Investigating and exposing truth in current and historic events, I examine the transmission and dissemination of information and the ways in which we are distracted from important issues. We are subject to the constant and sophisticated manipulation of reality and the exclusion of significant topics by the news media. Using their power and influence, these agencies control whose voices are heard and the ways our stories are framed.
I document and uncover narratives of the marginalized and underrepresented. These points of view comprise our collective experience of fact and fiction. Revealing the truth of these stories becomes a way of looking at our past as we build for future generations. My exploration into our convoluted systems is often shocking and disturbing.
I work intently, building layer upon layer of images, text, visual information, found objects and acrylic paint. Carefully selected images compose my work along with metal, wire, bits of plastic, mesh, tags, product packaging and other castoff items from my collection of found materials.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITS
Sam Marroquin: Dwell, The East Oregonian Gallery, Pendleton Center for the Arts, Pendleton, OR, organized by Roberta Lavadour and Journey Hahn, May 4 - 27.
The Uttered and the Unspoken, exhibit and interactive installation as sculpture students respond to Marroquin’s artwork, Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane, WA, curated by Tom O’Day, February 18 - March 18
Sam Marroquin, smART stART, Global Social Media Broadcast, curated by Cheryl McGinnis Projects, New York, NY, January 30
Journeys of Hope, Clackamas Community College, Harmony Campus, Harmony Gallery, Milwaukie, OR, January 7 - March 23
Consciousness and Control, North Portland Library, Portland, OR, curated by Jay Cunningham, November 3- 30.
Social Conscience, Art Department Chairs Gallery, Center for the Visual Arts, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR, curated by Paige Gerhard and Madeleine Farmer, September 27 - October 27
Beyond the Climate, Civic Center, City Council Chambers, Hillsboro, OR, curated by Briddie Harrington and Stephanie Adams-Santos, November 1 - January 31, 2018
Letters and Words in Art, Three Creeks Library, central reading room, Vancouver, WA, curated by Andrew Parsons, April 22 - May 21
A Location Near You, Mixed Media by Sam Marroquin, Fireside Gallery, Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham, OR, February 3 - 26
Subtleties of Society: Objects and Images in Wax, Hokusei Sushi, Portland OR, curated by Phyllis Auger, November 11 - February 8, 2016
Surroundings: Linotype Landscape Prints, Spokane Metropolitan Performing Arts Theatre, Spokane, WA, January 6 - February 23
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITS
Viral Integration, University of California, Irvine, Health Sciences Building, Irvine, CA, curated by elin o'Hara slavick, November - January, 2024
Texting, Artsy exhibit presented by Emerge Gallery, Saugerties, curated by Robert Langdon, NY, November 1 - 30, 2023
In Solidarity, University of Washington, Fine Arts Department Gallery II, Pullman, WA, August 11 - September 14
We The People, exploring American identity, Puffin Cultural Forum, Teaneck, NJ, curated by Andrew Lee, March 1 - 31
The earth is blue like an orange. Jason McCoy Gallery, New York, NY, with Sally Apfelbaum and Susan M. Gibbons, November 10 - December 15
The earth is blue like an orange. Artsy exhibit presented by Jason McCoy Gallery, November 10 - December 15
Voices and Visions, a collaborative exhibition between visual artists and poets, The Gray Space Gallery, Fort Vancouver Regional Library, Vancouver, WA, with Christopher Luna and Ann Bauer, November 1 - December 31
The Preview Exhibit: Clark County Open Studios, Art at the Cave Gallery, curated by Anne John, Vancouver, WA, October 28 - November 28
Footprints: Art With our Borders, Kempton Hall Gallery, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Church, part of a Seven Churches Seven Galleries coordinated exhibit under the theme Footprints: Immigration and Migration, Portland, OR, September 19 - November 7
