Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

November 7, 2003

Dartmouth Art Professor, Founder of Spokane Studio School
to Give Presentation at Whitworth

Inspired by natural scenes along the banks of the Little Spokane River where he lived for 10 years, renowned painter and Whitworth alumnus Ben Frank Moss returns to the Pacific Northwest every summer to rejuvenate his painting focus. Moss is an academian in the National Academy of Design and serves as the George Frederick Jewett Professor of Studio Art at Dartmouth College.

Moss, who established the Spokane Studio School in 1972 and served as its dean, will return to Spokane on Thursday, Nov. 20, to discuss his art career in a slideshow and presentation, "Begging to be Blessed," at 7 p.m. in Seeley Mudd Chapel at Whitworth College. A reception will follow the presentation. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (509) 777-3258. Moss will also meet with Whitworth's printmaking class on Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building.

A landscape painter, Moss gains inspiration for his work from nature. His pieces combine floral images, gardens, mountains and bodies of water.

"I work totally from memory, with each piece developing on its own," Moss says in Alan Gussow's book The Artist as Native: Reinventing Regionalism. "The surprise of the finished piece can recall a beach on Long Island Sound, an island in the San Juans or a well-traveled road in the Northwest. At another level it is clear that I am trying to hold/reflect the lost moment, break through the fence of time and reclaim what was given to me as a child on a first-time basis. At its best the final statement conveys a distilled sensation of time."

Moss has received numerous honors and awards, including the Ford Foundation Research and Travel Grant, the Distinguished Alumni Award at Boston University, and membership to the National Academy of Design. His art work is included in the collections of the National Academy of Design, in New York, the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth, the University of Iowa Museum of Art, and American University, among others. He has served as a visiting artist or has lectured at more than 70 institutions of higher learning.

Moss was head of the Master's in Fine Arts program at the former Fort Wright College in Spokane before establishing the Spokane Studio School, in 1972. Prior to assuming the chair of the studio art department at Dartmouth he taught graduate painting and drawing for 13 years at the University of Iowa. Moss received a bachelor of arts degree from Whitworth College in 1959, a master of fine arts degree from Boston University in 1963, and an honorary master of arts degree from Dartmouth in 1993.

Ben Frank Moss' visit to Whitworth is sponsored by a $2-million Lilly Vocation Grant, Discerning Vocation: Community, Context and Commitment, from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. The grant provides opportunities for Whitworth students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and community members to connect their gifts and abilities with the larger needs of society through ministry, service, and career-oriented programs.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,200 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


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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