E D U C A T I O N

2003       Scientific Illustration Certificate – University of Washington, Seattle, WA

2002       Traditional Chinese Painting Exchange Program – Anhui University, Hefei, China

1998        Bachelor of Arts, Art (drawing, painting); Art History Minor – Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA 

 

S E L E C T E D   S O L O   E X H I B I T I O N S

2021        Birds and Beast – Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, Spokane, WA

2020       Turn Around Time – Eveleth Green Gallery, Gallery One, Ellensburg, WA

2019        Liminal Spaces – Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR

2018        Stranger Things – Centennial Center Gallery, Kent, WA

2017        Sea Change – G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle, WA

2016        Weird Science –  Boswell Corner Gallery, North Idaho College

               Peaceable Kingdom – Confluence Gallery and Art Center, Twisp, WA

2015        unNatural Histories – Clymer Museum, Ellensburg, WA      

               Sepulchre – MAC Gallery, Wenatchee Valley College, Wenatchee, WA

2014        Shapeshift – Loft Gallery, Ellensburg, WA

               Avatars and Shapeshifters – PUNCH Gallery, Seattle, WA

2013        Wonderland (w/ artist Renee Adams) – the brink gallery, Missoula, MT

               Are we not drawn onward to new erA (w/ artist Renee Adams) – PUNCH Gallery, Seattle, WA

2011         Spiderland – G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle, WA

               Peaceful Death and Pretty Flowers (w/ artist Renee Adams) – PUNCH Gallery, Seattle, WA

2010        Hydras and Basilisks – PUNCH Gallery, Seattle, WA

               Birds of Paradise – Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR

2008       Unnatural History (w/ artist Nealy Blau) – G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle, WA

               Animal Spell (w/ artist Amy Ross) – PUNCH Gallery, Seattle, WA

2007        Relations – Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR

               Birds and Bees – PUNCH Gallery, Seattle, WA

2005        Specimens – Chase Gallery, Spokane, WA

​2004        Barnacle Dogs and Zebra Mussels – Gallery 423, Ellensburg, WA

2003        Ontogeny Recapitulates Phylogeny – Gallery One, Ellensburg, WA

                Beetle, Branch and the Biologic – Artemis Gallery, Seattle, WA

2002         Fin, Flipper, Flounder – Stewart and Williams Funeral Home, Ellensburg, WA

2001         Various works – Esvelt Gallery, Columbia Basin College, Pasco, WA

                Great White Silence – Gallery One, Ellensburg, WA (w/ artist Renee Adams)              

1998         Walkabout – Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA 

1997         A Balance Between Forces – Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, Ellensburg, WA

S E L E C T E D   G R O U P   E X H I B I T I O N S

2021        PUNCH Fire House Project, Thorp, WA

               Sitka Art Invitational, World Forestry Center, Portland, OR

               Cascadia: Flora and Fauna of the North Cascades – Confluence Gallery, Twisp, WA

               Images of the Shrub-Steppe – Boxx Gallery, Tieton, WA

2020        Metamorphosis – Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River, OR 

               Picturing Science in Illustration and Art – Blue Galleries at the Center for the Visual Arts, Boise State University, Boise, ID

               The Beginning of Everything: An Exhibition of Drawings – Katherine E. Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 

2019        Boxing Day (PUNCH Projects) – Discovery Lab Warehouse, Ellensburg, WA

               Gallery One Instructors Show – Eveleth Green Gallery, Gallery One, Ellensburg, WA

               Strange Birds | Group Invitational Show – Smith and Vallee Gallery, Edison, WA

2018        The Woods (PUNCH Projects) – Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA 

2017        BEST IN SHOW: New Works from Kittitas County Juried Artists – Confluence Gallery and Art Center, Twisp, WA

               ARTS AT THE PORT Juried Exhibition – Anacortes Arts Fest, Anacortes, WA  

               Here's to the Future – G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle, WA

               Kent Summer Art Exhibit – Centennial Center Gallery, Kent, WA

               BARNSTORM at the Bluestone (PUNCH Projects) – Model KE building, Ellensburg, WA

2016        Phylogeny Contemporary at the Aqua Hotel – Aqua Art Fair, Miami, FL

               Hit and Run – PUNCH Gallery, Seattle, WA

               Natural Causes – CASS Contemporary, Tampa, FL

               Nature’s Call: Natural History of the West by the GNSI NW – Clymer Museum, Ellensburg, WA

