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2017 SUMMER | POINTS OF INTEREST

Ruth Boden, Kevin Haas, Taiji Miyasaka, and Linda Russo

Reflections on Place through WSU Faculty and the Museum Collection
May 16 – June 30, 2017

“The intersections of nature, culture, history, and ideology form the ground on which we stand—our land, our place, the local.” –Lucy Lippard

ABOUT | In his essay Towards a Critical Regionalism, architectural historian Kenneth Frampton denounced the prevailing “international” style of architecture—modular, rational, often partly pre-fabricated—for reducing regional variance to the point that new buildings in cities across the world were beginning to look altogether and everywhere the same. As an ensuing extension of Frampton’s argument, artists of various disciplines have taken up the challenge of balancing regional difference within a hyper-connected, globalized world. Today’s culture-makers have an opportunity to benefit from burgeoning avenues of information exchange and de-centralized seats of power, while critically responding to local conditions; reflective of their community’s histories, cultural-makeup, and the particulars of the surrounding land. » More …

2017 SPRING | MFA THESIS EXHIBITION

Hayley Black, Stephen Cohen, Annie Cunningham, Andre Fortes, Yuanwen Lin and Laura Pregeant

EXHIBITION: April 4 – May 6
RECEPTION: Friday, April 7, 6-8pm

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 INTERVIEWS | We also are fortunate to have interviews and photos with the candidates posted on facebook (explaining the graduate candidates’ art and processes) as a great resource.  Find these interviews by scrolling down to view the photo gallery, or view them on facebook by clicking here.

MFA THESIS CANDIDATES | Hayley Black, Stephen Cohen, Annie Cunningham, Andre Fortes, Yuanwen Lin and Laura Pregeant. You can learn more about each artist by viewing their websites located in the right-hand sidebar. » More …

2017 WINTER | RICK BARTOW

THINGS YOU KNOW BUT CANNOT EXPLAIN

EXHIBITION: Jan. 24 – Mar. 11
RECEPTION: Thurs, Jan. 26, 5-6pm
LECTURE: Thurs, Jan. 26, 6-7pm
(With Dr. Rebecca Dobkins, Professor of Anthropology and Curator of Native American Art, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University)

ABOUT | More than 120 paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints will be displayed in “Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain,” a major retrospective exhibition representing 40 years of work by the Native American artist. On view at the Museum of Art/WSU from January 24 – March 11, the exhibition opens with a reception and lecture on January 26 from 5-7 p.m. The lecture will be given by Dr. Rebecca Dobkins, Professor of Anthropology and Curator of Native American Art at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University.

Drawn from public and private collections as well as the artist’s studio, the exhibition and accompanying catalog explore themes central to the artist’s work and life: “Gesture,” “Self,” “Dialogue,” “Tradition,” and “Transformation,” as well as “New Work,” featuring exciting examples of Bartow’s production since his stroke in August 2013 that evidence a new freedom of scale and expression. » More …

2016 FALL | NORTHWEST ALTERNATIVE COMICS EXHIBITION

With artists Peter Bagge, Paul Chadwick, Max Clotfelter, Taylor Dow, Ellen Forney, Eroyn Franklin, David Lasky, Mita Mahato, Tom Van Deusen and Jim Woodring.

EXHIBITION: Sept. 26 – Dec. 17
RECEPTION: Thurs, Oct. 6, 5-7pm (Artists in Attendance)

Join the Museum of Art for the Northwest Alternative Comics Exhibition: September 26 through December 17; and Public Reception: Thursday, October 6 from 5-7pm. The ten artists whose work is exhibited will be in attendance at the reception. Admission to the museum is free.

ABOUT | The Northwest is seen by many as the birthplace of alternative comics, a genre which blended the legacy of Bay-Area “underground comix” with a DIY punk-ethos, while in step with a burgeoning independent music scene. Coalescing around The Evergreen State College in the early 1980s, gifted cartoonists Matt Groening, Lynda Barry, and Charles Burns published their comic strips in small alternative weeklies, helping to lay the foundation for the cultural phenomenon that would develop around Seattle in the 1990s. Originally underground and bohemian-based, today the regional comic scene is bigger and more active than ever before. » More …

2016 Fine Arts Faculty Focus Exhibition

CHRIS WATTS

Exhibition: August 22-September 17, 2016
Reception: Thursday, August 25, 6-8pm, Museum Gallery
Artist Talk: 7pm

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.

