CWUArt NewsArt News Exhibit, Mementos of Nature, at Gallery 231 November 20, 15 Nov 2017 08:20:37<p><img alt="" src="/art/sites/" style="width: 350px; height: 495px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left;">Senior art student Crystal Hering will present a multimedia art exhibit, <em>Mementos of Nature</em>, at Central Washington University’s Gallery 231 November 20 to December 6. The opening reception will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 20; the exhibition is free to the public.</p><p>The gallery will hold a mix of painting, sculptural work, and drawings; all tied to the themes of collecting small relics found in the outdoors.</p><p>“I enjoy embracing the potential of these sometimes unassuming objects, through enlarging them and allow the viewer to see the new ornate worlds within them," Hering explained. “Collection and replication of nature is a human way of responding to the world. Many people collect small mementos of nature—pressed flowers, a preserved bug collection, shells from the beach, or simply a small acorn or rock that fits nicely into the palm of your hand.”</p><p>By creating art, Hering feels she can react to the world around her and create her own reality.</p><p>Hering is from originally from Portland, Oregon, but has found a wonderful connection to the art community in Ellensburg. She will be graduating from CWU this fall with a bachelor of fine arts in studio art, and a minor in museum studies. She is also a student in the Douglas Honors College. She has exhibited individual works at Gallery One, the Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, and the John Clymer Museum in Ellensburg. This is her first solo exhibition.</p><p><em>Mementos of Nature</em> will remain on display through December 6, 2017 in Gallery 231, located on the second floor of Randall Hall. Randall can be found off of Dean Nicholson Boulevard and is open weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free.</p><p><em>Image: “Stag Beetle” oil painting by Crystal Hering, 2017</em></p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p></br>CWU's College Art Day Opens Studios to High School Students, 02 Nov 2017 09:46:57<p><img alt="" src="/art/sites/" style="width: 200px; height: 309px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left;">More than 150 local junior and senior high school students are registered to explore the exciting world of art at Central Washington University's Sixth Annual Day of Art held November 3.</p><p>This event allows students who are interested in pursuing a career in art to participate in hands-on studio classes in the Art + Design Department. The students will have the opportunity to select from the eight different studio areas offered at CWU: painting, ceramics, photography, jewelry-making/metalsmithing, drawing, graphic design, wood design and sculpture.</p><p>"This is a great way for interested students and their parents to learn about our program and what we offer," said Gregg Schlanger, chair of CWU's Art + Design Department. "We'll provide materials and lunch. There is absolutely no cost to students, teachers, or parents [students provide their own transportation to CWU]."</p><p>There will be a morning and afternoon session and the department will be providing a pizza lunch at noon. An exhibit reception and awards ceremony for <em>Look at Me: A High School Student Exhibition</em> will be held at 4:00 p.m.</p><p>Students are invited to bring a portfolio for faculty to review. The portfolio review is intended to give the student input on their artwork and advice on how to better build a portfolio for applications for scholarships etc. Digital portfolios are encouraged, with up to ten examples of student work or photographs for 3D work.</p><p>"A portfolio is a critical part of an artist's career," Schlanger said. "This review allows the students to receive feedback from experienced faculty so they may apply a better portfolio to scholarships, college admission, and even jobs."</p><p>For more information about College Art Day, please go to</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p>INTERSTATE Exhibit Opens Thursday, November 2, 27 Oct 2017 10:29:11<p>INTERSTATE: Where I-90 meets I-82 Opens November 2</p><p>October 27, 2017</p><p>ELLENSBURG, Wash. — The Sarah Spurgeon Gallery will host INTERSTATE: Where I-90 meets I-82, a national juried exhibition organized by the CWU Department of Art. Proceeds from the artist entry fees are used to support undergraduate art student scholarships.</p><p>The juror for the exhibition, who selected the artwork and the award winners, is Emily Zimmerman. Zimmerman has been the Director of the Jacob Lawrence Gallery at the University of Washington since January of 2017. The opening events will take place on Thursday, November 2, beginning with a lecture by Zimmerman at 4:00 p.m. in Randall Hall, room 117. Her lecture will be followed by a reception in the gallery from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.</p><p>Thirty-three artists were selected for the exhibition. The first-place award winner is Bartosz Beda for his oil painting titled Bad Boys Have a Nice Haircut III. Beda is a Polish artist currently living in Moscow, Idaho, whose work has been exhibited internationally. Cicelia Ross-Gotta, from Seattle, won second place for her handwoven textile and soft sculpture works. Cozette Phillips, a sculptor and art professor at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, received third place. Honorable mentions were given to Amanda Knowles, Michelle Lassaline, Molly Magai, and Lou Watson.