When I pronounce the word silence, I destroy it. Jason McCoy Gallery, New York, NY, with Elizabeth Riley and Arleen Joseph, September 15 - October 29
Time Passes. Memory Fades. Jason McCoy Gallery, New York, NY, with Karen Schiff and Gerri Rachins, June 2 - 30
Time Passes. Memory Fades. Artsy exhibit presented by Jason McCoy Gallery, June 2 - 30
the one who best understands the significance of light, Jason McCoy Gallery, New York, NY, with Linda Stillman and KiP Walker, May 5 - 31
the one who best understands the significance of light, Artsy exhibit presented by Jason McCoy Gallery, May 5 - 31
Piecing it Together, The Corridor Gallery, Esther Building, curated by Sharon Svec, Vancouver, WA, April 19 - June 19
All The Notes Are There Already, Jason McCoy Gallery, New York, NY, with Aga Ousseinov, April 7 - 30
All About Love, Art at the Cave Gallery, curated by Anne John, Vancouver, WA, February 3 - 27
The Six and the Summer That Was, smART stART, Global Social Media Broadcast curated by Cheryl McGinnis Projects, New York, NY, with Diana Lehr, September 11
Threshold, The Chase Gallery, Spokane City Hall, Spokane, WA, with Mariah Boyle, Laura Ahola-Young, Sally Machlis and Delphin Keim, July 1 - August 28
The Art of the Quarantine, Art at the Cave Gallery, Vancouver, WA, curated by Anne John, June 6 - August 31
Sensitive Materials, WSU Tri-Cities, Richland, WA, curated by Sena Clara Creston, March 6 - April 9
In the Blink of an Eye, Clackamas Community College, Wilsonville Campus, Wilsonville, OR, with David Cordes, curated by Sam Marroquin, September 23 - December 6
17th Annual Juried Local Art Exhibition, Tacoma Community College, The Art Gallery, Tacoma, WA, curated by Jennifer Olson, Ph.D., June 24 - August 9
Spring Art Exhibit, Clark College, Economic & Community Development Bldg., Vancouver, WA, April 8 - June 14
Shelton Rotating Gallery Exhibit, with Fiona McCargo, Koa Tom, and Leslie Atkins, Shelton Civic Center, Shelton WA, curated by Jordanne Krumplos, Dec. 4 - February 28, 2019
Migration Stories, juried multimedia group show in conjunction with World Refugee Day, Multnomah Arts Center Gallery, Portland, OR, curated by Nicole Rawlins, June 1 - July 2
Who Owns America?, smART stART, Global Social Media Broadcast, curated by Cheryl McGinnis Projects, New York, New York, with Francisco Goya and Michael Murphy, February 16
Fake News, smART stART, Global Social Media Broadcast, curated by Cheryl McGinnis Projects, New York, New York, with Jessica Houston, October 13
A Chair, The Museum of Non-Visible Art, Biennial of Non-Visible Art 2017, a museum without walls showcasing art that can only be seen with the minds-eye, Twitter exhibit, #monabiennial #monausa, with Brainard Carey, May 8 - June 11
Giant Birds, Lovely Layers, City Hall, conference rooms, Vancouver, WA, curated by Erin Dengenerink, with Jo Hockinhull, April 1- May 31
Art Speaks Out, a dialogue about uncomfortable subjects, from environmental to presidential, Mel’s Frame Shop, Portland, OR, curated by Mel Townsend, September 1 - October 31
The Art of Politics, a special presidential election year exhibition, North Bank Gallery, Vancouver WA, curated by Sharri LaPierre and Chrissie Forbes, October 7 - 29
Laika: A Dog’s Short Journey into Space, Beaverton Chalk Draw, live drawing exhibition, part of Beaverton Arts Mix, Beaverton, OR, October 8
Artist Trust Benefit Auction, annual gala fundraiser to support artists, charitable donation, Seattle Center, Fisher Pavilion, Seattle, WA (Catalog), curated by Lele Barnett and Jennifer Navva Milliken, February 27
David Cordes and Sam Marroquin, Rose Center for the Arts, Lower Columbia Community College, with David Cordes, Longview, WA, curated by Dianne Bartlett, September 23 - October 15
Ethos, Pathos, Logos, National Juried show, Gallery 114, Portland, OR June 4 - 27
Particles on the Wall, multi-disciplinary exhibit that explores elements of the nuclear age and in particular the world wide implications of the Hanford WA nuclear site, Maxey Museum, Whitman College, Main Exhibition Hall, Walla Walla, WA, April 2 - May 9
