Currently Showing

The Free Elwha

Lobby, Building 1000

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 14, 5-7pm




Shoreline faculty, Lauren Greathouse and Claire Putney, present an exhibition of photographic works that focus on the history, evolution and recovery of the Elwha River, located on the Olympic Peninsula. This series of images is not merely about a free river, but part of a larger investigation of the human desire to domesticate the landscape and control natural resources in ways that benefit human existence. This exhibition references the history of the dams as well as the current reclamation of wildlife habitats and river ecosystems. While the removal of these dams deeply engages social, cultural and political systems, the visual power of the physical landscape documented by Greathouse and Putney speaks to the intimate connection between its human and natural history.