The Phoenix Project

at Mendocino College

You are being contacted because you are either a survivor of the October 2017 Firestorm of Potter and Redwood Valley or an artist that has shown interest in participating in this multifaceted exhibition on the Mendocino College Ukiah Campus. We wish to join artists and fire survivors in collaborative art projects in an attempt to build a better understanding of the tragic and transformative power the Redwood Valley Fire Complex had on our whole community. The Phoenix Project strives to bring all aspects of our diverse community together in a creative flux focusing on the powerful and overwhelming changes that this event has wrought on the individuals who have endured it while we mourn the passing of those that did not. It also hopes to provide a platform for those in our community who have experienced it in some way, shape or form and are in the process of recovering and rebuilding their lives.

The vision is to create a campus-wide multi-discipline series of events using the many art mediums of ceramics, paintings, found object assemblages, mosaic murals, written and spoken word and other forms. This project was conceived to create a platform for collaborative, interactive, multi-disciplinary, multi-media art projects that give voice to the fear, tragedy and transformative healing that is possible through conscious, focused art making.

Large collaboratively designed and constructed assemblage sculptural installations are to be mounted outside on our campus grounds and smaller, more fragile, photographic, paintings or other 2-D works will be mounted in the gallery. There will be a series of openings and performances in the theaters, gallery and on our campus grounds which will include sculptural works outside, works in the gallery, theatrical, dance and spoken word performances. These series of events all align directly with our college gallery’s mission statement.

Time line:

January 15th, 2019 – Artists and Survivors Respond with Intention to be Involved

January 23th, 2019 – Gallery Creates Exhibitors List

February 15th, 2019 – Artists and Survivors Submit Project Concepts and Submit Needs List to the Gallery

June TBA – Sculpture Platform Building Workshop

July 22nd, 2019 – Cobb and Assemblage Building Workshop and Sculpture Installation Building Begins on Campus

August 15th, 2019 – Artists and Survivors Gathering on Campus at Installations

August 19th, 2019 – Classes Start

October 10th – 20th, 2019 - Openings and Performances

October 31th, 2019 - Shows Close

For more information and to respond please contact:

Doug Browe
Gallery Director
Mendocino College

707-272-6481 cell

Jessica Thompson
Gallery Assistant
Mendocino College

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