NEWS

2013

ART DEPARTMENT ALUMNI WINS FIRST PLACE AT NATIONAL VISUAL ARTS COMPETITION IN PRINTMAKING:
The Central Illinois Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters announces that their entry in the National Visual Arts Competition in Printmaking, held on May 17, 2013 at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, won First Place out of a field of sixteen entries from all over the United States. Douglas Bosley, aged 29, of Madison, Wisconsin, will receive a prize of $15,000. All the chapter winners are being exhibited at the Warhol Museum. Mr. Bosley grew up in the Mojave Desert in California and in Washington State. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Western Washington University in 2009 and a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2012, he has continued to reside in Madison. He is interested in various printmaking techniques, with a concentration in intaglio and mezzotint. Mr. Bosley received $1000 as the winner of the Central Illinois Chapter of NSAL in March. Sylvia Arnstein, 2nd Vice President of the local chapter, chaired the competition.

2011

KACEY MORROW: One of Kacey Morrow's recent experimental videos, "Ten Seconds" screened at Queens International Film Festival, NY, San Francisco International Women's Film Festival, CA, and Sunscreen Film Festival in St. Petersburg, FL. Her other recent multichannel video, "Transient" will be in an exhibition from May 6th – June 30th at WomanMade Gallery in Chicago, IL. "Transient" will also be part of a peer-review screening at the University Film and Video Association Conference in Boston this August.

2011

ELSI VASSDAL-ELLIS: Artists' books created by Western Washington University art professor Elsi Vassdal-Ellis have been reproduced in Masters: Book Arts by Lark Crafts/Sterling Publishing Company, April 2011. The juried collection features the work of leading national and international book artists reflecting the diversity of the book as an artistic medium. Eileen Wallace, the curator of the book, noted that much of the work by Vassdal-Ellis "focuses on topics that some readers may find uncomfortable -- such as modern-day materialism, politics, and gender."

2011

DESIGN STUDENT RECEIVES SCHOLARSHIP: Amy Ferree received a scholarship to cover part of her costs to participate in the Focus on Book Arts Conference, June 22-26, 2011, at Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon.

2011

SEBASTIAN MENDES is exhibiting There is a Mirror in My Heart: Reflections on a Righteous Grandfather at Yeshiva University Museum (January 30 - July 24). Mendes offers a personal artistic response to the actions taken by his grandfather Aristides de Sousa Mendes, who, as Portuguese Consul General in Bordeaux, France in June 1940, engineered one of the greatest rescue acts of the Holocaust, saving an estimated 30,000 refugees. Through drawings, sculptures, and an in-gallery performance that metaphorically reenacts his grandfather's deeds, this exhibition gives visual form to this act of courage and heroism through art.

Video of the exhibition is available here (password = yum). For a review, please see "The Art of Moral Courage."

2010

GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDENTS INCLUDED IN NATIONAL DESIGN EXHIBITION: Jonathan McConnell and Maddy Gordon have earned Student Division Awards of Excellence by the University & College Designers Association for projects completed during the 2008-2009 school year. Gordon is a 2009 graduate of WWU’s Design program with a comcentration in graphic design. McConnell graduated in spring of 2010 with a BFA in graphic design. The annual UCDA competition recognizes the best design on college and university campuses and will display the winners at the University & College Designers Association National Conference.

2010

FOUR GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDENTS RECOGNIZED BY CREATIVE QUARTERLY JOURNAL: Tayler Anderson, Max Churchill, Maddy Gordon and Adam Williams, June 2009 graduates of WWU Design program, have been recognized by Creative Quarterly Journal’s competition. All four projects were designated as runner-ups and will be featured on the Journal’s website fall 2010.

2010

CARA JAYE/SEIKO PURDUE: Lofty Aspirations, Fall 2010 A large-scale wall sculpture in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Viking Union consisting of approximately 27 hand-cast and dyed paper cloud formations will be placed in the VU, extending from the 5th floor to the 7th floor, next to the post office. This piece will invoke themes of future possibility and what one can accomplish in life with goals, vision, work, and a bit of dreaming. It encourages pondering one’s individual potential, and looking for forms and imagery in the clouds.

2010

GRADUATES 2009-2010: The Department of Art graduated 92 students in the areas of Studio, Design, Art History and P-12.

2010

CONGRATULATIONS TO SPRING BFA 2010 GRADUATES: Elizabeth Morrell, Michelle Newman, Austin Stiegemeier, Lindsay Kohles, Chase Boston, Emily Jerome.

2010

VISITING ARTISTS FOR THE 2009-2010 ACADEMIC YEAR were Claire Cowie, Felix Solomon, Vaughn Bell, Vesna Pavlovic (Photography), Gosia Wlodarczak (Drawing), Keith Boadwee (Photography), Margie Livingston These presentations were open to the community.

2010

Students of ART 495 curated Synaesthesia, May 13-23, 2010, an art exhibition in foyer of Performing Arts Center.

2010

CFPA Masked Ball and Auction: Art students created masks for donation to the Masked Ball held as a fundraiser for student scholarships for the College of Fine & Performing Arts, held at The Majestic, February 20, 2010.

2010

ART 220 PAINTING: Students displayed paintings May 19-June 2, 2010 in Wilson Library.

2010

March 2010: Seattle Macy’s Store Commissioned WWU Photography Students for Permanent Installation. A permanent installation entitled “Edifice Complex” commemorates the history and architecture of the Macy’s store on 3rd Ave. in downtown Seattle. 17 of Garth Amundson’s Art 390 Photography students created 34 large-format black-and-white photographys highlighting the store’s façade, its interior spaces and its historic charm. Macy’s provided all materials for the project.

2010

ART396/AH396 JAPAN WORKSHOP: 9 students accompanied Julia Sapin and Seiko Purdue to Japan June 16-July 7, 2010. This was an on-site study of both traditional and contemporary Japanese culture focusing on Kyoto, Tokyo, and Fukui. A wonderful time was had by all!

2010

CYNTHIA CAMLIN (painting) is exhibiting Glacier Speed in Richmond, VA, July 9-Aug. 14, 2010.

2010

GARTH AMUNDSON (photo) Korean exhibition Penetrating Cuts, Fall 2010, Korea.

2010

SEBASTIAN MENDES traveled to Paris, France, June 19-28, 2010. He documented holocaust oral histories on audio & video followed by a public lecture. He also developed and researched materials for a museum solo exhibition project that will be shown in Melbourne, Australia October 2010.

2010

CRISTINA DEALMEIDA delivered a paper Mapping the Text: the Visual Book as a Tool for Rhetorical Interpretation in Athens, Greece, June 2010, at the 1st Annual Int’l. Conference on Fine & Performing Arts.

2010

JULIE SAPINis on Sabbatical 2010-11 Fall-Spring

2010

SEIKO PURDUE is on Sabbatical 2010 Fall-Winter 2011