For most of his collegiate career, Dallas Hobbs lived a dual existence.
There was the Washington State University football player and mainstay on the Cougar’s defensive line. And then there was the student entrepreneur who owns a multimedia design business, co-hosts two podcasts and has a small ownership stake in a start-up brewery.
In the past, “I couldn’t post on my personal twitter page and say, ‘Hey, I’m a freelance graphic designer, and I’m looking for clients,’” said Hobbs, 24, a redshirt senior and online MBA student at the Carson College of Business. “You weren’t allowed to solicit customers like that.”
Hobbs, who majored in fine arts and digital technology and culture as an undergrad, recently set up a limited liability company for his business ventures. Since he’s been able to promote his work, Hobbs has seen an uptick in prospective clients for his firm, Hobbs Design. He’s also the director of marketing and design for Common Language Brewing in Spokane.
The “Immaterial” exhibit, featuring works from Yvette Cummings, Mica Lilith Smith and Io Palmer, is on view at the McCormick Gallery at Midland College.
Each artist’s work differs in subject and appearance, but they express powerful and compelling ideas through physical material. The exhibition highlights physical substances from patterned fabric and paint to bobby pins and furniture as a way to look deeper into the immaterial realms of individual experience and cultural narrative, according to the press release.
Palmer is an associate professor of fine arts at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. Through depiction of cleaning products, laborers’ garments and various other industrial and domestic forms, Palmer’s works explore the complex issue of class, capitalism and societal excess. Trained originally as a ceramicist, Palmer uses a variety of processes and materials including fabric, steel, sound and wood.
The exhibit is one view through Sept. 30. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays. Admission is free.
A year after the idea was first proposed to the Pullman City Council, a mural promoting racial equality is complete and can be viewed downtown on Main Street.
It contains the words “Black Lives Matter,” “End Racism Now” and “Pullman, WA — You Are Welcome Here” on a colorful backdrop of flowers and rolling hills.
“We are just over the moon,” project manager Joe Hedges, assistant professor of fine art, said about finishing the painting.
Hedges said the process has been a struggle, “but there were a lot of people in town that never really gave up and were inspired by larger cities and small towns nationwide that had come together to create some kind of public display of a commitment to ending racism.”
The Center for Arts and Humanities (CAH) has selected nine faculty to receive the 2021 CAH Fellowships and Catalyst Award.
Faculty receiving the CAH Fellowship for 2021:
AVANTICA BAWA, Department of Fine Arts
Bawa will continue an ongoing series of installations reflecting the artist’s interest in responding to the built and natural environment through the language of drawing and construction.
TROY BENNEFIELD, School of Music
Bennefield will explore and publish information on the life and works of Dutch composer Julius Hijman, whose career was interrupted by the Nazi regime. Bennefield will produce the first-ever recordings of Hijman’s compositions.
DENNIS DeHART, Department of Fine Arts
DeHart will create a lens-based series of works focused on the Columbia River drainage basin and the Snake River. The exhibition will be in collaboration with the WSU Libraries’ Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.
MARTIN KING, School of Music
King will commission a new horn, tuba and piano trio, record an album of music for this ensemble, and give performing tours of this music to expand and diversify the repertoire and promote this ensemble.
LAURIE MERCIER, Department of History
Mercier will conduct research for a book project about gendered occupational segregation in the U.S. and Canadian Wests from 1930-2020.
MELISSA NICOLAS, Department of English
Nicolas will create an open-access digital archive of personal narratives about living through the COVID‑19 pandemic.
JEFF SANDERS, Department of History
Sanders will develop a book proposal for a cultural and environmental history of strontium 90.
JACQUELINE WILSON, School of Music
Wilson will create an album of classical works by Indigenous composers for solo bassoon utilizing a decolonized approach.
Faculty receiving the CAH Catalyst Award for 2021:
RUTH GREGORY, Digital Technology and Culture Program
Gregory will pursue multiple grant proposals to the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Spencer Foundation, and provide paid internships for community engaged humanities students.
For more than 80 years, Washington State University has recognized 10 of the top seniors in each graduating class. The WSU Alumni Association selects these women and men who represent the highest standards in specific aspects of the college experience, including academics, athletics, campus involvement, community service, and visual and performing arts.
Five CAS students were among the Top 10 of 2021.
College of Arts and Sciences
Digital Technology and Culture
College of Arts and Sciences
Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
College of Arts and Sciences, Honors College
Music performance in saxophone with an emphasis in jazz
College of Arts and Sciences
Digital Technology & Culture, Fine Arts
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Science, Psychology