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2017 FALL EXHIBIT | CONTEMPORARY WOMEN PRINTMAKERS

Contemporary Women Printmakers celebrates six internationally recognized women artists invested in printmaking, a process both physically and technically demanding. Featured artists include Hung Liu, Wangechi Mutu, Deborah Oropallo, Wendy Red Star, Alison Saar and Lorna Simpson. Hailing from many places around the world—Africa, Asia, and North America—these artists offer a diverse set of perspectives on a wide-range of themes pertaining to global culture. Each is critically engaged with content surrounding issues of identity formation—through gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, or economic class—and each employs figuration as a means to explore representations of the female body within contemporary art and popular culture. » More ...

2017 SUMMER | CURATORS CHOICE EXHIBIT

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.

Points of Interest brings together four Washington State University faculty members—Ruth Boden, Kevin Haas, Taiji Miyasaka, and Linda Russo—whom each, in their own way, provide a lens onto the multi-faceted idea of “place.” Through their creative practices and current research these individuals probe themes of uniqueness as it pertains to locale, but also, degrees of sameness and shared commonalities through cultural synthesis. Supplementing and providing context to their inquiries will be selections of place-based works drawn from the museum’s permanent collection of over 3500 objects.

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, “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, noon – 4 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday. For more information please contact the museum at 509-335-1910.

 

WSU FACULTY PROFESSORS |

Ruth Boden

Kevin Haas

Taiji Miyasaka

Linda Russo

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.