"If a regional museum doesn’t document the artists who are a part of its community and working seriously, it is failing history."
- Bruce Guenther, former SAM Curator of Modern Art
Documents Northwest: The PONCHO Series (DocsNW) presented 43 solo, 5 two-person and 14 group exhibitions at the Seattle Art Museum over a 21-year period (1983-2004). The series, supported by a local philanthropic arts organization, PONCHO (Patrons of Northwest Civic, Cultural and Charitable Organizations), highlighted predominantly mid-career artists born or living in the Pacific Northwest. For each exhibition, the Seattle Art Museum published a four- to eight-page printed brochure which included: introductory essays by curators and guest writers, photography, biographical and bibliographical information, along with an exhibition checklist. The physical collection of brochures is held at the Seattle Art Museum's Dorothy Stimson Bullitt Library.