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Passport to Picasso sells out Seattle Art Museum

On Sunday, Nov. 14, the UW College of Arts & Sciences hosted Passport to Picasso, an exclusive showing of the Seattle Art Museum’s amazing new Picasso exhibit. I attended this event with my family and was moved by the paintings, sculptures, photography and imagination of the 20th century’s most iconic and influential artist.

I’d never been to the SAM before, so I was looking forward to it for several reasons. How often do you get to experience an exhibit like this in a community setting? The entire allottment of 1,200 tickets sold out and the museum was bustling with UW alumni and friends, but it never felt crowded. Drinks and cookies were served, and we had an hour to explore the rest of the museum before punching our passport to Picasso.

The exhibit featured hundreds of pieces from Picasso’s personal collection. It spanned eight decades of Picasso’s extraordinary life, highlighting a variety of mediums and the Cubist movement he helped create. It was a remarkable collection and worth every second of my time. Events like this make our community proud. Kudos to Arts & Sciences, the UW Alumni Association and Seattle Art Museum for a stellar partnership.

On to this week’s Dawg Treats:

  • On the heels of President Obama’s speech at the UW, the Boston Globe ranks John F. Kennedy’s top 10 presidential speeches and his 1961 address at the UW makes the list at No. 8.
  • Fantastic story about homeless youth in the U District by Rebecca Prashner of The Daily.
  • Rear Adm. Eleanor Valentin, commander of the Jacksonville, Fla.-based Navy Medicine Support Command (NMSC) and director of the Navy’s Medical Service Corps (MSC), took top honors at the national Women of Color (WOC) awards ceremony. She is a 1975 UW graduate.
  • From Reuters, parents are heading to college towns to buy real estate for their kids. Seriously.
  • Washington makes the list of CNN’s top five fan-favorite tailgating towns.
  • UW Athletics Director Scott Woodward was reprimanded by Interim President Phyllis Wise for controversial comments made about the University of Oregon’s academic prowess.
  • A team of UW undergraduates won a $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for their work testing a low-cost ultrasound system on pregnant women at the UW Medical Center and Harborview.
  • Norm Dicks’ son leaves his Puget Sound cleanup job for a position at UW College of the Environment.
  • Game designer Elan Lee was on Media Space and discussed the power of interactive storytelling with Master of Communication in Digital Media Director Hanson Hosein.
  • Alumni in the news from the College of Education: Diana Hess was appointed Senior Vice President of the Spencer Foundation; Kelly Aramaki won the $25,000 Milken Educator Award for Washington; and Steven Gering was one of nine educators honored statewide with a prestigious Golden Apple award.
  • Former UW professor Julia Heiman is profiled in this Washington Post story about her life’s work as a renowned sex researcher.
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