CWUArts NewsArts News Lounge Exhibit Invites the Public to Dream with "Dreamers", 21 Feb 2018 11:44:58<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 450px; height: 321px;"></p><p>The Sarah Spurgeon Gallery is hosting <em>DACA Lounge-A Dream Sanctuary</em>, inspired by the plight and courage of DACA students, who dare to 'dream' despite their difficult and uncharted circumstances.</p><p>On February 22, the CWU student club MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán) will meet in the SURC Pit at 5:00 p.m. The club will lead a walk around campus ending at the Spurgeon Gallery. MEChA will present a short film and have a spoken-word event where students talk about their experiences related to DACA.</p><p>The DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Lounge invites gallery visitors to dream in solidarity, encouraging quietude and calmness. Inside the darkened gallery, the exhibit features glowing, cloud-like, and inflatable lounging platforms of various sizes for both groups and individuals. Motion sensors control ambient sounds and LED lights, creating a space conducive to thoughtful contemplation, imagination, and meditation. The exhibition is cosponsored by the CWU Center for Diversity and Social Justice.</p><p>Horatio Hung-Yan Law is a Portland-based installation and public artist. Born in Hong Kong to Chinese parents, he moved to the United States at the age of sixteen.&nbsp; With his multi-cultural background, Law explores subjects such as the immigrant's experience, trans-cultural adoptions, and reinterpretations of cultural icons.</p><p><em>DACA Lounge-A Dream Sanctuary</em> will be on display through March 14. 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 Credit: Horatio Law, DACA Lounge Installation Imag</p><p>Wednesday, February 21, 2018</p>CWU Symphony Orchestra Honored with Singular Kennedy Center Invite, 09 Feb 2018 09:23:22<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 450px; height: 171px;"></p><p>The Central Washington University Symphony Orchestra is the only collegiate university group invited to be a featured performer at the Capital Orchestra Festival in Washington, DC. The February 19 performance will take place at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.</p><p>This will be the group's first trip to Washington DC, as well as its first tour to the East Coast.</p><p>"We are so honored to be invited to the Capital Orchestra Festival," said Nikolas Caoile, CWU director of Orchestras, and interim chair of the music department. "Our students have earned this distinction through their hard work, talent, and sheer musicianship. I am very proud to lead them."</p><p>The program will include Johannes Brahms' <em>Double Concerto for Violin and Cello</em>, and Modest Mussorgsky's <em>Pictures at an Exhibition</em>.</p><p>The 73-member CWU Symphony Orchestra is recognized as the preeminent collegiate orchestra program in the Northwest, performing as many as ten concerts per year including choral/orchestral collaborations, a concerto competition, Halloween concert, opera productions and guest artist concerts.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe class="youtube-player" frameborder="0" height="390" src="//" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="480"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The ensemble consistently receives invitations to perform at State Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) and Northwest Regional NAfME conferences. Recent performances include Ravel's <em>La Valse</em> as part of an invited performance for the Washington Music Educators Association State Conference, and fully staged performances of Mozart's <em>The Magic Flute</em> at Icicle Creek's Snowy Owl Theater and Strauss' <em>Die Fledermaus</em> at the Capitol Theater in Yakima. In May, they will present Brahms' <em>Ein deutsches Requiem</em> at Seattle's Benaroya Hall.</p><p>In addition, CWU has partnered with KCTS 9 and KYVE 47 to provide televised programming, via <em>CWU On Stage</em>, of the Symphony Orchestra concerts to the stations' 2.5 million viewers. The show is hosted by Caoile.</p><p><strong>The JFK Center for the Performing Arts</strong><br>The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is a world-renowned arts complex on the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. It opened in 1971 as a living memorial to the 35th President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Designed by architect Edward Durrell Stone, it was built by Philadelphia contractor John McShain and is administered by a bureau of the Smithsonian Institution. It is often referred to as the "National Center for the Performing Arts," serving as the home of the National Symphony, Washington Ballet, Washington National Opera, and the Washington Performing Arts Society. Thousands of art performances are given annually on the various stages and theaters that exist within the structure.