Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

Sept. 24, 2008

Artist Tom O'Day to Exhume 30 Artworks Buried on the Whitworth Campus in 1988

WHAT: An art dig, "Exhume: A Twenty-Year Installation by Thomas O'Day, 1988-2008."

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m.

WHERE: Former Fine-Arts Building at Whitworth University

COST: Admission is free to both the dig and the after-dig party. For more information, please call (509) 777-3258.

Twenty years ago, artist Tom O'Day buried 30 artworks outside Whitworth's fine-arts building; on Oct. 2 he will return to campus to exhume the works. Ben Mitchell, curator of art for the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, will kick off the event with a short talk, which will be followed promptly by the dig. At the conclusion of the dig, attending guests are invited to join O'Day at his off-campus studio in downtown Spokane for an after-dig party.

O'Day plans to reassemble the unearthed pieces over the winter for a spring exhibit at the Bryan Oliver Gallery at Whitworth.

The art dig marks the transition from Whitworth's former fine-arts building to the new, 20,000-square-foot Ernst F. Lied Center for the Visual Arts. The building, which opened for classes earlier this month, features new classrooms, two galleries, six studios for a variety of disciplines, and interior view corridors as well as exterior views to the center of campus and toward the mountains to the north.

O'Day is a full-time instructor at Spokane Falls Community College, where he directs the gallery program. He 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.

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.

Contacts:

Dee Anna Christiansen, art department program assistant, Whitworth University, (509) 777- 3258 or dchristiansen@whitworth.edu.

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

Emily Proffitt, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or eproffitt@whitworth.edu.

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