Imagine driving down a long desert road, looking up at a lone water tower or a crumbling, abandoned building and thinking, “Hey, my doctor did that.” Such is the experience for the patients of Dr. Chip Thomas, a photographer and artist who also works as a physician at a low-cost clinic. Known for adorning buildings with his larger-than-life, black-and-white photographs of the Navajo Nation people, Thomas has been invited to kick off the 2014-15 Visiting Artist Lecture Series, a program that hosts internationally known artists presenting in Spokane. This year’s series theme “Social Landscape” describes both Thomas’ work and characterizes his mission to reflect on the everyday beauty of life.
Visiting Artist Lecture Series feat. Dr. Chip Thomas • Wed, Oct. 15, at 6:30 pm; also at 11:30 am at SFCC and Oct. 16 at EWU • Free • The MAC • 2316 W. First • northwestmuseum.org