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2016 FALL | NW Alternative Comics Exhibition

The Museum of Art/WSU announces a Northwest Alternative Comics Exhibition, Sep. 26–Dec. 17. AN OPENING RECEPTION WILL BE HELD 5-7 PM THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, IN THE MUSEUM OF ART GALLERY. 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.

Northwest Alternative Comics will feature a select sampling of emerging and highly-recognized artists and illustrators who make up the alternative comics genre of our region. With an emphasis on individuals who are willing to reinvent the way we look at and experience the art of comics and graphic arts, our exhibition offers an alternative to mainstream superhero comics by highlighting diverse narratives and new visual formats. The exhibition includes artists Peter Bagge, Paul Chadwick, Max Clotfelter, Taylor Dow, Ellen Forney, Eroyn Franklin, David Lasky, Mita Mahato, Tom Van Deusen and Jim Woodring.  Special thanks to exhibit advisors Larry Reid of Fantagraphics Books and Casey Bruce of Danger Room Comics.

COUGAR COMIX JAM:  Thurs, 9/22, 5-10pm, Rico’s Pub, Downtown Pullman
Learn to make comic zines with Tom and Max. Materials are provided – just show up and “jam”!
ARTIST MURAL COLLABORATION: Fri, 9/23,10am-4pm, MOA Gallery
Watch Seattle cartoonists Tom Van Deusen and Max Clotfelter paint a 12×16 foot mural as curators prepare for the opening 9/26.
PETER BAGGE ARTIST LECTURE: Thurs, 11/3, 6pm, MOA Gallery
Join Peter Bagge, as he weaves the story of the NW alternative comics scene and his career as Weirdo magazine’s managing editor.

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.

2016 From the Collection: New Acquisitions | WSU Museum Exhibition

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.

Recent significant gifts include 35 original works of Northwest art from the Seattle Art Museum, 201 original prints by the contemporary American artist Jim Dine, and 174 prints and photographs by Andy Warhol from the Andy Warhol Foundation. The Museum has received 8 outstanding examples of contemporary art making from the Greg Kucera Gallery and 4 works on paper by the recently deceased artist Rick Bartow from Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and Froelick Gallery, Portland. Additionally, exceptional donations of artwork have been accepted from individuals, such as Scott Patnode’s gift of 5 American and British works, Jane Orleman’s donation of her late husband Richard C. Elliott’s prints, Patricia Patterson’s donation of prints by Sister Mary Corita Kent, and Sean Elwood’s continued giving—tallying over 300 artworks. It is only through such philanthropy that museum collections grow and our horizons evolve.

FUNDING  |  Funding for this exhibition is provided by the Members of the Museum of Art and the Samuel H. and Patricia W. Smith Art Endowment.

SPECIAL THANKS | This exhibition benefited from student curatorial involvement from the following individuals: Kendra Fleharty, Haley Markham, and Jonathon Matteson.