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WSU artists paint the town colorful

Sarah Barnett standing next to a mural. Vivid displays of color, shape, and beauty are popping up across Pullman, thanks largely to the talents of a group of muralists at Washington State University.

Students and faculty in the fine arts department have worked in recent months with other artists in the community to create a vibrant bouquet of public art on walls of buildings at the center of town and at the » More …

Experiment in artistic expression

Pianist and violinist perform on stage in front of video projection.A unique live performance integrating music, video, and literary art drew an audience from across the WSU Pullman campus and around the world for an evening of “Intersecting Expressions.

“The feeling on stage was incredible,” said Christiano Rodrigues, an assistant professor of music who conceived the performance. “There is a sort of excitement that comes with the unpredictable nature of this project, which I think resonated with all present.” » More …

Full circle

Painting by David Patterson. Following a successful career as a methods analyst with Boeing, David Patterson (’76 fine arts) returned to his childhood hometown of Pullman and the community that fostered his lifelong love of creating art.

A prolific pastel painter and photographer, he was first inspired by his mother Maxine (Weeks) Patterson (’46 fine arts). She specialized in oil paintings and watercolors and was represented by a Pullman gallery. She was still sketching into her late » More …

Arts & humanities grants advance creativity, scholarship

Entrance to WSU Pullman campus.Representing five academic units and more than $75,000 in grant support, the Center for Arts and Humanities (CAH) has selected nine faculty to receive their 2021 Fellowships and Catalyst Award.

Funded projects include first-ever recordings of Dutch compositions, research about gendered occupational segregation in the U.S. and Canada, a digital archive of personal narratives from the recent pandemic, and an album of classical works by Indigenous composers. » More …

Fine arts professor’s research wins NEH grant support

Glass sculpture.The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently announced $24 million in grants for 225 humanities projects across the country, including work by Hallie Meredith, a career-track assistant professor of fine arts at Washington State University.

Meredith’s project, “Fragmentary and Unfinished Art: Documenting Undocumented Late Roman Art and Process,” is the only project » More …

Fine arts professor wins two national awards

Hallie MeredithHallie Meredith, a teaching assistant professor of fine arts, is being honored with two major awards for her research into ancient Roman art processes.

“The Roman period is crucial as a point of comparison with contemporary craft because art and craft were understood as coequal,” Meredith said. “My complementary areas of research in late Roman carving and contemporary craft enable me to strengthen our understanding of » More …

Big cat on campus

Illustration of three cheetahs for International Cheetah Day, December 4, 2020There’s an artistic side to freshman biological sciences major Isabelle Busch: she’s the author and illustrator of the colorful, creative, and detailed Theoretical Dragon Anatomy book and was recently tapped to design the 2020 International Cheetah Day T-shirt.

Busch has worked with the Cheetah Conservation Fund, which sponsors the annual celebration, since kindergarten. In 2020 she also was honored with one of CCF’s eight Distinguished Young Conservation Hero Awards.

“I enjoy being able to make a difference through » More …

A natural fit for hands-on, virtual learning

"The Photo Machine" - a Rube Goldberg-inspired machine created by WSU Tri-Cities student Kyle KoptaFor Fine Arts 331: Art, Science and Technology, the transition to virtual learning for fall 2020 played to the course’s sweet spot.

Throughout the course, students bring together what some may consider two sides of a coin – art, and science and technology. But for Peter Christenson, an associate professor of fine arts at WSU TriCities, blending the two fields is natural. » More …