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…

Guggenheim Fellowship for Helen O’Toole

On April 6, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced the winners of the 2016 Fellowships for the United States and Canada. Painting + Drawing Professor Helen O’Toole is on the list. She and two other University of Washington professors were among the 178 recipients selected from nearly 3,000 applications “on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise.” The three are profiled in a UW Today article. O’Toole is one of 23 Fine Arts category recipients. The Fellowships are awarded in a variety of fields in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and creative arts.

Tad Hirsch and the AR-15

During summer quarter 2015, Interaction Design Professor Tad Hirsch was a Digital Humanities Fellow at the UW Simpson Center for the Humanities. He worked on a project titled “AR-15: Field Stripping America’s Rifle.” That project fed into his autumn quarter tenure and promotion exhibition at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, which was titled Contentious Products. Jonathan Hiskes, Communications Director at the Simpson Center, visited the exhibition and eventually wrote an essay about Hirsch’s work titled “The Instagram Militia and the Limits of Empathy.” Hiskes published the essay on the Simpson Center website on March 30, 2016. Read it now.

New Faculty Activities

Our four newest tenure-track faculty have been busy with developing their courses along with activities outside the classroom. Below is a summary of what they have been doing. Read more…

Hirata Wins 2015 Brink Award

Jason Hirata’s exhibition at the Henry Art Gallery as the Brink Award winner opened on March 26, 2016, and runs through June 26, 2016. He gives an artist talk on April 9 in the Henry’s Auditorium.
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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.
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Sound Transit Public Art

The Sound Transit light rail station near Husky Stadium opened in March 2016, and Subterranium by Leo Saul Berk (MFA 1999) is the featured artwork there. Read or listen to a KPLU story to learn more about this piece. A UW Today story looks at the artwork from the perspective of an Earth and Space Sciences professor.

Over the years, other alumni have been selected to create public art installations at a variety of Sound Transit facilities. Below are the projects that we have been able to find, with links to the Sound Transit Art Program (STart) Flickr albums.  Read more…

Keith Eggener speaks at CBE

6pm | Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Architecture Hall, Room 147

Keith Eggener (MA 1989) is speaking as part of the spring lecture series hosted by the Department of Architecture in the UW College of Build Environments. His lecture is titled “Regionalism Revisited: the Pragmatic Place-making of Francisco Artigas.” Read more…

Apr 2016 – Director’s Notes

Jamie Walker; photo by Doug ManelskiApril is upon us, mid-terms are around the corner, and we are now well into the final quarter of the year with spring break fading in our memories. Window shades filter the welcome sunshine as I glance up to view the Quad that is abuzz with activity now that the leaves on the cherry trees have overtaken another spectacular bloom. Frisbees navigate amidst the art students drawing en plein air while dozens of seminar groupings dapple the grass.  In our academic seasonal cycle, spring is the time when we celebrate and say goodbye to our graduating students. The Jacob Lawrence Gallery will host Read more…

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