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Art + Design

College of Arts and Humanities



This Week Around the
Department of Art + Design


December 10 - 13, 2019
Gallery 231
Matt Caleen

Opening Reception Tuesday, December 10, 5 to 7 p.m.

Artist Statement: Fabricated is a representation of the façade that people put forth to hide their sadness, frustration, and anxiety. Fabricated smiles are made with plaster which, when wet, can be poured into molds to recreate them. When it dries, plaster is as hard as stone, and just like plaster, a fake smile is easy to reproduce. On the floor of the room, surrounded by smiles, are three figures. Their body language represents negative emotions that everyone tries to suppress: anger/frustration, anxiety/fear and depression/sadness. I hope that the tension I represent—between the façade that we all utilize and the emotions that we often suppress—will remind the viewer of how little we know about even our happiest-seeming friends.





Upcoming Events


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.

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