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photo of clouds in a valley by T.RiordanThe Salmon Creek Journal’s Annual Photo Competition, Travel Cafe, features the Vancouver campus community’s best shots from around the world. Submissions for this year’s theme of “Bliss” included images of beautiful landscapes, interesting uses of light and reflection, as well as the joy of human interaction. » More …

New Schnitzer Museum hosts MFA exhibit

Crimson building at WSUSeven fine arts graduate students are among the first to have their work on display in the newly opened Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at WSU.

The Master’s of Fine Arts Exhibition opened in early April and includes pieces some students have been working on for years.

Jared Boorn, whose art is on display, was inspired » More …

Podcast series makes visiting artists accessible any time

Three audio clipsSqueak Meisel, the chair of the Department of Fine Arts and a renowned sculptor, has a confession to make about his podcast series, “Fly on the Wall.”

“I stole this idea from my friend Spencer Moody,” he says. Moody, a punk and noise rock musician and artist late of Seattle and now living in Los Angeles, recorded a series of interviews that inspired Meisel to realize that there is a whole “cohort of people who make different decisions than I do,” and who have a diversity of approaches to life, art, music, the world and its ambiguities. » More …

3D printing: ‘still life’ art exhibit, innovative teaching tools

Guests viewing 'Sculpting in Virtual Space' gallery spaceThe show “Sculpting in Virtual Space: Experiments in Teaching” showcases diverse 3-dimensional prints created by several fine arts students and two faculty members, Hallie Meredith, art historian and clinical assistant professor, and Jamin Kuhn, instructor of fine arts digital media.

New sculptures by WSU fine arts students are mixed with miniature versions of iconic artworks in a free, public exhibit in Gallery 2 through 3:00 p.m. Friday, February 2.

Curated by Meredith and Kuhn, the exhibit features 3D prints of sculptures from antiquity » More …

Emotionally powerful exhibit focuses on child loss

Susana Butterworth - Emtpy Photo ProjectThe emotionally powerful, poignant “Empty Photo Project,” created by WSU Tri-Cities student Susana Butterworth, that details the tragic and emotional experience of what it is like to lose a child, will be on display from Jan. 12-Feb. 8 in the WSU Tri-Cities Art Gallery.

The exhibition, which Butterworth began in a fine arts course at WSU Tri-Cities after losing her own son in utero, tells the story of 25 parents who have lost a child, and the physical and emotional impact it has had on their lives and their relationships with family, friends and even strangers. In addition to the written » More …

Residency program provides in-depth look at creative professions

presenter on stageDuring the couple of weeks that artist and urban planner Sarah Kavage was at WSU Tri-Cities this fall, she had quite the busy schedule.

She met with students about her life as an artist and urban planner, provided an in-depth and hands-on look at her works and presented about her efforts in improving communities by introducing art and culture.

But in addition to what she was able to bring to the students and community of the Tri-Cities through her artistic experience, she also had the opportunity to gain some cultural knowledge of the area and explore possible future art installations as part of her own professional repertoire. » More …

Fine arts students create 3-D virtual reality

Student Adriana Iturbe paints a tree in an an environment created in virtual realityNeon rainbow pathways, smoldering ember-lit caves, eerie forests and bridges that lead to mystical lands, are just some of what individuals experience in virtual reality environments created by students as part of a fine arts sculpture course at WSU Tri-Cities this semester.

Jonah Firestone, assistant professor of education and director of the Simulation and Integrated Media for Instruction Assessment and Neurocognition (SIMIAN) Lab, first approached Sena Clara Creston, clinical assistant professor of fine arts and digital technology and culture, this semester about using the virtual reality technology in the lab as a means for student course work in the arts. » More …

Artist sculpts future with past

Student working in art studioSenior fine arts major Victoria De Leon meanders through campus from Stevens Hall to Southside Café. She builds her own soup in the dining hall and proceeds to a table in the back near the windows.

From her backpack, she removes a black sketchbook that is falling apart at the spine. She sifts through the pages, displaying miscellaneous words and sewn-in textiles.

“It’s a lot more taking notes than drawing because I feel like with certain words,” she says, “it triggers different images in my head. » More …

Art Club focuses on techniques

kira Walters experiments with gradation and color.The Art Club’s focus this year is to participate in more hands-on practices like their recent Watercolor Workshop.

The WSU Art Club began last year, with a major focus on fundraising for the first few months, Vice President Sidney Westenskow said. The club also wants to increase the amount of collaborative art projects.

“Once you’re out in the real world, it’s harder to make friends and do communal projects or exhibits,” Westenskow said. “As an aspiring artist, you have to have a community developed when you’re learning in college.” » More …

Arts and music academic programs continue to thrive at WSU

College of Arts and SciencesThe recent announcement that WSU will no longer subsidize a performing arts program that brings traveling concerts and other performances to the Pullman community has led to confusion regarding the impact of the decision on the School of Music and other arts programs across the University.

The discontinuation of WSU Performing Arts in 2018 will not impact WSU’s outstanding academic programs in School of Music or the Department of Fine Arts, or the more than 100 performances or exhibits offered by those programs each year. The WSU Performing Arts program is an auxiliary University unit created in 2011 to bring ensembles and artists to campus. It is separate from the core academic units in the arts at WSU. » More …

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