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This week around the department of art:

TUESDAY – 5PM -  Tracing the Veil: a senior exhibition by Rachelle Cooper
Rachelle Cooper is holding a solo art exhibition to conclude her Bachelors in Fine Arts at Central Washington. “Tracing the Veil” will open at 5 pm, Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 in Gallery 231, on the 2nd floor in Randall Hall. Rachelle Cooper responds to her compulsions to create through painting and sculpture. Miss Cooper states, “I am a process artist; each step is “in the moment.” Creating an exact plan for a piece feels like a theft of possibilities and dilutes my hand in the art. In this way, the composition acts as a journal of my thoughts, my spirit, my obsessiveness and moments of carelessness. My story is not linear and this is reflected in my work.”


WEDNESDAY – 4PM & 5PM  - Breaking the Line - The CWU Sarah Spurgeon Gallery will host Breaking the Line, a Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition featuring artwork by Seth Charles (ceramics), Brian Kooser (sculpture), and Danka Teng (jewelry).

The opening events will take place on Wednesday, May 27, beginning with a lecture by the artists at 4:00 p.m. in Randall Hall, room 117. The lecture will be followed by a reception in the gallery from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Breaking the Line will remain on display through June 12.

Seth Charles creates utilitarian ceramics that become an intimate part of the daily lives of others. His pottery is inspired by the irregular beauty of the natural world, such as rock fissures, lichen, moss, eroding wood, and dry lakebeds. Much of what happens in nature evolves over time, as does his making process. Charles received his BFA in ceramics and sculpture at the University of North Florida before moving to Ellensburg.

Brian Kooser spent twenty years as a professional artist in Seattle, in the field of puppetry, before returning to CWU to pursue his MFA in sculpture. His work continues to be figurative and concerned with identity, the body, and human experience. He explores organic and artificial enhancements to the human form, forging contorted and grotesque figures into objects that are visually attractive.

Danka Teng was born and raised in China, then later migrated to South Africa where she learned metalsmithing and operated a commercial jewelry studio. As a result of her cross-cultural experiences, Teng’s current work is influenced by Chinese philosophy, yet also reflective of her search for home and enlightenment:  “The process of making art becomes a form of meditation and by completing each physical piece of art, I am also taking steps to collect inner pieces that will ultimately complete myself.”  


WEDNESDAY – May 27 – noon – SOURCE awards ceremony – SURC PIT
Congratulations Amanda Bury, Seth Charles & Alyssa Willard!  Their presentations are recipients of a SOURCE 2015 Outstanding Presentation Award.  Only the top 10% of presentations in each category receive SOURCE awards. Come out and cheer them on!



CALLING FOR ART SUBMISSIONS: The purpose of this event is to create a positive space for Queer Expression. Help us build and affirm Central's Queer Community, challenge traditional notions of identity, art, and the Queer Experience.
Art will be displayed all day in SURC 137, on Wednesday, May 27th.
Submit art here, if possible:
Or email us at for other mediums.

Student Artists Collective of CWU -

First Fridays- SACs is organizing Friday Art walks for the whole department! 4:30pm Potluck outside the Art office, visit the Sarah Spurgeon, the upstairs gallery and after carpool to downtown.  First Friday - June 5th.

Graduate Student Seth Charles & Undergraduate Senior Amanda Bury will have the collection of their utilitarian ceramic work created during their time here at Central Washington University on display and for purchase at Wineworks in downtown Ellensburg during the month of June. Both artists will be graduating during the month of June and will be moving to Missoula Montana.


CWU Art Graduate student and Teaching Assistant Seth Charles had his ceramic work accepted into two juried exhibitions:
Sips, Shots, and Gulps Exhibition, Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Sewickley, PA.
The Art League Tabletop Ceramics Exhibition 2015, The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA.


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