Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

March 16, 2004

Whitworth Alumna to Exhibit Clay Sculptures in Koehler Gallery

Clay artist Kathy Knowles, a 1966 Whitworth alumna, will display her sculptures in an exhibit, "Human Landscapes in Clay," March 30 through April 16 in the Koehler Gallery, located in the Fine Arts Building at Whitworth College. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Admission is free.

An artist's reception will take place Tuesday, March 30, from 5-7 p.m. in the Koehler Gallery. Knowles will present a lecture, "Clay Journey," at 6 p.m. during the reception in Room 200 of the Fine Arts Building. For more information, please call (509) 777-3258.

As a clay artist, Knowles focuses on the personalities and characters of the subjects she sculpts. Some of her figurative sculptures celebrate the solidarity of women from all cultures.

"Kathy's works are tactile; she works by touch and by sight," says Scott Kolbo, Whitworth assistant professor of art. "All of the figures have a trace of the hands of the artist who formed them. She will expose our students and the Spokane community to a unique approach to making ceramic sculpture and the themes in her work are something we wanted to try to bring on campus this year."

Knowles' work has been displayed at Fire's Eye Gallery, in McMinnville, Ore.; Triad Gallery, in Seal Rock, Ore.; Artistree Gallery, in McMinnville, Ore.; The Art Within Gallery, in Carlton, Ore.; Ryan Gallery, in Lincoln City, Ore.; Valley Art Gallery, in Forest Grove, Ore.; and Essence of Fire Gallery, in Portland, Ore.

She has also displayed her works in the annual Ceramics Showcase in Portland, Ore., and in the Art Harvest Studio tour, in Yamhill County, Ore. Last spring her work was featured in a solo exhibit, "There Is Vision," at the Kathrin Cawein Gallery of Art on the Pacific University campus in Forest Grove, Ore.

Knowles earned a bachelor's degree in art from Whitworth College in 1966. She has worked as an elementary school teacher, preschool teacher, professional potter and clay sculptor. She is a member of the Arts Alliance of Yamhill County and the Oregon Potter's Association.

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.


Scott Kolbo, assistant professor of art, Whitworth College. (509) 777-4315 or skolbo@whitworth.edu.

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

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