Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

Jan. 5, 2009

Whitworth to Present Art Exhibit Featuring Paintings by Lanny DeVuono Jan. 6-Feb. 7

The Whitworth Art Department will present an exhibit, "Histories & Histrionics: Current Works by Lanny DeVuono," Jan. 6-Feb.7 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 be held Tuesday, Jan. 6, from 5-7 p.m. DeVuono will present a lecture at the conclusion of the reception at 7 p.m. Admission to the exhibit and reception is free. The gallery will be closed Jan. 19. For more information, please call (509) 777-3258 or visit www.whitworth.edu/art.

DeVuono has been a professor of art, drawing and contemporary art theory at Eastern Washington University for the past 17 years. In 2004, she received a Fulbright Fellowship to teach at the College of Fine Arts in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. She is also a contributing editor for Artweek.

Some of DeVuono’s recent works include Romance Paintings, American Short Stories, Aerial Views, and Histories and Histrionics. Exhibits of her works are currently on display at Portland's Froelick Gallery, the Circa Gallery, in Minneapolis, and the Lorinda Knight Gallery, in Spokane.

"DeVuono’s work draws attention to a disappearing sense of place," says Meagan Stirling, lecturer and art gallery director at Whitworth. "Through her choice of imagery, she communicates that our landscape is shifting; place is not what it used to be."

DeVuono earned her M.F.A. in painting from Mills College, in Oakland, Calif., in 1986, and an M.A. from Columbia University Teachers College in 1993. She received a B.A. in art from Antioch University in 1980 and pursued graduate studies in painting at the San Francisco Art Institute from 1984-85.

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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