creates an eerie presence. Currently, Frame has 12-1/2 minutes of footage; the first part of what he hopes will be a feature-length collection of animated vignettes.

John Frame received an MFA from Claremont Graduate University, a BA from San Diego State University and an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Cornish College of the Arts in 2009. He is a two-time recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Other awards include a New Talent Award from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and a J. Paul Getty Museum’s Individual Artist Fellowship. His work can be found in more than 300 public and private collections, including the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Renwick Gallery of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution. In 2005, he had a Mid Career Retrospective at Long Beach Museum of Art entitled “Enigma Variations: The Sculpture of John Frame, 1980 to 2005.” This past spring John Frame exhibited his work at the Portland Art Museum in Oregon and The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California.

Schedule for John Frame:

Oct. 10: EWU Art Department, Auditorium, noon

Oct. 10: NW Museum of Arts & Culture, Auditorium, 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 11: SFCC Building 24, Room 110, 11:30 a.m.

For further information, please contact Tom O’Day at 533-3746 tomo@spokanefalls.edu or Lisa Nappa at 359-7089 enappa@ewu.edu or David Brum at 363-5324 david.brum@northwestmuseum.org