Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

August 25, 2005

Whitworth Fine Arts Gallery Opens 2005-06 Season
with Faculty Art Exhibit, Sept. 12-Oct. 14

Whitworth College's 2005-06 exhibit season will begin with a faculty art exhibit Sept. 12-Oct. 14 in the Fine Arts Gallery, located in Whitworth's Fine Arts Building, Room 203. The Fine Arts Gallery is a former classroom that was recently remodeled to provide a larger, well-lit exhibit space. The gallery is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; admission is free. An opening reception will be held Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 5-7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Gallery. A question-and-answer-session with the artists will take place at 7 p.m., at the conclusion of the reception. For more information, please call (509) 777-3258.

The exhibit will feature works by associate professors from the Whitworth art faculty: Gordon Wilson, painting and drawing; Barbara Filo, mixed media; and Scott Kolbo, drawing; and by adjunct art instructors including Greg Roth, photography; Bradd Skubinna, drawing/installation; Carl Stejer, glass; Jeff Harris, ceramics; Lance Sinnema, sculpture/installation; and Esme Guenther, printmaking.

"Faculty exhibits are an important educational tool that allows students to see how their instructors put into practice the ideas they talk about in the classroom," Kolbo says. "The faculty exhibits are always eclectic celebrations of the diverse artistic approaches and philosophies of the people who teach at Whitworth."

Another purpose of the exhibit is to highlight the variety and stylistic pluralism of the contemporary art world, and then to create a dialogue between faculty, students and the community about the arts and their role in society, Kolbo says.

In addition to the faculty art exhibit, Whitworth's Fine Arts Gallery will host the following exhibits for 2005-06: Makoto Fujimura, Oct. 18-Dec. 9; Marek Zaranski, Jan. 3-24; Alumni Invitational and Juried Exhibit, Feb. 6-March 10; Molly Hill, March 27-April 21; Whitworth Junior Exhibit, April 4-21; Whitworth Senior Exhibit, April 25-May 14.

In 2005 the Whitworth Art Department received a $22,500 grant from the McMillen Foundation that provides Whitworth art students with new opportunities to learn about contemporary art - including video and video installation - and participate in workshops conducted by visiting artists. The McMillen grant complements a $15,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant the department received in 2004 to develop its Visiting Artists in Printmaking Program.

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:

Gordon Wilson, associate professor of art and chair of the Whitworth Art Department, (509) 777-4471 or gwilson@whitworth.edu.

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

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