In the past couple of years, I have had the honor and pleasure of working with scholars from other fields-- notably biochemistry, particle physics and geology by way of medieval studies. As an artist who prefers to work intuitively, I have often seen my studio practice as a version of poetry or instrumental music in the way that I respond to content. I take what I have been learning and riff on it, so to speak, in my own visual language. Read the titles and you might catch what intellectual pages I was on. Was it the pursuit of dark matter? The classification of geological forms? Or the processing of new vocabulary? In any case, the outcomes are meant to be enjoyed as lyrical studies that stand alone, with the benefit of backstory that I am always happy to share.
Gala Bent received her MFA from SUNY, Buffalo, NY, and has exhibited nationally and internationally. She was nominated for the Portland Art Museum 2015 Northwest Contemporary Art Awards, received the CityArts Best of Fall Art Walk Award in 2013, was a finalist for the Neddy Award in painting in 2012, was the recipient of an Artist Trust GAP Grant in both 2008 and 2011, and received a CityArts Grant in 2008. In the fall of 2011, Gala was awarded the Jordan Schnitzer Printmaking Residency at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. Over the summer of 2016, Gala and her husband Zack received a family residency through NEPO Travel Agency in the Czech Republic, and in the spring of 2017 she participated in the Westfjords Residency in Iceland.
Gala’s work is in the collection of the Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA, Washington State Art Collection, Seattle, WA, Seattle Public Utilities Portable Works Collection, Seattle, WA, Swedish Hospital, Seattle, WA, Jordan Schnitzer Print Collection, Portland, OR, Taylor University, Upland, IN, Ball State University, College of Arts, Muncie, IN, and Peninsula College, Port Angeles, WA. Currently, Gala is a Program Leader in the Foundations Program at Cornish College for the Arts. Gala and her husband, Zack Bent, both make, teach and collect art. They live and work in Seattle, WA with their three children.