Phylogeny Contemporary


Current Exhibition

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April 5 - May 4, 2019

Thursday - Saturday 11-5

How does it feel to be a single stitch in a sweater? 

Or one penny tile on a bathroom floor? 

Knit with the tension just right, laid down one at a time. 

These purposeful actions are so precise 

in the moment, 


Individuals and their particular contributions,

needed but often unnoticed.


Honesty in materials, 

appreciation of history, 




Amy Simons is an American artist living and working in Washington state. She works primarily in ceramics and printmaking. Themes in her work include gradual shifts, intentional mark making, and the space between this line and the next. 



2014 Bachelor Fine of Arts in Three-Dimensional Forum, Ceramics Concentration, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

2014 Bachelor of Science in Earth and Space Science, Environmental Concentration, University of Washington, Seattle, WA



2016 The Wally Resident Artist Project Grant, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA

2016 Juror’s Choice Award, Clay? VI, Kirkland Art Center, Seattle, WA

2014 Harold and Sylvia Tacker Award in Ceramics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA


Solo Exhibitions

2019 Structures, Phylogeny Contemporary, Seattle, WA

2017 This Is Not My Beautiful Home, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA

2014 Pools & Breaks, University of Washington, Seattle WA


Select Group Exhibitions

2017 Unwedged, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA

2017 Resident Precedent, NCECA, Portland, OR

2016 A Gifted Offering, Eutectic Gallery, Portland, OR

2016 Clay? VI, Kirkland Art Center, Kirkland, WA

2016 50th Anniversary Retrospective, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA

2016 ClayFest Northwest, featured catalog artist, Cornish Playhouse, Seattle, WA

2014 8x8, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA

2014 3D4M BFA Thesis Exhibition, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle, WA

2013 Scholarship for Scholars, University of Washington, Seattle, WA




2017 Why Use Coils, Pottery Making Illustrated

2017 Up Front Section, Ceramics Monthly



Exhibition Continues Through May 4, 2019

Thursday - Saturday 1-5


Phylogeny Contemporary


2718 Elliott Avenue Seattle , WA 98121

Thursday - Saturday 11-5

Phylogeny Contemporary generates a creative dialogue between artists, gallery and the public through solo and group shows of cutting-edge, forward-thinking art. Integral to the gallery’s cultural program is its philanthropic community engagement.

Inaugurated in February 2016m Phylogeny Contemporary has evolved over a decade in the art industry seasoned through international experimental projects and esteemed art fairs. This working classroom in the art world has shaped my perspective and intention with the artist I exhibit and why. I have been able to meet a select international group of artists to welcome to my exhibitions.

Phylogeny Contemporary located in Belltown, Seattle one block south of Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park, breaks from the established arts and cultural districts in Seattle. Instead, Phylogeny Contemporary is a new component to Seattle waterfront’s economic revival currently under city redevelopment.



As I dig deeper into self, what emerges is the beat of my heart, music evoking memories once thought lost and explorations into my position in the universe. The paintings from Innerverse formed naturally during a transformational period of healing beginning in Spring 2018. It is ongoing to this day.

The small ceramic sculptures of Innerverse were begun over 5 years ago, during an extended bout of the lowest of lows. There was comfort to be found in forming the small objects with my hands and sitting in a room full of people doing the same. Through the years, as I continued to build with ceramics, miniature souvenirs from my travels emerged - loose interpretations of the cairns and volcanoes in Iceland, a pestle found on the playa in Eastern Oregon and the caves from Halong Bay in Vietnam appeared. I continue to “collect” these souvenirs as a way to keep my memories close.
— Liz Tran