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WSU Tri-Cities program allows scholars to live, work—bring inspiration

Laurel Terlesky, a celebrated artist who’s spent years exploring touch and memory, is the first participant in the new Guest House Cultural Capital Residency through Washington State University Tri-Cities.

Peter Christenson

“We hope this will culminate in some fruitful projects,” said Peter Christenson, an assistant professor of fine arts and the residency program’s director.

The program invites creative scholars in varying fields to live and work in Richland for short periods of time, from one week to one month. They conduct research that’s inspired by the area or that seeks to build culture and community in the region, and they make connections with students and community members along the way.

It’s an opportunity for the scholars to work and research in a new setting, and for the community to get an infusion of new ideas and inspiration, Christenson said.

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Tri-City Herald

New art exhibition at WSU Tri-Cities ponders impact of ‘the cloud’

Peter Christenson
Peter Christenson

Joe Batt drew a picture on a brick wall in downtown Olympia about a year ago. It was charcoal, life size—featuring a boy with a satellite attached to his head.

Batt, an artist and instructor at South Puget Sound Community College, has been meditating on the impact of Wi-Fi technology and devices on the culture and daily life. In a new exhibition at The Art Center at WSU Tri-Cities, he uses images like the one on the Olympia wall to provoke thought and inspire conversation. » More …

Richland art exhibit highlights work of late WSU professor

Some 37 artistic treasures found in a Pomeroy, Idaho, farm house are on display through Dec. 11 at The Art Center at WSU Tri-Cities.

Called “Worth Griffin in Mexico, 1935,” the work was created by Worth D. Griffin, an accomplished artist and longtime art instructor at WSU in Pullman. Griffin spent about nine months in southern Mexico in the mid-1930s, making portraits and sketches of the people and things he saw. » More …

Art exhibit highlights 1930s faculty work

Peter Christenson
Peter Christenson

Worth Griffin, who joined Washington State College as its second art faculty member in 1924, spent nearly nine months in southern Mexico in the mid-1930s, making portraits and sketches of the people and things he saw. This fall, his work will be the centerpiece of an exhibit at the WSU Tri-Cities Art Center. » More …