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Solo Exhibition by Nicole Pietrantoni Opens Thursday, March 28


The CWU Sarah Spurgeon Gallery will host A lapse, a fold, a fallowed field, a solo exhibition by visiting artist Nicole Pietrantoni on March 28 in room 117, Randall Hall on the Central Washington University campus.

The show will begin with an artist’s talk at 4:00 p.m. that will be immediately followed by a reception in the gallery from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Pietrantoni is an Associate Professor of Art at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, where she teaches printmaking and book arts. In her art, she uses both traditional and digital printmaking techniques to explore the complex relationship between human beings and nature.

With a specific interest in photography’s historic relationship to representation, her work draws attention to humans’ role in constructing and idealizing landscape.

Through large-scale installations, artists’ books, and works on paper, Pietrantoni questions the tradition of landscape photography and examines the tension between picturesque images of nature and the near-constant threat of environmental change.

Featured in the exhibit is Sunset Strips, one of a series of folded accordion books that expand to create a panoramic image of a landscape. The fragmented columns, pages, and text engage nature as an accumulation of processes, perceptions, and stories. Nature can no longer be seen as something set apart from humans but is instead something we fundamentally alter and continue to shape.

Pietrantoni received her Master of Fine Arts and Master of Arts in Printmaking from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Science in Human and Organizational Development and Art History from Vanderbilt University.

A lapse, a fold, a fallowed field will remain on display through April 21. 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 weekends, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, go to:

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


Image caption:

Sunset Strips, 2016, Inkjet on Japanese paper, bound into 11 accordion books, 36 in. x 52 in. x 4 in.