Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

January 15, 2004

Whitworth Alumnus Gets "Busted" in New Art Exhibit

Whitworth alumnus Lance Sinnema, '99, has loved collecting and playing with toys his entire life. This interest has inspired Sinnema's recent artwork, which includes dioramas with plastic toy figures. His upcoming solo art exhibit, "Busted," will take observers inside a life-size diorama, complete with enlarged toys.

"In this next installation, I will place those attending the exhibit in the scene along with the characters," Sinnema says. "It will be up to viewers to decide if they want to take time and play with the scenario that I present, or if they would just like to sit back and observe."

"Busted" will be on display Feb. 3-27 in the Koehler Gallery, located in the Fine Arts Building at Whitworth College. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free. Please call 777-3258 for more information.

An artist's reception will take place Tuesday, Feb. 3, from 5-7 p.m. in the Koehler Gallery. Sinnema will present a lecture, "Can-do Economics and the American Way," at 6 p.m. during the opening reception. The lecture will be held in the Koehler Gallery.

For his "Busted" exhibit, Sinnema will paint a sky, trees and shrubs on the walls of the Koehler Gallery to create the diorama effect. Although he is no longer a child, Sinnema says he desires to keep toys in his life for many years to come.

"Adults are expected to grow up and stop playing with toys, but I think that I will always be acquiring and enjoying new toys," Sinnema says. "They are not only a source of entertainment, but of inspiration, as well. As long as I can play, I will be making art, because making art is playing."

Sinnema graduated from Whitworth College in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in art and from Washington State University in 2003 with a master of fine arts degree in drawing and mixed media. He will serve as an adjunct instructor at Whitworth this spring, teaching sculpting and drawing classes.

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.

 

Contacts:

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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