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Current Exhibits and Talks

Exhibitions and Talks 2019-2020

FALL 2019


October 3—October 27, 2019

The Poster Show, Curated by David Bieloh

Opening Events, Thursday, October 3:

4:00-5:00 p.m., Designer’s Talk, Rex Peteet, Randall Hall, Room 117

5:00-7:00 p.m., Reception in the Spurgeon Gallery


An invitational exhibition featuring posters created by fifteen innovative commercial graphic designers and design educators, whose work is nationally and internationally-known. Their various styles provide a broad overview of graphic design as applied to poster art. The Poster Show was curated by David Bieloh, Associate Professor of Graphic Design.


October 24, 2019

Artist Talk: Sonny Assu

4:00-5:00 p.m., SURC Theatre, Room 210


Sonny Assu is an interdisciplinary Ligwilda’xw Kwakwaka’wakw contemporary artist. Assu’s artistic practice is diverse: spanning painting, sculpture, photography, digital art, and printmaking. He negotiates Western and Kwakwaka’wakw principles of art making as a means of exploring his family history and the experiences of being an indigenous person in the colonial state of Canada.


November 7—December 8, 2019

INTERSTATE: Where I-90 meets I-82

Opening Events, Thursday, November 7

4:00-5:00 p.m., Juror’s Talk, Grace Kook-Anderson, Portland Art Museum,

Randall Hall, Room 117

5:00-7:00 p.m., Reception in the Spurgeon Gallery

(Gallery Closed: November 11, Veteran’s Day Holiday; November 27-December 1, Thanksgiving Break)


INTERSTATE is a biennial juried exhibition, the proceeds of which support student scholarships in the CWU Department of Art + Design. The juror for the 2019 INTERSTATE exhibit is Grace Kook-Anderson, the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art at the Portland Art Museum.


November 21, 2019

Art Historian Talk: Dr. Adair Rounthwaite

Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Washington

4:00-5:00 p.m., Randall Hall, Room 117


Dr. Rounthwaite is a specialist in contemporary art, with particular interests in performance, audience participation, conceptualism, institutional critique, and the relationship between art and urban space.





January 16—February 9, 2020

Natalie Krick, Photography

Opening Events, Thursday, January 16:

4:00-5:00 p.m., Artist Talk, Randall Hall, Room 117

5:00-7:00 p.m., Reception in the Spurgeon Gallery

(Gallery Closed, January 20, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday)


Fueled by her fascination with popular culture, Natalie Krick makes photographs that mimic cliché images of sexuality and beauty. Krick received her MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2012. She currently lives and works in Seattle.



February 11, 2020

Artist Talk: Alison Bremner

4:00-5:00 p.m., SURC Theatre, Room 210


Alison Bremner is a Tlingit artist born and raised in Southeast Alaska. Painting, woodcarving, regalia, and digital collage are a few of the mediums the artist employs. In addition to her contemporary art practice, Marks is committed to the revitalization of the Tlingit language and creating works for traditional and ceremonial use.



February 20—March 15, 2020

Elizabeth Crisman, Photography and Mixed Media

Opening Events, Thursday, February 20:

4:00-5:00 p.m., Artist Talk, Randall Hall, Room 117

5:00-7:00 p.m., Reception in the Spurgeon Gallery


Elizabeth Crisman is a Baltimore-based photographer whose mixed-media works are a visual exploration of issues related to archaeology and human history. She holds an MFA in Photography and Digital Imaging from Maryland Institute College of Art, and a BFA in Ceramics from Virginia Commonwealth University.



March 12, 2020

Artist Talk: Humaira Abid

4:00-5:00 p.m., SURC Theatre, Room 210


Seattle-based artist Humaira Abid creates carved wood sculptures, frequently combining them with elements of installation and miniature painting. Born in Pakistan, her cross-cultural work is filled with symbolism confronting gender taboos and stereotypes, and the socio-political issues that women face in their daily lives. Abid received her BFA in sculpture with a double minor in miniature painting in 2000 from the National College of Arts in Lahore.





April 2—26, 2020

Amy Babinec, Painting/Drawing

Opening Events, Tuesday, April 7:

4:00-5:00 p.m., Artist Talk, Randall Hall, Room 117

5:00-7:00 p.m., Reception in the Spurgeon Gallery


Amy Babinec’s drawings and paintings focus on lost memory, trauma, and DIY archaeology. An upbringing in the coal country of Illinois has informed her recent practice of documenting abandoned mines. She currently teaches at colleges in the Chicago area and is an artist-educator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.


April 3, 2020

Archeological Drawing Workshop

(Times, Location, and Sign-Up information, TBA)


Amy Babinec and Faith Haney will lead a free three-hour workshop where participants learn to observe and draw artifacts from the collection of the CWU Museum of Culture and the Environment. Amy Babinec is a visiting artist in the Department of Art + Design with an exhibition on view through April 26 in the Sarah Spurgeon Gallery. Faith Haney is an archaeologist, technical illustrator, and CWU alumni.


May 7—June 7, 2020

Juried Undergraduate Student Art + Design Exhibition

Reception and Awards Ceremony, Thursday, May 7, 5-7 p.m. (Awards at 6 p.m.)

(Gallery Closed, May 25, Memorial Day)


An annual exhibition showcasing outstanding undergraduate student artwork created during the past academic year.

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