Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

Oct. 22, 2008

Whitworth to Exhibit Photography of Ross Sawyers Oct. 28-Dec.5

The Whitworth Art Department will present a photography exhibit, "New/Like New: Current Works by Ross Sawyers," Oct. 28-Dec. 5 in the Bryan Oliver Gallery, Room 201, of the new Ernst F. Lied Center for the Visual Arts.

The Bryan Oliver Gallery is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. An opening reception will take place Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 5-7 p.m. Ross will present a lecture at 7 p.m., at the conclusion of the reception. Admission to the exhibit and reception is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-3258 or visit www.whitworth.edu/art. In addition to exhibiting his works, Sawyers will conduct an artist's residency while on campus.

Sawyers holds a B.A. in fine arts from the Kansas City Art Institute and a master of fine arts in photography from the University of Washington. His work is influenced by high-density housing developments. The combination of living in increasingly smaller spaces and in closer proximity to others creates tension that Sawyers explores through exaggerating the architecture of the buildings and structures that compose these residential environments.

"The type of structures I reference--apartments and houses--are structures that we have all experienced in various and intimate ways," Sawyers says. "This level of familiarity is crucial, allowing the environments created to resonate with viewers and allowing them to create parallels between my visual interpretations and those they have directly experienced in their own reality."

Sawyers has participated in exhibitions at the Jon Bekman Gallery, in New York City, the Soil Gallery, in Seattle, and the Seattle Art Museum Gallery, where he conducted an artist's residency. In January, he will participate in the 9th Northwest Biennial at the Tacoma Art Museum.

Sawyers' exhibit at Whitworth will be held in honor of Floyd Daniel, who donated more than 1,400 volumes of photography books and periodicals to the university's Harriet Cheney Cowles Memorial Library in 1995. Daniel assembled his collection during his career as a photographer and cinematographer for the Boeing Co. and as a freelancer for Christian mission organizations. He and his wife, Shirley, also established the Daniel Fund, which sponsors photography exhibits at Whitworth and brings professional photographers to speak to photography classes and to hold public lectures and workshops on campus.

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

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

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

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