4Culture is proud to announce the newest addition to our staff. Ryan Feddersen joined the organization on February 3rd as the Public Art Program Assistant. Ryan epitomizes a fantastic combination of practicing studio artist with exceptional organizational skills who enjoys exercising both sides of her talented brain.
In her studio practice Ryan is interested in multi-layered environments that pull viewers in to become participants in the art. In two recent color-by-number installations, one for her graduate show at Cornish called the White House State Dining Room and one at Bumpershoot based on Manet’s painting Luncheon on the Grass, she cast a large buffet and picnic basket of food from crayons which visitors to the installations used to color in the creations (and not always within the lines). Ryan has been awarded residency opportunities designed to bring Native artists together and support their work, such as Emerging Indigenous Voices, Kua’ainaa Association in San Francisco, CA and the American Indian Artist Residency at the Montana Artist Refuge.
I’ve long admired 4Culture’s commitment to contributing to contemporary discourse through the arts. Creating artistic opportunities in public spaces enhances the imagination and beauty in communities and serves to strengthen culture. I am honored to be joining the team and excited to bring my administrative and creative skills to a field I am passionate in supporting.
As an administrator Ryan has been serving as the Art Department Coordinator at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. She also worked as a studio assistant for two Seattle-based pioneering artists: Norie Sato and Ginny Ruffner.
Ryan is a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and the niece of artist, teacher, writer and curator Joe Feddersen. She is replacing staff member Willow Fox who is leaving 4Culture after nine years to nurture some expanded creative pursuits.