Article for Experience Olympia

By Mary Elizabeth Karpel, Chairperson, Arts Committee

What’s New in the Washington State Governor’s Mansion?

Although the Mansion has been closed for tours due to Covid -19, the Governor’s Mansion Foundation, has been busy adding to the art collection.

It all started shortly after the state shut down for the Covid -19 pandemic.  The Foundation’s art committee created an acquisition plan that better reflects the various people of the state of Washington and all the contributions they have made to our state.

The Mansion is a beautiful, early 1900’s building with an interior design that speaks to the grand houses of its day.  Some of the art showcases early Washington technology, science, and industry.

As the history of our state has evolved and as the populations and demographics have changed, it is time that the art in the mansion tells the stories of the various peoples of our state and all that they have contributed to it.

The following pieces have been added to the collection:

  • Paul Horiuchi, Japanese American, rice paper collage
  • Jacob Lawrence, African American, Lithographs (2)
  • Andy and Ruth Peterson, Skokomish, Squaxin, Wood Carving

Currently, the Foundation is working with the people of the Yakima Valley on a Leo Adams, Yakama Nation, oil.

These art works join some others in our collection like Rembrandt Peale, American, oil and Dale Chihuly, American, Glass.

It is our hope that everyone that tours the Mansion can see our rich history and see themselves as part of that history.

Lithographs by Jacob Lawrence The one on the left is titled, “Tools” and the one on the right is titled, “Artist in studio” – a self-portrait.
Rice paper collage by Paul Horiuchi.
Andy Peterson, Skokomish/Squaxin tribes, collaborated with his wife, Ruth on the “Circle of Life and Power of Change” a cedar, woodcarving.