Purser Studio

Stuart Purser's Biography page




  • 1990 NEH Summer Institute on architectural theory, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL
  • 1981 NEH Summer Seminar on American folk art and architecture, University of Texas, Austin, TX
  • 1978 Ph.D. University of Oregon (dissertation on architectural education)
  • 1966 M.F.A University of Washington, Seattle (design)
  • 1962 Peace Corps training, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • 1962 B.A. Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA (art)


  • 1966- Bellevue Community College: art professor
    • (Dept. Chair 1966-70, 1974-77, 1983-87, 95-98, Interior Design chair,1979-80.)
    • Retired from full time teaching 2000. Presently teaching part-time.
  • 1965 Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach, FL
  • 1965-66 University of Washington, teaching assistant in design and drawing
  • 1962-64 Peace Corps, Peru: crafts development work

Select Exhibits/Awards

  • 2009 Exhibited in “Pulp Function” James Michener Museum, Doylestown PA
  • 2008  Commission for Lidgerwood Elem. School, Spokane WA (WSAC-1% for art)
    • Exhibited in “Pulp Function” Plains Art Museum,, Fargo, ND
    • Exhibited in “Pulp Function” Worcester Ctr for Craft Worcester, MA
    • Exhibited in “Pulp Function” Arts United, Fall River, MA
  • 2007 Exhibited in “Pulp Function” Fuller Craft Gallery, Brockton, MA
  • 2005 NWDC Exhibition "Looking Forward Glancing Back", Contemporary Crafts, Portland OR
    • and Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue WA
    • Exhibition at Kirkland Performing Arts Center, Kirkland, WA
  • 2004 Work purchased for City Hall, City of Kirkland, WA
    • Exhibiting in "The Cutting Edge" Eastside Unitarian Church, Bellevue, WA
    • Exhibiting in "Looking Forward Glancing Back," Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA
  • 2003 Exhibited in "2+2=Art, The Art of Mathematics," Snohomish Co. Art Gallery Everett, WA
    • Northwest Designer Craftsmen Exhibit, Snohomish Co. Art Gallery, Everett, WA
  • 2002 Two works purchased for elementary school, Ranier WA (WAC)
    • Work purchased for elementary school, Rochester WA (WAC)
    • Work purchased for Harborview Hospital Burn Center, Seattle, WA
    • Exhibition "Summer Breeze" Fountainhead Gallery, Seattle, WA
    • Exhibit of Northwest Designer Craftsmen, Washington Convention Center, Seattle, WA
    • Exhibit of Northwest Designer Craftsmen, Richland Art Center, Richland, WA
  • 2001 One person exhibit, Gallery Space, Bellevue Community College, Bellevue, WA
  • 2000 Work at "Romance" Exhibit at the Bainbridge Island Arts and Craft
    • Exhibit of works by Northwest Designer Craftsmen, Richland, WA
    • Invitational at Anacortes Art Festival, Anacortes WA
  • 1999 Work in NWDC Exhibit at American Art Company, Tacoma WA
  • 1997 Work purchased, Meeker Middle School, Tacoma WA (WAC)
  • 1996 Work purchased, Hilltop Elementary Addition, Edmonds, WA(WAC)
    • Work purchased, Naches Middle School Addition, Naches, WA (WAC)
    • Work purchased, Gold Bar Elementary School, Goldbar WA (WAC)
    • Work purchased, Kirkwood Elementary Addition, Toppenish, WA (WAC)
  • 1995 Snohomish Arts Council Juried Exhibition, Everett, WA
  • 1994 Commission of nine works for Evergreen Hospital, Kirkland, WA
    • Commission for three works at Group Health Hospital, Olympia, WA
    • Work chosen for four elementary schools in Washington (from WSAC Artist's Resource Bank)
    • Janet Huston Gallery, La Conner, WA
    • (NWDC Exhibit) Art Splash, Redmond, WA (3rd prize)
  • 1993  Purchase of work for Snohomish County Building, Everett, WA
    • Screams with Laughter (invitational) Bumbershoot exhibit, Seattle, WA
  • 1992  Edmonds Art Festival, Edmonds, WA (1st prize, crafts)
    • Exhibition at Convergence Gallery, Twisp, WA
  • 1991 Five works purchased for University Hospital collection, Seattle, WA
    • Mercer Island Visual Arts League Exhibition, Mercer Is, WA (2nd prize, crafts)
    • Two person Exhibit (w/ Lynn DiNino) Gallery Space, Bellevue Comm. College
  • 1990  Outstanding Artist Award, Bellevue Arts Commission
    • Northwest Designer Craftsmen Exhibition, Bellevue Art Mus., Bellevue, WA
  • 1989 Washington Crafts Then and Now, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma WA
    • 9th International Art Competition, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA
  • 1988 Solo Exhibition, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
  • 1987 Pacific Northwest Arts and Crafts Fair, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA
  • 1986 Juried Crafts Exhibition, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
  • 1985 Two-person Exhibition, King County Arts Commission, Seattle, WA
  • 1984 Solo Exhibition, Gallery Space, Bellevue Community College, Bellevue, WA


Professional Organizations

  • Allied Arts of Seattle
  • Artist Trust
  • Northwest Designer Craftsmen
  • Historic Seattle (on Spring Lecture Planning committee 8 years)
  • DOCOMOMO (org. to document architecture of 1930-60's)
  • Seattle Architecture Foundation: Led over 50 tours in 15 years; developed three tours

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