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Alumni News – July 2017

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Submitted on September 7, 2017 - 1:26pm

This is a listing of alumni news as posted to our social media outlets during the month of July 2017. Most news like this goes onto our Twitter feed; you can receive it in real-time by following us there.

Thanks @emilypothast for alerting us to this tweet! As she said, Rodrigo Valenzuela (MFA 2012) is "doing us all proud" @UWalum
@UCLAarts: Artist Rodrigo Valenzuela joins the #UCLAarts dept of Art faculty! →

Jennifer Zwick (BFA 2004) opens solo show @4Culture tomorrow night; stop on by #FirstThursday

"Quota." opens #FirstThursday; we see 4 alums among the artists & curators — Jueqian Fang (BFA 2014), mario lemafa (BFA 2013), Ellen Xu (MFA 2016), Mel Carter (BFA 2014) —

Closing Sat, 7/8, @ G. Gibson Gallery is Pop-Up, which includes at least 7 alums — Barbara Robertson (MFA 1979), Brian Murphy (MFA 1999), Claire Garoutte (MFA 1990), Jaq Chartier (MFA 1994), Mary Ann Peters (MFA 1977), Sally Schuh (BFA 1990), and Saya Moriyasu (BA/BFA 1991) —

Laura Thorne (BA/BFA 1985) opens "Panoramic Present" at SAM Gallery TONIGHT #FirstThursday @iheartSAM

Professors Jeck, McNeel, Walker, and Zirpel + alum Anna Mlasowsky (MFA 2016) in @travergallery 40th Anniversary Exhibition #FirstThursday

Retired Prof & @UWalum Patti Warashina (BA 1962, MFA 1964) is among the artists in this year's iteration of Bodies + Beings @AbmeyerWood

#WeekendSuggestion 2: reception @ Hoedemaker Pfeiffer for "Fractured Landscapes" Includes Dave Kennedy (MFA 2013)

Join Elizabeth Fortunato (MFA 2017) at (ANTI)thesis Gallery on Wed night (6/12); more at &

"Between the Frames" @FryeArtMuseum includes Matt Browning (BFA 2007) & David McGranaghan (MFA 1989); up thru 7/23:

ICYMI Juliana Wisdom (BFA 2010) is part of #5atTheH this year @TheHuntington; there's an update on her project at

Join the UX Design #CreativeJam in Seattle on July 20 Five alums involved: Natalie Lew (BDes 2017), speaker; Andrea Kang (BDes 2017), designer; Logan Quinn (BDes 2017), designer; Cassie Klingler (MFA Design 2008), Behance portfolio reviewer; Jason Campbell (MFA Design 2008), judge

Read recent @Vignettesus article "Exported: Ruth Marie Tomlinson – Two Dot, Montana"; she is MFA 1990

Four alums — Lacy Draper (MFA 2013), Victoria Haven (BFA 1989), Margaret Livingston (MFA 1999), Whiting Tennis (BFA 1984) — have work in the second Bellingham National Juried Art Exhibition @Whatcom_Museum thru Sept 10:

TONIGHT at The Factory on Capitol Hill: Blow Up, an inflatable art show; includes Amanda James Parker (BFA 2011)

Also tonight, reception for The Collector's Eye at Woodside/Braseth; includes alums + former Profs — Victoria Adams (BFA 1979), Jaq Chartier (MFA 1994), Dennis Evans (BFA 1973, MFA 1975), Paul Havas (MFA 1965), Jacob Lawrence, Alden Mason (BA 1942, MFA 1947), Nancy Mee (BFA 1975), Penny Mulligan (BA 1979, MFA 1981), George Tsutakawa (BA 1937, MFA 1950) —

#WeekendSuggestion Invisible Womxn performance on Sunday includes Nancy Chang (BFA 2002) Meet @VDCseattle by 11am

Another (ANTI)thesis show this week: Corpus with Tarran Sklenar & Peter Barbor; it's Wed, 7/19, 6-9pm:

Attend the artist reception at G. Gibson Gallery on Thu, 7/20, for "Here's to the Future" with 4 alums — Cable Griffith (MFA 2002), Mary Iverson (BA 1989, MFA 2002), Serrah Russell (BFA 2009), Samantha Scherer (MFA 1997) — & others:

Short interview with Mary Ann Peters (MFA 1977) in @City_Arts

Joanna Ngai (BDes 2015) has a piece in the most recent issue of @arcadenw

Another "Exported" article from @Vignettesus This one is from Eirik Johnson (BFA 1997)

The Northwest School @davidsonprints includes at least two School-related people: George Tsutakawa (BA 1937, MFA 1950) & Fay Chong (BA 1968)

Three alums — Eirik Johnson (BFA 1997), Paul Komada (BFA 2000), Margie Livingston (MFA 1999) — won @4Culture Art Project grants last month:

If you can't see it in person, at least view this @nytimes tour through the Jenny Sabin Studio installation @MoMAPS1
@nytimes: Take a tour through "Lumen," Jenny Sabin’s photoluminescent installation at MoMA PS1

This week's (ANTI)thesis show includes Clare Halpine & Ding Jin; join them on Wed, 7/26, 6-9pm:

Read @City_Arts article about Rodrigo Valenzuela (MFA 2012) & a show he's curated at Seattle U: @UWalum

We are looking forward to Seattle Art Fair next week; check out our news post on School-affiliated participants:

Joana Stillwell (BFA 2012) completed her MFA @VCUarts in the spring; info about her thesis & other recent work here:

Coming to Portland Aug 9-12 is @converge45 including alum Ellen Lesperance with Prof Emerita P. Failing on steering committee

Kayla Mohammadi (BFA 1998) is in a group show at Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland, Maine, through 8/12:

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