Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

June 7, 2002

Works by Whitworth Art Professor Selected for Nine Juried Exhibits, Graphite Drawing Receives Curator's Choice Award

Graphite drawings by Gordon Wilson, associate professor of art at Whitworth College, have been selected for inclusion in nine national or international juried exhibits taking place this spring and summer at locations throughout the United States.

Wilson's graphite drawing Sisters was selected for an international juried exhibit, Realism 2002, and received the Curator's Choice Award, the top honor in the show. Wilson's piece was one of only 15 works selected for the exhibit from thousands of slide entries submitted by realist artists from around the world. The exhibit runs through June 16 at The Stage Gallery in Merrick, New York

Earlier this spring, Sisters was also juried into an exhibit at Western Oregon University in Salem. The exhibit, Cultural Identity, took place Feb. 14-March 15 and consisted of 22 pieces selected from a pool of 80 works of art submitted by artists throughout the United States.

Another of Wilson's graphite drawings, White: Night #3, was included in the Arte Sagrado (Sacred Art) 2002 exhibition, A Reflection of Christian Perspectives in Art, April 6-May 11 at Concordia University in Austin, Texas. At the close of the exhibit, Wilson's work was selected for inclusion in an extended tour of the show, Arte Sagrado II, which is on display through early July at the Cody Center art complex at Laity Lodge, a Christian retreat center in Leakey, Texas.

Wilson's graphite drawing White: Night #2 was selected for the 19th Annual Gallery '76 National Juried Exhibit, which took place this spring at Wenatchee Valley College in Wenatchee, Wash.

Other works by Wilson will be included in the Eighth Annual Great Plains National at the Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art at Fort Hays State University, Kansas; in a national juried exhibit, To My Valentine, at SCA Gallery in Pomona, Calif.; in the 23rd Paper in Particular National Juried Exhibition in the Palm Springs Desert Museum; and in the Plain Arts IV International Juried Exhibition at Pittsburgh State University, Kansas.

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.

Contacts:

Gordon Wilson, associate professor of art, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4471 or gwilson@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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