Playing with a Full Deck, mail art collaboration with over 247 participating artists and more than 2063 playing cards, Gallery 6, Portland, OR, with Liz Cohn, August 2 - September 29
No Moose Left Behind, Excell Foundation, selected to design a tabletop moose for charitable auction to benefit Coeur d’ Alene Schools, Coeur d’ Alene, ID, May
Stirring Scenery: Linotype Landscape Prints, Northwest Museum of Art and Culture, exhibit in gift shop, Spokane, WA, September 1 - December 31
Raw Space, community art exhibit, Spokane, WA, February 2 - 28
Spokane Portable Works Collection, Central Public Library, Business Lab Center, Spokane, WA
Tacoma Community College, State Art Collection, Tacoma WA
Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA, Master of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Art and Graphic Communication, 2002 - 2004
University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Visual Art, 1999 - 2000
Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane, WA, Associates of Arts in Fine Art, 1996 - 1998
Art Instructor, Art Explorations Class, K - 12th Grade Students, teach art history and art instruction skills to students, using materials that have at home, online classes, September 2020 - present
Art Instructor, Clark College, Continuing Education, instruct art classes and workshops, Vancouver, WA, March 2019
Art Teacher, adult art classes, trained art teachers in art and art education and taught kindergarten - fifth-grade art classes, Art Discovery School Coordinator, Evergreen School District, Vancouver, WA, 2011 - 2017
Artist delves into the experience of the ‘marginalized and underrepresented.’ East Oregonian, EO Media Group, Pendleton, Oregon. p A8. 147th Year, No.83. Tuesday, May 2, 2023.
Artist delves into 'marginalized and underrepresented.’ East Oregonian, EO Media Group, Pendleton, Oregon. https://www.eastoregonian.com/community/news/artist-delves-into-marginalized-and-underrepresented/article_8207c726-e86f-11ed-9715-03cd217e73dd.html. Monday, May 1, 2023.
Artist Trust 2016 Benefit Art Auction, Catalog. Seattle, WA. p. 10. 2016.
Businesses, Galleries Celebrate First Friday Art Shows. The Columbian. April 1, 2016.
Buchanan, Corey. Artists Go Nuclear on Canvas. Wilsonville Spokesman, Pamplin Media Group, page A5. Vol. 35, Issue 40. Wednesday, September 25, 2019.
Buchanan, Corey. Artists in Clackamas Community College Exhibit Go Nuclear on Canvas. Wilsonville Spokesman, Pamplin Media Group. Monday, September 23, 2019.
Excel Foundation, No Moose Left Behind, Public Art Project, Coeur d’ Alene ID. Catalog. p 35. 2004.
Fall Term Art Exhibits at SOU’s Center for the Visual Arts. Rogue Valley Messenger, Medford, Oregon. http://www.roguevalleymessenger.com/event/fall-term-art-exhibits-at-sous-center-for-the-visual-arts/ September 25, 2018.
Featured Artists. Hillsboro Arts Magazine. p 9. Autumn 2017.
Fuller, Kathy. Exclusion of ‘nuclear' painting from exhibit sparks controversy. Hillsboro Tribune, Pamplin Media Group, page B1. Vol. 7. Issue 2. Friday, January 12, 2018.
Fuller, Kathy. Exclusion of 'nuclear' painting from exhibit sparks controversy. Hillsboro Tribune. January 12, 2018.
Griffen, Riis. Sam Marroquin. Subjectiv. A Journal of Visual and literary Arts. pages 68-70, http://www.subjectivjournal.com/spring-2022/ issue spring 2022.
Ishman, Isaiah. Marroquin Showcased by Fireplace. The Advocate, The independent Student Voice of Mt Hood Community College, v 50, issue 17, Feb. 13, 2015.
Moyer, Kelly, Artist’s paradise, Washougal nonprofit TreeSong Nature Awareness and Retreat Center welcomes its first “Artist in Residence”, Camas-Washougal Post-Record, Section B, page 1-2, Vol. 111, No. 21, May 23, 2019.
Moyer, Kelly, Artist’s paradise, Washougal nonprofit TreeSong Nature Awareness and Retreat Center welcomes its first “Artist in Residence”, Camas-Washougal Post-Record, May 23, 2019.
Spykerman, Monika. Giant Birds, Lovely Layers at Vancouver’s City Hall. North Bank Now. Brown Warrior Publishing LLC. https://northbanknow.com/tag/sam-marroquin/ April 18, 2016.
The Museum of Americana, The Spaces that Hold Stories, Issue 30, Summer 2023