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Pauline (Anderson) Haas Tribute

By Gordon Wilson, Professor of Art

Pauline often remarked that she could not imagine her life without art. She inspired students with her enthusiasm and often found herself working in her studio far into the night after lively interaction with her students. She never stopped making art and experiencing the art of others. Her home was filled with art—her own and the art of others. There were always sketches, paintings and drawings at various stages of completion. She was always most excited about her current painting, pastel or mixed media work. Pauline's exhibit in Whitworth's Oliver Gallery two years ago, in celebration of her 90th birthday, was made up of her current artworks, rather than being a retrospective.

Pauline was always inventive and developed methods to suit her vision. The mixed-media works that she began around 2000 involved wax, pigments and her toaster oven—the microwave did not accomplish the kind of image she desired.

Pauline was a mentor to students, faculty and community members who joined her for regular group critiques after her retirement—she never really retired. Her students became teachers, professional artists and lifetime friends. Pauline contributed her financial support to the Whitworth Art Department and Political Science Department through the Garland "Gus" and Pauline Haas Scholarship Fund. This fund supports visiting artists to the art department and a student scholarship in political science and international studies.

Pauline's artworks from the Whitworth permanent collection will be shown in the Lied Art Center Student Gallery Nov. 10, 2015-Jan. 29, 2016.

Pauline was my colleague, mentor and friend for nearly 40 years and it has been a privilege.

Gordon Wilson
Professor of Art
Whitworth University

Works from the Permanent Collection by Pauline Haas

Nature Is Still

Pauline Haas (1922-2015) had an enduring impact on Whitworth University. She taught in the art department from 1964 to 1986, and then remained deeply connected to the people and the program. When she passed away this summer, students and faculty from around the world recalled her influence on their lives and art-making.

Throughout her artistic career, Pauline explored the subject of nature, seeking to express her "continued amazement and affirmation of that eternal beauty that surrounds us all." Each work within this exhibition is a testament to her dedication to the subject, expression, and the creative process.