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Student Artist Tara Pillai converts an Ideal Travel Trailer into a mobile art installation

Tara Pillai’s senior BFA art exhibition will be one giant outside installation. A 22-feet camping trailer will be turned into an interactive space that one can enter to view the exhibit.

“I have always been fascinated with the skies we live under. It all started when I was young and I was introduced to the concept of space. It all made me wonder how something so big and beautiful is out there all the time but one can’t really see it until darkness falls with the naked eye,” Pillai said. This is the first time any Central art student has done anything like this on this scale in the Fine Arts Program.

For the exhibit, “Our World”, Tara took an old travel trailer, gutted it’s interior and built it back up from the floors to ceiling entirely with her art. With paintings so big they won’t fit in the art building and over 50 ceramic tiles all crafted by hand, this exhibition can be viewed on the north side of Randall Hall at Central Washington University’s campus. This will be a one-day only event on Tuesday, May 14.

Tara Pillai says about her artwork, “I wanted to create something that is bigger than my imagination. That is why I chose to have my senior show in an old camping trailer. A trailer that is used to escape and see the world, instead I bring the world that I see inside. The whole idea of my exhibit is to immerse the viewer into my world, a world that I picture a happy place that I go to when I feel the real world is taking a toll on me.”

A reception for “Our World” will be held Tuesday, May 14 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in an old camp trailer parked on the northside of Randall Hall along Dean Nicholshon Blvd at Central Washington University. The exhibit will be open one day only from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on May 14.

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

Media Contact: Tara Pillai at or Gregg Schlanger, Department Chair, Art + Design, 509-963-2665,

Image: exterior, Ideal travel trailer, gallery conversion

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