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This week around the department of art:

THURSDAY – October 1 - Notes from Suburbia -  Sarah Spurgeon Gallery – artists lecture at 4pm – gallery opening reception at 5pm
The Sarah Spurgeon Gallery hosts Notes from Suburbia, an exhibition by two photographers, Chris Heard and Michael J Hoffman. Their bodies of work present two variant approaches to the subject, offering viewers insight into the discordant realities of life in suburbia. The photographs were created in response to research by Dr. Ellen Avitts, CWU Assistant Professor of Art History, who also curated the exhibition. Dr. Avitts’ scholarship focuses on suburban housing as a contested and mediated space, one that reveals the disparity between dominant cultural ideas of home and the ways that people really live. The opening events will begin 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.

A second exhibit by Chris Heard titled The Penitent will open at 6:00 p.m. the same evening, at the CWU Museum of Culture and the Environment in Dean Hall. Join the Museum-Art parade on at 6:00 pm. to celebrate the opening of the new campus-wide scale model of the solar system. We will start in Randall Hall, where “Pluto” can be seen, and travel to the inner planets in Dean Hall, where the “sun” is the size of a baseball.  Everyone is invited to help make "comets" in the Art Department at 5;00 pm, to carry during our parade “across the solar system” to the sun.

FRIDAY – October 2 – WELCOME BACK ART STUDENTS! 3PM outside Randall Hall
Join new and returning students and the art faculty for a pizza party and volleyball match. Party starts at 3pm. We will head downtown at 4:45 for the First Friday Artwalk. There is lots of great art to see this month.


Call to Art students:
CWU Dining Services is looking to host an exhibition of current students' artwork in SURC Holmes Dining Room this quarter. The invitation is open to works that are ready to hang (2D works that are framed or otherwise ready to be hung on tracks). Those of you who are interested, please Philippe at or stop by his studio located at Randall Hall RM#201. The deadline for submission is October 8. When submitting, please write down your name, title of the work, medium, and price (for insurance purposes). The work can be submitted at the Art Office.


Professor Rachel Kirk’s piece "Sacrificial Fat" was in the Axis Gallery 10th National Juried Exhibition in Sacramento, California. Max Presneill, Head Curator of the Torrance Art Museum, was the juror. The exhibit was in August 2015.

Professor Rachel Kirk’s  artist book "Vespula" is on display in an exhibit entitled "The Book as Art v3.0: No Jacket Required" in conjunction with the AJC National Book Festival from July 24 - September 27 at The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur, sponsored by The Decatur Arts Alliance.

Professor Stephen Robison has work in “Mentorship Exhibit: Shaping Life and Art”, Blue Ridge Community College, Weyers Cave, VA.

Professor Stephen Robison  had work in  “Artists invite Artists Exhibition”, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT.

Professor Stephen Robison was a Resident Artist at the Red lodge Clay Center for half of June and Half of July this past summer.

Professor Ellen Avitts chaired a panel and presented a paper at the Popular Culture Association’s International Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland.  Her panel's papers are to be published by McFarland Press.

Professor Ellen Avitts received a competitive scholar’s residency at Hypatia-in-the-Woods in Shelton, Washington.  She spent two weeks there this summer.  

Professor Ellen Avitts Received a competitive artist’s residency at Starry Night Residency in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. She will be there for two weeks in November.

Professor Gregg Schlanger currently has an exhibition/installation on display at the Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design in Denver, Colorado. The exhibition titled “Mapping Plutonium, Hanford Reach to Rocky Flats” runs through Oct 9th and can be viewed at


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