Exhibition now open to the public!
Artship Olympia Artists
Joanna Platt and Nathan Solomon, Philadelphia, PA
Will animate the ship’s Sick Bay with a series of projections of shadows and traces left behind by sailors injured in wars.
Kevin Blythe Sampson, Newark,NJ
Will re-imagine the space used for the ship’s chapel by constructing “mystical vessels” that will create a call and response between the chapel and its history and the new additions he will be adding.
Elizabeth Mackie, Frenchtown, NJ
Will create an interactive sound and video installation with sculptural components using historical research from diaries, photographs and books written about life on the ship.
Mary Mattingly , Brooklyn, NY
Will create an archive of books and text in the former Crew Library on the Spanish American War, and will also create a modular “classroom” where visitors will be able to give input into a collaboratively created inclusive school curriculum.
All artists have been selected for the exhibition. See below for names and project descriptions.
Sarah Burgess, Philadelphia, PA
Will create one or more toys referencing activities pursued by sailors onboard ship, showing the design templates and process of making the objects.
William Chambers, Lancaster, PA
Will install “Listen to the Whales,” an interactive experience where participants are invited to sit on cushions and use “vintage” listening devices to decode whale songs.
Daniel Clark, Narberth, PA
Will transform the Officers’ Shower Room into a white-walled cage holding three gilded eagles that seem to have sprung to life from antique crests or ship figureheads, representing the mind and spirit of the officer
Cheryl Harper, Paoli, PA
Will portray aspects of officers’ personal appearance by hanging beards and mustaches, surrounded by mirrors and grooming tools, in the Officers’ Washroom.
Sarah Kabot, Cleveland Heights, OH
Will make a rubbing of the surface of a large ship’s cannon that will then be photographed and printed on silk, to be draped in proximity to the original gun.
Joan Menapace, Holicong, PA
Will create 30 soft sculptures of rats, to be sited in both accessible and hidden locations around the ship, offering a challenge for visitors to find them.
Carrie Mae Smith, Bloomington, IN
Will focus on food eaten by sailors, including displays of hardtack, and contrasting officers’ meals with crew meals.
Andi Steele, Wilmington, NC
Will make hammocks constructed of netting made of clear monofilament fishing line to represent the memory of the individual men who served on the Olympia.