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June 2017 Newsletter

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Graduate Showcase Website

The School's 2017 Graduate Thesis + Dissertation Showcase was released last week. This website catalogs the MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition, and it documents Art History MA and PhD degrees completed during the 2016–2017 academic year.

Faculty + Student News

Photomedia Professor Aaron Flint Jamison was selected as one of five 2017 Hallie Ford Fellows in the Visual Arts. An exhibition at Pacific Northwest College of Art displays the work of the fellows. Read more.

Art History Assistant Professor Ivan Drpić learned on June 15 that he is joint winner of the 2017 Runciman Award. Read an interiew about his award-winning book.

Interaction Design Assistant Professor Audrey Desjardins participated in the UW's 2017 Faculty Field Tour in mid-June.

Painting + Drawing Professor Denzil Hurley has work in a group show at Thomas Erben Gallery, New York City, from June 29 – July 28.

Visual Communication Design Associate Professor Kristine Matthews and Professor Karen Cheng were both winners of SEGD Global Design Awards, and Studio Matthews also won a Core77 Design Award for one project. Read more.

Painting + Drawing Professor Philip Govedare received the Mortar Board Excellence in Teaching Award this year.

Art History PhD candidate Anna Wager co-curated an exhibit at Delaware Art Museum titled The Cover Sells the Book: Transformations in Commercial Book Publishing, 1860–1920. It closes August 27, 2017.

Undergraduates Valerie Vogt and Tabea Schendekehl were part of the NCAA champion women's rowing team. Vogt just received her BFA in Photomedia, and Schendekehl is starting that same major.

Jenny Masuoka, who just earned her BFA in 3D4M: ceramics + glass + sculpture, is featured in the College of Arts & Sciences graduation video.

Alumni News

Lumen by Jenny Sabin Studio opens June 29 at MoMA PS1 in New York City and is on view through September 4. Read more in The Architect's Newspaper.

Katy Stone (MFA 1994) has a solo show in New York City at Ryan Lee Gallery that closes June 29. A video about her installation at Facebook offices in Seattle was recently posted.

Four alums — DraperHavenLivingston, and Tennis — have work in the second Bellingham National Juried Art Exhibition at Whatcom Museum. Read more.

Alum in Residence Anne Focke and some of her now-graduated interns created a short-term exhibition at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery last week plus there are now nearly a dozen podcasts in their AND_NOW? series. Read more.

W. Scott Trimble (MFA 2003) has been selected to create art integrated into a bicycle/pedestrian bridge as part of the Eastside Rail Corridor.

The Prographica/KDR solo exhibition by Kathy Liao (BA 2006, BFA 2008) was written up in Huffington Post and the International Examiner.

Design alum Steve Kaneko of Microsoft Design was interviewed for an article titled "Learning by Doing and Other Design Lessons."

Jonas Wood (MFA 2002) had a painting purchased by Leonardo DiCaprio at a charity auction in early May. Later that month, Sotheby's sold another of his paintings at a record price.

Six alums — AlpertForanJohnsonKennedyMlasowsky, and Nakamura — received Artist Trust Fellowships in mid-May. Read more.

Barbara Johns (PhD 2014) published another book with UW Press in May; this one is titled The Hope of Another Spring: Takuichi Fujii, Artist and Wartime Witness.

Read about the work of Erin Murphy (BDes 2013) at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in an in-depth interview.

We were saddened to hear that Kent Lovelace (MFA 1979) passed away in mid-May. Read an obituary by gallerist Lisa Harris.

Read the summary of May news about alums that appeared in our social media.

Social Media Notes

More photos of the graduation exhibitions in the Jacob Lawrence Gallery have been added: Photomedia, Interdisciplinary Visual Arts, and Design.

We also have photos from our Graduation Celebration. There are some creative mortarboards included.


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