Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

June 7, 2002

Whitworth Art Professors Receive Fellowship to Collaborate on Art Series

Whitworth art professors Gordon Wilson and Scott Kolbo have received a $3,500 fellowship from Whitworth's Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning to collaborate on a series of artworks based on a Christian perspective of marginalized and alienated individuals in our culture.

"This theme relates to both of our current research interests, and the collaborative aspect will add a new element to the creative process," says Associate Professor of Art Gordon Wilson.

Kolbo and Wilson will work independently and together to create the art during a 10-week period this summer. The two artists will work in the mediums of drawing and mixed media to create the pieces and will explore exhibit opportunities once the series is finished.

The primary question the artists will seek to answer in their work is how a person's environment contributes to or reflects a sense of isolation or "otherness," Wilson says.

"We will make images about people on the outside of mainstream American life, particularly in the Inland Northwest," Wilson says. "Scott and I are interested in how a sense of place affects the people and the ways in which individuals are rejected from a culture or choose to remove themselves from it. Through the art we will also investigate how people shape their environments to reflect their beliefs."

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. Wilson's work has been exhibited in numerous national and international juried exhibitions throughout the United States.

Kolbo holds a master of fine arts degree in printmaking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor of fine arts in painting and printmaking from Boise State University. Kolbo's print, Naaman Dirty, earned the Best of Show in Printmaking award at the 28th annual Bradley National Print and Drawing Exhibition. The Bradley National is a selective exhibition featuring some of the best examples of contemporary printmaking and drawing in the United States.

Contacts:

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

Scott Kolbo, assistant professor of art, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4711 or skolbo@whitworth.edu.

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

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