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br>Short Works Festival Showcases Student Talent, 07 Feb 2018 08:15:04<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 174px; height: 130px; margin: 5px; float: left;">Reviving a Central Theatre Ensemble tradition from years past, the Short Works Festival offers a venue for emerging student directors, designers, and actors to share their work and passion with the public. Sometimes irreverent, often amusing, and always entertaining, this bill of short plays reflects the interests, concerns and aesthetics of current students and their emerging views of the world.</p><p>The Central Washington University Short Works Festival will be held at 7:30 p.m., February 8, 9, and 10 and at 2 p.m. on February 11 in the Milo Smith Tower Theatre. Tickets are $12 for general admission; $10 for seniors, alumni and students; and $8 for CWU students with ID. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 509-963-1429. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Wildcat Shop Customer Service at the Student Union and Recreation Building. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended.</p><p><strong>NOTE:</strong> The Short Works Festival is recommended for mature audiences; some material is unsuitable for children under 17. Performances may include language and situations some patrons may consider offensive.</p><p>The following short plays and scenes are produced and directed by senior theatre arts students:</p><p>Production Team:<br>Producers, Michael Smith, Meredith Magoun; production manager, Jerald Dougherty; production stage manager, Anna Mae Whatley; lighting designer, Graeme Buchanan; master electrician, Shay LaPierre; costume designer, Jackson Berhow; scenic designer, Derik Radcliffe; sound coordinator, Anna Mae Whatley; light board operator, Alisa Muench; sound board operator, Georgi Grimm</p><p><em>The Purity Patent</em></p><p>Director, Brandon Carter; playwright, Annie Jankovic; stage manager, Jay Sharma; stage fighting consultant, Pierce Williams</p><p>Cast:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Frederick Banting--David Arnold; James Collip--Devin Duggan; Charles Best--Evan Garfein; John Macleod--Skyler Lenhoff; Elliot Hastings--Megan Christensen</p><p><em>Signing Shakespeare</em></p><p>Director, Jeryn Sonnabend; stage manager, Allie Baele;<br>Cast: Jeryn Sonnabend</p><p><br><em>Waiting</em></p><p>Director, Isaac Pauls; playwright, Ethan Cohen; stage manager, Austin White</p><p>Cast: Mr. Nelson--Aaron Smart; Receptionist--Emma Pope; Nick McMartin--Clint Barke; Polhemus--Sean McGehee; Sebatacheck--Cash McAllister</p><p><br><em>Suffer Up</em></p><p>Choreographer/Director, Annie Powers; composers of original music, Chris Powers and Arvo Part; stage manager, Annie Jankovic</p><p>Cast: Karli Reinbold, Jill Faulk, Alex Aragon, Andreya Pro, Chesley Sheppard, Jamie Dahl, Noah Skillman</p><p><br><em>The Lonesome West</em></p><p>Director, Andrew Jamshidi; playwright, Martin McDonagh; stage manager, Erika Laulainen; dialect consultants, Jeryn Sonnabend and Michael Smith</p><p>Cast: Coleman--Dylan Eckstein; Valene--Ben Usher</p><p>Music: "Wolf Blood" by Adrian von Ziegler, used with explicit permission from the composer and creator.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Parking is free in all university lots after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except in residential housing lots and in specially designated spaces.</p><p><br><em>CWU is the only state institution that offers a bachelor of fine arts degree with highly competitive programs in musical theatre, performance, and design and production.</em></p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p><p>Wednesday, February 7, 2018</p></br></br></br></br></br></br>Then Sings My Soul Inspirational Concert February 9, 05 Feb 2018 13:54:42<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 250px; height: 333px; margin: 5px; float: left;">Inspirational American music including Broadway, jazz, spirituals, and American art song will be featured in a soul-stirring concert Friday night. Cheryse McLeod Lewis brings her entertaining solo show, <em>Then Sings My Soul</em>, to the Central Washington University Music Building Concert Hall at 7:00 p.m. on February 9. Admission is free for this event as part of the Guest Artist's Series supported by the CWU Music Department.</p><p>Every <em>Then Sings My Soul</em> performance has its own unique character. Ellensburg audience members can expect to hear such popular tunes as "Ride On, King Jesus," "The Impossible Dream" (<em>The Man of La Mancha</em>), "You'll Never Walk Alone" (<em>Carousel</em>), and Lee Hoiby's stirring musical setting of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech.