SPENW 2014 Conference, Hosted at WWU [October 2014]
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!