Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

August 21, 2006

Whitworth's Koehler Gallery to Feature Loop Press Exhibit Sept. 11-22

Whitworth's first art exhibit of the 2006-2007 academic year will feature works by professional artists who have conducted workshops on campus and created original art that was then printed by the college's Loop Press. Artists whose work will be exhibited include José Guerrero, Ric Gendron, Makoto Fujimura and Esme Guenther.

The Loop Press exhibit will be on display Sept. 11-22 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, Sept. 12, from 5-7 p.m. in the Koehler Gallery. Scott Kolbo, associate professor of art and gallery director at Whitworth, will present a lecture at 7 p.m., at the conclusion of the opening reception, in the Koehler Gallery. For more information, please call (509) 777-3258.

The artists whose work will be exhibited have taken part in weeklong residencies at Whitworth through the art department's Visiting Artists in Printmaking Program. Established in 2003, the program exposes art students and the larger community to artists from diverse backgrounds and theoretical points of view.

Artists spend a week working in the printmaking studio with Whitworth students and Kolbo, who is the supervising printer. The weeklong residency results in editions of original prints made through the Loop Press. The prints are sold and the funds are used to bring another visiting artist to the campus for a residency.

"The Loop Press exhibit will serve as a celebration of all the works that have been created through the press, and will provide an opportunity for community members to learn about printmaking and how they can get involved in the activities of Whitworth's visiting artists in printmaking program," Kolbo says.

The program's first visiting artist, in 2003, was Chicago-based muralist José Guerrero. In 2004 the program was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America: Access to the Arts grant. The grant underwrote the 2004 residency of painter Ric Gendron, of Spokane; the 2005 residency of painter Makoto Fujimura, a native of Japan, and the 2006 residency of emerging artist Esme Guenther, a 2002 Whitworth alumna.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Whitworth, which has an enrollment of 2,500 students, offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts:

Scott Kolbo, associate professor of art and gallery director, 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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