BIOGRAPHY

Chris Wooten, artist Chris Wooten is a mixed-media artist who has spent much of her life making artworks for solo and group exhibitions, and for private and public art commissions.

Chris' imagery, messages and use of materials are informed by ancient and modern cultures, and by human connections to the natural environment through rituals, observation and interpretation. Her artworks emerge from a personal mythology, often with a compelling story to tell. Oscillating between producing artworks that invoke a sense of beauty and joy, versus art pieces that are an expression of frustration with the injustices in the world, her work ultimately emphasizes that humans are part of nature, not superior to or separate from it.

Currently working in sculptural woven wire, her pieces produce cast shadows and convey permeability, transparency and lightness. These qualities reinforce her messages regarding impermanence and shifting realities.

Chris also has extensive experience working in mixed media fabrications, sculptural fiber, printmaking and theatrical costuming/mask-making. She received her formal arts education from the University of Washington and the University of Illinois. Her ongoing artistic development comes from life experiences and working with a variety of people in a variety of environments.


EVENTS & EXHIBITIONS

2019

Nov 21st, 2019 - January 4th, 2020- "Holiday Art Exhibition," Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett WA 98201
Opening Reception: Thursday November 21st, 5-8 pm
Regular Hours: M-F-10-6, Sat-10-5, Sun-Noon-5

2020

March 5th - April 11th, 2020 - "Currents 2020 National Craft Exhibition," Group Show, 2921 Hoyt Ave., Schack Art Center, Everett WA 98201
Opening Reception: Thursday March 3rd, 2020, 5-8pm
Regular Hours: M-F-10-6, Sat-10-5, Sun-Noon-5

EDUCATION

Printmaking, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Printmaking/Painting, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL
AA/Fine Arts, Black Hawk College, Rock Island, IL


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Art Company, Tacoma WA
Northwest Designer Craftsmen, Seattle WA
National Basketry Organization, Gloucester MA


