Michael C. Spafford


Michael C. Spafford

Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA - Apr 5 – 30; Greg Kucera Gallery, Apr 5 – May 26, all in Seattle

by Matthew Kangas

Woodside/Braseth Gallery, Davidson Galleries

Possibly the most controversial artist in Pacifi c Northwest history, the University of Washington emeritus professor of art Michael C. Spafford influenced three generations of artists who went on to considerable teaching and studio-art careers of their own. This trifecta, three-gallery survey begins to correct Spafford’s neglect since the scandal when his two murals (Twelve Labors of Hercules 1980-81), were removed from the Washington State House of Representatives after public attacks from legislators and the media.

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