Mar 072014

Come down to Gallery 4Culture to experience SEAT & SPIN, the latest in group work from the Seattle Experimental Animation Team. Three giant zoetropes built by Webster Crowell fill the room with mystery and shadows. Inside, you will find 12 short films by local animators.

The show is up through March 2014. Pack a lunch, bring your kids. It’s all-ages and you can touch all the art. Enjoy!

Gallery 4Culture
101 Prefontaine Pl S   
Seattle, WA 98104
M – F  8:30-5:00

Feb 092014

The Seattle Experimental Animation Team will be opening a show at the Gallery4Culture on Thursday, March 6, 2014, and it will then be open the rest of the month. SEAT & Spin will feature Zoetropes, early cameraless animation toys, with loops designed by SEAT animators.
The opening will coincide with Pioneer Square’s First Thursday Art Walk, so come on by and check it out!
And here is the awesome flier designed by animator Stefan Gruber.

S&S_Lores poster


Jan 202014


Tess Martin will be visiting Seattle in February (having relocated to The Netherlands last August for studies) and she will present a new work in progress alongside SEAT founder Stefan Gruber, who will be presenting some scenes from Both Worlds II. They will be asking for feedback from the audience.

Come on by! It’s free! NW Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, Tues, Feb 11th, 6PM.
Here is the Facebook event.

Dec 092013


Catch six films by SEAT animators at this year’s Children’s Film Festival at the NW Film Forum, Jan 23-Feb 2, 2014.

The Whale Story by Tess Martin

The Whale Story by Tess Martin

The ‘Paint Me A Story‘ program on Jan 25, 31 and Feb 1 will feature Stefan Gruber‘s excellent Edible Rocks and Tess Martin‘s The Whale Story (as well as the mind blowing Noodle Fish by Kim Jin Man from South Korea. All three of these I know can definitely be enjoyed by adults as well as children, more reason to attend!)

The ‘Earthwise‘ program on Jan 25 and Feb 2 will feature Drew Christie‘s excellent Song of the Spindle as well as Tess Martin‘s A Walk in the Woods.

Edible Rocks by Stefan Gruber

Edible Rocks by Stefan Gruber

The ‘Take Wing‘ program on Jan 26 and Feb 2 will feature Tess Martin‘s Snowball, previously seen in Seattle at the Short Run Small Press Fest.

The ‘Talk to the Animals‘ program on Jan 31 and Feb 1 will feature Tess Martin‘s sand animation Hula Hoop (alongside the excellent Hungarian short Rabbit and Deer by Peter Vacz which comes highly recommended).


Song of the Spindle by Drew Christie

Song of the Spindle by Drew Christie

Also make sure to catch the special Lotte Reiniger animated silhouette films playing with a live score on opening night!

Aug 032013

Seattle Weekly preview article

Kelton Sears from the Seattle Weekly wrote up a nice piece about the Strange Creatures screening today (4PM, NWFF), where he talks a little about the history of SEAT as a group and Seattle’s animation scene compared to other cities’:

“SEAT is one of the main reasons those animators have found such a cohesive community in Seattle. In 2002, animator Stefan Gruber, who teaches animation at The Nova Project, assembled animators in the city to create SEAT, which started out as a sort of workshop that would meet in cafes. For animators who spend most their time locked away making characters bop around frame by frame, SEAT was a chance to meet up and talk shop.”

Thanks Kelton!
And we hope to see you this afternoon at 4PM at the NW Film Forum!


Aug 022013

8_1_2013_CityArts1_croppedTony Kay from CityArts interviewed curator Tess Martin a few weeks ago about the Strange Creatures screening tomorrow, and he wrote up a nice preview piece about it, with a bit about Tess as well:

“Martin’s animation style—characterized by thoughtful, organic beauty and a usage of everything from paper cutouts to marker sketches on glass to fine lines of sand—owes more to the adventuresome spirit of conceptual art than the massive assembly lines of Pixar and Disney.”

Thanks Tony!

Have you bought your tickets yet for the Strange Creatures screening? Click here to do so, and here is the Facebook event as well.

Jul 292013

Tess Martin was invited to write a guest blog post for Blog 4Culture, about the Strange Creatures program she curated that is screening on August 3rd. Most of the artists in the program have been fortunate to receive 4Culture support over the years, for which they are all grateful! Read it here to learn more about why these 10 shorts are so special.

Also the excellent Beacon Hill Blog wrote up a nice preview of the program, pointing out that yes, the best-known artist in the show is undoubtedly Bruce Bickford, who is well known for the claymations he made with Frank Zappa, and who has a documentary made about him. We are so happy to be showing a beautiful five minute excerpt from one of his ongoing pencil animations, with a custom made soundtrack.

Have you bought your tickets yet?


Blog 4Culture post


Beacon Hill Blog post


Into The Desert

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Jul 252013

On August 15th SEAT member Joe Garber will be celebrating the release of his graphic novel Canyonlands with a desert-themed group art show!

Please come and check out how the desert inspires local artists of all walks.

Check out the comic here:


Jul 112013

So happy that Tyler Mangrum from the Capitol Hill Times decided to cover the animation scene here in Seattle. In this article for which I was interviewed earlier in the week, he covers SEAT, the status of indie animation compared to other kinds, as well as the Strange Creatures screening on August 3rd:

“These films will break your heart and make you laugh at the same time,” Martin said. “This is why I love doing these collections; the films are just awesome. Once I get people in the theater, there’s nothing else I have to do. The films will win them over. It’s just a matter of letting people know that it’s happening, that this scene exists here, that they should be proud of it, and that it’s inspiring as a medium.”