SOLO, INVITATIONAL AND GROUP SHOWS

2020
  • Currents 2020 National Craft Exhibition, Group Show, Schack Art Center, Everett WA
  • 2019
  • Art of the Garden, 14 Piece Installation for Group Show, Schack Art Center, Everett WA
  • STEM+Art+Design, NWDC Group Show, Schack Art Center, Everett WA
  • Juror's Invitational, Custom Installation for Group Show, Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts, South Puget Sound Community College, Olympia WA
  • CVG Show, Group Show, Collective Visions Gallery, Bremerton WA
  • For Tacoma, Invitational Group Show, Alma Mater Gallery, Tacoma WA
  • 2018
  • The Contemporary Art of Pacific Northwest Crafts, Group Show, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle WA
  • SW Washington Juried Exhibition, Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts, Olympia WA - Merit Award
  • 16th Annual Art Exhibition, The Gallery At Tacoma Community College, Tacoma WA
  • New Work, American Art Company, Tacoma WA
  • 2017
  • New Work, 2-Person Show, MINKA Gallery & Design Showroom, Tacoma WA
  • 10x10x10xTieton, International Annual Exhibition, Tieton Arts and Humanities, Tieton WA (Catalog)
  • 2015
  • Collections, Invitational Group Exhibit, Gallery 309, Tacoma, WA
  • 2014
  • Boats and Vessels, Invitational Group Show, Foss Waterway Seaport Museum, Tacoma WA
  • 2011
  • Photographs and Wire Sculpture, 2-Person Show, Sandpiper Gallery, Tacoma WA
  • 2010
  • Bags with Purse-onality, Invitational Group Show, Sandpiper Gallery, Tacoma WA
  • 2009
  • Flux: Metal-Urge, Invitational Group Show, Tacoma Arts Commission and Gallery Madera, Tacoma WA (Catalog)
  • 2008
  • re-Art '08, Invitational Group Show Gallery Madera, Tacoma WA
  • Icon, Group Show, 2Vaults Gallery, Tacoma WA
  • 2006
  • Concreativity, Invitational Group Show, Handforth Gallery, Tacoma Public Library, Tacoma WA
  • Suitcase Sightings, Group Exhibit, American Art Company, Tacoma WA
  • 2005
  • Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Invitational Group Show, SeaTac Airport, Seattle WA
  • 2003
  • Biology 202-203 - Invitational Group Show, SeaTac Airport, Seattle WA
  • Cakewalk, Invitational Group Event, Tacoma Contemporary, Tacoma WA
  • 2002
  • Biology 101-103 - Invitational Group Show, SeaTac Airport, Seattle WA
  • Boundaries - 2-Person Urban Window Installation, Commencement Art Gallery, Tacoma WA
  • 2001
  • The First Splash - Invitational Group Show, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue WA
  • 2000
  • Rituals for Nature - Masks and Constructions - Solo Exhibit - Random Modern Gallery, Tacoma WA
  • 1999
  • The Art of Paper - Group Show, West Coast Paper Company, Kent WA
  • Masks for Nature - Invitational Show, Commencement Art Gallery, Tacoma WA
  • Art for Nature - Solo Exhibit - Gilmartin Gallery, University Unitarian Church, Seattle WA
  • Chris Wooten: Masks of Nature - Solo Exhibit, 747 Fawcett Gallery, Tacoma WA
  • Chris Wooten: Featured Artist - Solo Exhibit, LeRoy Jewelers, Tacoma WA
  • Chris Wooten: Masks - Solo Exhibit, Starbucks at UWT, Tacoma WA
  • 1998
  • The Art of Paper - Group Show, West Coast Paper Company, Kent WA - Best in Show Purchase Award - Juror: Elaine Koretsky, International Papermaker
  • 1996
  • The Art of Paper - Group Show, West Coast Paper Company, Kent WA
  • Natural Instincts - Group Show, Art Quest Gallery, Auburn WA - Award for Innovation in Concepts and Technique
  • 1995
  • South Sounds Juried Competition, Commencement Art Gallery, Tacoma WA
  • 1994
  • Primitive Moods - Invitational Group Show - Milner Gallery, Gig Harbor WA
  • 1987
  • Fishart, Invitational Group Show- Columbia Art Gallery, Hood River OR
  • 1986
  • 40th Annual Bellevue Arts & Crafts Fair, Bellevue WA
  • 12 x 12 Art Auction - Seattle Design Association, Seattle WA (Catalog)
  • 1984
  • Western Washington Fair Arts Exhibition, Puyallup Fairgrounds, Puyallup WA
  • 1982
  • Anacortes Arts & Crafts Festival, Anacortes WA
  • 1980
  • Seattle Printmakers - Invitational Group Show, Stone Press Gallery, Seattle WA
  • 1978
  • 5th Annual Midwestern Printmaking and Drawing Exhibition - Tulsa City/County Library System Gallery, Tulsa, OK, (Catalog) - Permanent Collection Purchase Award
  • Muscatine Art Center Annual Exhibition, Muscatine Art Center, Muscatine IA
  • 1977
  • Chris Wooten & Vladimir Shakov - Two-person Exhibition - Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City IA
  • 1974
  • Muscatine Art Center Annual Exhibition, Muscatine Art Center, Muscatine IA
  • 1973
  • Mid-Mississippi Valley Annual, Davenport Municipal Art Gallery, Davenport IA, (Catalog) - I.T. Rostenbach Award
  • 1972
  • Mid-Mississippi Valley Annual, Davenport Municipal Art Gallery, Davenport IA, (Catalog)- Award from Tri-City Garden Club

  • PUBLIC ART COMMISSIONS

    2013
  • "Red Rooster Bench" - Fern Hill Historic Neighborhood Business District, Tacoma WA. Co-created. Sited with "Chicken Fun Sway" at 84th St and S. Park Ave, Tacoma WA
  • 2005
  • "Sea Charmer" Face West Figurehead Sculpture for Tall Ships Festival, Tacoma WA. Co-created.
  • 2004
  • "Chicken Fun Sway:" Red Door Project - City of Tacoma, Economic Development Department, Tacoma WA. Co-created. (Catalog, Map and Calendar)
  • 2001
  • "Canned Salmon" - Commissioned by the City of Tacoma's Department of Public Works and Environmental Services. Sited in Tacoma's Theatre District. Tacoma WA. Co- created. (Published on the cover of the City's Annual Report.
  • 1997
  • "...and things that go BUMP in the night" - Seattle Fringe Festival, City of Seattle Municipal Light and Theatre Company, Seattle WA