2015        Metamorphosis – Larson Gallery, Yakima, WA

               Out of Sight – King Street Station, Seattle, WA

               National Juried Exhibition – Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA

               WUNDERKAMMER: Artifacts, False Memories and Projections – Foss Waterway Seaport, Tacoma, WA

               Westward Bound: PUNCH Gallery meets Clymer – Clymer Museum of Art, Ellensburg, WA

               Imaginature – Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA

2014        The Scientific Eye: Art & Science – North Seattle College, Seattle, WA

               A Contemporary Bestiary – Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Salem, OR

2013        Hybrids and other Strange Amalgamations – Seattle Art Museum Gallery, Seattle, WA 

               Yakima River Diaries  – Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, Ellensburg, WA

2012        Make Space – Gage Academy of Art, Seattle, WA

               Winging It – Heiner Contemporary, Washington, DC

2011         The Shape of the Problem – Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR

               Wild/Life – Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA

               Seattle as Collector – Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

               Washington Art Consortium: Northwest Art on Paper – Western Gallery, Western WA University, Bellingham, WA

2010        Bestiary – Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center, Cincinnati, OH

               Mystic Sons of Morris Graves Invitational Exhibition – Tashiro Kaplan Arts Building, Seattle, WA

               Narrative Animal Imagery – San Luis Obispo Art Center, San Luis Obispo, CA

               The Secret Language of Animals – Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA

               The Fantastical – Project 4 Gallery, Washington, DC

               Country Cousins: an Exploration of Contemporary Frontier Myth – Evergreen Gallery, Olympia, WA

2009        Below the Surface: A 21st-Century Look at the Prarie – Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell, IO

               Tales from an Imaginary Menagerie – Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA

2008        Nature Freak – Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA

                Birdwatch – Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Ketchum, ID

2007         Introductions 2007 – Seattle Art Museum Gallery, Seattle, WA

                Crawl Space Centennial – Crawl Space Gallery, Seattle, WA

                Come Undone – Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston, MA

2006        12th Annual International Exhibition – Soho20 Gallery, New York, NY

                24th Annual Juried Exhibition – Pleiades Gallery, New York, NY

                Contagion – Washington Ensemble Theatre, Seattle, WA

                As the Crow Flies − Tacoma Contemporary’s Woolworth Windows, Tacoma, WA

                Seattle Erotic Art Festival – Consolidated Works, Seattle, WA

                Emerging Artist Exhibition – Limner Gallery, Phoenecia, NY

                Round One – PUNCH Gallery, Seattle, WA

2005         unNatural History – Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

                History and Prophecy: a Bestiary for the 21st Century – SOIL Gallery, Seattle, WA

                Point of Departure – Esvelt Gallery, Columbia Basin College, Pasco, WA

                Intersections: Works on Paper – Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, Ellensburg, WA

                Seattle Erotic Art Festival – Consolidated Works, Seattle, WA

2002         Exhibition of Chinese and American Students – Jiu Liumi Gallery, Hefei, China

                Summer Painting in China – Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, Ellensburg, WA

2003         Traces of the Homeostay-puff – Gallery One, Ellensburg, WA

2001         Move On –  Arrowspace Gallery, Olympia, WA

                M.A.A.G. (McMurdo Anti Art Gallery) – McMurdo Station, Antarctica

2000        15th Annual Ross Island Art Show – McMurdo Station, Antarctica

S E L E C T E D   H O N O R S   &   A W A R D S

2021         Director's Choice Award, Central WA Artists' Exhibition, Larson Gallery, Yakima, WA 

2020        Jordan Schnitzer Printmaking Residency, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Otis, OR

2019         McMillen Artist Community (MAC) Fellowship, Robert E. McMillen Foundation – Washington State

                Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency, Joshua Tree, CA

2017         Harold E. Tayer Memorial Award – Central WA Artists Exhibition, Larson Gallery, Yakima, WA

                People's Choice Award – Art's at the Port Juried Exhibition, Anacortes Arts Fest, Anacortes, WA

