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Strange Coupling

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Submitted on February 27, 2018 - 1:31pm

Strange Coupling has been a student-run tradition in the School's Division of Art since 2002. It brings together the UW and the greater Seattle art community by pairing students with professional artists for a collaborative project. Strange Coupling creates opportunities for mentorship, allows space for experimentation, and challenges participants to work with a creative partner whose practice differs from their own.

March Events

The kickoff portion of Strange Coupling functions as both an auction to raise funds for the projects and an unveiling of the student/artist pairings.

Art on View

March 27–29, 2018 | 10am–5pm
Jacob Lawrence Gallery
Student applicant work is on display, and a silent auction takes place. Pieces donated by faculty and past Strange Coupling participants will also be on view during this time, but they will only be available for bidding during the live auction at the March 29 event.

Pairing AnnouncementS + auction

March 29, 2018 | 6–9pm
Jacob Lawrence Gallery
A live auction of artwork by faculty and past Strange Coupling participants begins at 7pm. The silent auction closes at 8pm and then the pairing announcements begin.

Participating Artists

  • Quenton Baker
  • Elby Brosch
  • Christopher Paul Jordan
  • George Lee
  • Hongzhe (Benji) Liang (BFA 2015)
  • Coley Mixan (MFA 2015)
  • Mary Ann Peters (MFA 1977)
  • Mackenzie Waller

Participating Students

  • Nadine Marie Emmons (3D4M and Community, Environment, and Planning 2020)
  • Adrian Gomez (3D4M 2018)
  • Hannah Moujing (Psychology and Dance 2018)
  • Koi Nil (Philosophy 2020)
  • Isabela Noriega (Masters of Landscape Architecture 2020)
  • Connor Walden (3D4M MFA 2019)
  • Amy Wang (3D4M 2019)
  • Yabsira Wolde (Photomedia and Communications 2019)


  • Cath Brunner, Director of Public Art at 4Culture
  • Minh Nguyen, freelance writer, curator, and illustrator


  • Nadia Ahmed, senior in 3D4M and Art History
  • Richard Desanto
  • Sarah Grace Faulk (BA 2017)

June Event

The results of this year's Strange Coupling may be seen in an exhibition taking place in the Columbia City neighborhood of Seattle.

Art on View

June 15, 2018 | 6–9pm
June 16 + 17, 2018 | 12–6pm
5256 Rainier Ave S


  • Quenton Baker + Yabsira Wolde
  • Elby Brosch + Koi Nil
  • Christopher Paul Jordan + Adrian Gomez
  • George Lee + Amy Wang
  • Hongzhe (Benji) Liang + Nadine Marie Emmons
  • Coley Mixan + Hannah Moujing
  • Mary Ann Peters + Isabela Noriega
  • Mackenzie Waller + Connor Walden