Skip to main content Skip to navigation

2017 SPRING | MFA THESIS EXHIBITION

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. Or visit the museum’s webpage here and scroll down to view the gallery of images from each artist.

MFA THESIS CANDIDATES |
Hayley Black
Stephen Cohen
Annie Cunningham
Andre Fortes
Yuanwen Lin
Laura Pregeant

The Museum of Art is committed to the idea that a museum has a responsibility to recognize the creative talent of its region.  Anna-Maria Shannon, Interim Director of the museum adds, “Exposing our audience to the culmination of two or more years work from our graduate candidates enriches the community life of Washington State University by providing meaningful encounters with creativity and innovation. Our over-arching goal is to support creativity and innovation in students who can seek out divergent opinions, examine complex issues from a variety of perspectives and find meaning in the world.”

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 Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday. For more information please contact the museum at 509-335-1910.

TRADITION & CHANGE: CONTEXTUALIZING THE ART OF RICK BARTOW

The Museum of Art/WSU will host an exhibition walk-through with Michael Holloman, Associate Professor of Art History and American Indian Studies, Washington State University on February 22 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the Museum Gallery.

Drawing from his experiences as a liaison between regional tribes and cultural institutions, Michael Holloman will lead a discussion in defining traditional Native arts and then guide us through the emergence of indigenous artists within the contemporary art field. Professor Holloman will place the work of Rick Bartow in a contemporary context through highlighting a key works within the exhibition.

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 Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday. For more information please contact the museum at 509-335-1910.

2016 FALL | Creativity as a Solo and Collaborative Pursuit: A Conversation With Cartoonist Eroyn Franklin

Join artist Eroyn Franklin as she presents a comic reading, discussion and video!

DETAILS | Wednesday, October 5th, 1:10pm – 2:30pm, MOA Gallery

ABOUT | Eroyn Franklin is a Seattle-based maker of comics including 2 graphic novels, Detained and Another Glorious Day at the Nothing Factory. She is one of the founders of Short Run, an annual small press festival and year-round resource that celebrates comics, zines, and art books with a focus on limited editions, self-published, and handmade books. Eroyn Franklin will be discussing creativity as a solo and collaborative pursuit. The presentation will consist of a comic reading, discussion, and video about Short Run.

THANKS | The Museum of Art would like to acknowledge and thank Associate Professor Kevin Haas and the Department of Fine Arts for organizing this event.

NOTES | Public event, everyone is welcome!

2016 FALL | What is Graphic Medicine: A Conversation With Cartoonist Mita Mahato

Hear Mita Mahato share her thoughts, and then join her in making some comics!

DETAILS | Thursday, Oct 6th, 1:30pm – 3:30pm Museum of Art Gallery

ABOUT | Mita Mahato’s cut paper art and comics explore the transformative capacities of found and handmade paper using layered shapes, textures, and colors that together build multivalent images and stories. Her most recent cut paper comic “Sea” was recognized by Cartoonists NW as 2015’s “best comic book” and will be the subject of continued work during her participation in the Arctic Circle Residency in 2017. Her comics and collaborative projects have been spotlighted by The Stranger, Seattle Review of Books, and AV Club. She is Associate Professor of English at the University of Puget Sound, serves on the board for Short Run Seattle, and teaches art workshops for Seattle Aquarium’s Creativity Inspiring Conservation program, Henry Art Gallery’s ArtVenture program, and other community organizations. She lives in Seattle.

NOTES | Public event, everyone is welcome!

2016 MURAL COLLABORATION | with artists Tom Van Deusen and Max Clotfelter in the Museum/WSU Gallery

JOIN THE MUSEUM FOR AN ARTIST MURAL COLLABORATION IN THE GALLERY
Friday, September 23 from 10am-4pm

Seattle cartoonists Tom Van Deusen and Max Clotfelter will be in the Museum of Art gallery space painting a 12’ x 16’ foot mural for the NW Alternative Comics exhibition. This is a rare opportunity to see both artists and curators at work as they prepare the installation and mural for the Norhtwest Alternative Comics exhibit which opens on Monday, September 26th.

Notes | Open to the public. Admission is free.

