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Sound scholarship: Inaugural world arts festival coming in October

Enjoy music, art, food and dance during Humanitas! The free public festival, scheduled for October 3, 4, and 5, celebrates the world arts with performances and activities around the WSU-Pullman campus.

First-come, first-served evening concerts are scheduled for all three days of the festival; workshops and school outreach programs are scheduled for Friday; and Sunday’s free outdoor festival includes food, performances, a beer garden, and family-friendly art activities.

Find out more about Humanitas at WSU News

Richland professor leads artful anti-litter campaign

Peter Christenson
Peter Christenson

Peter Christenson, a multidisciplinary artist, writer, filmmaker, and assistant professor of fine arts at WSU, is developing a creative approach to raising awareness of litter: a new project that will use GPS and social media to document and share images and location data of litter removed by volunteers. There’s also a smartphone application planned for the future that will tie into the project’s website.

Read more about the Anti-Litter Mapping Project

Master of Fine Arts show at Museum of Art

Thesis exhibition

Encounters with creativity await visitors to the Washington State University Museum of Art’s annual Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, April 5-May 4. An opening reception will be at 6 p.m. Friday, April 5, in the museum gallery. Museum admission is always free.

The display of work by MFA graduate candidates was organized by Keith Wells, the late Museum of Art curator.

“This exhibition provides a wide range of styles for faculty, students and local museum constituents,” Wells said. “The world class faculty at WSU encourage the MFA candidates to become more confident and articulate in their convictions. The museum presents this year’s graduate thesis work in hopes that undergraduate students, first year graduate students and anyone willing to be moved by art will find it a fun and stimulating experience.”

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Art and Nuclear Technology

Columbia River Near Hanford, Late Afternoon
Columbia River Near Hanford, Late Afternoon painting by Dianne Dickeman

“Particles on the Wall,” a multidisciplinary art exhibit examining how nuclear technology has affected humanity, opened today at the Washington State University Tri-Cities Art Center.

It interweaves visual art, poems and science with history and memorabilia to address issues of radioactive contamination, nuclear weapons and technology in Washington State — and the role of nuclear technology in southeastern Washington’s desert landscape.

“As a curator invested in local culture and education, I am particularly interested in the varied narratives and diverse depictions of the history of Hanford and the Columbia River nuclear era,” said Peter Christenson, assistant professor of fine arts and Art Center curator. “‘Particles on the Wall’ is truly an interdisciplinary approach to community-based education and is an impressive example of inspired artistic expression.”

Uniquely, it is a growing exhibit: it is different each time it is displayed. For the WSU Tri-Cities show, it includes nearly 50 pieces of art.

The WSU Tri-Cities Art Center is located inside the Consolidated Information Center at 2770 Crimson Way, Richland. Admission is free. Center hours are noon-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday. The exhibit ends April 4.

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Graduate Student Speaks on Art as Activism

Anna Plemons, a graduate student in the Department of English, will present “A Place for Poems: Art as Activism in the California Prison” at noon in CUB 420 on February 13.

Her presentation is one of many Black History Month activities happening around the Pullman campus in February.

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