Native American Themed Collages Show in Tacoma
September 2016 -- January 2017

The jury of the Inspired by Fort Nisqually Art Exhibition accepted two GJ Gillespie works based on Native American imagery. One piece won Best in the Show.

The art will hang at the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, Tacoma, WA. from September, 16 2016 to January 7, 2017.

Curator Claire Keller-Scholz sent Gillespie an email informing him that the judges named "Matron Mask"  Best in the Show.

On behalf of Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, the Fort Nisqually Foundation, and our three judges, I am happy to tell you that your piece “Salish Matron Mask” has won Best in Show of the “Inspired by Fort Nisqually” art exhibition!"

The honor includes a $300 cash prize. 

"Nisqually Chiefs" and "Salish Matron Mask" are based on historic native art that would be familiar to Native American visiting to the Fort in the 1850s.

Both paintings have appeared at other shows. Salish Matron at the Hurst Gallery Kirkland in 2015 and Chiefs at the 2015 Roslyn Art's Festival.

Three fans inquired about purchasing Matron mask and the first one to ask will take it home when the show end in January.

Matron Mask was part of a series of mask collages which can be viewed here.

Salish Matron Mask by GJ Gillespie
12 x 10 inches. 2015

From the Fort Nisqually Museum's website:
"Fort Nisqually is a living history museum where volunteers and staff, in period clothing, demonstrate the crafts of the 19th century and engage visitors in historic dialogue. 
Discover what life was like in the 1850s at Fort Nisqually, the region’s premier living history museum. This Hudson’s Bay Company trading post was the first non-Native settlement on Puget Sound. 
Explore the award winning restoration of the fort’s National Historic Landmark buildings, try your hand at 19th century games and discover what life was like before electricity!
Come explore the first European settlement on Puget Sound!" 

Nisqually Chiefs by GJ Gillespie.
18 x 14 inches. 2015

GJ Gillespie fans are encouraged visit the Fort to view the art exhibit -- and vote for his art. 

Directions to Fort Nisqually. 

Curator Claire Keller-Scholz sent Gillespie news of the jury's decision.

Dear Mr. Gillespie,

On behalf of Fort Nisqually Living History Museum and the panel of judges for “Inspired by Fort Nisqually”, we are happy to let you know that your mixed media artworks “Nisqually Chiefs” and “Salish Matron Mask” have been accepted into the show... 
The exhibit opens with a Fort Nisqually Foundation Member and Artist’s Reception on September 16
th. The initial awards (Purchase Award, Best in Show, and Honorable Mentions) will be given out at this reception, with the People’s Choice Award postponed until the end of the exhibition to allow the visiting public to vote. The show runs through January 7, 2017...

Thank you for your participation in this show, and we look forward to receiving your artwork for display as part of the “Inspired by Fort Nisqually” art exhibition.


Claire Keller-Scholz
Fort Nisqually Living History Museum5400 North Pearl Street, #11
Tacoma, WA, 98407

In a reply email thank Ms. Keller-Scholz Gillespie said:
"Thank you Claire for the news that two of my works have been accepted for the Inspired by Fort Nisqually Art Show. It is an honor to be selected and I am so glad to contribute to this enriching community event." 

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum 
Directions to Fort Nisqually

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