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Sep 27 12

New Site for @UW School of Art News + Events

by jcmills

These are now part of the main website for the School of Art. Be sure to check the new page often for updates. Content from the original site will slowly be moved to the new School of Art website.


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Aug 15 12

Warashina Featured in @AMOCAmuseum Exhibition + Book

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Cover of "Patti Warashina: Wit and Wisdom" by Martha Kingsbury; from the American Museaum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) websitePatti Warashina: Wit and Wisdom” is a show at the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, California, that provides a career retrospective for this well-known alumna (BFA 1962, MFA 1964) and professor emerita. The exhibition opened on 14 July 2012 and closes on 29 September 2012; the website linked above includes a slideshow from the exhibition. Accompanying the show is an extensively illustrated catalog with the same title, which was written by another professor emerita, Martha Kingsbury. She taught Art History at the University of Washington for thirty-five years and has published widely about Pacific Northwest artists. To read more about Patti Warashina, take a look at the transcript of a 2005 interview conducted by 3D4M Associate Professor Doug Jeck, which is part of the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution.

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Jul 24 12

Nebula Proposal

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Emmission nebula NGC 604 photographed by Hubble Space Telescope in 1995; taken from Wikimedia CommonsThe Division of Art has developed an initiative, called the Nebula Proposal, to address a number of critical needs as well as advance and invigorate their educational and research mission. This proposal received a significant boost on 17 July 2012 when a press release from The New Foundation Seattle announced an inaugural grant to the division. This private foundation was just created by local philanthropist and collector Shari D. Behnke. Yoko Ott (BFA 1999) is the foundation director and secretary. This grant, coupled with generous support from the College of Arts & Sciences, will fund the hiring of visiting artists, scholars, curators, and others to teach classes, create new work, and organize exhibits that will expose School of Art students to new voices and fresh perspectives. Already scheduled is ART 361–Critical Ideas in Contemporary Art–taught in Winter Quarter 2013 by Eric Fredericksen, the Director of Western Bridge, and Art 590–Interdisciplinary Graduate Seminar in Contemporary Practices–taught in Spring Quarter 2013 by Scott Lawrimore, the recently appointed Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions at the Frye Art Museum.  We will provide more information in the future as the newly funded initiative is further realized.

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Jul 17 12

Prographica Exhibition Includes Faculty + Alums

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Untitled (tree) by Eirik Johnson from Prographica webpage for 2012 "Commentaries: Artists Respond to the Land"Painting + Drawing Professor Philip Govedare and alumna Kimberly Clark (MFA 2011) have curated a show titled Commentaries: Artists Respond to the Land, which opens at Prographica in Seattle on Saturday, 21 July 2012, from 2-4pm. The exhibition includes their own work as well as that of ten other artists. Among those are two faculty–Professor Zhi Lin and Associate Professor Helen O’Toole–and five other alumni: Tamblyn Gawley (MFA 2012), Paul Havas (MFA 1965), Eirik Johnson (BFA 1997), Glenn Rudolph (BFA 1968), and Ren Sun (MFA 2010). The gallery is normally open Wednesday through Saturday, 11am-5pm, and this show will remain up until 01 September 2012.

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Jul 10 12

Cheng + Gould Co-edit @arcadenw Issue

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ARCADE 30.3 cover designed by Karen Cheng and Annabelle Gould, 2012Visual Communication Design Associate Professors Karen Cheng and Annabelle Gould recently co-designed and co-edited ARCADE 30.3. This is the summer 2012 issue of a quarterly magazine published by the Northwest Architectural League, which is a non-profit educational organization. The launch party for the issue was on Friday, 08 June 2012. All the articles are posted online over a two-month period, and printed copies are available at several venues. In addition to designing and editing, Cheng wrote an article titled “How to Survive Critique: A Guide to Giving and Receiving Feedback” and Gould wrote an article titled “What We Don’t Teach–but Should.” Industrial Design Assistant Professor Magnus Feil contributed an article titled “Push Pull Twist.” Brian Boram (BFA 1987) also contributed, with an article titled “Agents of Change: Design Thinking for K-12.” Photos of the issue, shot by Design Division student Sam Cook, have been posted on the ARCADE Facebook page.

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Jul 6 12

6 MAs + 5 PhDs

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Like last academic year, eleven graduate students in the Art History Division completed their degrees between Summer Quarter 2011 and Spring Quarter 2012. Below is a list of their theses and dissertations.

Holly Rubalcava, MA, Summer Quarter 2011, adviser: Cynthea Bogel
thesis: Dual Identities and Changing Contexts: The Past and Present of the Gohozenshin Statue at Miidera

Rajesh Bhat, MA, Autumn Quarter 2011, adviser: Marek Wieczorek
thesis: Gustave Caillebotte’s Investment in Modernism: A Catalogue of Avant-Garde Strategies

Erin Giffin, MA, Winter Quarter 2012, adviser: Stuart Lingo
thesis: Nicolas Cordier’s Il Moro: The African as “Christian Antiquity” in Early Modern Rome

Nadia Jackinsky-Horrell, PhD, Winter Quarter 2012, adviser: Robin Wright
dissertation: Masks as a Means to Cultural Remembrance: Kodiak Archipelago Alutiiq Mask Making

Jayme Yahr, PhD, Winter Quarter 2012, adviser: Susan Casteras
dissertation: The Art of The Century: Richard Watson Gilder, the Gilder Circle, and the Rise of American Modernism

