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September 2017 Newsletter

Jacob Lawrence Gallery

The Gallery is hosting two events this month:

9/25, 7pm: Holcombe Waller: Notes from the Riverkeepers Tickets

9/27, 6–8pm: Exhibition Opening – Material Performance: 2nd Year MFA RSVP

In addition to the fabulous news above about the 2018 Jacob Lawrence Legacy Residency, the Gallery is happy to announce that all web content is now integrated into the School's website. Find them in the top right menu of every page or at

Faculty + Student News

Professor Emeritus Michael Spafford and his wife, artist Elizabeth Sandvig, are being honored by the Museum of Northwest Art with the Lifetime Contribution to Northwest Art award at the museum's September 13 Luminaries event.

The Smart Bins project from Design Professors Karen Cheng and Kristine Matthews is part of two competitions in which you can vote. The deadline is Friday, September 15! Use the stars to vote for Smart Bins in the UX Awards and NatGeo Chasing Genius.

The catalog for Painting + Drawing Professor Zhi Lin's exhibition at Tacoma Art Museum has been published by University of Washington Press. One of the authors is Rock Hushka (BA/BFA 1991), Chief Curator and Curator of Contemporary and Northwest Art at the museum.

Keep an eye on Slip Rabbit, a non-profit ceramics studio in Seattle, which is the brainchild of Senior Lecturer Timea Tihanyi. A 4Culture Tech Specific grant this year allowed for the addition of a ceramic 3D printer.

Art History PhD Candidate Lane Eagles had an article published in The Conversation this month: "How fashion adapted to climate change – in the Little Ice Age."

Alumni News

Seven alums are in a Photographic Center Northwest exhibition titled Notions of Home that opens September 14: Zack Bent (MFA 2008), Erin Elyse Burns (MFA 2009), Joe Freeman (MFA 2014), Eirik Johnson (BFA 1997), Emily Hanako Momohara (BA/BFA 2001), Serrah Russell (BFA 2009), and Ross Sawyers (MFA 2007).

Anne Focke (BA 1967) is wrapping up her year as Alum in Residence. At the end of July she published a blog post summarizing the work of her interns along with separate posts by four of them: Karen Beech (BA 2017), Jessica Capó (BA 2017), Abigail Cloutier (senior), and Lizzie Trelawny-Vernon (British exchange student).

Ellen Lesperance (BFA 1995) has a solo exhibition at Portland Art Museum featuring two projects.

Kalina Chung (BFA 2016) and Sofia Babaeva (BFA 2012) have work in this year's Seattle Center Sculpture Walk.

Gale Johansen (BFA 1981) was chosen as Artist of the Year by Schack Art Center in Everett and recently had a solo exhibition there.

See all the alums who participated in this year's Seattle Art Fair and concurrent events such as Out of Sight.

Last month, The Seattle Times had an excellent article about Nathan Vass (BFA 2009) and his work as a Metro bus driver. It mentioned his blog, The View From Nathan's Bus, and his supervisor (Paul Margolis, BFA 2006).

Benjamin Gale-Schreck (MFA 2016), Mario Lemafa (BFA 2013), and Anna Mlasowsky (MFA 2016) were each selected as a Centrum 2017 Emerging Artist Resident.

It is the time of year when people start new faculty positions. Here are a few we have heard about: Rodrigo Valenzuela (MFA 2012) is an Assistant Professor in Photography at the UCLA Department of Art, Keeara Rhoades (MFA 2008) is an Assistant Professor at Montana State University Billings Art Department, and Noah Simblist (MFA 1999) has moved to Virginia Commonwealth University to become Chair of Painting + Printmaking in the School of the Arts. Margaret Meehan (BA/BFA 1996, MFA 1999) has also joined the faculty at VCUarts; she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Craft and Material Studies.

Eighteen of the artists in Familiar Faces & New Voices at Tacoma Art Museum are alums. See the list.

Eirik Johnson (BFA 1997), Paul Komada (BFA 2000), and Margie Livingston (MFA 1999) received 4Culture Art Projects grants. Read more.

Read the summaries of June, July, and August news about alums that appeared in our social media.

Social Media Notes

With the start of a new academic year, be sure you are following our major channels.




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