In March, the Whatcom Museum opened Jim Olson: Art in Architecture, a retrospective exhibition devoted to the career of Jim Olson, one of the Northwest's most significant architects and founder of the internationally recognised, Seattle-based firm, Olson Kundig Architects.
The exhibition spans Olson's first fifty years in architecture, exploring his built work as well as the artistic, cultural, natural and personal influences that have made the architect's career so highly regarded by his peers and sought after by clients.
'Art in Architecture' includes a range of materials that showcase Olson's process, including journals, sketches and drawings, stunning large-scale photo displays, and models. Original art work and furniture from selected residences will be on display, as well as a custom-designed art installation that will provide visitors with a first-hand experience of Olson's use of space and collaboration with art.
"Jim has been recognised at the highest levels of his profession for how beautifully he integrates art and architecture," says Executive Director Patricia Leach. "It is so appropriate to be able to showcase his amazing work in the Lightcatcher."
A companion book, Jim Olson: Art in Architecture, is being released to coincide with the exhibition.