                Peggy Schaake Award – Kittitas County Juried Art Exhibit, Gallery One, Ellensburg, WA

                Project Award (BARNSTORM at the Bluestone) CEllensburg Arts Commission, Ellensburg, WA

2016         4Culture Project Grant – 4Culture, Seattle, WA

                Honorable Mention – Indiana University East National Juried Art Exhibition: Art + Science – Richmond, IN

2015         Bob & Donna Villbrandt Award – Central WA Artists Exhibition, Larson Gallery, Yakima, WA

2015         Best in Show – Kittitas County Juried Art Exhibit, Gallery One, Ellensburg, WA               

2013         Eldean Adams Award for Watercolor – Kittitas County Juried Art Exhibit, Gallery One, Ellensburg, WA

                Jeffrey M. Reynolds Award – Central WA Artists Exhibition, Larson Gallery, Yakima, WA

2012         Best in Show – WA State Juried Art Competition, Collective Visions Gallery, Bremerton, WA

                Artist Residency – Jentel Artist Residency Program, Banner, WY 

2011          Best in Show – 44th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Allied Arts Center, Yakima, WA

                Contemporary Northwest Art Awards finalist – Portland Art Museum

2010         Marge Corman Memorial Award – Kittitas County Juried Art Exhibit Gallery One, Ellensburg, WA 

2009        Excellence in Drawing Award – Central WA Artists Exhibition, Larson Gallery, Yakima, WA

2008        Artist Trust Fellowship Award – Washington State

2007        Artist Trust GAP Award – Washington State       

2006        Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award    

                Drawing Center’s Viewing Program – The Drawing Center, New York, NY

2005        Best in Show, Best Drawing – Art Guild of Soap Lake’s Winterfest – City Hall, Soap Lake, WA

                Karen Raine Memorial Award – Central WA Artists Exhibition, Larson Gallery, Yakima, WA              

2004         Board of Directors Award (Best of Show) – Juried Exhibit, Allied Arts Center, Yakima, WA

                Peggy Schaake Award – Kittitas County Juried Art Exhibit, Gallery One, Ellensburg, WA

2003         Dr. & Mrs. Aboulhosn Award – Central Washington Exhibition, Larson Gallery, Yakima, WA          

2001         Tina Solberg Award – Kittitas County Juried Art Exhibit, Gallery One, Ellensburg, WA

1988         1st Place, Sixth Grade Level – Color-A-Saurus Dinosaur Drawing Contest, Tri Cities, WA

A P P O I N T M E N T S 

               VP of public relations/marketing – PUNCH Projects, Ellensburg, WA  [2016 – present]

               Art Instructor for artists with disabilities, Gallery One/Alley Cat Artists, Ellensburg, WA  [2009 – present]

               VP of public relations/marketing – PUNCH Gallery, Seattle, WA  [2006 - 12] 

M U R A L S   &   P U B L I C   A R T   C O M M I S S I O N S

2021        Birds of a Feather – Central Transit Bus Shelter, Ellensburg, WA 

2019        Skulls and Rainbows – Iron Horse Brewery, Ellensburg, WA 

2017        Nature/Nurture – Stan Bassett Youth Center in Ellensburg, WA w/ Will Bow; project funded by the Ellensburg Arts Commission

2015        Pacific Northwest Legends: a Natural History – a series of eight 7’ x 17.5’ public murals w/ Will Bow for the City of Spokane, WA                  in BNSF Tunnel on Post Street; project funded by Spokane Arts Commission

2015        Washington State’s Emblems and Icons: a Natural History – design selected for Kelda Martensen's

               Spring Mural painting class on the campus of North Seattle College, Seattle, WA

S E L E C T E D   P U B L I C A T I O N S   &   M E D I A   C O V E R A G E

2019       Muñez, Stephanie, "Thorp artist illustrates new book by David Guterson." Wake Up Northwest, KNDO 23/KNDU 25

              (an NBC-affiliated television station), Yakima, WA, October 21, 2019

              Harwood, Rodney, "Turn Around Time..." The Daily Record, October 15, 2019

              Guterson, David, "Turn Around Time." Illustrated this book-length walking poem, Mountaineers Books, Seattle, WA