</p><p>CWU's very own Chamber Choir will also join Lewis at the end of the program to perform two spirituals. Lewis enjoys interacting with the audience from the stage and narrates the concert with anecdotes throughout the evening.<br><br>Mezzo-soprano Lewis is an award-winning performing artist who has created a uniquely diverse performance career. Trained as a classical singer, Lewis is an accomplished performer in opera, concert, recital, and Broadway musical genres. She has performed on the 1st National Broadway Tour of The Gershwins' <em>Porgy and Bess </em>as understudy Bess and Ensemble Swing. While on tour, she appeared in the title role of Bess numerous times to critical acclaim.<br><br>This year, Lewis will make her Seattle Opera solo debut singing the role of Annie in <em>Porgy and Bess</em> and her Village Theatre debut singing Cinderella's Stepmother in <em>Into the Woods</em>. Some of her numerous principal roles have included the title role in <em>Carmen</em>; Rosina in <em>Il barbiere di Siviglia</em>; and Papagena in <em>The Magic Flute</em>.<br><br>Lewis has performed as a soloist with Orchestra Seattle, Boise Philharmonic, Olympia Symphony Orchestra, Eugene Concert Choir, Kirkland Choral Society, Philharmonia Northwest, Gettysburg Festival, Eastern Music Festival, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Greensboro Symphony, New Britain (CT) Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Mansfield Symphony, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, MOJA Festival, and Greensboro Oratorio Society.</p><p>Parking in the CWU lots is free after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except in specially marked spaces and residence hall lots.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p></br></br></br></br></br></br>Horatio Law: DACA Lounge—A Dream Sanctuary, 05 Feb 2018 13:37:16<p>DACA Lounge is an art installation inspired by the plight and courage of DACA students, who dare to “dream” despite their difficult and uncharted circumstances. The DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Lounge invites all of us to dream in solidarity, and encourages quietude and calmness that are conducive to thoughtful contemplation, imagination, and meditation.</p><p>Horatio will be creating audio recordings or videos of undocumented students who would like to share stories about their experiences. If safety is a concern and students would prefer to remain anonymous, precautions will be taken to hide their identity. If you know of anyone who would like to help, they can feel free to contact Heather Horn Johnson (, 509.963.3153).</p><p>Students, drop by the Spurgeon Gallery to meet Horatio and help create this meaningful art installation.</p><p>Horatio Law: DACA Lounge—A Dream Sanctuary<br>Sarah Spurgeon Gallery<br>Central Washington University<br><br>Exhibition on View February 15 - March 14, 2018<br>Opening Events, Thursday, February 15:<br>4:00 p.m., Artist Talk, Randall Hall, Room 117<br>5:00-7:00 p.m., Reception in the Gallery (Randall Hall, Room 141)</p><p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 448px; height: 600px;"></p><p>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>MFA Student Pushes Boundaries of Conventional Jewelry in New Exhibit, 29 Jan 2018 07:53:36<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 200px; height: 404px; margin: 5px; float: right;">Jeremy Irvin, Master of Fine Arts candidate, is holding a solo exhibition, <em>Plastic Jewelry</em>, as his mid-thesis project.&nbsp; The exhibition opens Monday, January 29 with a reception from 6:00-7:30 p.m. and is open from 12:00-3:00 p.m. daily until Friday, February 2. The exhibition and reception are located in Gallery 231, on the second floor of Randall Hall, CWU on Dean Nicholson Boulevard.<br><br>Jeremy Irvin grew up in Kailua, Hawaii, and moved to Washington at age 17, where he attended Seattle Pacific University.&nbsp; During his first year at SPU, he took a Jewelry and Metals course as his art elective and fell in love. Over the next three and a half years, he took Jewelry and Metals classes every quarter, apprenticed for a Seattle art jeweler, worked repairing silver antiques, and rented studio space at Pratt, all while obtaining a degree in Economics.<br><br><em>Plastic Jewelry</em> is the result of blending Irvin’s fine art jewelry background with the optical qualities obtained by working with plastic, primarily acrylic glass. It is a series of work, composed primarily of plastic and sterling silver, which blends the fabrication methods of fine art jewelry with the unique aesthetic offered by combining acrylic glass with gold and silver leaf.