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MFA Thesis Exhibition Opens Thursday, May 27

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The CWU Sarah Spurgeon Gallery will host Reclaimed, a Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition by Lindsay Peyton and Jerry Slough. The exhibit will be on view to the public from May 27 through June 11.

Peyton and Slough will give a webinar artist talk on Thursday, May 27, from 4 to 5 p.m. To register in advance for the Zoom webinar, go to:

In the work, Lindsay Peyton transcribes brief, repeated passages from her journals onto large sculptural canvasses using tinted gesso, charcoal, and acrylic paint. The journal entries from which she selects the excerpts all reflect on a sense of place.

“My paintings explore the concepts of home, travel, migration, and movement. Each is part of a larger theme of dislocation,” Peyton said. “The work is not about place in general, but rather of being out of place, which includes nostalgia, longing and looking into the past.”

Jerry Slough selects ads that are targeted towards him on social media and transforms them, reclaiming the data and creating his own new images through chemical photographic processes. While frequent, data collection processes remain secret and hidden.

“My work asks the viewer to examine how they are being targeted by technology companies and how their personal life and data has become a resource, shaping their lives and actions,” Slough said.

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 Saturdays, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The gallery will be closed on May 31 for the Memorial Day holiday. Please note that all CWU safety protocols will be in place, including the use of face coverings. Visit our website at:

Media contact: Richard Moreno, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-2714,

Image captions:

Lindsay Peyton, Perhaps it was the worst thing, to try to remake Houston ours, yours and mine (detail), 2021, Mixed media on canvas, 440 in. x 72 in.(left)

Jerry Slough, Faux Autumn, 2020, Archival Pigment Print from Chromoskedasic Sabattier Silver Gelatin Print, 20 in. x 24 in. (right)√