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Art + Design

College of Arts and Humanities



Humaira Abid - Artist Lecture

SURC Theatre

Thursday, March 12 - 4PM

The CWU Department of Art + Design will feature a lecture by visiting artist Humaira Abid. Abid was born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan. She immigrated to the United States in 2008 and now lives and works in Seattle, Washington. Through her artistic process Abid gathers ordinary objects from everyday life and transforms them into something extraordinary. Her turned and carved wood sculpture and paintings—known for their exquisite detail—depict human relationships, societal repression, and the consequences of keeping basic truths from being discussed and shared. The beauty and seductive virtuosity of her work offset her political, ironic, provocative, and even scandalous objects and installations.

Abid received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture and miniature painting from the National College of Arts, Lahore, in 2000. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally including in Malaysia, India, Pakistan, Mauritius, Nepal, Kenya, Dubai, Bolivia, Germany, Russia, and the United Kingdom. She is the recipient of numerous honors, most recently the 2019 Artist Trust Arts Innovator Award.

Humaira Abid’s lecture is part of a series of programs engaging interdisciplinary topics within the visual arts and hosted by the CWU Department of Art + Design. Admission to the talk is free.

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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