Suyama Space
SUYAMA SPACE 1998 - 2017
January 01 - December 31, 2017
Installations Installations Installations

From 1998 to 2017, Suyama Space was an exhibition venue located in downtown Seattle, Washington that provided opportunities for experimentation, inspiration, and education in contemporary art. Acting as a catalyst for innovative, experimental ideas and specifically sited projects, Suyama Space presented artist talks and related public programs intended to encourage public discourse about the role of the built environment and its impact upon the artistic process. Our goal was to collaborate with the art community to expand general public interest and understanding of contemporary art.

Over its 19 year history, Suyama Space invited regional, national and international artists to respond directly to the gallery’s unique physical architecture rather than introduce independent, singular artwork to the space. Exhibition programming operated as a type of residency that provided artists the opportunity to reach beyond their previous work and investigate possibilities not available in the commercial world. The artist was free to succeed or fail within the parameters of his or her initially stated proposal. This process and the accompanying residency embraced a variety of creative expressions and provided a platform for audience awareness of the creative process.


Thank You to our Suyama Space Artists, Suyama Space Friends, Granting Organizations, and the Board of Directors for 19 Amazing Years!


Suyama Space Artists 1998 – 2017

1998: Lynne Yamamoto | Jack Dollhausen
1999: Patrick Zentz | Trimpin | Lauri Chambers + Victoria Haven + Robert Jones + D.E. May + Robert Yoder
2000: Deborah Aschheim | Cris Bruch | Christel Dillbohner
2001: David Eckard | Rene Pena | Heather Dew Oaksen + Norie Sato
2002: Yuriko Yamaguchi | John Bisbee | SuttonBeresCuller
2003: Kazuo Kadonaga | Steve Roden | Katy Stone
2004: Lead Pencil Studio | Jyung Mee Park | Brian Murphy
2005: Roger Feldman | Paul Stout | Christine Wallers
2006: John O’Brien | Trimpin | Ben Butler
2007: Alex Schweder | Caroline Lathan-Stiefel | Mike Rathbun
2008: John Grade | Carolyn Healy + John Phillips | Wade Kavanaugh
2009: Kendall Buster | Andreas Bee | Dan Corson
2010: Claudia Fitch | Stephen B. Nguyen | Gerri Sayler
2011: Eric Eley | Anna Hepler | Jay Atherton + Cy Keener
2012: Rick Araluce + Steve Peters | Avantika Bawa | Gail Grinnell
2013: Deborah Aschheim | Damien Gilley | Wade Kavanaugh + Stephen Nguyen
2014: Tivon Rice | Ian McMahon | Lilienthal|Zamora
2015: Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor | Viet Stratmann
2016: Joan Tanner | Patte Loper | Fernanda D’Agostino


Suyama Space Donors 1998 – 2017

Paul G. Allen Foundation for the Arts
ARRA (American Reinvestment & Recovery Act)/ 4Culture
King County Arts Commission/4Culture
Seattle Arts Commission/Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs
Washington State Arts Commission

Benaroya Foundation
Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation
Experience Music Project
Graham Foundation
Seattle Foundation Give Big
Jon + Mary Shirley Foundation
George & Carlyn Steiner Family Foundation
Thurston Charitable Foundation

