James W. Washington, Jr.1911-2000

James W. Washington, Jr. Foundation
Seattle, WA

$11,000 toward the conservation and digital documentation of the sculptor’s work and archives in preparation for a website and DVD, organized by Bonita Carter-Smith, Timothy Detweiler, and Phillip Reay. 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.