<br>&nbsp;</p><p>The exhibition will remain on view through December 3 (the gallery will be closed November 10, and November 22 through 26 for holidays). Sarah Spurgeon Gallery is located in Randall Hall on Dean Nicholson Boulevard and is open weekdays 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and on weekends, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. Please visit our website at:</p></br>New Provost's Gallery Features Student's Distinctive Talent, 20 Oct 2017 08:27:01<p><img alt="" src="/art/sites/" style="width: 200px; height: 200px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left;">Provocative street scenes, surreal 19th-century damsels, and realistic renditions of natural objects line the walls of the new Provost Gallery in Barge Hall 302. CWU Art + Design student, Christine Dunlap has mounted the first exhibition, <em>A Brief Moment</em>, which will be on display through December 1. Dunlap was the recipient of the first Provost Purchase Award at last spring's student art exhibition. There will be an artist's reception at 5:00 p.m. on October 25.</p><p>The annual Provost's Award was created last year and awarded during the annual Juried Undergraduate Student Art Exhibition. Provost Katherine Frank selected Dunlap's piece, and it is now part of the university collection. Each year, a new student piece will be selected and added to the collection. The idea for the gallery arose from a collaboration between Provost Katherine Frank and Art + Design Chair Gregg Schlanger, and they organized the exhibit.</p><p>"The inspiration for the gallery is quite simple: I love being surrounded by art, and I love being able to celebrate student talent," Frank enthused. " I had the pleasure of meeting Christine when the piece was delivered to my office.&nbsp; Not only is Christine an incredibly talented artist, she is a thoughtful, insightful, and creative person.</p><p>Frank anticipates that each fall quarter, if work is available, the office will feature an exhibit by the winner of the Provost's Award. Frank has long been involved in supporting the arts. In her previous position as Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Indiana University East, she expanded and renovated the major art gallery on the campus, renovated major art studios and opened a downtown gallery, studio, and classroom space.</p><p>"We plan to feature the work of other student artists during winter and spring/summer quarters, and hope that members of the Art Club will help curate the exhibits," she continued. "This gallery is intended to celebrate creativity, talent, and learning and to give our students the opportunity to promote their work. I am grateful for Gregg's support in this endeavor, and of course remain impressed by our art and design faculty who nurture student talent and learning on a daily basis at CWU."</p><p><em>A Brief Moment</em> showcases 16 pieces of Dunlap's work, an intriguing collection of both oil paintings and pen-and-ink drawings. A junior at CWU, Dunlap's work can be whimsical or subtly surreal. Her oil paintings have delicate otherworldly elements, such the modest bodice of a Victorian woman that at closer glance reveals it to be a birdcage.</p><p>"I like to work with themes of time in Victorian settings," Dunlap explained. "I like to find the story, the deeper meaning of the work."</p><p>Her pen-and-ink drawings—elegant feathers, birds, or kittens napping on pumpkins—are inspired by the natural world, which she attributes to her biology-student husband's influence. "One day I'd like to work with him to illustrate a book featuring animals and other things in nature."</p><p>A mom of two and a full time student, Dunlap enjoys the encouragement of her family to pursue her art career—"It's busy, but my kids are really excited about it. My son thinks I'm famous now!"</p><p>The event is free and open to the public. Parking in CWU lots is free after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except in specially designated spaces and in residence hall lots.</p><p><em>Photo: Christine Dunlap</em></p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p>Zombie Babies 3!, 19 Oct 2017 08:55:10<p><img alt="" src="/art/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 349px;"></p><p>The 3rd Annual <strong>Zombie Babies</strong> event is set for <strong>Friday, October 27 from noon to 5:00 PM in Randall Hall, Room 133</strong>. Please come join your fellow art and design students, as well as faculty and graduate students in what is clearly the creepiest and most entertaining art and design event of the fall. We provide the baby dolls, old doll parts, art supplies, and other implements. You get to convert the doll of your choice into a baby zombie. Prizes will be awarded (sponsored by the CWU Wildcat Shop) in a variety of unique categories, and we will have pizza, soda, and cookies for everyone. Free food + the chance to turn old, used dolls into zombies—it doesn't get much better than that! Plus it is a chance to get to know other students and faculty in the Department of Art + Design.