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2019 | Michael Schultheis: Venn Pirouettes

EXHIBITION: January 15 – June 29, 2019

ABOUT | Artist and Washington State University alumnus Michael Schultheis finds dynamic synergies between the languages of mathematics and art. An economist and mathematician, with experience in both academic and corporate worlds, Schultheis employs analytical formulae within his luminous paintings and sculptures. His art bends mathematical precision into imperfect visions, creating room for metaphor, storytelling, and beauty, connecting us all in its expression.

Raised on a rural family farm near the Snake River in southeast Washington State, Schultheis was awarded a B.A. in Honors Economics from WSU in 1990. His art has been featured in more than 60 solo exhibitions in the United States. It is included in public collections such as the National Academy of Sciences, Washington D.C., and U.S. Embassies in Greece and Switzerland. Schultheis has lectured widely on ‘Analytical Expressionism’ a term he uses to describe his practice at the intersection of mathematics, science, technology and the visual arts. » More …

2018-2019 | Memento: Selected Works from the Elwood Collections

EXHIBITION: September 18, 2018 – August 10, 2019
Viewer discretion is advised. Memento contains imagery that is sensitive in nature.

ABOUT | memento [muh-men-toh]
1) An object or item that serves to remind one of a person, past event, etc.; keepsake; souvenir.
2) Anything serving as a reminder or warning.

Memento: Selected Works from the Elwood Collections will be the first chance since the turn of the century to more fully research and exhibit one of the prized collections at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Washington State University. Spanning fifty years from 1968 to 2018, the Sean Elwood Collections total over 300 objects across three distinct groupings. Originally established through a single donation of prints, the Sean Elwood Collections has grown to include examples 20thand 21stcentury photography, drawings, video, documentation, and cultural ephemera. Highlights include works by renowned Northwest artists such as Fay Jones, Michael Spafford and Jacob Lawrence, as well as by artists known nationally and internationally, such as Robert Mangold, Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg. Organized thematically, the exhibition will offer reflections on key content areas such as minimalist gestures, performative works, non-normative narratives, as well as social satire and justice. » More …

2018 | Crow’s Shadow: Institute of the Arts at 25

EXHIBITION: September 18 – December 22, 2018
 Thursday, September 27th, 4:30-6:30 pm

ABOUT | Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts is an extraordinary center for artistic creativity located on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation near Pendleton, Oregon. Housed in the historic St. Andrew’s Mission school building, Crow’s Shadow was founded in 1992 by Walla Walla artist James Lavadour, one of the Northwest’s most critically acclaimed painters. Organized by the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in partnership with the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts (CSIA), the exhibition chronicles the history of Crow’s Shadow over the past 25 years. Today, CSIA is perhaps the only professional printmaking studio located on a reservation community in the United States. Since opening, it has emerged as one of the most important printmaking studios in the country, bringing together Native and non-Native artists from around the world to make prints under the guidance and direction of master printmaker Frank Janzen. Prints produced at Crow’s Shadow can be found in some of the foremost public and private collections in the United States and have been included in exhibitions around the world.

This exhibition features 75 prints drawn from the Crow’s Shadow Print Archive and focuses on themes of landscape, abstraction, portraiture, word and images, and media and process. Included in the exhibition are works by 50 Native and non-Native artists who have worked at CSIA, including Rick Bartow, Pat Boas, Joe Feddersen, Edgar Heap of Birds, James Lavadour, Truman Lowe, Lillian Pitt, Wendy Red Star, Storm Tharp, and Marie Watt, among others.

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2018 | MFA Exhibition

Jared Boorn, Anna Carpenter, Morganne Radziewicz, Krista Brand, Marguerite Gilbertson, Mana Mehrabian, and Amelia Warden

EXHIBITION: April 3 – May 5
RECEPTION: Friday, April 6, 6-8pm, Collections and Learning Gallery, Fine Arts Center

ABOUT | The Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition is organized by our curators Ryan Hardesty and Zach Mazur who’ve said, “This exhibit provides a wide range of styles and stimulating experiences for faculty, students and local museum constituents. The world-class faculty at WSU encourage the MFA candidates to become more assured and articulate in their convictions. We confidently present this year’s graduate thesis work in hopes that undergraduate students, first year graduate students and anyone willing to be moved by art while spending time at WSU will find it a fun and stimulating experience.” This annual showcase represents the culmination of two or more years work by the Master of Fine Arts graduate candidates.

MFA THESIS CANDIDATES | Jared Boorn, Anna Carpenter, Morganne Radziewicz, Krista Brand, Marguerite Gilbertson, Mana Mehrabian, and Amelia Warden. You can learn more about each artist by viewing their websites located in the right-hand sidebar. » More …

2018 | Person(a): Portraiture from Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

Kiki Smith, Andy Warhol, Lalla Essaydi, Kota Ezawa, Glenn Ligon, and Mickalene Thomas

Person(a): Portraiture from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation assembles a captivating selection of contemporary portraiture offering new perspectives on one of art’s oldest genres. Artists and their viewership have long been fascinated by portraiture’s potential to connect us to a loved one, an enthralling personality, or a notable figure. Beyond creating ‘likeness’, artists are challenged to see past a subject’s outward appearance to unveil something less tangible, a deeper psychology. Works included in this exhibition propose varied and often unconventional ways of representing an individual, spanning portrayals steeped in intimacy to highly manipulated and mediated visages.