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.

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.

This exhibit is funded by the Members of the Museum of Art and the Samuel H. and Patricia W. Smith Arts Endowment.

2016 Curators’ Choice

FROM THE COLLECTION: NEW ACQUISITIONS

Exhibition: May 17 – July 1, 2016

Over the last five years, the Museum of Art/WSU has added more than 500 works of art to the permanent collection through generous gifts of the museum’s friends. Now totaling approximately 3500 unique objects, the collection provides a lasting legacy of the 20th and 21st centuries’ visual language. Held and cared for in our community’s trust, the collection is a campus educational resource and foundation for approaching emergent art forms we can only begin to imagine.

From the Collection: New Acquisitions puts on view, in many instances for the first time, selections from collection newcomers. These works have deepened holdings of previously collected artists and serve to introduce new artists to us. The exhibition also serves as a reminder of the generosity of many donors who understand the value of sharing great art with our community.

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2016 Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition

Dani Brooks, Alx Dockter, Kayleigh Lang, Nicole Nee, Dylan Steinmetz, and Kayla White

Exhibition: April 4 – May 7, 2016
Reception: April 8, 6-8 p.m., MOA Gallery

The Washington State University Museum of Art is excited to share the talents of MFA graduate candidates in our upcoming Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, April 4 – May 7, 2015. Gallery reception begins at 6:00 p.m. Friday, April 8 in the Museum of Art/WSU.

The exhibition is organized by our curators Zach Mazur and Ryan Hardesty who’ve said, “This exhibition 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.”
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2016 Curators’ Choices:

The Greg Kucera & Larry Yocom Collection

Exhibition Dates: January 14, 2016 – March 25, 2016
Reception: Thursday, January 21, 6-8pm

“With eyes that remain fresh and a sensibility that regards contemporary art as the moving target it always is.” –Greg Kucera

Distinguished as one of the Northwest’s longest-standing and respected gallerists, Seattle resident Greg Kucera with his husband Larry Yocom, have also built an extensive private art collection. Assembled collaboratively over a 30-year span, the Kucera/Yocom collection focuses primarily on contemporary and historic art of the Northwest, while encompassing many significant works by internationally-known artists. Varied and nuanced, their collection contains additional holdings of erotica, including Japanese shunga, as well as objects by self-taught makers and decorative arts from the world-over. » More …

2015 Jim Dine

A Life In Printmaking

EXHIBITION: October 2 – December 12, 2015
RECEPTION/GALLERY TALK: 10/1, 6-8pm, Talk at 7pm, MOA/WSU Gallery

Jim Dine entered the New York art world to great acclaim with his performance art “Happenings” and mixed media assemblages in the late 1950s. Although identified among the first generation of Pop artists, Dine’s work has always been independent of labels. His signature images of hearts, tools and bathrobes suggested popular culture references, but in his hands they became opportunities for a strong romantic, expressionist sensibility. Over time he expanded the realm of imagery to embrace classic and mythic themes, along with figurative work and portraiture.
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2015 Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition

With Sena Clara Creston, Dennis DeHart, Tim Doebler, Joe Hedges, Kevin Haas, David Herbold, Michael Holloman, Zachary Kolden, Jamin Kuhn, Pamela Lee, Jiemei Lin, Squeak Meisel, Hiromi Okumura, Io Palmer, Alma Rocha, Sam Ryan and Reza Safavi.

Exhibition Dates: August 24 – September 26, 2015
Reception: September 3, 6-8pm, MOA Gallery

Please join the Fine Arts faculty and the Museum of Art/WSU in the gallery for a reception on Thursday, September 3, from 6-8 pm for the 2015 Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition.

The tradition of the Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition offers a diverse blend of methods and media, featuring the work of both senior and new faculty alike. These individuals represent a team of cultural advocates that are making an international impact through their artistic and educational endeavors. We are fortunate to have such a proficient and prolific faculty who exemplify the mantra “world class, face to face.” » More …