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Telling Secrets, an Exhibit by Jane Orleman, Featured at CWU Museum

The Central Washington University Museum of Culture & Environment (MCE) invites the public to preview three new exhibitions for Fall 2019 at an opening reception on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 5:30 p.m.

In the main gallery, viewers will see Telling Secrets: An Artist’s Personal Journey Through Family Trauma, which features the paintings and stories of well-known Ellensburg artist Jane Orleman.  In this exhibition, Orleman addresses her experiences of childhood sexual violence and other forms of domestic abuse. Through therapy and painting, Orleman comes to terms with the past, accepts her emotions, and imagines a healing future.

As a survivor of abuse, Orleman seeks to empower other survivors, “Verbal, physical, and sexual violence in the home is a closely guarded secret. The first step in stopping crimes against ourselves and our children is to acknowledge the truth.”

The MCE will also be recognizing the new Window on Central display, Monkeys Do . . . We Do Too?, which showcases the research of CWU primatologists who studied Tibetan Macaques at Mt. Huangshan, China.

And finally, Shattering the Veil: A Reclamation of Female Indigenous Identity is a photography exhibit located in the MCE lobby, curated by CWU student Autumn Adams (Yakama Nation). Shattering the Veil invites viewers to examine how Indigenous women use culture to empower themselves in spaces of oppression.

The reception will include light refreshments and a few words of acknowledgment to honor the curators, artists, and researchers who made each exhibition possible.

The MCE is located in Dean Hall on the CWU campus, 1200 Wildcat Way. The MCE is open Wednesday – Friday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Parking on the CWU campus is free after 5:30 p.m. and on weekends. For more information, email or call (509) 963-2313.


Media Contact: J. Hope Amason,, (509) 963-1836.