Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

January 12, 2006

Whitworth to Celebrate College's Founding, Visual Arts
during Annual Heritage Week, Jan. 31-Feb. 11

Whitworth will celebrate its founding and the college's vibrant visual-arts program, both past and present, during Heritage Week, Jan. 31-Feb.11. Heritage Week 2006 marks the 116th anniversary of Whitworth's founding, on Feb. 20, 1890. Members of the Spokane community are invited to join Whitworth students, faculty, staff and alumni for most functions. Admission to events is free unless otherwise noted.

Highlights of the week will be a two-day art exhibit in downtown Spokane in collaboration with Spokane's Art Walk program; the Alumni Invitational and Juried Art Exhibit featuring works by Whitworth alumni that will be displayed in multiple locations on campus; and an exhibit reception and lecture by alumnus Ben Frank Moss, '59, the George Frederick Jewett Professor of Studio Art at Dartmouth College.

Whitworth's Heritage Week celebration of art will take place as the college finalizes its plans to build a $6.2 million visual-arts facility on campus. The facility will house a gallery, studios and classrooms. Funds to accompany a lead gift of $2 million, from the Lied Foundation Trust, are currently being raised for the project.

Heritage Week art events will begin Feb. 3 and 4 with an exhibit in downtown Spokane that will feature selections from the upcoming alumni exhibit, the Whitworth Permanent Collection, and faculty and student work. The works will be on display Feb. 3 from 5-9 p.m., and Feb. 4 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., on the first floor of the Legion Building, located on the corner of Washington and Riverside avenues. The exhibit is part of Spokane's city-wide Art Walk program.

The Alumni Invitational and Juried Art Exhibit will be on display Feb. 6-March 10 in three Whitworth-campus locations: the Fine Arts Gallery II and the Koehler Gallery, which are both located in the Fine Arts Building, and the Hixson Union Building (HUB). The Fine Arts Gallery II and the Koehler Gallery are open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (the two galleries will be closed Jan. 16). The HUB is open Mon.-Thurs., 6:45 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri., 6:45 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Sat.-Sun., 7:45 a.m.-11 p.m.

The exhibit will feature works by Whitworth alumni who are engaged in exceptional professional art careers as well as those who are beginning their careers in an impressive fashion, according to Associate Professor of Art Scott Kolbo. The alumni invitational exhibit will feature works by five alumni, including Moss, Esme Guenther, '02, and Pete Hunner, '76. The juried component of the exhibit, for which Moss will serve as juror, will feature works by 19 alumni, including Liz Bishop, '94, Keith Clerihue, '91, Russell Larson, '51, and JoAnne Roulston Nixon, '79.

The exhibit reception will take place Feb. 7, from 5-7 p.m., in the Fine Arts Building lobby. Moss will present a lecture, "Turning toward the Light," at 7 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theatre, Weyerhaeuser Hall. For more information about Whitworth's art events, please call (509) 777-3258.

Moss became chair of the Dartmouth College Studio Art Department in 1988, after teaching for 13 years in the M.F.A. program at the University of Iowa, in Iowa City. Prior to his tenure at Iowa he served for 10 years as the director of the M.F.A. and Visiting Critics Program at Fort Wright College, in Spokane, where he also founded and was the acting dean of the Spokane Studio School.

Moss received his B.A. from Whitworth in 1959 and his M.F.A. from Boston University in 1963. His work appears in more than 35 public collections and 325 corporate and private collections; he has been a visiting artist/lecturer at more than 70 institutions.

Heritage Week will kick off Tuesday, Jan. 31, with Founder's Day Convocation at 11 a.m. in Cowles Auditorium. Convocation will feature music and worship, faculty in academic regalia, and an opportunity for the college to honor top students. President Bill Robinson will give the Convocation address, and campus historian and history professor Dale Soden will give a presentation on the history of art at Whitworth.

In addition to Convocation and the art events, Heritage Week will include a Feb. 2 performance of the one-man play, "York," by actor and Whitworth alumnus David Casteal, '00. York tells the story of the only black man to join the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The performance will take place at 7 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theatre, Weyerhaeuser Hall.

Robert Cheeley, a missionary in Yunnan, China, will give a Whitworth Mission Fellowship presentation on Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Music Building Recital Hall. A staged reading of "Art," a comedic play by Yasmina Reza, will be presented Feb. 8 by Whitworth faculty members. The reading will take place at 7 p.m., in the Hixson Union Building Multipurpose Room.

On Feb. 9 a Great Decisions Lecture, "China and India: Partners or Competitors?," will be presented by Vandana Asthana, Ph.D. The lecture will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theatre, Weyerhaeuser Hall.

A Gospel Explosion concert will take place Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. in Cowles Auditorium. Spokane-area church choirs and soloists, step teams, and poetry readers will perform during this annual community celebration sponsored by the Whitworth College Black Student Union.

Also, on Feb. 10, Whitworth will co-sponsor a Spokane Symphony performance, "Classics Concert Number 6," which will feature Norman Krieger on piano and Conductor Morihiko Nakahara. The performance will take place at 8 p.m. at the Spokane Opera House. For tickets, call (509) 325-7328 or visit www.ticketswest.com.

Heritage Week will conclude Feb. 10 and 11 with women's and men's basketball games at 6 and 8 p.m., respectively, in the Whitworth Fieldhouse. Admission is $5. A complete list of Heritage Week events is available at www.whitworth.edu/heritageweek.

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.

Tad Wisenor, director, annual giving, alumni, parent and church relations, (509) 777-4401 or twisenor@whitworth.edu.

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

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