Past Exhibitions


Vacationers, 2014, Rachell Sumpter

Rachell Sumpter & Jacob Magraw-Mickelson
A collection of works created both individually and collaboratively over the past eight years together.

October 6 - December 10, 2014 | Opening Reception: Thursday, October 23 (5-7 PM) , Free and open to the public

Rachell Sumpter is an American artist working in Seattle, Washington. A graduate of the Art Center College of Design, Sumpter has exhibited widely, including solo exhibitions at Richard Heller Gallery (L.A.), Hosfelt Gallery (N.Y.) and Motel (Portland). Her work has also been showcased in group exhibitions at Jack Hanley Gallery (S.F.), the Orange County Museum of Art and LACMA, among others. She currently teaches color theory, illustration and drawing at Seattle Pacific University and has been the artist in residence at O, The Oprah Magazine for over three years. In addition to her fine artwork, Sumpter also maintains a commercial illustration practice. Her ongoing work with Dave Eggers and McSweeney’s can be seen in the cover art for Zeitoun and What is the What. Her other clients include Chronicle Books, Penguin Books, Random House and the New York Times.

Jacob Magraw is an American artist who lives and works in Seattle, Washington. He graduated with a BFA in illustration from the Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena, in 2004. His work includes paintings, illustrations, and embroideries.
Most of Magraw’s paintings and drawings depict brightly colored organic forms, sometimes interlaced with architectural scenes. His work is characteristically detailed and his forms delicate and often plant-like. His drawings have accompanied several articles in The New York Times. His paintings have been featured in Anthropologie’s 2007 Summer catalog and on the cover of Chuck Palahniuk’s book, Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey. Magraw’s work has also appeared in Fishwrap Magazine, McSweeney’s Quarterly, and Dear New Girl, or Whatever Your Name Is, edited by Lisa Wagner (McSweeney's, 2005).

Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday 9am-5pm



Gala Bent
Monday October 6th
7:00 PM-Demaray Hall Rm 150
Gala Bent was invited to be an artist in residence in the summer of 2014. SPU Faculty and Students assisted her in the creation of several limited editions of intaglio prints. Gala will be speaking about these works and about her continuing interest in how scientific thinking and the visual arts influence each other.

Chip Thomas
Monday November 3rd
7:00 PM-Demaray Hall Rm 150
Chip Thomas is a medical doctor serving a diverse set of communities in the American southwest, but he is also an accomplished photographer and street artist who has wheat pasted his large-scale photographs throughout the world. Chip is currently the organizer of the “Painted Desert Project,” which invites well-known urban street artists to create pieces on the rural Navajo Nation.



FALL QUARTER (September 29 to December 10)

September 29 & 30: Vendor Fair

October 6 - December 10: UNION - An exhibition of artwork by Rachell Sumpter & Jacob Magraw is a collection of works created both individually and collaboratively over their past eight years together. Reception for the Artists - Thursday, October 23 (5-7 PM)


CHRISTMAS BREAK: December 11 – January 4 (Gallery Closed)


WINTER QUARTER (January 5 to March 19)

January 12 - February 13: SPAC Alumni Exhibition

February 16 - 27: 1103 BIG Drawings


SPRING BREAK: March 20 – 29 (Gallery Closed)


SPRING QUARTER (March 30 to June 11)

April 3- April 24: ILL/NP Senior Show

May 4- 15: Studio Art Senior Show

May 18 – June 12: VCD Senior Show | Reception: Thursday, May 28, 2015; 5-7pm