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING
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 COMIC ARTIST LECTURE | With artist Peter Bagge at Museum/WSU

JOIN THE MUSEUM OF ART FOR A LECTURE WITH ARTIST PETER BAGGE IN THE MUSEUM GALLERY
Thursday, November 3 at 6pm

Meet one of the Northwest’s most celebrated alternative cartoonists, Peter Bagge, as he weaves listeners the story of the Northwest alternative comics scene and how he developed his career as a young cartoonist through establishing a relationship with notorious underground cartoonist, Robert Crumb. After serving as Weirdo magazine’s managing editor Bagge went on to create his own series of comics such as Neat Stuff, the ‘grunge comic’ Hate, and more recently Apocalypse Nerd. Bagge is a recipient of numerous recognitions including the Harvey Award, one of the industry’s most respected awards, and his work is known for its dark humor surrounding youthfulness in middle-class America.

Notes | Open to the public.

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 COUGAR COMIX JAM | Hosted by Museum/WSU at Rico’s Pub

JOIN THE MUSEUM OF ART AT RICO’S PUB IN DOWNTOWN PULLMAN
Thursday, September 22 from 5-10pm.

Northwest Alternative Comics artists Max Clotfelter and Tom Van Deusen with be coming to town on September 22nd to host an informal zine making workshop at Rico’s Pub from 5pm to 10pm. Max and Tom will be talking about their comics making process as well as leading participants through the creation of an actual underground zine that will be printed and released at the opening of the NW Alternative Comics Exhibition at the Museum of Art Gallery on October 6. Materials will be provided by the pub, all you’ll need to do is show up and “jam” on one of the pages of the zine. There will be group comic exercises for novices, but anyone who already likes drawing comics can show up and draw. All skill levels and ages are encouraged to participate, everyone is welcome!

Notes | Participants are encouraged to show up at 5pm. Materials will be provided. Admission is free. Minors seated until 7pm.

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING
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.

2017 WINTER | RICK BARTOW: Things You Know But Cannot Explain

“Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain,” opens at the Museum of Art/WSU
Exhibit: January 24 – March 11, 2017
Reception: Thursday, January 26, 5-6 p.m.
Lecture: Thursday, January 26, 6-7 p.m.
(With Dr. Rebecca Dobkins, Professor of Anthropology and Curator of Native American Art, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University)

The Museum of Art/WSU announces an Exhibition by Rick Bartow: Thing You Know But Cannot Explain, Jan. 24–Mar. 11, 2017. An opening reception and lecture will be held 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, in the Museum of Art gallery. Admission to the museum is free.

ABOUT | Representing more than forty years of work, Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain features a broad selection of sculptures, paintings, drawings and prints, drawn from public and private collections, including the artist’s studio, that affirm this extraordinary artist’s regional, national, and international impact. Personal experiences, cultural engagement and global myths, especially Native American transformation stories, are at the heart of Bartow’s art. Animals and self-portraits populate his iconography, and he was known for astute interpretations of literary, musical and visual sources.

Born in 1946, Bartow was a member of the Wiyot tribe of Northern California and had close ties with Oregon’s Siletz community. His work has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions and is in numerous public and private collections. A recent career highlight was the completion of We Were Always Here (2012), a monumental pair of sculptures over 20 feet high installed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The renowned artist recently passed away in the spring of 2016.

Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain was organized by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon.

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 Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday. For more information please contact the museum at 509-335-1910.

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.

Marian E. Smith Glass Collection Reception & Demonstration of Ancient Egyptian Glass Technique

JOIN US FOR A RECEPTION! | The Museum of Art/WSU hopes you will join us to celebrate the Marian E. Smith Glass Collection at a reception which will include a demonstration of the ancient Egyptian art of glass blowing, April 27, 2016. This event will begin at 4:00 pm and end at 5:30 pm and will be held on the main floor atrium of the CUE (Smith Center for Undergraduate Education). There is no admission fee.

This event is honoring student research of the Marian E. Smith Glass Collection, edited and organized by Dr. Hallie G. Meredith, a professor of the WSU Fine Arts department, in collaboration with the Museum of Art/WSU. The reception will be followed by an ancient Egyptian glass demonstration.  The Material Advantage Club and Dr. John McCloy, Assoc. Professor in the School of Mechanical & Materials Eng.; Joint appointee Pacific NW National Lab will be facilitating the demonstration.

ANCIENT EGYPTIAN GLASS BLOWING DEMONSTRATION | To learn more about our demonstration of the ancient Egyptian glass core-formed technique, please view this 2 minute video.

LOCATION | Main floor atrium of The Smith Center for Undergraduate Education (CUE), located south of the CUB and Martin Stadium, just behind the police station off Terrell Mall.

CONTACT | For more information please phone Dr. Hallie G. Meredith at 509-335-7043.

A special thanks to Marian E. Smith, Samuel H. and Patricia W. Smith and the Members of the Museum of Art for their continued support.