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March 2017 Newsletter

Operations and teaching are online. Current and prospective students: please visit our COVID-19 Updates pages. Faculty and staff are available via email.

At The Jake

Students in Art, Art History, or Design: apply now to be a Gallery intern. Learn more.

The Gallery is hosting the kickoff event on March 10 for Strange Coupling 2017. Then there will be a hiatus until the first graduation show opens on April 4.

While Utopia Neighborhood Club has closed, you can still read a Seattle Weekly article about the series and the ideas behind it.

Faculty News

Painting + Drawing Professor Emeritus Michael Spafford will be part of a panel discussion at Seattle Art Museum on April 7 about the life and impact of his colleagaue Jacob Lawrence. Tickets are required ($6 UWAA or SAM members, seniors, students;  $12 general public).

Visual Communication Design Professor Karen Cheng followed her "How to Survive Critique (Part 2)" article with a short reading list on the ARCADE website.

Interdisciplinary Visual Arts Associate Professor Curt Labitzke shows Ancient Vases at Zinc Art + Object in Edmonds, Washington, through April 15. His work is also featured at TASTE in Seattle Art Museum through May 7.

3D4M Assistant Professor Michael Swaine, as part of the Futurefarmers collective, has work in Futurefarmers: Errata—Brief Interruptions at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, through April 16.

Art History Associate Professor Marek Wieczorek gave a lecture titled "Archipenko in the Crosshairs of the European Avant-Garde" on March 2 at the Frye Art Museum.

Painting + Drawing Professor Zhi Lin has work in Conversations: Past and Present in Asia and America at Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, through June 12.

Professor Emerita Susan Casteras gave a lecture titled "Queen Victoria as a Visual Symbol of the Age" on February 21 for a private event hosted by WETA in Washington, DC.

The James Harris Gallery exhibition of final work by Professor Emeritus Akio Takamori, which is on view through April 1, has recently been written about in CFile Daily and Northwest Asian Weekly.

Alumni News

Jenny Sabin (BA/BFA 1998) is winner of the 2017 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program competition for Lumen, which was created by Jenny Sabin Studio with input from Sabin Design Lab at Cornell University.

Michael Cepress (MFA 2006) has taken Counter-Couture, the exhibition he created at Bellevue Arts Museum, to the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. It will be on view through August 20.

Lily Martina Lee (BFA 2009) had work selected for the 2017 Idaho Triennial exhibition at Boise Art Museum through July 16.

Susie Lu (BA 2010) was recently featured in a College of Engineering interview because of her unusual combination of studies in painting and industrial engineering.

Zinc Contemporary, owned by Laura Zeck (MFA 1993), is the focus of a March 1 VANGUARD Seattle article titled "Art by Design: Zinc Contemporary Makes Its Mark on Pioneer Square."

Read the summary of February news about alums.

Social Media Notes

For those of you not able to attend our two Open House events in February, take a look at the Facebook albums below. No Facebook account is necessary to view them.

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