Current Exhibitions

Here & There: Topographic Conversations with Morris Graves

June 6 through July 26

Morris Graves believed the natural world could provide meaning and subsequent inspiration for his work. In particular it was the West that influenced his aesthetics and at both his homes The Rock in Skagit County, WA (1940-47) and The Lake in Humboldt County CA (1961 – his death) he sought to create environments that would bring forthhis creative potential. The natural beauty of these two counties has inspired other artists as well. This exhibition presents the work of eight artists, four from each location, together with works of Grave’s to create a visual conversation about the inspiration both he and these regions draw out.Juxtaposed with works from the MGMA collection of the renowned artist the work of these eight artists will provide the potential for discussions about the relationship between Graves, the artists, these geographic locations andhow and why nature inspires us to create.

Participating artists are: Emily Silver, Julie McNiel, Lori Goodman, Leslie Kenneth Price, Ann Reid, Lanny Bergner, Allen Moe, and Eve Deisher.

Morris Graves

June 6 through July 26

View the entire collection of Morris Graves’ work from the Humboldt Arts Council’s Permanent Collection.

Fawn Atencio & Catherine Chauvin: Where Land and Water Always Meet  

June 13 through July 19

Where Land and Water Always Meet present interpretations of affected public lands and altered bodies of water.  These landscapes appear carved or diminished, but carry a visual beauty and an insistent content beyond the edges of the paper. This is the first collaboration of two professional printmakers who live and work in Denver, Colorado.

Each artist has been addressing landscapes through a contemporary lens: Chauvin, looking at man’s land use, manipulations ranging from logging, to preservation and paths through spaces.  Atencio, looks at how water behaves as it creates paths, patterns, and connections to the land it intercedes.  The body of work shown together is significant in that each artist uses a combination of low tech (monotype and relief) and high tech (digital) print processes, which convey a curiosity and concern for land and water issues in a unique and thoughtful manner.  The artists' subjects of land and water become abstracted through their choices: hand drawing meets printed and digital processes and textures of ink meet close observation.  A real environment interpreted through printmaking becomes surreal while maintaining something tangible. The artists are pursuing a collaborative goal, creating pieces leading to insightful dialogue between the work and gallery goers. 


MGMA Museum Art School

View artwork created in the 2014-15 sessions of the Humboldt Arts Council’s Museum Art School.

Humboldt Arts Council Permanent Collection Gallery

View changing selections from the HAC Permanent Collection including works by Morris Graves, Romano Gabriel, Melvin Schuler, Bruno Groth and Glenn Berry.