James W. Washington, Jr.1909-2000

James and Janie Washington Foundation
Seattle, WA

$4,000 toward a permanent exhibition on the sculptor, organized by foundation director Timothy Detweiler. Washington was a self-taught artist who grew up in rural Mississippi before settling in Seattle during the early 1940s. Initially a painter and printmaker, it was not until he discovered stone in Mexico City that he became a sculptor, creating deeply symbolic, totem-like works of animals that express the spiritual connections of people and nature.