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2015 Neddy and Genius Awards

June 10 was a busy day in Seattle to publish information about nominees/finalists for two of the big arts awards in the area. Winners of either award will receive $25,000. Read more…

Website Survey

The University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design will be creating a new website in partnership with the College of Arts & Sciences Department Web Framework team. Preliminary work on the new website will begin in summer 2015, and the site will likely debut in summer 2016.

The school’s Web/Media Communications Committee wants your input regarding our current and future websites. Please take this six-question survey before the end of July 2015.

Hirata Wins 2015 Brink Award

The Henry Art Gallery announced on June 12 that Jason Hirata (BFA 2010) has been chosen as the 2015 winner of the biennial Brink Award. The prize is $12,500 and a solo exhibition at the Henry along with a publication.

John and Shari Behnke are the local philanthropists whose support created the Brink Award. The prize was first given in 2009. This year there were 57 nominations from invited art professionals in the Pacific Northwest.

Congratulations to Jason Hirata!

New Faculty Hires in 2015

Announced in a press release on June 2, 2015:

The University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design is exceedingly pleased to announce the hiring of five new faculty positions: four tenure track positions in various divisions and one competitive lecturer position. A search to fill a sixth position for a lecturer in the 3D4M Program is ongoing. Read more…

2015 Artist Trust Fellowships

Photomedia Professor Rebecca Cummins as well as two alumni—Gail Grinnell (BFA 1988) and George Rodriguez (MFA 2009)—are among the winners of 2015 Fellowships from Artist Trust. The Seattle-based organization announced the awards in a June 3 press release. Only 14 artists were selected from 367 applications to each receive $7,500 in unrestricted funds. Congratulations to all, and thank you to Artist Trust and their funding partners:, Inc. and ArtsWA.

Bellingham National 2015

The Whatcom Museum hosts this exhibition from May 31 through September 6. Scott Lawrimore, Director of the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, was the juror. From over 600 applications, he selected 101 pieces by more than 60 artists. Lawrimore leads a walk through of the show on Sunday, May 31, at 1pm. A number of the artists happen to have SoA+AH+D connections: Read more…

Freshman President’s Medalist

Viviane Poulain is only in her second year at the University of Washington, yet she did so well her first year that she was named the 2013-2014 Freshman President’s Medalist. The sophomore is planning to pursue a BFA in the Painting + Drawing Program, but her interests are wide-ranging, including computer science, writing, mathematics, and webcomics. Read about her in this Undergraduate Academic Affairs post.

New Glass Review 36

Gator Vase 5 by Amie McNeel; in New Glass Review 36The Corning Museum of Glass published New Glass Review 36 in May 2015. This publication is the result of an annual competition, with this issue representing the works selected from 2014. 3D4M Professors Amie McNeel and Mark Zirpel are each included as is 3D4M MFA student Anna Mlasowsky. If you can lay your hands on a hard copy of the issue, you will find them on these pages: 37 (McNeel), 39 (Mlasowsky), and 92 (Zirpel). Read more…

Our First Windgate Fellow

Ellen Dick, from the 3D4M Program, winner of a 2015 Windgate FellowshipThe Center for Craft, Creativity & Design in Asheville, NC, announced the winners of the 2015 Windgate Fellowship Awards on April 24, 2015. Among the recipients is Ellen Dick, a student from our 3D4M: ceramics + glass + sculpture Program, who will graduate in June. At $15,000, this is one of the largest awards in the nation given to art students. Read more…

Khullar Publishes First Book

Cover of Worldly Affiliations, a book by Sonal KhullarArt History Professor Sonal Khullar debuts her first book in May 2015. The title is Worldly Affiliations: Artistic Practice, National Identity, and Modernism in India, and it is published by University of California Press. Learn more about the book here. The press featured Khullar’s book in the May 20 edition of CAA News with a leaderboard ad.

She will discuss the book at 4pm on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in room 317 of the Art Building. A reception will follow in the Jacob Lawrence Gallery.

Khullar will also speak Read more…

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