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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.

Black History Month + The Jake

Since 1976, the United States has celebrated Black History Month during February. The School of Art + Art History + Design has never done anything special for Black History Month, until now. Scott Lawrimore, Director of the school’s Jacob Lawrence Gallery, proposed that, beginning in 2015, each February the gallery would have exhibits and programs relating to the African diaspora to honor the gallery’s namesake and Black History Month. Read more…

Dynamic Duo

Shio Kusaka and Jonas Wood posing as superheroes, Gagosian Gallery, Hong Kong, 2015Shio Kusaka (BFA 2001) and Jonas Wood (MFA 2002) met while both were students in the School of Art + Art History + Design. Kusaka studied ceramics, and Wood focused on painting. After graduation, they moved to Los Angeles and started establishing themselves in the art world there. In the last several years, separately and together, their stars have been rising dramatically. Read more…

What Makes Us Special?

LinkedIn Ranks UW in Top 5 for Design, October 2014In October 2014, LinkedIn ranked the UW as one of the top five schools for design based on the success of recent graduates in landing desirable design jobs. We thought it would be worthwhile to contact some of the companies and organizations who hire our graduates to ask what our students have that makes them stand out. Read more…

Celebrating a Legacy

Bill and Marty Holm; photo by Jack Storms, courtesy of the Bill Holm CenterBetween 1968 and 1985, hundreds of University of Washington students took classes about Northwest Coast Native art from Bill Holm, who held a position split between teaching art history in the School of Art and curatorial work at the Burke Museum. He was hired by the university after publishing the seminal work, Northwest Coast Indian Art: An Analysis of Form, which he wrote while he was a high school art teacher. Read more…

SoA+AH+D at CAA 2015

Three faculty are involved with presentations at the College Art Association (CAA) conference this year in New York City. CAA is an organization of over 12,000 individual artists, art historians, scholars, curators, critics, collectors, educators, publishers, and related professionals in the visual arts; there are another 2,000 institutional members. Read more…

Of a Feather: Artists, Birds and the Northwest

The White River Valley Museum in Auburn opened Of a Feather: Artists, Birds and the Northwest on January 14, 2015. The show was curated by Kenneth Greg Watson (BA 1979). Included in the exhibition is work by two emeritus faculty—Bill Holm and Michael Spafford—as well as work by several alumni: Carl Chew (MFA 1975), Patty Detzer (BFA 1974, 1977), Nadine Kariya (BFA 1973), Philip McCracken (BFA 1954), Glenn Rudolph (BFA 1968), and Cynthia Toops (BFA 1983).

This exhibition remains up through June 7, 2015. More information is here.

Free Lecture Series – Winter Quarter 2015


For the third year in a row, the Division of Art will host a public lecture series at the Henry Art Gallery organized by Eric Fredericksen for ART 361/595. The course and lecture series are part of the Nebula Project, which is generously funded by the New Foundation Seattle and the College of Arts & Sciences. Read more…

Exhibit – Factory Showroom: Fixing the Future – Technics and Time

Erik van Lieshout. Installation view of Commission, 2011 at the Museum of Modern Art Frankfurt; courtesy of the artistJacob Lawrence Gallery, Art Bldg
March 10 – April 11, 2015

Reception + Screening: Tuesday, April 7, 5-8pm; RSVP using Register button here.

For more information about this event, go to this entry on the School of Art + Art History + Design calendar. Read more…

2015 Graduation Exhibitions

The Jacob Lawrence Gallery and the Henry Art Gallery once again host a series of exhibitions featuring work by Division of Art and Division of Design students who are graduating. Below is a summary of this year’s shows. Read more…

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