Velma Yamashita, PhD, Winter Quarter 2012, adviser: Rene Bravmann
dissertation: The Storyboards of Palau: Cultural Expressions from Micronesia

Yve Chavez, MA, Spring Quarter 2012, adviser: Robin Wright
thesis: California “Mission” Indian Basket Weaving: Re-inventing and Revitalizing Tradition

Susan Dine, MA, Spring Quarter 2012, adviser: Cynthea Bogel
thesis: Sanskrit Beyond Text: The Use of Bonji (Siddham) in Mandara and Other Imagery in Ancient and Medieval Japan

Melanie Enderle, PhD, Spring Quarter 2012, adviser: Susan Casteras
dissertation: The Canvas as Stage: The Spectacle of the American Theater ca. 1895 – ca. 1940

John Impert, PhD, Spring Quarter 2012, adviser: Susan Casteras
dissertation: Hidden in Plain Sight: Northwest Impressionism, 1910-1935

Victoria Wilmes, MA, Spring Quarter 2012, adviser: Estelle Lingo
thesis: The Chapel of the Madonna della Strada: A Case Study of Post-Tridentine Painting in Rome

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Jul 5 12

2012 Graduation Awards

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Each June, during the School of Art’s Graduation Celebration, a selection of awards are made. Here are this year’s award winners.

Arts & Sciences Graduate Medalist in the Arts +
Arts & Sciences Timeless Award – Future*
Nadia Jackinsky-Horrell, Phd | Art History

Arts & Sciences Timeless Award – Future*
Yael Nov, BFA | Photomedia + BA | Art History

de Cillia Graduating with Excellence | Undergraduate Student
Division of Art |  Angela Jaquith
Division of Art History |  Natalie Raciborski
Division of Design |  Ryan Phillips

de Cillia Graduating with Excellence | Graduate Student
Division of Art |  Rodrigo Valenzuela
Division of Art History |  Nadia Jackinsky-Horrell
Division of Design |  Amy Keeling

Parnassus Teaching with Excellence | Graduate Student
Division of Art |  Lyndsey Colburn
Division of Art History |  Melanie Enderle
Division of Design |  Dan Ostrowski

Natalie Malone Memorial Scholarship
Division of Design | recipient James Atkins

*Follow the links for a list of the Timeless Award – Future winners and this year’s Dean’s Medalists.

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Jul 3 12

Autumn Art + Design Classes for Freshmen

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2010 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition, Henry Art Gallery; photo by Jeanette MillsFirst launched last autumn, ART 101: Narratives in Art + Design, taught by Associate Professor Curt Labitzke, is back. This year, the class will again offer an exciting introduction to the practice of art and design for entering freshmen.

Students will meet twice weekly in the Henry Art Gallery and use the museum’s galleries, Study Center, James Turrell Skyspace, Light Reign, and related facilities as their learning environment. Studio and classroom visits in the School of Art are linked with students’ participation in topic-driven interviews and panel discussions with faculty, alumni, advanced undergraduate and graduate students, members of the Seattle art/design community, and the museum staff. The class is a fantastic opportunity for freshmen to build connections.

Registration is simple. Freshmen choose one of the introductory art or design courses listed below; ART 101 is then automatically added to their schedule. Intro art or design classes include:
ART 131: Alternative Approaches to Art and Design, taught by Claire Cowie
ART 140: Basic Photography, taught by Dave Kennedy
ART 165: Intro to Industrial Design/Product Design, taught by Dominic Muren
ART 190: Beginning Drawing, taught by Helen O’Toole
ART 202: Ceramic Wheel Throwing, taught by Akio Takamori.

Questions? Contact School of Art Academic Advising:  206-543-0646 | | 104 Art Building.

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Jul 2 12

Discovery Seminars for Freshmen

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UW incoming freshmen can earn credits and make a smooth transition to university life ahead of the pack. Early Fall Start (EFS) offerings are 5-credit, month-long summer courses designed to prepare freshmen for college success through interdisciplinary study and focused inquiry.

In partnership with the School of Art, EFS is offering two Discovery Seminars especially designed for freshmen interested in art, design, architecture, and the history of materials.

Chinese Art: Visual Design and Artistic Practice will include field trips to the Seattle Asian Art Museum to study art forms including jade, ceramics, calligraphy, painting, design, and cinema. Students will learn how to define what is distinctive about Chinese art by comparing it to other artistic traditions

Learning Perceptual Drawing and Becoming a Critical Observer is a dynamic drawing course that involves working with live models and still life. Students will fine-tune their visual perception and move beyond their current knowledge and abilities to link new skills, concepts, and understanding.

These engaging and innovative opportunities are offered during the EFS session, which runs 20 August – 14 September 2012. Regular Autumn Quarter classes begin 24 September 2012. Intensive EFS courses meet in the morning for two to two and a half hours each day. For more information and to register, please visit the UW’s Early Fall Start website or follow the course-specific links above.

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Jun 1 12

Support SoA During Love Purple, Raise Gold

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From 1:50pm on Thursday, 07 June, through 1:51pm on Saturday, 09 June, the University of Washington will have an online giving event titled Love Purple, Raise Gold. The goal is to raise at least $150,000 for the UW to honor the conclusion of its 150th year. The School of Art invites everyone to make gifts, large or small, during this time. We have designated our “Can Artists Make a Difference?” fund as the focus for SoA participation in this event. Everything donated to our fund will count towards the UW’s goal. If you miss the window of opportunity for Love Purple, Raise Gold, do not let that stop you from giving. We can accept gifts to that fund at any time.

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