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Alumni News – April 2020

Submitted on April 30, 2020 - 6:34pm

This is a listing of alumni news as posted to our social media outlets during the month of April 2020. Most news like this goes onto our Twitter feed; you can receive it in real-time by following us there.

Did you know? We have two faculty members (Claire Cowie, Kolya Rice) & two graduate students (Todd McKinney, Laura Stowell) nominated for @UW teaching awards Look in the College of Arts & Sciences section to see their names

Betz Bernhard has a virtual solo exhibition titled Open Kimono @ZINCcontempo

Great work by @UWalum Luly Yang on finding masks for medical professionals
@PSBJ: Providence launched the 100 Million Mask Challenge in March, which has met with support from individuals, community organizations and manufacturers.
Seattle couture designer procures 20,000 masks in less than a week:

@uwjewst: For #Passover, a lovely 15-minute talk from @UWArtSci @uwsoa alumna Tamar Benzikry on how feminist artist Mierle Ukeles' work can help us to imbue everyday routines with attention & intention, and connect the mundane & the holy — a key idea in the #Seder.

Jennifer Henneman is one of the co-curators of an exhibition @DenverArtMuseum (currently closed due to COVID-19) She is also one of the exhibition catalog authors

Nikki Lau & Matthew Mitros had their work selected for the 2020 @NCECA Annual titled The Burdens of History

Thank you to @UWalum Dale Chihuly for helping to support artists during COVID-19
@artisttrust: AT extends deep gratitude to the Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation, which granted $50k for our COVID-19 relief efforts. We are moved by their commitment to helping artists get through this crisis. To join them visit

Nice to see Jonas Wood included in this group of artists
@ChristiesInc: Are these the most beautiful gardens in art? From #Sargent to #Sorolla, #JonasWood to #WinstonChurchill, Berkshire to Bali — how artists have found solace and inspiration in gardens the world over:

Sharing some of Seattle's art collection; this piece is by Jennifer Zwick
@SeattleArts: The Moment by @jenzwick, Archival pigment print, 2017. Purchased with @SeattleSPU 's 1% for Art funds.

Sharing some of Seattle's art collection; this piece is by Evan Blackwell
@SeattleArts: Disposable Hero (Fork Head) by Evan Blackwell, Heat-fused plastic forks, 2012. Photographed by Spike Mafford. Purchased with @SeattleSPU 's 1% for Arts funds.

Check out a new public artwork by @UWalum Cable Griffith in Concourse C of SeaTac Airport; it's titled "Cascadia" @PortofSeattle

Listen to Barbara Earl Thomas speak eloquently about a Georges de La Tour painting at Seattle Art Museum @iheartSAM

Sharing some of Seattle's art collection; this piece is by Joyce Moty
@SeattleArts: Kingdome Jar (Head, Body) by Joyce Moty, Ceramic, 1976. Purchased with @SEACityLight 's 1% for Art funds.

Sharing some of Seattle's art collection; this piece is by Lauren Grossman
@SeattleArts: Hand from The Stigmatization by Lauren Grossman, 1998. Fired ceramic covered with lead sheet; steel eyebolt. Purchased with @SEACityLight's 1% for Art funds.

Eva Mayhabal Davis is part of this discussion on Friday, April 24; she also recently curated Mining Memory at the Lower East Side Printshop
@evamayha: • El Salón • April • ZOOM #ElSalónPotluck Event w/ @LatinxProject-

If you weren't able to see Emily Gherard's work at Oxbow in February/March, watch this short video from J. Rinehart Gallery

Inspired by a recent visit to Kubota Gardens, @UWalum Mia Pizzuto recently completed a mural titled Bloom Where You Are Planted at Adana Restaurant on Capitol Hill; learn more about her at

Sharing some of Seattle's art collection; this piece is by Roger Jones
@SeattleArts: #104 Buttermilk Quartet, Donut Series by Roger Jones, Oil on canvas, 1978. Purchased with @SEACityLight's 1% for Art funds.

Read this @Crosscut article about what Seattle artists are doing to help us all feel better including the work of @electriccoffin (including Duffy De Armas) & their Rise Above project

Join us tomorrow (4/25) for an Instagram takeover by Onyx Montes @onyxmontes #ArtsUW

We learned about the passing of School & @UWalum Daniel DeSiga late last week through this @ubnews article in @seattletimes; condolences to his family

Keep an eye out for the Public Art Comes to Your Front Yard signs around town; we're especially looking forward to seeing those by Denise Emerson #seattletogether @SeattleArts

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation recently named @UWalum Ellen Lesperance as a Fellow in the Fine Arts category @GuggFellows

Striking Gold: Fuller at Fifty closed @fullercraft earlier this month, but you can still see a virtual tour; artists include Jana Brevick (pictured) & Anthony Sonnenberg plus Professor Emerita Mary Lee Hu

Join us tomorrow (4/30) on Instagram for a takeover by David Jaewon Oh whose work focuses on the subjects of culture & gender in sports; see his work at

We agree with Victoria Haven!
"Please keep making your uncompromising work. The world needs you now more than ever." -Victoria Haven, COVID-19 Artist Trust Relief Fund Donor
@artisttrust: The world needs artists now more than ever, and artists need our help now more than ever. We were humbled to support artists this week with funding, but the work doesn’t stop there. To join us in support of these efforts, please consider donating today at

We've discovered that @UWalum Elisabeth Larson Koehler has created a website focused on teaching painting and drawing, so take a look:

Watch this J. Rinehart Gallery studio visit with artist, staff member, and alum Kim Van Someren