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CWU's Gallery 231 Presents Acquiesce by Art Student Carlos Lee Sullivan


Central Washington University’s Gallery 231 in Randall Hall will host “Acquiesce,”a show featuring allegorical pieces with imagery derived from a personal, invented mythology by Carlos Lee Sullivan on April 16-19.

An artist reception for Acquiesce will be held from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16 at Gallery 231.

In the work viewers are not intended to follow the narrative exactly as the artist imagines it, according to Sullivan, who is a graduating senior.

“I want people to be lost,” he explained. “I want them to almost understand; to see familiar narrative patterns and structures and to almost grip meaning, but to ultimately fail.”

Sullivan creates detailed paintings of mythical events where the narrative and dramatic thrust is clear. He displays lush jewelry work that celebrates a surprising or disturbing set of creatures. The precise meaning or relationships of the images are unclear.

It is in that tension of almost understanding that Sullivan wants to dwell. He compares his goal to the experience of unearthing some mysterious religious artifacts from a civilization completely lost to time.

Gallery 231 hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Randall Hall is located at 44444 E. Dean Nicholson Blvd. on the CWU campus. Parking is free in university lots after 4:30 p.m.

For more information, contact: or (208) 914-5656

Image info: “Descent:, oil on canvas, 48” x 30”, October 2018