Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

March 14, 2006

Visiting Artists to Display Works in Two Whitworth Exhibits

Four artists who work with a broad range of media will display their art in two upcoming exhibits in the Fine Arts Building at Whitworth College. Visiting artists Tom Dukich, Michael Horswill and Tom O'Day will exhibit their work March 27-April 21 in the Koehler Gallery, Room 203, and visiting professor Nicholas Sironka will display his batik art in an exhibit, "In Search of Green Pastures," March 27-31 in Gallery II, Room 211. The galleries are open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is free.

An opening reception for the exhibits will be held Tuesday, March 28, from 5-7 p.m. in the lobby of the Fine Arts Building. Dukich, Horswill and O'Day will conduct a panel discussion at 7 p.m., at the conclusion of the reception, in the Koehler Gallery. For more information, please call (509) 777-3258.

Sironka, a Maasai tribesman from Kenya, East Africa, is a visiting professor who is teaching a course, Maasai Culture and Art, at Whitworth this spring. Sironka has taught courses and exhibited his work previously at Whitworth; his works have also been displayed in exhibits including the Mwoyo Art Gallery, in Seattle.

In addition to their exhibit, Dukich, Horswill and O'Day will conduct a week-long residency in the Whitworth Art Department, where they will mentor art students and work on their own art in a variety of media.

"This hands-on approach is related to the master/apprentice philosophy, where one works alongside an accomplished artist in order to learn a process," says Gordon Wilson, associate professor and chair of the Whitworth Art Department. "In addition to working with students, the visiting artists will complete their works in the painting studio and in Whitworth's Koehler Gallery during their residency."

Horswill teaches fine-art and design classes full-time at North Idaho College, and has worked as an illustrator, painter and sculptor. His work has been displayed in numerous exhibits; his next solo show will be at the Art Spirit Gallery in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho in November 2006. Horswill's mixed-media illustrations have been published in magazines across the United States, from Spokane's Pacific Northwest Inlander to New York's Wildlife Conservation Magazine.

Horswill's art has been profiled by the Coeur d'Alene Press and The Spokesman-Review. His current wall-hung, mixed-media sculptural work is influenced by his study of architecture, as well as Native-American artifacts, African and oceanic art, and the Japanese aesthetic concept known as wabe sabe. Horswill holds a master of fine arts degree from the University of Idaho.

Tom Dukich, a Spokane resident since 1971, holds a doctorate in experimental psychology from the University of Montana; from 1987-2002 he attended figure drawing and painting classes at the Spokane Art School. His work has been featured in exhibits including "Through My Lens" at the Jundt Art Museum and "Sonified Weather" at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. His work has also been featured online on CNN.com, CBS.com, ABC.com, and PC World.com. Dukich and his art have been profiled in The Spokesman-Review, Edmonton Journal, Ottawa Citizen and on CNET radio.

Tom O'Day holds a master of fine arts degree from California State University, Northridge. O'Day makes art that deals with transition and the process of change; he has destroyed and transformed more than 300 works of art through immersion, axing, freezing, aerial ascent, explosions and other methods.

O'Day, a Spokane resident, has received numerous grants and was awarded the Fine Arts Fellowship in 1994 from Artist Trust, in Seattle. Since 1998 he has been a full-time instructor at Spokane Falls Community College, where he directs the gallery program. O'Day has exhibited his work at Washington State University and at the Jundt Art Museum. In fall 2006 he will install solo exhibitions at Clackamas Community College, near Portland, Ore. and at Cal State Northridge.

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.


Gordon Wilson, associate professor of art, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4471 or gwilson@whitworth.edu.

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

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