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2018 | Companion Species (Underbelly)

Marie Watt

“I am interested in how an underbelly is both the soft fleshy vulnerable part of a body, but also how it is associated with dark hidden areas.  Lately, I have been reflecting on dogs—canis familiars— as pets, mythological guides, and first teachers. Companion Species addresses the reciprocal relationship humans have with canines throughout history, this story is one of ignorance, stewardship and reciprocity.” –Marie Watt

In this new and original body of work, Portland-based artist Marie Watt is considering cultural relationships toward animals and the natural world, from First Teachers within Iroquois oral tradition to representations of La Lupa Capitolina, the Etruscan she-wolf nursing the mythological founders of Rome, Remus and Romulus. The She-Wolf has become her inspiration and companion in the making of this work, offering shelter and protection as envisioned for visitors of the gallery.

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2018 | The Death of Buddha

Jeffry Mitchell

“My work is an extended meditation on labor, a healing rumination and an ecstatic outburst. At the center of my rumination is shame, insecurity, worry, fear, and desire that aspires to joy, enthusiasm, hope, and pride.” –Jeffry Mitchell

Jeffry Mitchell’s exuberant art is at once innocent and affable, welcoming to all, yet at play within his motifs are provocative meditations on sexuality, class, and spirituality. Identifying himself as a “gay folk artist,” Mitchell creates work that is both highly autobiographical and resolutely democratic. Suffused with a desire to accept and embrace the flawed aspects of ourselves and others, it could be said that Mitchell’s overarching subject is love itself. For over 25 years, this Seattle-based artist has produced distinctive drawings, prints and sculptures, weaving together references that span folk, craft, and decorative arts traditions within the context of contemporary art. Best-known for his work in ceramics, Mitchell recasts low-brow forms into studies of universal human experience. » More …

2018 | Video from the True Collection

Wolfgang Staehle, Dara Friedman, Catherine Yass, Anri Sala, Stephen Dean, and Takeshi Murata

The True Collection is a private holding of cutting-edge art assembled by Seattle-based collectors William and Ruth True. Consisting of important works in video, photography, and other media by an international roster of both established and emerging artists, the collectors are steadfast in their patronage of contemporary art, daringly collecting fresh and emergent forms of art-making.

In a two-part presentation, the museum will consecutively highlight six room-sized video projections from six international artists, all selected from the True Collection. Part 1: Altered Time and Shifting Perspectives will include artists Dara Friedman, Wolfgang Staehle, and Catherine Yaas. Part 2: Entertainment and the Public Sphere will include artists Stephen Dean, Takeshi Murata, and Anri Sala. » More …

2018 | Hearts

Selections from the Jim Dine Print Collection

Internationally renowned artist Jim Dine has utilized many reoccurring autobiographical themes—tools, robes, ancient Venuses, Pinocchio—yet no motif in Dine’s work more clearly declares his romanticism and giving spirit than the image of the stylized heart. Neither too abstract nor too realistic, the stylized heart has become a familiar symbol for sentiment and synonym for love—and in Dine’s hands, an opportunity for a strong fervent, expressionist sensibility. Above all, Dine’s hearts are testaments to his love of the creative process and the work that follows.

In the spring of 2014, Jim Dine donated 201 complete works of art from his personal archives to the Museum of Art at Washington State University, in honor of art patron Jordan D. Schnitzer and as a stimulus to the campaign for a new museum building on the Pullman campus. Dine commented at the time of his unprecedented gift, “It’s about education, it’s about enriching the culture of the state and it’s about exposing young people to what’s called art.” » More …

2018 | Ambiente432 An Interactive Sound Sculpture


The museum commissioned Trimpin, a ground-breaking composer and sculptor who has lived and worked in Seattle since 1979, to design and create a major new work for the WSU community. Ambiente432 is a site-responsive installation exploring the sound-space continuum, demonstrating how an architectural environment may coexist and harmonize with a kinetic sound sculpture. Like much of his previous work, this installation combines Trimpin’s research in musical, acoustical, and sound sculpture design, joining music scores and kinetics with computer technology.

Comprised of 12 motion-responsive resonator horns suspended from the ceiling and organized in strategic configurations, the installation is tuned precisely to 432Hz. Known as Verdi’s ‘A’, this vibration frequency recurs in the tuning of ancient Tibetan singing bowls, Stradivarius instruments, and 20th century physicist W. O. Schumann calculated the Earth’s rhythms at a cycle close to the fundamental frequency of 432Hz. Ambiente432 is “played” by visitors themselves as they move through and activate the space, impacting their own immersive spatial and aural experience. » More …