Faculty Hires in 2016

The School of Art + Art History + Design is pleased to announce that we have hired two tenure-track faculty who will begin their teaching in autumn quarter 2016. These positions represent the continuation of a long-term legacy in our Division of Art History and the expansion of an important area in our Division of Design. Read more…

Creative Capital Awards

Since 1999, significant financial and advisory support has been provided to over 640 artists by Creative Capital. They are a national non-profit inspired by venture-capital principles, and they work with artists in all creative disciplines.

We count three alumni and one faculty member who have received Creative Capital Awards. Please let us know if we have missed someone. Read more…

Renee Erickson wins James Beard Award

Renee Erickson (BFA 1995) was praised in a late April 2016 feature on the bon appétit website. Just a few days later, she was lauded at the James Beard Awards as the Best Chef: Northwest. Food writer for the Seattle Times, Bethany Jean Clement, quickly posted about the win. The Stranger followed the next day with a blog post, also noting the move that Erickson and her partners made to improve compensation for Sea Creatures employees.

Matahoata at Musée du Quai Branly

Matahoata exhibition curated by Carol IvoryCarol Ivory (MA 1982, PhD 1990) began seriously studying the art of the Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia, while a PhD student. Her dissertation focused on Marquesan art from 1774-1821. After graduation, she became a professor, and the majority of her career was spent at Washington State University where she ultimately became an associate dean before retiring in 2014. Ivory continued her Marquesan research while at WSU, and she was given the Manu Daula (Frigate Bird) Award by the Pacific Arts Association in 2013. Read more about the award and Ivory in this WSU profile.

Since her retirement, Ivory’s primary focus has been curating for the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris the most comprehensive exhibition to date featuring Marquesan art. Three hundred objects were gathered for the show. Read more…

Alumni News – April 2016

This is a listing of alumni news as posted to our social media outlets during the month of April 2016. Most news like this goes onto our Twitter feed; you can receive it in real-time by following us there.

Reserve your place for an @henryartgallery participatory workshop with Tivon Rice (MFA 2006) on April 16:

Opening tomorrow at North Seattle College Art Gallery is “Unknown Landscapes” with several alumni; up through 5/5: [curator: Erin Elyse Burns (MFA 2009); Zack Bent (MFA 2008), Max Cleary (BFA 2014), Hongzhe Liang (BFA 2015), Serrah Russell (BFA 2009)] Read more…

2016 Graduation Exhibitions

Our annual series of exhibitions featuring work by graduating students in the Division of Art and Division of Design are being hosted again by the Jacob Lawrence Gallery and the Henry Art Gallery. Read more…

Graduation Celebration 2016


Saturday, June 11, 9-11am
Meany Hall
Tickets required; see below.

Congratulations graduating students from the UW School of Art + Art History + Design!

If you are graduating in autumn 2015 or winter, spring, or summer of 2016, we want to honor your accomplishments. Graduating students and their families will receive a formal invitation in mid-March. Seniors, please remember to file your graduation application with an advisor in Art 104 by Friday, April 8.

Festivities: Faculty and student keynote speakers, presentation of Graduating with Excellence Awards, review of the past four years in pictures and video, call of student names and presentation of certificates by faculty.
Read more…

2016 MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition


May 28 – June 26, 2016
free public reception: Friday, May 27, 7-9pm; RSVP here
Henry Art Gallery

The graduation show for students receiving master’s degrees from our Division of Art and Division of Design: Read more…

2016 Undergraduate Research Symposium

One Division of Art History and four Division of Art students (plus a non-Art student mentored by one of our faculty) are participating in this year’s symposium on Friday, May 20. Follow the links below and then click on the titles to see a description of each project/presentation.

Each year a small number of mentors are selected to receive a Research Mentor Award. We are pleased that 3D4M Professor Amie McNeel received the award this year.

Division of Art

These students are participating in the Visual Arts & Design Showcase, which takes place in Odegaard Undergraduate Library from 3-4:30pm.

Maryam Bhurgri, 3D4M | Clouds | mentored by Professor Amie McNeel

Ireland Castillo, Architecture | A Thousand and One Cranes | mentored by Professor Michael Swaine

Kalina Chung, 3D4M | Hangers | mentored by Professors Amie McNeel and Doug Jeck

Kayla Fox, 3D4M | A Little On Edge | mentored by Professors Doug Jeck and Amie McNeel

Tzyy (Amy) Young, 3D4M | Predisposition | mentored by Professors Doug Jeck, Amie McNeel, and Jamie Walker

Division of Art History

Scarlett Strauss | mentored by Professor Stuart Lingo
Strauss is part of the UW Honors Program and was selected as a member of the first Husky 100 group.
She is giving an oral presentation titled “Divine Words, Divine Light: The Florentine Tradition in a Renaissance Annunciation” as part of Session 1E, which takes place in Mary Gates Hall 238 from 12:30-2:15pm.

Portfolio of Possibilities

Amie McNeel and Mark Zirpel collaboratingMadArt was created in 2009 by Alison Milliman (BA 1984), and MadArt Studio came into existence in the South Lake Union neighborhood in 2013. This large space provides nearly endless possibilities for artists, which is why 3D4M Professors Amie McNeel and Mark Zirpel were selected to use it as a studio for a multi-faceted collaboration in 2016. This is an unusual opportunity for Division of Art faculty to do research on this scale; it will benefit both their own work and their interactions with students. According to the MadArt webpage for this project, Portfolio of Possibilities: Read more…

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