              Muir, Pat; “Local artists who are transcending ‘local artist’ status.” Yakima Herald-Republic’s SCENE, Aug. 15, 2019

              Shaw, Leslie; “Visiting illustrator adds touch of whimsy to fauna.” Hi-Desert Star, April 17, 2019

2018       Muir, Pat, "Eight Central Washington Artists to Watch in 2018." The Yakima Herald-Republic, January 17, 2018

              Upchurch, Michael, "'Sea Change,' allusions to climate change among what's new at galleries.' The Seattle Times, January 5, 2018

              Lynx, David, "The Art Scene: Artists take a trip deep into 'The Woods'." The Yakima Herald-Republic, January 3, 2018

2017       "Daisy Chain" selected for cover of The Stranger's Seattle Art and Performance publication, Winter 2017, Vol. 6, No. 4

2015       Peterson, Clyde, “A curated guide to this weekend’s biggest art fairs,” Crosscut.com, July 31, 2015

2015       Ponnekanti, Rosemary; “Museum of wonder: “Wunderkammer” at the Foss Seaport.” The News Tribune, July 21, 2015

2014       “Justin Gibbens: Master Draftsman,” Juxtapoz Magazine blog, February 3, 2014

              Nastia Voynovskaya; “Justin Gibbens’ Paintings Celebrate Wildlife.” Hi-Fructose Magazine blog, March 5, 2014

2013       Eben Wragge-Keller; "super natural." Missoula Independent, July 11, 2013

              Krysti Shallenberger; "Unnatural by Nature." Missoulian, July 5, 2013

2012       Jenkins, Mark; “Washington’s Best Art Gallery Shows of 2012.” The Washington Post, December 6, 2012

              Jenkins, Mark; “Heiner’s ‘Wingin It’: Striking photos, painting, collages of birds.” The Wa Post, July 5, 2012

              Williams, Austin; “Where Science and Imagination Collide.” American Artist Watercolor mag., Summer 2012

2011        Williams, Austin; “25 Artists to Watch.” American Artist Watercolor magazine, Fall 2011

2010       Jane Durrell; “Bestiary (Review).” City Beat blog, Wednesday, November 17, 2010

2009      Melrod, George; “Unnatural Selection.” Art ltd., March/April 2009

              Samson, Jonah; artist profile posted on Cool Hunting blog, April 16, 2009

              ANNALEMMA, Issue No. 4

2008      Norris, Molly; “Unnatural History.” Art Access, December 2008/January 2009, Vol. 17, No. 10

              Beal, Suzanne; “Artist Profile: Justin Gibbens” Art  ltd., July/August 2008

              Farr, Sheila; “Putting and unnatural face on nature.” Seattle Times, Friday, April 18, 2008

              Lippens, Nate; “Jumble up your sense of reality and imagination with works by three artists.”

              The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Friday, April 11, 2008

              Studio Visit Magazine, Issue II. February 2008

2007       Lippens, Nate; “Northwest creatures come to life in Gibbens’ Birds and Bees’.”

              The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Friday, February 9, 2007

2006       Ponnekanti, Rosemary; “Peek into Windows for artful eyefuls.”  The News Tribune, Dec. 24, 2006

               Scott, Carrie E. A.; “And the Galleries Marched in Two by Two.”  Visualcodec, May Issue, 2006

               Chansanchai, Athima; “Erotic, Erotic.”  Seattle Post Intelligencer, Monday, March 27, 2006

2005        Graves, Jen; “Natural Beauty.”  The News Tribune, September 25, 2005, p. E.01           

P U B L I C   C O L L E C T I O N S

              Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture

              ArtsWA

              CHI Franciscan Harrison Medical Center

              City of Kent, WA (Portable Works Collection)

              Tacoma Art Museum

              Grinnell College

              Microsoft

              4Culture/King County (Portable Works Collection)

              City of Seattle, WA (Seattle City Light, Seattle Utilities: Portable Works Collections)

              City of Shoreline, WA (Portable Works Collection)