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Nathan DiPietro: 'The Space between Two Points,' Opens January 12

The Sarah Spurgeon Gallery will host a solo exhibition of recent paintings and a new virtual reality artwork by Nathan DiPietro. DiPietro is a Seattle-based artist and 2003 CWU alumni, who received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting.

The opening events will take place on January 12, beginning with a lecture by DiPietro at 4 p.m. in Randall Hall, room 117. The lecture will be followed by a reception in the gallery from 5 to 7 p.m.

Art work: Chilean Memorial EditDiPietro creates detailed landscape paintings using traditional egg tempera methods. His work combines pristine nature with references to commercial development and land management, revealing the tensions that exist between natural and man-made environments.

The exhibit will also debut an interactive work titled Primary Clear Light that uses biofeedback to encourage stillness in the viewer. Visitors are invited to wear a virtual reality headset and immerse themselves in an imaginary landscape.

Nathan DiPietro was a recipient of the 2016 Neddy Artist Award, one the largest monetary awards given to artists in the Washington State. He has also received a Pollock Krasner Foundation grant, an Art 4Culture special project grant, and an Artist Trust Gap grant. In 2015, he was selected for a Morris Graves Foundation residency in Loleta, California. His work has been reviewed in Art in America, The Seattle Times, Art LTD, and The Stranger. DiPietro is represented by the Woodside/Braseth Gallery in Seattle.

The Space Between Two Points will remain on display through February 5.

Sarah Spurgeon Gallery is located in Randall Hall and is open weekdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on weekends, 1 to 4 p.m. The gallery will be closed on Monday, January 16, for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Admission is free. Please visit the art department website for more information.

Image Caption: Nathan DiPietro, Chilean Memorial Edit, 2015, egg tempera on panel, 22 in. x 22 in.

Media contact: Dawn Alford, public affairs coordinator, 509-963-1484,

--January 9, 2017