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October 2016 Newsletter

Faculty News

Faculty in all divisions are keeping busy participating in a national competition, organizing a colloquium, showing work in exhibitions, being given an award, and more.

The summer colloquium co-organized by Assistant Professor Michael Swaine was featured in a College of Arts & Sciences article.

Associate Professor Axel Roesler was quoted in an 1843 article that appears online and in print. 1843 is a publication from The Economist.

Professor Denzil Hurley was selected for The Fay and Robert Jones Award for Painting from the Museum of Northwest Art. Several alums and retired faculty were involved in the MoNA Luminaries awards in 2015 and 2016.

Professor Rebecca Cummins had her work featured in an October 6 post on Lenscratch.

Professor Karen Cheng presented a research project — co-led by Associate Professor Kristine Matthews — at the Kimberly-Clark Sustainable Campus Competition on October 10.

Senior Lecturer Timea Tihanyi and a few alums are participating in 9e2 Seattle October 21–29.

Associate Professor Sonal Khullar gives a lecture for UW Libraries on October 26.

Assistant Professor Ivan Drpić is co-organizer of a Byzantine Studies Colloquium at Dumbarton Oaks on November 4.

Associate Professor Mark Zirpel and Lecturer Claire Cowie, plus several alums and former faculty, are included in a Museum of Northwest Art exhibition that runs through January 1, 2017.

Professor Ann Gale has an exhibition of her portraits at Fralin Museum of Art, University of Virginia. It will be up through February 12, 2017.

Alumni News

In addition to the three items under Faculty News that include alums, we have alums involved in the Genius and Neddy awards, speaking for the Smithsonian, sending love, and more.

The 2016 Genius and Neddy awards, plus the Neddy-related exhibitions, featured several alums. Special notice goes to Barbara Earl Thomas (BFA 1973, MFA 1977) as winner of the Stranger Genius Award in the art category.

Kathleen Ash-Milby (BA 1991) is an Associate Curator at the National Museum of the American Indian. The Smithsonian is sending her to Seattle as a speaker for an event at the Seattle Art Museum on November 1.

Susie Lee (MFA 2006) was named an Inspiring Female Founder by Business of Apps for her work at Siren.

A 2010 Exhibition Design class project by two graduate (Alanna MacGowan, Benjamin Shown) and two undergraduate (Marisa Crane, Kimberly McCarthy) students has been reborn in new postcard products now available through online retailer Knock Knock.

Read a summary of September alumni news from our social media posts.

Social Media Notes

View photos of Double Rainbow All The Way, the exhibition currently in the Jacob Lawrence Gallery.

See more photos of the exhibit on our Instagram page plus check out what Dakota Gearhart (MFA 2013) did during her Instagram takeover two weeks ago.


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