The Museum of Art/WSU announces a retrospective journey in a Fine Arts Faculty Focus Exhibition by artist Chris Watts, Aug. 22– Sept. 17. An opening reception will be held 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, in the Museum of Art gallery with a talk given by the artist at 7 p.m. Admission to the museum is free.
The Museum of Art has a long-standing tradition of presenting work by department of Fine Arts faculty members. Since 2004, these exhibits have alternated large group shows with a biennial exhibit showcasing a recently retired faculty member. This year the museum presents a retrospective exhibit of Chris Watts’ work, who retired in 2015, after 27 years of teaching drawing and painting at WSU.
ABOUT | Citing influences as diverse as Bronze Age monuments, spirals and mazes, Pythagoras, counting processes, scientific structures, bell ringing, Theosophy, and the geometric tradition in art; Chris Watts’ work represents a long-term inquiry into systems of order, patterning, and to a certain degree, spiritual or esoteric ideas. His investigation of the underlying structures of the world around us—expressed through drawings, paintings and constructions—connects Watts to a long lineage of peoples who have organized worldviews through pattern and abstract form.
LOCATION | The Museum of Art is located on Wilson Road across from Martin Stadium in the Fine Arts Center on the WSU Pullman campus. Gallery hours are Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays and closed on Sundays. For more information please contact the museum at 509-335-1910.
SPECIAL THANKS | This exhibit is funded by the Members of the Museum of Art and the Samuel H. and Patricia W. Smith Arts Endowment.