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February 2017 Newsletter

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At The Jake

The Jacob Lawrence Gallery is currently showing two exhibitions from the Utopia Neighborhood Club series; both run through March 4:

Jacob Lawrence: The Legend of John Brown + Other Works

A Student Response Part II — The Jake Legacy Residency

Associated events are:

Feb 8, 7–8:30pm: DIY Venue Harm Reduction with S. Surface

Feb 14, 6–9pm: Cake Walk + Competition

Feb 15, 10-11am: Gallery talk: Royal Alley-Barnes on Jacob Lawrence

Faculty + Student News

Visual Communication Design Professor Karen Cheng has published "How to Survive Critique (Part 2)" in ARCADE 34.3.

Interdisciplinary Visual Arts Lecturer Claire Cowie (MFA 1999) recently completed a large artwork for Facebook offices in Seattle. A UW Today article focused on her residency in a biology laboratory.

Painting + Drawing MFA student Ryna Frankel has her first solo exhibition at the Linda Hodges BLUR Gallery in Seattle this month. She is also doing an Instagram takeover for the School this week.

Painting + Drawing Professor Denzil Hurley has work in Looking Back, the 11th White Columns Annual, in New York City.

3D4M Professor Doug Jeck did a 4-day residency with fellow sculptural ceramicist Christine Golden in Zanesville, Ohio. Watch a video about their collaboration. Their work will be exhibited at Eutectic Gallery in Portland, Oregon, during March 2017.

Art History Associate Professor Sonal Khullar's book Worldly Affiliations has won the 2017 Bernard S. Cohn Book Prize.

Art History Assistant Professor Adair Rounthwaite has published her first book, Asking the Audience: Participatory Art in 1980s New York. She also is the recipient of an RRF Scholar award to support a new book project.

Watch the video of a conversation between new MHCI+D Director Michael Smith and outgoing Director Linda Wagner.

Alumni News

Joe Ballweg (BFA 1998) has been selected for the 2017 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts at the Academy of Arts and Letters, opening March 9 in New York City.

Patrick "Duffy" De Armas (BA 2010) is one of the members of Electric Coffin, and they have an exhibition — Future Machineat the Bellevue Arts Museum.

Jacob Foran (MFA 2010) has a solo exhibition titled In Between Dreams at Abmeyer + Wood in Seattle during February.

Susie Lee (MFA 2006) is featured in a College of Arts & Sciences article for their most recent Perspectives newsletter.

Ellen Lesperance (BFA 1995) won the $15,000 Chiaro Award from Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California.

Kim Van Someren (MFA 2004 + Instructional Technician) has work in Framework: Elements of Architecture at North Seattle College Art Gallery. She also was selected for the UW-La Crosse Alumni Invitation Exhibition.

Justen Waterhouse (BFA 2015) has organized a film series at the Henry Art Gallery.

Read the summary of January news about alums.

Social Media Notes

The first part of Utopia Neighborhood Club: A Student Response has closed at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, but you can view photos in this Facebook album.


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