  • PUBLICATIONS AND TV

    2019
  • Alec Clayton, "Pick of the Crop,"Weekly Volcano, Tacoma & Olympia WA, March 28, 2019
  • Molly Gilmore, "Eclectic Invitational Showcases 10 Artists from the Region", The Olympian, March 20, 2019
  • 2018
  • Southwest Washington Juried Exhibition Catalog, South Puget Sound Community College, Olympia WA, July, 2018
  • 2017
  • 10x10x10xTieton Exhibition Catalog, Tieton Arts and Humanities & Marquand Editions, Tieton WA, Aug. 12, 2017
  • 2011
  • Dave Davidson, "Know your public art: Fern Hill's Magical Portal, Tacoma Weekly, Tacoma WA, May 29,
  • Dave Davidson, "Husband and Wife Team Exhibit at Sandpiper", Tacoma Weekly, Tacoma WA, July 29, 2011
  • Rosemary Ponnekanti, "Wooten's Feminine Trees", The News Tribune, Tacoma WA, July 29, 2011
  • 2008
  • Michael Swan, "What the Flux?," Weekly Volcano, Tacoma WA, July 29, 2009
  • 2009
  • Alec Clayton, "Recycled re-Art" - The Weekly Volcano, Tacoma WA, October 22, 2008
  • 2006
  • "2006 Calendar", Month of April - Sands, Costner and Assoc., Tacoma WA, January, 2006
  • David Chesanow, "Public Art Tour", The News Tribune special advertising publication: Live Your Destiny, Tacoma WA, October 2006
  • 2005
  • Alec Clayton, "Emotional Baggage", The Weekly Volcano, Tacoma, WA, June 2 -8, 2005
  • Alec Clayton, "Best Case Scenarios", The News Tribune, Sound Life, Tacoma WA, Aug. 8, 2005<
  • Lane Ficke and Carol Mathewson, "Red Door Project", featuring the sculpture Chicken Fun Sway. TV Tacoma interview, aired 25 times throughout the month of August 2005
  • 2004
  • Kate Chenoweth, "Get cultured in Tacoma", Sunset Magazine, January issue, 2004
  • Brett Oppegard, "Public Art can help define and energize a city", The Columbian, Vancouver WA, May 24,
  • Brad Broberg, "Doors Adorned", the News Tribune, Tacoma WA, Sound Life section cover story, May 14
  • Alec Clayton, "Behind the Red Doors", The Weekly Volcano, Tacoma WA, May 20 -26th, 2004
  • Marcelene Edwards, "Fern Hill Spruces Itself Up For Business", The News Tribune, Tacoma WA, June 29, 2004
  • 2003
  • Virginia Bunker, "Cakewalk Epilogue 2003", Toby Room, Tacoma WA, December, 2003
  • 2002
  • "Salmon Sightings", The News Tribune, Tacoma WA, January 24, 2002
  • 2001
  • Travis Weston, "Downtown Tacoma Gets 8 Feet of "Canned Salmon", Tacoma Weekly, Tacoma WA, Nov. 29, 2001
  • 1999
  • Leann Seaberg-Perry: Interviewer, "March Featured Artist", TCI Cable TV Show, "Around Here", Tacoma WA, 5 minute segment aired 25 times during March, 1999
  • Jen Graves, "The Faces of Nature in Art", The News Tribune, Tacoma WA, Sound Life section cover photo and story, December 16, 1999
  • 1998
  • Aimee Green, "Artists pound art out of pulp in paper exhibit", The News Tribune, Tacoma WA, June 3, 1998
  • 1997
  • Jimi Lott, "Facing the Fringe", The Seattle Times, Tempo section cover story, Seattle WA, March 5, 1997
  • 1978
  • Julie Jensen, "15 Art Works Honored: Mid-Mississippi Features 77 Artists", Quad City Times, Davenport IA, October 22, 1978
  • 1975
  • "Winter Art Festival at Hauberg Center", The Argus, Rock Island IL, Feb. 25, 1975


  • COLLECTIONS
    • Fern Hill Historic Business District, Tacoma WA
    • City of Tacoma, Dept. of Public Works and Environmental Services, Tacoma WA
    • West Coast Paper Company, Kent WA
    • City of Seattle, Municipal Light and Theatre Company, Seattle WA
    • Axis Consulting International, San Francisco CA
    • John Deere & Company, Moline IL
    • Tulsa City/County Library System, Tulsa OK
    • University of Illinois Memorial Union, Champaign IL
    • Many private collections



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