Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

April 6, 2009

Whitworth Seniors to Display Works in "Something Better than Free Beer" Art Exhibit April 21-May 16

Ten Whitworth students will display their works in the senior art exhibit, "Something Better than Free Beer," April 21-May 16 in the Bryan Oliver Gallery. Located in Room 201 of the Ernst F. Lied Center for the Visual Arts, the gallery is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Admission is free.  An opening reception will be held Tuesday, April 21, from 5-7 p.m. A closing reception will be held Saturday, May 16, at 11 a.m. For more information, please call (509) 777-3258.

"Above all, we agreed as a class that we wanted this show to be a celebration," says student-artist Bryan Putnam. "It is the pinnacle for us, of our time here, of the hard work we have put in, the things we have experienced, and the ways we have grown."

Putnam says the students chose the title of their exhibit to playfully question people's reasons for attending gatherings.

"Do we join together in community because of tangible motivation or because we deeply desire relationship? We believe free beer or food pales in comparison to the value of time spent in community, especially when the community is surrounded by art," Putnam says.

The exhibit will feature paintings, photography, printmaking, graphic design and sculptures by the following Whitworth students: Aden Coleman, Anna Collins-Wakeman, Mandee Edwards, Elizabeth Johnson, Camas Lamson, Charles Monte, Bryan Putnam, Thomas Robinson, Chelsea Sweetin and Brad Wakefield.

This is the inaugural senior exhibit in the Ernst F. Lied Center for the Visual Arts, a 20,000-square-foot visual-arts building that houses six studios and two galleries.  The building opened for classes on Sept. 3, 2008.

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. 


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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