Winter Events


Western Gallery Presents: Black Maps

January 7 – February 14
Western Gallery

In conjunction with the Whatcom Museum exhibition, Vanishing Ice, the Western Gallery presents a survey of David Maisel’s major aerial photography projects.

In these large-scaled photographs, Black Maps leads the viewer on a hallucinatory journey through terrains that have been radically altered by environmental issues and transformed by human agency. Maisel’s aerial images of environmentally impacted zones frame the issues of contemporary landscape with equal measures of documentation and metaphor, beauty and despair.

David Maisel is a preeminent landscape photographer. His work is collected and exhibited internationally.

This exhibition is organized by the CU Art Museum; curators are Lisa Tamiris Becker, Director, University of New Mexico Art Museum and Helmut Müller-Sievers, Eaton Professor of Humanities and Director of the Center for Humanities and the Arts, University Colorado, Boulder.


Author Nancy Lord Presents:
"The Warming Warning: What the North
Is Telling Us Now"

Thursday, February 6
4pm, Arntzen Hall 100

For most of us, global warming is still an abstract problem, the effects of which remain safely distant from day-to-day life.  In Early Warming, global warming gets a human face.  Lord looks at communities in the North, where global warming is amplified and climate change effects are immediate.  Every day, these people witness the very real effects of global warming and respond with both urgency and creativity. Join long-time Alaskan and award-winning writer Nancy Lord for a thoughtful discussion of her research and writing.

This event is free and open to the public; please observe parking regulations or better yet – take WTA to campus!


Author Reading with Nancy Lord

Saturday, February 8
4pm, Village Books in Fairhaven

Join former Alaska Writer Laureate Nancy Lord at Bellingham’s favorite bookstore for a reading and discussion. Author of Early Warming: Crisis and Response in the Climate-Changed North, Lord has also written numerous other works of both fiction and nonfiction, including Fishcamp, Beluga Days, and Green Alaska. Her passions for northern life, history, and natural history inform all her writing, which has been lauded for its honesty coupled with lyricism. Gather in the community space at Village Books for this sharing of a writing life informed by direct experience among fish, whales, and eroding villages.


John Grade Workshop: Meridian

February 24 – March 17
Western Gallery

In this evolving installation, students will work with acclaimed Seattle artist, John Grade, in a workshop focused on environmental themes. Grade’s previous works range from moderate to monumental in scale. Grade’s 2013 sculpture for the Seattle Museum of History and Industry rises from Lake Union and breaks through the floor and ceiling to evoke an old growth tree and the hull of a 1897 schooners. His recent installation of Capacitor, a massive coil inspired by organic and geometric forms, physically responds to the weather patterns outside the Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin. Through embedded lights and movement, the organic sculpture appears to be slowly breathing and is driven by a weather sensor on the roof of the building.  Workshop students will assemble a 14-foot tall glowing orb.


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