Museum of Pop Culture / MoPOP

Bonnie Showers

Curator of Education and Interpretive Services

Over the last 7 years EMP Museum/now Museum of Pop Culture- MoPOP, has tasked Nat Seymour with 72 sessions of event photography including exhibit openings, rock concerts, youth ensemble music concerts, dance performances, private events, Home School days, Educator Professional Development days, award ceremonies and classes of all kinds including guitar instruction, theatre, dance, and visual. The over 2800 edited images Nat has delivered have been an incredible asset to our museum for our marketing, communication and community advocacy efforts. 

Nat’s work has been featured in external and internal slide presentations, throughout our website, member and educator newsletters, and in museum printed literature. We have been proud to include his images in the last six years of our Annual Report.

In addition, Nat has provided the museum in 4 years over 800 edited photos of youth artworks (NW Native masks in paper, wire sculpture, fantasy maps, wearable art, geometric batik wax resist designs in cloth, etc) from our Partner School Outreach Program integrated arts residencies. In several projects Nat captured the students wearing their art with great sensitivity and an eye for telling a story. Each photo was a memorable portrait of the student artist and their work. Nat's professional images are shown on our 30 x 60 ft Sky Church screen as part of the students “Field Study” at the museum, celebrating them as exhibiting artists, while connecting their art work with real-life creative careers, which Nat personifies. We provide these photos to our grateful school partners for use in their school/ district-wide communications and arts advocacy efforts.

Nat teaches as well as photographs and since 2013 he has been a teaching artist for me at MoPOP leading photography classes for teens and for teacher professional development. He shows a lot of energy and preparation for every class and his enthusiam for the subject is congageous.

Nat’s manner draws smiles from our staff, visitors, teachers and students. He works conscientiously with his audiences, with the public, and is able to get the best from his photography subjects without imposing on their activities. Nat is a consumate professional and partner for MoPOP. He is conscientious in delivering his photos in a timely fashion and always ensures we are satisfied with the product.

We look forward to our continuing work with Nat Seymour, to seeing the images he takes at and for our museum, and sincerely appreciate his contribution to the institution.