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2011 Curator’s Choice

Works From the Permanent Collection: Image Empire

Exhibition Dates: May 19 – July 1, 2011
Nighthawk Jazz Quartet: Tuesday, June 7, noon
Summer Solstice Wind Quintet: Saturday, June 11, 2 pm

Our Summer Exhibitions have alternated between showcasing regional artist and selections from the Museum’s permanent collection. This year we will be highlighting some of the jewels from our permanent collection with a focus on the art of landscape: Galen Hansen, Patrick Siler, George Innes, and many more. All works in our collection come to us as gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations. It is through the generosity of patrons that the Museum of Art continues to evolve and serve our expanding audience and we are excited to be able to introduce these works to the public.

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2011 Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition

Hector Hernandez, Michael Hubbard, Ashlin Mears, Lauren Turk, and Molly Wicks

Exhibition Dates: April 8- May 7, 2011
Reception: April 8, 6pm

This annual showcase represents the culmination of two or more years work by the Master of Fine Arts graduate candidates.

2011 Claudia Fitch

Works 1987-2010

Exhibition Dates: January 13 – April 2, 2011
Reception for the Artist: Thursday, January 20, 6 pm, Lecture: 7 pm

The Museum of Art is committed to the idea that a museum has a responsibility to recognize the creative talent of its region.  Our over-arching goal is to create life-long learners who can seek out divergent opinions, examine complex issues from a variety of perspectives and find meaning in the world.  Exposing our audience to an overview of work by one artist is an invaluable example of personal growth and the development of personal vision.

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2010 Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art

From the collection of Margaret Levi and Robert Kaplan

Exhibition: October 1-December 11, 2010
Reception: Thursday, September 30, 2010, 6 pm, lecture: 7 pm

Guest Lecture: Susan Kennedy Zeller, Brooklyn Museum Associate Curator 
Tuesday, Oct 5, 12 pm gallery walk through 
Tuesday, Oct. 5, 5 pm lecture, Fine Arts Auditorium

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2010 Fine Arts Faculty Focus

Ross Coates

Exhibition Dates: August 26 – September 25, 2010
Reception: Wednesday, September 1, 6 pm, MOA Gallery
Lecture: 7 pm

The Museum of Art has a long standing tradition of presenting work from the Department of Fine Arts Faculty. Since 2004, we have alternated large group shows with a biennial exhibit showcasing an individual faculty member recently retired. This year the Museum presents a retrospective exhibit of Ross Coates.

Coates was chair of the Fine Arts Department, teaching from 1976-1987, and interim Museum Director from 2001-02. His art reflects the notion of life as a journey, finding bits and pieces, creating collages, constructions and paintings that mirror his fascination. Paintings, sculpture and constructions make for a captivating retrospective of this charismatic artist’s work.

2010 World of Mateo

Matthew Leiker

Exhibition Dates: May 18 – July 2, 2010
Reception: May 18, 6pm, Museum of Art/WSU Gallery

The World of Mateo is filled with images of an American subculture known by no particular name but seemingly related to road culture, California style, album jacket graphics of the 50’s and our affinity for Hawaiian island iconography. Trapped in time, somewhere between the 60’s and 70’s, his embrace of Tiki lounges, drive-in theatre refreshment cartoons and a plethora of music that bubbles vibrantly with the hypnotic tones of the ukulele, inspire his imagination to create work that is at once nostalgic and oddly futuristic. » More …

2010 Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition

Michael Baum, Holly Campbell, Karri A Dieken, Amber Kovak, Louise Krampien, Scott Philips, Ben Sandness, Garric Simonsen and Colby Jennings

Exhibition Dates: April 9 – May 8, 2010
Reception: April 9, 6pm

This annual showcase represents the culmination of two or more years work by the Master of Fine Arts graduate candidates.

2010 Pause: Art + Architecture

Chris Larson

Exhibition Dates: January 14 – April 3, 2010
Reception: February 3, 6pm, MOA Gallery
Lecture: with Chris Larson, 7pm, Fine Arts Auditorium
Lecture: Jim Olson, March 3, 7pm, Fine Arts Auditorium

Art and Architecture is a cornucopia of works that playfully explore our relationship to architecture in photographs, paintings and sculptures. The notion of  “place” as it is relative for the artist to convey ideas about the content of the work can sometimes create an interesting discourse between the viewers and their own ideas of habitat or space. » More …

2009 This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land, Issues of Eminent Domain

Photography by Don Normark

Exhibition Dates: October 2 – December 19, 2009

In 1948, inspired by the work of photographer Cartier Bresson, and the emerging work of photo-journalist W. Eugene Smith, Don Normark went searching for a subject matter other than the advertising assignments given by his school, The Art Center, in Los Angeles. He happened upon Chavez Ravine, an area of three Mexican-American neighborhoods less than two miles from Los Angeles City Hall. He felt at one with the lively simplicity of these communities that offered a retreat from the gritty city of L.A. He befriended individuals as he photographed their faces, focused on their embrace of daily life, finding sweet, empathic moments of expression that monumentalized their resilient and timeless existence.

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2009 Fine Arts Faculty Group Exhibition

Ross Coates, Maria Deprano, Sandra Deutchman, Tim Doebler, Michelle Forsyth, Kevin Haas, Robert Helm, Tamara Helm, Jo Hockenhull, David Huyck, Doug Gast, Pamela Lee, Nik Meisel, Io Palmer, Reza Sufavi, Toby Walther, Chris Watts, and visiting scholar Ahmed Ibrahim.

Exhibition Dates: August 27 – September 26, 2009
Reception: September 1, 6pm, Museum Gallery

This Biannual exhibition is an opportunity for students to see their mentor’s skills and theories put to practice in a diverse array of styles and media. The exhibition includes a variety of works from the artist who provide inspiration to WSU students daily, allowing them to observe their mentors put skill and theory into practice.

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