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Marissa Strickland presents her BFA senior exhibition Metamorphosis in Gallery 231 with an opening reception on Tuesday at 4pm. Preregistration for a drawing workshop opens on Monday. This limited seating workshop will fill up fast, don't wait to register. The College of Arts & Humanities Alumni Panel is this Wednesday at 3PM in the Wellington Events Center. Congratulations to Department of Art + Design MFA Graduate students Jerry Slough and Megan Hansen on receiving travel grants from SPE. The Student Art Club holds a sticker sale this week in the SURC. And there is a dedication of Dick Elliott's artwork at Morgan Middle School on Friday.


February 25 - 28

Marissa Strickland
Opening reception: Tuesday, Feb. 25 @ 4PM

Gallery 231 will host a Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition featuring artwork by Department of Art + Design undergraduate student Marissa Strickland.

Marissa Strickland explores growth after trauma in “Metamorphosis”

Strickland’s oil paintings and collages act as a visual representation for the unseen emotional healing in humans after experiencing trauma . She says ”the effects of the trauma are suggested in this series as temporary pains that are a catalyst for spiritual and emotional reconstructive growth.” And that creating this body of work has assisted in her own healing process.

Strickland hopes that viewers will feel at ease as they enter the gallery space due to the neutral, muted color palette and the therapeutic qualities of nature referenced in the work.

"Plants and animals create a gentle reminder for me to have patience with myself when I feel my own healing journey is not moving fast enough.” she said. “ Nothing in nature is rushed; flowers go through seasons of wilting and reblooming at their own pace, and so will I.”

Marissa Strickland is a Bachelor of Fine Arts student at Central Washington University with a concentration in painting.



Elizabeth Crisman: Archaeologic
Sarah Spurgeon Gallery


The CWU Sarah Spurgeon Gallery hosts a solo exhibition by visiting artist Elizabeth Crisman.

Elizabeth Crisman’s Archaeologic series is comprised primarily of photographs and objects made from slip cast stoneware that reference human evolution. Her interest in archeology and human history led her to volunteer at a Neolithic excavation, Kfar HaHoresh, in Israel during August 2010. Physical manifestations of Crisman’s experience as a volunteer at a Neolithic excavation site in Israel are brought to life in various works, each one probing differing archaic vocabularies and modes of thought. Crisman is the Director of the Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, Maryland. She received her MFA in photography and digital imaging from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Elizabeth Crisman: Archaeologic will remain on display through March 15.

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