Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

September 14, 2006

Artist's Paintings Capture Fragments of Urban Landscape

Whitworth exhibit Oct. 2-26 to feature José Parlá's renderings
of torn posters, graffiti and abstract expressionism

New York City artist José Parlá is inspired by the accidental beauty of anonymous art he finds in cities around the world. In October Parlá will share his artistic vision with the Whitworth and Spokane communities through events including an exhibit, a lecture, and a printmaking workshop.

Parlá's paintings will be featured in an exhibit, "The Mystic Writing Pad," Oct. 2-26 in the Koehler Gallery at Whitworth. Located in Whitworth's Fine Arts Building, the gallery is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The gallery will also be open Saturday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., during Whitworth's Homecoming Weekend.

An opening reception will take place Tuesday, Oct. 3, from 5-7 p.m. in the Koehler Gallery. Parlá will discuss his work at 7 p.m., at the conclusion of the reception. On Wednesday, Oct. 4, members of the community can take part in a printmaking workshop, which Parlá will lead from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building. To reserve a space, call (509) 777-3258.

In conjunction with the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, Parlá will present a lecture, "Memory Documents," at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5, in the Eric A. Johnston Memorial Auditorium at the MAC, located at 2316 W. First Ave.

Admission to all events is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-3258. For an online preview of Parlá's work, visit www.joseparla.com.

"The Whitworth exhibit and my art deal mostly with the way I view the urban landscape as a contemporary palimpsest," Parlá says. "The works are memory documents from my travels and other experiences during which I inspect sections of walls and surfaces that inspire my paintings."

While at Whitworth, Parlá will conduct a week-long residency as part of Whitworth's Visiting Artists in Printmaking Program. During the residency, Parlá will work with Whitworth students in the printmaking studio, where he will create a painting for Whitworth's permanent collection; the painting will also be made into an edition of prints through the college's Loop Press. The prints will be sold and the funds used to bring another visiting artist to the campus for a residency.

In 1989, Parlá was awarded the Francis McCommon Scholarship to the Savannah College of Art & Design, in Georgia. He has exhibited his work in group and solo shows in Miami, Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles, Paris and Tokyo. His work is featured in the collections of Agnes B., Tom Ford, and Katy Barker, and has been published in newspapers and magazines including The Miami Herald, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Rolling Stone.

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.


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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