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CWU Art Student Explores the Influence of Music on Figurative Artworks



How can visual arts and music create connections? Isabelle Berry shows the importance of music in her artistic processes by presenting her work and her musical influences side by side in See/Hear. In this exhibition, she gives the viewer the opportunity to see art in a new way: by listening to it as well.


The opening reception for See/Hear will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on Tuesday, May 7th at Gallery 231 in Randall Hall on the campus of Central Washington University. The exhibition will run through Friday, May 10th.


“Growing up in a family of musicians, I assumed I would end up becoming a musician as well.” Berry explained, “When I found that I was more comfortable creating art, I still wanted to allow something so integral in my life to show through, and I felt sharing my musical inspirations might be able to do that.”


Apart from using musical influences, Berry will often reflect upon art history and digital glitch effects, using them as inspiration for “content, composition, and experimentation.” She paints with oils on semi-large scale canvases, builds multi-media sculpture, and creates digital paintings.


Her goal is to create paintings and sculpture that “relate to the human condition at large, being both personal and open to interpretation.”


Isabelle Berry is graduating from CWU’s department of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree this June. She plans to pursue an MFA degree in the coming years. You may see more of Berry’s work on her Website at, and on her Instagram You can contact her at


Randall Hall is located at 44444 E Dean Nicholson Blvd, in Ellensburg. Parking is free in University lots after 4:30 pm, except in specially marked spaces and residence hall lots.


Image: “Gulag Orkestar”, 2019, Oil on canvas, 34inx30in


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