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This week around the department of art: 

MONDAY – May 23, 2016 – 5PM - “Life in a Different Hue”, an exhibition by undergraduate students Natasha Rodelo and Ramon Romero to conclude their Bachelors of Fine Arts degrees. The senior exhibition will open to the public at 5pm, Monday, May 23, 2016 in Gallery 231, on the second floor of Randall Hall. Natasha Rodelo focuses on representational and abstract content related to the combination of colors and the psychology behind them to evoke emotional responses from the viewers. Inspired by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe’s Theory of Colour 1810, each color palette is carefully chosen to create a specific mood and energy across the canvas that emits visual vibrations. Ramon Romero is a potter that works with porcelains as his clay of choice. As a ceramic artist, he works mainly in utilitarian forms.  His thrown forms are altered by darting and carved surface work.

TUESDAY – May 24, 2016 – Spring Break 2017 in Paris (info session) – 4pm – Randall 117
 Why not spend next Spring Break in Paris with Prof. Avitts and Prof. Lewis studying Art & Architecture from the Medieval to the Modern periods!? This course will be worth 4 upper-division credits, fulfills the Specialized Art History Requirement in the Art majors, is open to non-Art students and will be awesome. Questions? Contact Dr. Ellen Avitts at

WEDNESDAY – May 25, 2016 – JULIE BROOKS, artist talk – 4:30pm, Randall 117
A one-hour slide presentation by Julie Brooks on her artwork. Julie is currently teaching our Jewelry/Metals courses while Prof. Lewis is on development leave. Brooks also teaches at North Seattle College, Tacoma Metals Art Center and Pratt Fine Arts Center. 
THURSDAY – May 26, 2016 - Whiskey Ginger Shirley Temple, a Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition featuring artwork by Chase Grover and Philippe 
The opening events will take place on Thursday, May 26, beginning with a lecture by Philippe at 4:00 p.m. in Randall Hall, room 117. The lecture will be followed by a reception in the gallery from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Philippe experiments with materials, responding to his immediate surroundings to create poured paint-made objects that exist in the space between painting and sculpture. The networks of delicate components in Chase Grover’s ceramics explore themes of stability, instability, and permanence. Grover passed away on January 19, after a lifelong battle with congenital heart disease. 

Next week around the department…

TUESDAY – May 31, 2016 – The Graphic Design Show – opening reception: 5PM - an exhibition of the final portfolios of graduation graphic design students featuring Matthew Allen, Samantha Armijo, Josephine Beedle, Stephanie Betschart, Caitlin Clark, Natalie Cole, Kaitlyn Lyon, Austin Door, Laurel Fisher, Jordan Head, Wen Jiang, Justin Kent, Daniel Lazo, Taylor Lewis, Mackenzie Loete, Brandon Mills, Cameron Porter, Heather Rainey, Gabriel Santos Salvador, Heidi Thaemert, Makayla Virden, Braxton Wanner & Wai Wa Wong.


Student Employment is hosting an On-Campus Job Fair
Come meet CWU Supervisors who are looking for student employees in the SURC hallway tables on Tuesday, May 24th from 10 am to 2 pm. Bring your resumes!

June 3 – 4, 2016 - 2016 Art Confab is 2 days of professional development workshops for artists, hands-on demonstrations, and plenty of opportunities for networking. This year's offerings include: disaster preparedness for artists, public art, digital tools for artists, community art projects, and more! See the schedule @
Register today! Sliding Scale registration is available through brown paper tickets (Students can attend for FREE). More info:

The Washington State Office of Secretary of State’s Elections Division is sponsoring the annual state Voters’ Pamphlet Art Contest, which is open to students who are enrolled at a college, community college, university, trade school or professional school in Washington and who will be eligible to vote by this fall’s General Election. The contest ends June 15. Below is a link to a blog post that tells more about the contest.


Professor Rachel Kirk’s two drawings “Spider Leg Stalk” and “Red Tipped Prickles” will be on exhibit in Texas at the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council Arts Center from July 8 through August 16. The 28th Annual TRAHC Juried Exhibition was jurored by Dr. Ann Prentice Wagner, Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Dr. Ellen Avitts is presenting a paper for a session entitled Field Notes: New Methods for Analyzing New Materials and Bringing Findings into the Classroom at the Vernacular Architecture national conference in Durham, North Carolina, June 1 – 4.



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