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Nathan DiPietro Exhibition Opens January 12

Nathan DiPietro, Chilean Memorial Edit, 2015, egg tempera on panel, 22 in. x 22 in.

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — The Sarah Spurgeon Gallery will host a solo exhibition of recent paintings and a new virtual reality artwork by Nathan DiPietro. DiPietro is a Seattle-based artist and CWU alumni, who received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the Department of Art in 2003.

The opening events will take place on Thursday, January 12, beginning with a lecture by DiPietro 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.

DiPietro creates detailed landscape paintings using traditional egg tempera methods. His work combines pristine nature with references to commercial development and land management, revealing the tensions that exist between natural and man-made environments. The exhibit will also debut an interactive work titled Primary Clear Light that uses biofeedback to encourage stillness in the viewer. Visitors are invited to wear a virtual reality headset and immerse themselves in an imaginary landscape.

Nathan DiPietro was a recipient of a 2016 Neddy Artist Award, one the largest monetary awards given to artists in the State of Washington. He has also received a Pollock Krasner Foundation grant, an Art 4Culture special project grant, and an Artist Trust Gap grant. In 2015 he was selected for a Morris Graves Foundation residency in Loleta, California. His work has been reviewed in Art in America, the Seattle Times, Art LTD, and The Stranger. DiPietro is represented by the Woodside/Braseth Gallery in Seattle.

The Space Between Two Points will remain on display through February 5. 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 on Monday, January 16, for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Admission is free. Please visit our website at: http://www.cwu.edu/art

Media Contact: Heather Horn Johnson, Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, 509-963-2665, heather.johnson@cwu.edu

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