&nbsp; Irvin says that his goal with this work is “to push the boundaries of conventional jewelry aesthetics while still remaining tethered to the discipline's tradition.” The body of work is non-representational, relying on jewelry’s use as ornamentation as its primary role.&nbsp; While many people might have an idea of cheap costume objects in mind when they think of plastic jewelry, the title is a reminder that materials do not have to be used in ways to reinforce the assumptions.<br><br>For more information, or &nbsp;to schedule an interview, contact Jeremy Irvin at<br><br>IMAGE:<br>“Concentric Brooch No. 2”<br>2017<br>Sterling silver, acrylic glass, gold leaf, silver leaf, charcoal, chalk, rubber, topaz, stainless steel, epoxy resin<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>PUNCH Projects, The Woods, Opens January 11, 26 Dec 2017 14:25:28<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 450px; height: 338px;"></p><p>For many, solace is found in nature. Lush and verdant forests offer a place of retreat and reflection. By contrast, <em>The Woods</em> represent a wilderness experience of another sort: a wild and shadowy place where both the boogieman and the big, bad wolf reside. This exhibition explores the curious territory between reality and the supernatural, between the primal and the paranormal. It is in <em>The Woods</em> where our deepest fears and unmitigated imagination collide.</p><p>The Sarah Spurgeon Gallery will host <em>The Woods</em>, a mixed-media installation by Central Washington University alumni and PUNCH Projects members Renee Adams, Howard Barlow, Justin Colt Beckman, and Justin Gibbens. Included in the installation is artwork by past PUNCH Gallery artists Bill Finger, Carolyn Hopkins, Dylan Neuwirth, and Eugene Parnell.</p><p>The opening events will take place on Thursday, January 11, beginning with a lecture by PUNCH Projects 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.</p><p>From its 10-year history as a gallery in Seattle, to its current initiative as a rural arts collective, PUNCH has worked to promote visual dialogue between urban and rural art communities. In their ongoing effort to promote artwork that is thoughtful, fresh and contemporary coupled with their desire to further bridge urban rural connections, PUNCH Projects seeks to support the cultural vibrancy of rural art scenes by spurring creative awareness, cross-cultural engagement, and economic vitality. To learn more about PUNCH Projects, visit their website at:</p><p><em>The Woods</em> will remain on display through February 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 on January 15 for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Admission is free.</p><p>Media Contact: Heather Horn Johnson, Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, 509-963-2665,,</p><p><em>Image Caption:</em><br>1. Bill Finger, Devil's Tramping Ground, 2004, Digital pigment print, 30 in. x 40 in.</p></br>Mattawa Monologues Project Comes to CWU December 6, 04 Dec 2017 11:29:57<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 450px; height: 300px;"></p><p>In the crucible of middle/junior high school, as children become adolescents, young students’ real fears and concerns are often overlooked. In Mattawa, a unique project by Central Washington University’s Theatre Arts department is empowering the often underrepresented voices of pre-teens and young teenagers.</p><p>On December 6, the CWU community will have an opportunity to experience the results of a rewarding collaboration between junior high school students and CWU theatre arts majors. The <em>Mattawa Monologues </em>will be performed at 7:00 p.m. in the SURC Theatre. The event is free and open to the public. Parking in CWU lots is free after 4:30 p.m.</p><p>Prior to the performance, MECHA and other CWU organizations will host a mixer with the young authors of the selected monologues and their parents. The goal of the mixer is to create bridges for these young students in the hope of making attendance at a university more accessible to them.</p><p>In September, Patrick Dizney, Theatre Arts professor and associate chair, teamed up with Wahluke Junior High teacher Autumn Harlow to create <em>M2P, The Mattawa Monologue Project</em>. Their objectives were to encourage personal expression of the Wahluke students and to make connections between WJH and CWU students.</p><p>Working with five WJH teachers, Dizney led two days of monologue writing workshops. WJH teachers then continued to work on the text with these sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders, until more than 100 monologues were written and submitted.</p><p>“The writing parameters were intentionally left open, and there is a broad representation of voices and concerns of these young people,” Dizney said.