Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

October 4, 2005

Whitworth's Visiting Artist in Printmaking Program brings
Makoto Fujimura to campus to exhibit works, create new prints

Artist Makoto Fujimura will visit Whitworth College Oct. 17-21 to exhibit his paintings and work with Whitworth students to create original prints through Whitworth's new Loop Press.

Fujimura's works will be on display Oct. 18-Dec. 9 in the Koehler Gallery, located in Room 203 of the Whitworth Fine Arts Building. Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is free. An opening reception will be held Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 5-7 p.m. in the Koehler Gallery. Fujimura will present a lecture at 7 p.m., at the conclusion of the opening reception, in Weyerhaeuser Hall's Robinson Teaching Theatre. For more information, please call (509) 777-3258.

In addition to presenting the exhibit, Fujimura will spend the week of Oct. 17-21 making prints with Whitworth students through Whitworth's Loop Press. A public reception that will feature the unveiling of one of Fujimura's original Loop Press prints will be held on Friday, Oct. 21, from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., in the Hixson Union Building's Multipurpose Room. During the reception, Fujimura will offer a presentation about his artwork and the prints that he and students have created in the Loop Press studio.

During the week, Fujimura will also visit Whitworth art classes and critique students' work, and he'll visit Spokane-area schools, where he'll give presentations about his artwork.

An authoritative voice on the nature and cultural assessment of beauty, Fujimura uses the traditional Japanese art of Nihonga - rock-pigment painting on handmade paper - to create abstract images. His paintings address the creative process and what it means to see; they move the observer from cognitive categorization to visceral experience. Fujimura has exhibited his work nationally and internationally; his work has been reviewed in Art in America and Art News.

Fujimura was born in 1960 in Boston, Mass. Educated in the United States and Japan, Fujimura graduated from Bucknell University in 1983; in 1989 he received an M.F.A. from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.

While studying in Japan, Fujimura began assimilating into his art the abstract expressionism explored in the U.S. with the art of Nihonga. Upon his return to the U.S., he began to exhibit his paintings in New York City while continuing to show his work in Tokyo; he was honored in 1992 as the youngest artist ever to have had a piece acquired by Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo.

For more information about Fujimura's artwork, please visit www.makotofujimura.com/.

Fujimura's visit is made possible through a $15,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant that Whitworth received in 2004 to launch its Visiting Artists in Printmaking Program. The program allows Whitworth to bring noted artists to campus to exhibit their works and conduct printing workshops with Whitworth students and art faculty. Using the college's new printmaking and digital-imaging equipment and materials, the visiting artists create images that relate to their body of work.

After the original art is created, students work to print the images through the Whitworth Art Department's new Loop Press. Once the prints are made, Whitworth business students, under the supervision of Associate Professor of Marketing Brad Sago, market the prints, which are signed and numbered by the artist. Proceeds from the print sales are put back into the program to fund other visiting artists as well as to create new print editions.

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.


Scott Kolbo, associate professor of art, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4711 or skolbo@whitworth.edu.

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

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