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SPENW 2014 Conference, Hosted at WWU [October 2014]

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I’m happy to report that the weekend was truly a huge triumph. Rodney Graham’s Keynote Lecture was brilliant, Featured Speaker Jess T. Dugan’s presentation and exhibition will stimulate dialogue for years to come, and Rebecca Cummins’ graceful acceptance of her Honored Educator distinction was touching.

In addition, we were lucky enough to participate in the inaugural celebration of Lunar Drift, the new addition to the Western Sculpture Collection, created by Rebecca Cummins and Paul Demarinis. The exhibitions that punctuated the conference continue to be on display throughout campus: The Traveling Eye Auction and Exhibition, TRANSCENDENCE by Jess T. Dugan in the VU Gallery, Dianne Kornberg’s Madonna Comix in the Western Gallery, and the Western Photo Students’ PHOTOPALOOZA exhibition in the B Gallery.

The nearly 40 presentations, panels, and workshops held throughout the weekend were awe-inspiring, thought provoking, and challenging. Topics ranging from alternative process to cutting edge technology, from theory/concept to practice/application, the variety, depth, and caliber was incredibly impressive!


Quinton Maldonado Selected to be Artist in Residence at Shannon Point

photoQuinton is diligently working on a new body of work at Shannon Point this summer. After having been selected to work  with marine biologists at Shannon Point Marine  Center. The Shannon Point Marine Center and the  College of Fine & Performing Arts are jointly sponsoring a  summer internship for WWU undergraduates who are majoring  in some aspect of the arts. The internship is part of the marine  center’s well-established summer program for undergraduates.  The student selected to receive the internship will join other  students from WWU and from around the nation who will be  spending nine weeks in residence at the marine center located in Anacortes, WA.


Summer Course 2014 – COMPLETED!


Although the summer class was not a huge group it was a mighty one. Thanks to Dana Ollestad we had over 10 Skype visiting lectures, a multitude of new multi-media projects, and a fantastic trip to Vancouver which included a walking tour of the Rodney Graham show and an amazing visit to the Vancouver Art Gallery. My only regret is that we didn’t have more students to share this dynamic experience with!

It was a thrill to meet new students and to work with some new art majors as well. The diversity of the classroom experience and the quality of the work produced was most impressive. As someone who has taught at Western for nearly 14 years I know this type of interconnectivity is not always guaranteed. This summer class was a real treat!



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