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MFA Thesis Exhibit by Drew Liedtke and Jacqueline Trujillo Opens May 22

FLUIDSOLID Exhibit by Drew Liedtke and Jacqueline Trujillo opens May 22


May 9, 2018


ELLENSBURG, Wash.The Sarah Spurgeon Gallery will host a Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition featuring artwork by Department of Art + Design graduate students Drew Liedtke and Jacqueline Trujillo. The exhibit title, FLUIDSOLID, refers to the materials and concepts that they employ in their artwork.  Flowing paint is used in Trujillo’s work to capture the fluid nature of memories, and Liedtke creates solid bricks that are melted at high temperatures, and then cooled to capture their altered forms.


The opening events will take place on Tuesday, May 22, beginning with an artists’ talk at 4:00 p.m. in Randall Hall, room 117. The lecture will be directly followed by a reception in the gallery from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.


Drew Liedtke makes bricks that reference architectural forms. If the bricks experience enough heat energy in the kiln they strengthen, weaken, crack, melt, and blend in accordance with their respective elemental compositions. When cooled, their reactions are captured as a mysterious gesture: a triumph, a collapse, an embrace.  After growing up in Southwest Wyoming, Liedtke earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramic art from Utah State University in 2012. Liedtke was awarded the 2018 College of Arts and Humanities Outstanding Graduate Student Artistic Achievement Award.


Jacqueline Trujillo’s paintings and layered drawings are about memories and familiarity: “When I recall a memory, there are aspects of the mental image that are defined, while others remain vague. I use landscapes because a familiar location triggers the memories therein. Despite distortions, what is still recognizable is color and basic shape.” Trujillo is a Utah native who received her Bachelor’s Degree in Arts at Southern Utah University. She is also a Community School of the Arts Instructor at Gallery One Visual Arts Center.


The exhibition will remain on display through June 8. 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 May 28 for the Memorial Day Holiday. Admission is free. Please visit our website at:


Media Contact: Heather Horn Johnson, Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, 509-963-2665,

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