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MFA Thesis Exhibition Opens May 23

The Sarah Spurgeon Gallery will host a Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition featuring artwork by Department of Art + Design graduate students Jeremy Irvin and Aveline Lane. The opening events will take place on Thursday, May 23, 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.


Aveline Layne’s work pushes the boundaries between ceramics and sculpture. She encapsulates foraged, natural objects, including leaves, bark, flowers, and seed pods, in clay. She then embeds them in larger sculptural forms crafted from branches and man-made nylon fabric. Their ethereal and fossilized beauty encourages viewers to contemplate humanities’ subjugation and loss of nature. Layne works as a Gallery Assistant at Gallery One Visual Arts Center, and recently received the 2019 CWU College of Arts and Humanities Artistic Achievement Award.


Jeremy Irvin’s body of work merges Modernist aesthetics with jewelry’s traditions. He creates visual effects by adhering charcoal and fine silver leaf to carved acrylic glass lenses, which are then set into functional sterling frames. Irvin grew up in Kailua, Hawaii, and later moved to Washington State where he obtained an economics degree from Seattle Pacific University. At the same time that he was studying economics he took classes in jewelry and metals, and apprenticed with a Seattle art jeweler, which led to his pursuit of a Master of Fine Arts degree at CWU.

The exhibition will remain on display through June 7. 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 27 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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