Common Ground by Erin Elizabeth Wilson

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Multiplying Mediums

Submitted on June 20, 2016 - 2:16pm

Summer quarter 2016 is seeing a first-time collaboration between the University of Washington Department of English and the Division of Art in the School of Art + Art History + Design. It is a six-week colloquium, titled Multiplying Mediums, for students who have just completed their first year of graduate school, and it is being led by 3D4M Assistant Professor Michael Swaine and Andrew Feld, Associate Professor and Director of Creative Writing.

The colloquium will provide artists working in different disciplines and mediums with the time, spaces, and materials to exchange ideas, methods, and obsessions while working together on as-yet unimagined, multidisciplinary projects and conceptions.

Ten graduate students were selected to take part in this intensive experience. Five came from the Department of English, three from the Division of Art (Ryna Frankel, Clare Halpine, Cicelia Ross-Gotta), one from the School of Drama, and one from the Dance Program. Each student has received the Bill and Ruth True Family Prize of $4000 to support their participation.

Weekly activities include a guest speaker and/or field trip as well as significant time for the students to work on collaborative projects and discuss their progress. The Friday presentations and discussions, from noon to 3pm, are open to all. They take place in the North Gallery of our Ceramic and Metal Arts Building. That gallery will also be the location of an exhibition on Friday, July 29, starting at 6pm, which will feature the completed and in-progress creative collaborations along with documentation. Portions of the exhibit will be available for viewing on the following Monday and Tuesday, August 1–2.

UPDATE, August 2016:
A Facebook album shows work from this colloquium.

UPDATE, September 2016:
An article about the colloquium appeared in the College of Arts & Sciences Perspectives newsletter.

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