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Photography Exhibition by Natalie Krick Opens Thursday, January 16

Central Washington University’s Sarah Spurgeon Gallery will host a solo exhibition of recent photographs by visiting artist Natalie Krick.


The opening events will take place on Thursday, January 16, beginning with an artist’s talk at 4 p.m. in Randall Hall, room 117. The talk will be immediately followed by a reception in the gallery from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The exhibit includes photographs from two recent series of work by Krick: Natural Deceptions and Blonde Blow Out. The photographs are inspired by her conflicting attraction and aversion to images of women in popular culture.

In her work, Krick photographs herself, her mother, and her sister in poses and settings that mimic the glamour of magazines. The resulting images reveal beauty as artificial, flawed, threatening, seductive, and garish. They also uncover the role that photography plays in constructing illusions of female beauty and sexuality.

Krick currently lives and works in Seattle. She earned her MFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2012. She recently exhibited at SOIL Gallery in Seattle; Webber Represents in London; Aperture Gallery in New York; and Weinberg/Newton Gallery in Chicago.

Krick received the Aperture Portfolio Prize in 2017 and was awarded an individual photographer’s fellowship from the Aaron Siskind Foundation in 2015. Her first monograph titled Natural Deceptions was published by Skylark Editions in 2017.

Natalie Krick: Recent Works will remain on display through February 9. Sarah Spurgeon Gallery is located in Randall Hall on Dean Nicholson Boulevard and is open weekdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on weekends, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery will be closed January 20 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Admission is free. Please visit our website at:


Media Contact: Heather Horn Johnson, Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, 509-963-2665,


Image caption:

Natalie Krick, Me posing as Mom posing as Marilyn, 2014, Digital C print, 24 in. x 30 in.