Exhibit News

Particles on the Wall is excited to announce upcoming exhibits!


The REACH Museum

June 29 - October 21, 2016.

The REACH Museum
1943 Columbia Park Trail
Richland, WA 99352
Sun & Mon: Closed
Tue - Sat: 10:00AM-4:30PM


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Particles on the Wall 2nd edition from Healthy World Press


Particles on the Wall (POTW) is an interdisciplinary group exhibit exploring elements of science and the nuclear age, Hanford history, their thread through our lives and their bearing on the Columbia River and natural world. The goal of the exhibit is to unite the arts and sciences to forge a more healthy and peaceful world, while exploring Hanford history and the nuclear age. Exhibit pieces illuminate key events regarding the nuclear history and role of nuclear technology in Washington State, current concerns with radioactive contamination, and the quest for peace. Given the magnitude of the topics, the tone of the exhibit is one of quiet commentary yet restraint, to best impart both the need for concern and an element of hope in the face of issues on war, peace, and the nuclear age that rest in our own back yards.

The exhibit pieces include visual art , poetry, science factoids, and memorabilia from Hanford. POTW is a traveling exhibit, with past installations in 2010 in Seattle, Richland, and Spokane. In 2011, the exhibit will continue to travel statewide. The pieces in the traveling exhibit are subject to change, depending on which pieces can travel, and the pool of submissions we get for any given installation - POTW is a growing exhibit that is unique each time it's displayed, and we encourage local residents to submit work and memorabilia for upcoming exhibit and the online gallery so that the project reflects the communities around it. Contributors include scientists, professional artists, poets of national acclaim, and others from the Tri-cities as well as the greater Pacific Northwest.

POTW first took shape as an idea between friends and colleagues at Happy Hour, as Seattle's rain fell down over nearby Green Lake. Steven Gilbert, PhD, DABT, a neurotoxicologist and environmental health and nuclear disarmament advocate, was exploring ways to fuse science and art to address nuclear issues. William Witherup, a longtime Seattle poet and citizen activist, and Nancy Dickeman, a writer and peace and environmental advocate, each shared a hometown history of growing up in Richland at the height of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation's production operations. They were joined by Seattle visual artist and Richland native, Dianne Dickeman.

With discussion and inspiration, an interdisciplinary exhibit connecting science, history and art to explore Hanford's history and impact on our lives, along with major themes of the nuclear age was off the ground, and dubbed Particles on the Wall. Curators for POTW's launch exhibit at the Allegro Café in January, 2009 were Steven Gilbert, science and history; Nancy Dickeman, literary arts, history and memorabilia and Dianne Dickeman, visual arts, history and memorabilia. William Witherup passed away from leukemia prior to the exhibit's development, and it is to his memory that Particles on the Wall is dedicated.

Since then, Particles on the Wall has traveled across Washington State to three locations in 2010. As part of the work of Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility (WPSR) to educate the public concerning the health impacts of Hanford, WPSR has come on board to promote and help display POTW statewide. WPSR, with leadership from Idil Levitas, POTW Project Manager, has gone on to help take POTW to the Richland Public Library and Empyrean Coffeehouse in Spokane. In 2011 POTW will be in Olympia, and then will move on to other locations across the state. WPSR is honored to have worked this year with the POTW team and subsequent contributors - a group of creative, inspiring, and dedicated individuals. POTW is organized by its Artist's Curatorial Committee (consisting of Nancy Dickeman, Dianne Dickeman, and Steven Gilbert), WPSR and The Institute of Neurotoxicology & Neurological Disorders. If you're interested in getting involved or contributing to POTW, contact our exhibit Project Manager, Misty Nickle, at misty@wpsr.org.