CENTRAL PARK — Clark College, in partnership with the Washington State Arts Commission, has selected an artist for the Advanced Manufacturing Building for its Boschma Farms campus in Ridgefield. Sarah Folden will lead a group of artists to create public art for the new campus, expected to open in fall 2025. Folden, a Cowlitz tribal member, creates art inspired by her heritage and ancestral connection to place. Folden’s work is both traditional and contemporary, integrating many mediums and carved block printmaking.
The selection committee also has engaged artist and curator RYAN! Feddersen to curate existing artworks to purchase for the building in addition to work that will be created specifically for the space.
Feddersen’s (Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation) public artworks include “Inhabitance” for Portland International Airport and “Antecedents” for the University of Washington. She has curated exhibitions for the Portland Art Museum, New Burke Museum, and Museum of Northwest Art and a collection of artwork for Kamiak Elementary School in Pullman.
Corbin Jones, a Cowlitz tribal member, is a high school senior whose interests and areas of focus are natural resources and computer sciences. Corbin is studying 3D computer graphics, animation and commercial art. As a neurodivergent person on the autism spectrum, Corbin supports other youth with differences and organizes a weekly art and gaming club offering social opportunities to area kids.
Brian Perry (Hopi-Cheelth), a Port Gamble S’Klallam tribal member and artist with lineage in Quinault, Suquamish and Makah, learned traditional carving from his grandfather and uncles and became interested in Northwest Coast art when he took classes from David Boxley. He studied with Duane Pasco, Dave Franklin and Eddie Charles. His work captures the essence of characters from traditional tribal stories.