Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

October 23, 2007

Sculptor Ruben Trejo to Exhibit Works at Whitworth Nov. 5-Dec. 7

Whitworth will present an art exhibit, "Black Orpheus," featuring a sculptural series by artist Ruben Trejo. The exhibit will run Nov. 5-Dec. 7 in the Koehler Gallery, located in the Fine Arts Building at Whitworth University. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The gallery is closed on official university holidays. 

An opening reception will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 5-7 p.m. in the Koehler Gallery. Trejo will present a lecture at 7 p.m., at the close of the reception. Admission to the exhibit and reception is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-3258.

In addition to his exhibit, Trejo will conduct an artist's residency Nov. 9-13, through Whitworth's Visiting Artists in Printmaking Program. During the residency, Trejo will visit Whitworth art classes to discuss his work and demonstrate his collage and sculpture techniques. Established in 2003, the Visiting Artists program exposes art students and the larger community to artists from diverse backgrounds and theoretical points of view.

Trejo's artwork has been influenced by formalism and the folk traditions of Mexico and American popular culture. One of America's premier artists, Trejo is known for his playful sculptural work that explores his Mexican-American heritage. Each sculpture in Trejo's "Black Orpheus" series is built by hand from wood and painted black, which gives the series a strong presence in Whitworth’s "white cube" gallery.

"Black Orpheus" is humorous and figurative, with a personal reference to Trejo’s childhood experiences traveling around the country in search of temporary farm work.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Meagan Stirling, Whitworth gallery director and art lecturer, Whitworth University (509) 777-4564 or mstirling@whitworth.edu.

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

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