</p><p><span style="font-size: 13.008px;">All art and design students and alumni are welcome. Bring a friend or family member along too if you'd like. We should have plenty of dolls to go around! You can even bring your own doll. Judging begins at 5:00 PM that Friday afternoon, and all dolls will be put on display in the Department of Art + Design office area.</span></p><p>Let's make this the biggest Zombie Baby event yet!&nbsp;We would love to see you all there.</p></span style="font-size: 13.008px;">Application for the BFA in Graphic Design and Studio Art, 11 Oct 2017 12:31:24<p>If you are interested in applying for the BFA degree in either Graphic Design or Studio Art, please complete the BFA Application Form and return it to Gwen Bruce in the Art Department main office no later than November 1st. You may pick up a hard-copy of the Application Form in the Art Department main office.</p><p><a href="/art/sites/">You may also download a PDF of the new Application Form here</a></p><p>The form is also available for download in Student Resources, Undergraduate, Advising Forms.</p><p>To be eligible to apply for the BFA you must have the following:</p><p>1) Junior class standing (90 or more credits)<br>2) An Art GPA of 3.0 or better<br>3) Have taken at least 5 art classes</p><p><em>• Graphic Design students must have completed or be currently enrolled in<br>ART 172 and ART 274.</em></p><p><strong>DEADLINE</strong>: BFA Application Forms must be completed and returned to the Art Department main office no later than November 1st.</p><p>Students will be notified by email regarding their acceptance into the Major.</p><p>No portfolio submission required for either Graphic Design or Studio.</p></br></br></br>Gallery One Features Mapping Plutonium by CWU Art and Design Chair, 02 Oct 2017 07:57:43<p><img alt="" src="/art/sites/" style="width: 475px; height: 316px;"></p><p>The Hanford Site, also known as the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, is the most radioactive contaminated place in the United States. It is the largest environmental cleanup project in the world.</p><p>Drawing on those dark realities, Gregg Schlanger, Central Washington University's Art and Design chair, focused on issues relating to the United States development of nuclear weapons in his sobering installation, Mapping Plutonium: The Hanford Site. The exhibit opens on October 6 in the Main Gallery at Gallery One in Ellensburg. An opening reception begins at 5:00 p.m.</p><p>According to Schlanger, Mapping Plutonium is about the secrecy; the environmental disasters; the toll of human health; the deceptions of the corporations and government; the nuclear waste; and the denial.</p><p>"This exhibit contains art and artifacts," Schlanger noted. "It is part fact and fiction."</p><p>The Hanford Site was built in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project. The 586-square mile site is located in central Washington along the Columbia River. The B Reactor is 65 miles from Ellensburg. Hanford once had nine operational nuclear reactors and five plutonium processing complexes. Hanford produced most of the plutonium that was used in the production of the 60,000 nuclear weapons the United States manufactured.</p><p>"I am concerned with the truth and the myth, with secrets and public knowledge," Schlanger stated.</p><p>Known for his thought-provoking works on nature and the environment, Schlanger came to Central after 19 years as a professor and interim chair of the art department at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee.</p><p>“I am very interested in exploring through my projects the potential of creating a better ‘sense of place,’ leading to a respect for that place and the environment,” he said. “I believe this can happen through community involvement and the educational aspects that occur, which deal with the various concepts of my work.”</p><p>The exhibit is part of the Ellensburg First Friday Artwalk and is sponsored by David Fiske of Edward Jones and Fitterer’s Furniture.</p><p>Photo: Mapping Plutonium installation detail<br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br>Carrie Longley: Corporealis Exhibit Explores Art and Science, 25 Sep 2017 14:03:48<p><img alt="" src="/art/sites/" style="width: 170px; height: 250px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left;">The CWU Sarah Spurgeon Gallery will host Corporealis, a solo exhibition by visiting ceramic artist Carrie Longley. The exhibit opens to the public on September 28. On October 5, Longley will give an artist talk at 4:00 p.m. in Randall Hall, room 117. Her lecture will be directly followed by a reception in the gallery from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.</p><p>Carrie Longley’s artwork investigates the relationship between art objects and scientific specimens. Her small-scale sculptures are biomorphic in form, combining clay with wire, wax, and pig intestine to resemble once-living creatures. They are carefully enclosed in glass domes with wooden bases as if intended for display in a 19th century natural history museum.