Kirk Albert Vintage Furnishings
Jeff + Judy Altman
BJ + Steve Anderson
Joshua + Katherine Anderson
Richard Andrews + Colleen Chartier
Natalie Angelillo
Henry Aronson + Anne Traver
Peter + Barbara Aschheim
Claudia Bach
Avantika Bawa
M.C. Bellan Construction
Michael + Susan Bellan
John + Shari Behnke
Wyn Bielaska
Charlotte Bird
Greg Bishop
John + Nancy Blackham
Dennis Braddock + Janice Niemi
Bob Breskovich + Barbara Terry
Elizabeth Brown
Jim Brown
Will Bruder + Louise Roman
Catherine Brunner + Eric Riedel
Lisa Buchanan
Maryika Byskiniewicz/Spaces
Craig + Sharon Campbell
Kathryn Cardenas
Lorrie Cardosa
Humphrey Carey
Bokgi Choi + Hunter Wessells
Magdelana Cieslak
Ted + Megan Conklin
Cathy Conner
Contemporary Arts Council, Seattle Art Museum
Chip Cressman
Sam + Elizabeth Davidson
Tom Dawes
Pat DeCaro
Lanny DeVuono
Mary Frances Dondilinger
Jim Dow
Pamela Ebsworth
Nancy Edelstein
Tyler Engle
Heidi + Mark Epstein
Frank Everett
Roger + Astrid Feldman
Anne Focke
Carole Fuller FUEL Gallery
Helen Gamble
Gwendolyn Gaudefroy + Patrice Demombynes
David Geise
Jacqueline Genge + Brian Perry
Linda Gerrard
Peggy Goldberg
Layne Goldsmith
Barbara Goldstein
Steve + Jennifer Good
Piper Greenberg
Gerald Greenfield
Larry + Denise Grimes
Gail Grinnell
Carolyn Grinstein
Lauren Grossman + Masao Everett
Patty Haag
Chris Haddad
Tod + Barbara Hamachek
Kay Hardy
Alison + Michael Harris
Jim Harris + Carlos Garcia
Marlow Harris
Blake Haygood + Rebecca Jaynes
Juliana Heyne
Grant Hildebrand + Mariam Sutemeister
Catherine Hillenbrand
Bruce Hinckley + Maria Sanchez/Alchemie
Melissa Hines
Moira Holley + Scott Wasner
Burton Holt
Terry Hunziker
Rob + Mary Hutchison
Chiyo Ishikawa
Marcia Iwasaki + Stan Lokin
Wendy Jackson
JJ Jacobi
Tina Jacobsen + John Kucher
Barbara Johns + Richard Hesik
Brian Jonas + Jennifer Loomis
Fay Jones + Robert Jones
Susan Jones
Lorna Jordan
Maryann Jordan + Joseph McDonnell
Susan + John Joyce
Stephen Kafer
Nancy Karason
Kathleen Kelton
Jack + Layne Kleinart
Lucretia Knapp
Krekow Jennings, Inc.
Bennet + Aileen Krohn
Greg Kucera + Larry Yocum
Greg Kucera Gallery
Susan Kunimatsu
Alida + Christopher Latham
Elizabeth Leach Gallery
Lead Pencil Studio/Daniel Mihalyo + Annie Han
Carson Legree
Michael Levin
Marjorie Levy + Larry Lancaster
Mireya Lewin
Tim Lewis
Phyllis Lindsey
Stephen Lyons + John Jenkins
Ed Marquand + Michael Longyear
Beverly + George Martin
Bruce + Coco McDougal
Paul + Anna McKee
Holly McKinley
Kevin + Elizabeth McMahon
Wendy Franklund Miller
Allison Mills/ Inform Interiors
Robert Mittenthal + Lynn Thompson
Neuhoff Gallery
Stephen Nguyen
Mary Ann Peters
Plane Space
Platform Gallery
Jessica Powers
Pat + Sherri Roe
Kermit Rosen
Marian Sample
Cathy Sarkowsky
Catherine Sasanuma
Norie Sato
Brenda Scallon
Schuchart Corporation
Alex Schweder
Rand + Lynn Sealey
Seattle Academy of Arts & Sciences
Francine Seders
Beth Sellars
Matthew Sellars
Tricia Sellars
Sarah Shapiro
Ann Shure
Joanna Sikes
David + Catherine Skinner
Jym Snedeker
Somelab/Ed Andrews
Allison South + Cris Bruch
Rob Spooner
Boris Srdar
Stephane Stebich
George + Carlyn Steiner
Les + Carolyn Stephens
Mariam Sutermeister
George Suyama
Kim Suyama
Swenson Say Faget
Lara Swimmer + Robert Zimmer
Akio + Vicky Takamori
Ernalee + JE Thonn
Mark Tilbe + Dwayne Epp
Judy Tobin + Michael Baker
Timothy Tomlinson
Deidra Wager
Patti Warashina
Carol Warren
Frida Weisman
Scott + Shirley Wilson
Adian Woods
Lynne Yamamoto
Ruri Yampolsky
Bruce Yawitz


Suyama Space Board 1998 – 2017

Richard Andrews
Anne Focke
Greg Kucera
Beth Sellars, Curator + Co-Founder
George Suyama, Director + Co-Founder


Photos by Mark Wooods