The mission of METHOD is to foster and exhibit sculpture and installation that regards process, material, and concept, while engaging the gallery space.
We endeavor to:
promote a changing program of visually stimulating, well-researched, and thoughtful exhibitions.
provide a venue for interdisciplinary thinking that supports exploration and creative problem solving
provide a contemporary exhibition space for artists who are working outside the traditional commercial standard
offer a platform for discussion on aesthetics, technical considerations, experimentation, and the creative process that are supported by artists’ talks.
present exhibitions that question, inform, and inspire through engagement with the Pioneer Square community.
METHOD exhibits art that is experimental, forward-thinking, unconventional, and predominantly based in sculpture, installation, new media, and/or performance. It might be easier to say what METHOD is not: It is not a commercial gallery. It is not an on-site studio space. And it is not a cooperative gallery devoted to exhibiting members’ art, although its founders and curators — Mary Coss, Paul D. McKee and Paula Stokes — are established, working artists who will occasionally exhibit in the space. But it is best to speak of METHOD in the positive, reflecting the affirmative goals of its founders: METHOD is an exhibition space that enlivens the Northwest shoulder of the Tashiro Kaplan building, a hub of cultural activity on the edge of Seattle’s Pioneer Square. METHOD is a collaborative, curatorial process that focuses on artistic processes. It is a mode for gathering diverse artists together and offering them a means to exhibit their work to the public; free of charge. METHOD is a conduit for reciprocity and exchange, for developing relationships with other artists and organizations, locally, nationally, and internationally. The founders identified a need for a new exhibition space in the spring of 2013. A place where they could present exceptional, exploratory, challenging art that might not be seen in more traditional galleries. METHOD art is characterized by processes of thought, action, and craft. And above all, METHOD is an act of creativity.
Mary Coss received her Master of Fine Arts from Syracuse University and has accumulated an extensive exhibition record, focusing on alternative venues and community and public art projects. Coss has received residencies and grants from institutions such as the Candyland Arts Center in Stockholm, the National Endowment for the Arts, the San Juan Island Museum and Sculpture Park, and Seattle’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs. Her public work is in numerous collections including King County and Seattle Housing Authorities, McNeil Island Corrections Center, Carlsbad Public Library and Port Angeles Fine Arts Center. Coss’s curatorial experience includes exhibitions.
Paul D. McKee earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Wichita State University, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cornish College of the Arts and has amassed an extensive exhibition record. McKee has received recognition, grants, awards, and residencies from institutions such as Visual Overture Magazine, the James Washington Foundation, The UW Henry Art Gallery, and 4Culture. His work can be found in numerous private collections in Europe and the United States. McKee’s curatorial experience includes curating for the Angle and Corridor Galleries at the Tashiro Kaplan Building since 2010 as well as with multiple local and regional exhibitions. at the Columbia City Guest Gallery, Another Roadside Gallery, and co-curated projects for the New City Gallery. Coss has also curated and installed work outside of traditional venues including architectural firms and University Women’s Centers.
Paula Stokes earned a Bachelor’s Degree in design specializing in glass from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, and has pursued post-baccalaureate studies at the International Glass Center in Brierley Hill, England and printmaking at the University of Washington, Seattle. Stokes has exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally and has received grants and awards from institutions such as the Finnish Ministry of Education and the University of Washington’s Milnora Roberts Award for Academic Excellence. Her work can be found in numerous collections including the National Museum of Ireland. As the Scholarship and Exhibition Programs Manager of Pratt Fine Arts center, Stokes curated and managed over eighty exhibitions at Pratt’s satellite gallery in Pioneer Square and other off campus venues such as City Hall and the Design Center.
Our exceptional artist volunteers are:
Makena Gadient [www.Makenagaient.com]
Jamie Christene Petersen www.jamiechristenepetersen.com