</p><p>The exhibition also includes a 3-D printed model of a sculpture that was a collaboration between Longley and Dr. Katy Börner, Professor of Information Science at Indiana University, Bloomington. The artwork was created as a science map, a visual representation of scientific data, where changes in the data determined the shape of the sculpture.</p><p>Carrie Longley is the Chair of the Fine and Performing Arts Department and Assistant Professor of Fine Art at Indiana University East in Richmond, Indiana.&nbsp; She holds a BA in Studio Art from Wittenberg University and an MFA from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.&nbsp;</p><p>Corporealis will remain on display through October 22. Sarah Spurgeon Gallery is located in Randall Hall on Dean Nicholson Boulevard and is open weekdays 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and on weekends, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. Please visit our website at:</p><p>Media Contact: Heather Horn Johnson, Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, 509-963-2665,</p><p>Image Captions:<br>1. Carrie Longley, Vasculum Whalus, 2012, Ceramic, wire, and mixed media, 12 in. x 12 in. x 31 in</p></br>Juried Undergraduate Student Art Exhibit Opens May 17!, 27 Apr 2017 10:53:35<p>The CWU Sarah Spurgeon Gallery will host the Department of Art’s 2017 Juried Undergraduate Student Art Exhibition. The opening events will take place on Wednesday, May 17, with a reception from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The awards ceremony, where students are recognized for excellence in their artwork, will begin at 6:00 p.m.</p><p>This annual exhibition is a showcase for outstanding undergraduate student artwork created during the past academic year. It is open to CWU students who have attended studio art or graphic design classes in the Department of Art.</p><p>This year’s jurors, who select the artwork for the exhibit and assign most of the awards, are Philip Govedare and Kevin Nolan.&nbsp; The jurors will give a public talk on Thursday, May 4, at 4:00 p.m. in Randall Hall, Room 117. Philip Govedare is a landscape painter and Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Washington. Kevin Nolan is the President and Founder of Craters of the Moon Marketing in Seattle.<br>&nbsp;</p><p>Student awards for the 2017 Juried Undergraduate Student Art Exhibition have been generously donated by the following individuals and organizations: the Associated Students of CWU Student Union Advisory Board, Jane Orleman, Professor Glen L. Bach, the College of Arts and Humanities, Gallery One Visual Arts Center, PUNCH Gallery, Shane L. Johnson Illustration, Assistant Professor Rachel H. Kirk, the Department of Art, and the Sarah Spurgeon Gallery.</p><p>The exhibition will remain on display through June 4. Sarah Spurgeon Gallery is located in Randall Hall on Dean Nicholson Boulevard and is open weekdays 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and on weekends, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The gallery will be closed May 29 for Memorial Day. Admission is free. Please visit our website at:</p><p>Media Contact: Heather Horn Johnson, Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, 509-963-2665,</p></br>Spectrum Photography Exhibit by Tommy Nease, Opens April 6, 31 Mar 2017 17:05:44<p>Spectrum Photography Exhibition by Tommy Nease, Opens April 6</p><p>March 31, 2017</p><p>ELLENSBURG, Wash. — The CWU Sarah Spurgeon Gallery will host a solo exhibition by Tommy Nease, an emerging photographer based in Roslyn, Washington. The opening reception will take place on Thursday, April 6, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.</p><p>The exhibit, titled Spectrum: Recent Images, 2014—2017, features silver gelatin photographs created by Nease since he moved to Washington state in 2014. He shoots with traditional film and then manipulates the images using a variety of experimental darkroom and digital techniques. In landscape works such as Chaltén, the highlighted ridges of the mountain peaks take on a mysterious quality. Other works explore the subconscious with shadowy subjects that resemble dream imagery.</p><p>In 2015 Nease received the first place award at the INTERSTATE exhibition, a national juried exhibition organized by the CWU Department of Art. Michael Rooks, curator of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, selected Nease for the award, which included a solo exhibition in the Sarah Spurgeon Gallery.</p><p>Tommy Nease is represented by the Jackson Fine Art gallery in Atlanta, Georgia. He had two solo exhibitions in Atlanta, in 2012 and 2014, at Get This Gallery. Other solo ventures include “PNEUMA” a book published by Fourteen Nineteen (London) and Other/Other (USA) with an opening release exhibition at the Happy Dog Gallery in Chicago. His work has been both exhibited and published throughout the United States and Europe including collaborations with: Dazed and Confused magazine (London), Unpublished magazine (Milan), the FOAM Museum (Amsterdam), RELIC (Brooklyn), and NSPHERE (Romania), among others.</p><p>Spectrum: Recent Images, 2014—2017 will remain on display through April 30. Sarah Spurgeon Gallery is located in Randall Hall on Dean Nicholson Boulevard and is open weekdays 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and on weekends, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. 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