Special Exhibits

Main Gallery

"What You See Is What You Get" by Johan Wahlstrom

Exhibit Opening Friday, Jan. 19, 6 p.m.; Exhibit Closes Saturday, March 30, 2024

Wahlstrom is a 5th generation Swedish artist who began his artistic career in music and transitioned to painting in 1998. His art continuously looks to critique and re-frame society. Wahlstrom considers his work “Nordic Darkness,” delving into themes of both anxiety and joy. The pieces on display were created in 2023 as comments on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Swedish politics, family life, and more.

"Lay Of(f) the Land": Nordic Narratives by the Art Alliance of the Arctic South

Exhibit Opening with the Artists Friday, April 5, 6 p.m.; Exhibit Closes Sunday, June 16, 2024

Profoundly shaped by Nordic culture and nature, the Art Alliance of the Arctic South (A-A-A-S) offers a diverse range of works reflecting a deep connection to the environment. From intricate collages to life-size sculptural installations, eight Scandinavian artists intertwine personal and collective identity against vast landscapes, urging us to consider our collective path and the pressing need for change. The exhibition is curated by Vasia Rigou.

Raoul Wallenberg Gallery

"Some of My Own" by Jenny Mörtsell

Now Through Sunday, March 3, 2024

"Some of My Own" is a series of pencil drawings about being a Swede raising kids in America and being an American raising kids in Sweden. It is also about finding happiness in small everyday moments of beauty when things don’t go as planned.

Jenny Mörtsell is a Swedish illustrator. After several years studying art and earning a MA in Graphic Design and Illustration at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in she relocated to New York working with clients as New York Times Magazine, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Roberto Cavalli, Harry’s, Wealthsimple, Wallpaper, Whyred, Refinery 29, Outdoor Voices, Aritzia, Urban Outfitters, ELLE, Vogue, Lula, Grey Magazine, The Last Magazine, NYLON, Target, Fossil, The Swedish Post, The California Sunday Magazine, Twin Shadow, Aziz Ansari, Martin Rev. She is currently based in Stockholm, Sweden.

Coming Soon: "We Left Home" by Verna Todd

Exhibit Opening Saturday, March 9, at 2 p.m. Exhibit Closes Sunday, May 26, 2024

We Left Home began as a way for Todd to know her quiet dad more deeply.  One hundred years ago, he immigrated as a 17-year-old from the Swedish area of Finland to Hoquiam, Washington.  From family photographs, her dad’s diaries and stories, trips to the old country, and elderly family members’ memories, Todd has created a photographic history of her father’s journey.  In addition, she has explored the influences that shaped the man he became – folk culture, history, religion, immigration issues, and family tragedy.

One Hundred Years Ago...

"On August 29, 1922, Valter Pettersson left his home in the Swedish part of Finland to come to America.  He was to become my dad, and this is his story. He was diagnosed with tuberculosis the day after I was born, and he always kept his distance to protect me. Creating this exhibit has given me a new closeness to him and a new appreciation of who he was." -Verna Todd


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