Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

March 8, 2005

Whitworth's Visiting Artist in Printmaking Program
to Feature Exhibit by Ric Gendron

Artist Ric Gendron will exhibit his work and conduct a printmaking workshop with Whitworth students as part of the college's grant-funded Visiting Artists in Printmaking program. Gendron's exhibit, "A Perfect World," will be on display March 22-April 22 in the Koehler Gallery, located in the Fine Arts Building at Whitworth College. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

An opening reception will be held Tuesday, March 22, from 5-7 p.m. in the Koehler Gallery. Gendron will present a lecture at 6 p.m., during the reception, in Weyerhaeuser Hall, Room 203. Admission to the exhibit and reception is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-3258.

Gendron will be on campus March 21-26. During that time, he will work with Whitworth art students in the printmaking studio, where they will assist him as he creates an edition of original prints. Gendron will also visit art classes at Whitworth and at North Central High School.

Gendron works primarily as a painter with acrylic paint on canvas and mixed media on paper.

"Ric's work is filled with splashes of exciting color, and he uses the pop-culture iconography of contemporary America mixed with the symbols from his American Indian heritage," says Scott Kolbo, Whitworth assistant professor of art and director of the Koehler Gallery. "His images express the tension of living in contemporary America and being engaged in an ancient culture."

Gendron has been a professional artist for 18 years. He was born and raised in the Spokane area and is a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. He studied art at Eastern Washington University, in Cheney, Wash., and at the Cornish College of the Arts, in Seattle. He currently resides in Spokane and travels throughout the United States exhibiting his award-winning artwork. Gendron's work has been exhibited in numerous locations, including the Heard Museum, in Phoenix, Ariz., Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana, and the Center of Contemporary Arts, in Seattle.

Gendron's Whitworth exhibit and workshop are funded in part by a grant that Whitworth received from the National Endowment for the Arts under the "Challenge America: Access to the Arts" program. The $15,000 grant supports the development of the college's Visiting Artists in Printmaking program, with a focus on multicultural artists who will conduct printing workshops on campus and work with faculty and students on creating original prints. In addition to supporting Gendron's exhibit and workshop, the grant will also support a visit by Nihonga artist Makato Fujimura, of New York, who will be on campus in the fall of 2005, to exhibit his work and lead a workshop.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,400 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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