Coos Bay – From April 14 to July 1, 2017 Coos Art Museum will be exhibiting Palimpsest: Art by Katherine Chang Liu and Eileen Senner. The word palimpsest is defined as something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form. In their artworks, both artists explore the concept of traces of the past or other objects visible within the compositions of their works. Both Senner and Chang Liu are residents of southern California and Chang Liu is the juror of the concurrent Expressions West exhibition.


Eileen Senner has been awarded two National Endowment for the Arts Visual Art Fellowships and several Scripps College Faculty Research Grants. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from Claremont Graduate University. Her art is in the collections of Yale University Art Gallery and Pomona College Museum of Art, and has been exhibited throughout the United States. “Painting reminds me of what I don’t know but what I recognize as familiar. I pursue this just-beyond-reach ancient wisdom using fragmented classical torsos and fleeting wild animal “ghosts” in the search for what’s left, what endures, remains, sustains–what it means to be an embodied, wild, beautiful human animal.”


Katherine Chang Liu, combines abstractions with collaged elements to produce strong personal narratives and wonderful painterly works. She has been a museum co-curator, lecturer and teacher of considerable international influence. With her extensive background she has been the invited juror for over 80 national, regional and statewide exhibitions and competitions from coast to coast. She has exhibited in over 45 solo exhibitions including shows in Rome, Italy, Lyon, France and Copenhagen, Denmark. Among many awards she received the Lifetime Achievement Award, from Watercolor USA Honor Society. Her works are found in over 1100 public, private and corporate collections.


Chang Liu will be conducting a walk through tour of Expressions West on Saturday April 15 at 1 PM followed by a tour/talk about Palimpsest. This program is free to the public and promises to be a very special event.


Coos Art Museum has been a cultural focal point of Oregon’s scenic Southern Coast since 1966. It occupies the historic 1936 Art Deco US Federal Building in downtown Coos Bay. The Museum offers a wide range of arts activities including exhibitions, art classes and lectures. Hours are 10:00am to 4:00pm, Tuesday through Friday and 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Saturday. Museum admission: $5 general, $2 students, veterans and seniors, free to Museum members.