Department SpotlightWhitworth Art Professor Gordon Wilson Exhibits Work
Gordon Wilson, associate professor of art at Whitworth University , recently had several works selected for two 2002 national art exhibits. Wilson's graphite drawings, The Letter and White: Night #11 were selected for inclusion in the 23rd Annual Paper in Particular National Exhibition at Columbia College in Columbia, Mo. Ninety works were selected from more than 700 entries for the exhibit.
Wilson's graphite drawing, It Was the Best She Could Do, was selected for inclusion in the Eighth Annual Great Plains National exhibit at the Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. There were 458 slides entered from 171 artists from 45 states. The juror selected 55 works from 44 artists for the exhibit.
A collection of Wilson's graphite drawings was featured in a 2001 exhibit, Illuminated Letter, at The Huneke Gallery in the Spokane Art School. The exhibit displayed Wilson's work related to the contents of a recently discovered 47-year-old letter that is part of the Wilson family history.
Wilson's family members and Whitworth students posed as models for the pieces. The landscapes used by Wilson are from his hometown of Ridgefield, Wash., as well as from German villages where his family's German and Russian Jewish ancestors may have lived.
Wilson's White: Night #11, received a best in drawing award at "Art Rageous 2001," a festival of Christian artists that is held during the annual Cornerstone Festival in Bushnell, Ill. Wilson's drawing was displayed at the Art Rageous gallery and will be published in Cornerstone Magazine and on Cornerstone's website.
Wilson was also selected to take part in a national juried exhibit in April at Concordia University in Austin, Texas, titled Arte Sagrado. His selected work was "Boy at the Window," a graphite drawing that was one of 25 works chosen for the exhibit. The drawing received a purchase award from Concordia University and will be included in Concordia's permanent collection of art.
Wilson took part in the Spokane Arts Commission's All Media Juried Show last March, which showcased 43 works by regional artists. The artwork, including one of Wilson's graphite drawings, was displayed in the Chase Gallery at Spokane City Hall.
Wilson holds a bachelor of science degree from Portland State University and a master of fine arts degree from Fort Wright College, where he studied under master teacher B. Frank Moss. Wilson was one of the original incorporators of The Spokane Studio School, where he taught and maintained a studio from 1974-1976. He joined the Whitworth faculty in 1976, and his specialty teaching areas include drawing, painting and figure drawing.