Installation view from Submergence: Going below the Surface with Orcas and Salmon

Submergence: Going Below the Surface with Orca and Salmon

Painting of Orcas by Laurie SeldenJune 4 – July 2, 2021

Virtual Opening: Friday, June 4, 7pm (archived video)

Submergence Reading: Thursday, June 24, 6pm (archived video)

Submergence: Going Below the Surface with Orca and Salmon is an innovative, multimedia exhibit featuring visual art, text, audio, and audio visual works, centering on the theme of southern resident orca and Chinook salmon co/recovery. Submergence will take place during Orca Month 2021, June 1st-July 2nd, 2021. The Endangered Species Coalition and Jack Straw Cultural Center acknowledge Seattle as the traditional territory of Coast Salish Peoples and as the past and present traditional land of the Duwamish People.

Submergence Visual Artists

Barbara Ayala Rugg Diehl – Joy Hagen – Amber Zimmerman – Teri Zimmerman – Keanna M. Tester – Angie Dixon – Dave Anderson – Jennie Hearing – Leslie Kreher – Tobi Solvang – Sarah Halpern – Melissa Koch – Joan Green – Laurie Selden – Aimee Mattila – Jon-Eric Schafer –Lynnette A Robinson – James Lilly – Natalia Kapchuk – Suzanne Steel – Young Summers – Roxann Murray – Kari Westphal -Mark Ouellette – Sue Coccia – Norris Carlson

Submergence Audio, Digital, and Video Artists

Scott Bentley – Daniel Dancer – Heather McMordie – Amelia Nommensen – S.Denise Henrikson – Vanessa Harriss – Hunter Herman – Bridget Marsch-Grim -Jennipher Brewer – Ashes Gleason – Brian Romer – Eduardo Del Signore – Jeanne Dodds – Lev Yarborough

Submergence Writers

Sarah DeWeerdt – Sandra Noel – Orin Melvin – Jayne Marek – Alicia Hokanson – Rena PriestChristianne Balk – Gloria Vando -Miranda Mellis – Sheila Dearden – Fredda Jaffe – Ching-In Chen – Sophia McLain

Submergence Voice Actors

Karen Yarborough – Heather Cook – Ching-In Chen – Sheila Dearden – Rena Priest

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Ching-In Chen

Ching-In Chen

Ching-In Chen is a genderqueer Chinese American hybrid writer, community organizer, and teacher. They are author of The Heart’s Traffic (Arktoi/Red Hen Press) and recombinant (Kelsey Street…

Rena Priest

Rena Priest

Rena Priest is a writer and Lummi tribal member. Her debut book, Patriarchy Blues, was released on MoonPath Press and garnered an American Book Award. Her most recent collection, Sublime…


Sound Clips

  • Submergence: Poetry and Sound Excerpt Ching-In Chen