</p><p>CWU Theatre Arts students also selected monologues to perform and worked on them in their class with Dizney through late October and early November. They learned about the performance process, the importance of honoring the writers work and how to apply concepts learned in their acting class to performance.</p><p>In November, more than 20 CWU students traveled to Mattawa to perform the selected monologues for the entire junior high.</p><p>Harlow and Dizney created this project with sustainability in mind and look to continue and further the reach of its impact on more communities.</p><p>“I think this collaboration was a complete success—for all the students involved,” Dizney concluded. “I know the CWU students were impressed with the depth and range of the WJH students’ writing, and learned a lot from working with the younger kids.”</p><p><em>Photo: CWU Theatre Arts students performing the </em>Mattawa Monologues<em> at Wahluke Junior High School in Mattawa</em></p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p><p>December 4, 2017<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br>Festive Holiday Concert a Seasonal Potpourri of Classical and Traditional Song, 28 Nov 2017 15:03:58<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 450px; height: 300px;"></p><p>In a choral tribute to the joys of the holiday season, Central Washington University Choirs will present a Festive Holiday Concert on December 1. The concert will feature the Wildcat Chorus, Vox Divina, and Chamber Choir.<br><br>The choirs will sing perform a brilliant variety of works, including beloved songs—Lo, How a Rose e’er Blooming, Silent Night, and other favorites. Vox Divina will feature oboist Vanessa Blily on the stunning Z. Randall Stroope setting of There Is no Rose. The audience will then have a chance to sing some traditional carols with the choir, led by Scott Peterson, adjunct faculty of choral studies.<br><br>The Chamber Choir will present Christmas Goes Classical—a medley of everything from Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King, to Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Bizet’s Toreador, and Verdi’s Anvil Chorus—all composed with Christmas lyrics.<br><br>“The finale will be a real treat for the audience,” said Gary Weidenaar, professor of music and director of choral studies. “The concert will be brought to a moving close when the 100 voices present Rutter’s Candlelight Carol and the beautifully serene Still, Still, Still—with the choir singing in the concert hall aisles.”<br><br>The Festive Holiday Concert will be held at 7:00 p.m., December 1, in the McIntyre Music Building Concert Hall.&nbsp; Prior to the concert, the CWU Alumni Association will host a reception for ticketholders in the Choir Room at 6:00 p.m.</p><p>General admission is $12, $7 for students, seniors, and alumni. Tickets may be purchased at the door or at Parking in the CWU lots is free after 4:30 p.m., except in specially designated spaces and residence hall lots.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p><p>November 28, 2017</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>A Flurry of Musical Offerings Herald the Holiday Season, 22 Nov 2017 12:33:09<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 225px; height: 300px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right;">The sound of music will definitely brighten your mood for the next week! Central Washington University’s Department of Music has slated a number of concerts to help you ring in the holiday season. Unless otherwise noted, the following concerts are free and open to the public. Parking in the CWU lots is free after 4:30 p.m., except in specially designated spaces and residence hall lots.</p><p><strong>Percussion Ensemble Concert</strong><br>7:00 p.m., November 28<br>McIntyre Music Building Recital Hall</p><p><strong>Symphonic Bands Concert</strong><br>7:00 p.m., November 29<br>McIntyre Music Building Concert Hall</p><p><strong>Wind Ensemble Concert</strong><br>7:00 p.m., November 30<br>McIntyre Music Building Concert Hall</p><p><strong>Festive Holiday Concert</strong><br>7:00 p.m., December 1<br>McIntyre Music Building Concert Hall<br>$12 General Admission, $7 Students/Seniors/Alumni</p><p><strong>An Afternoon/Evening of Jazz</strong><br>4:00 pm/7:00 p.m., December 2<br>McIntyre Music Building Concert Hall<br>$12 General Admission, $7 Students/Seniors/Alumni<br>Tickets are valid at both shows</p><p><strong>CWU Symphony Orchestra Concert</strong><br>4:00 p.m., December 3<br>McIntyre Music Building Concert Hall<br>$12 General Admission, $7 Students/Seniors/Alumni</p><p>Tickets may be purchased at the door or at</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>