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MFA First Year Exhibitions

Fine Arts Gallery 2

March 19-April 27

Featuring: Bridgette Costa, Megan Culbertson, Diana Ortiz, Brett McElmurry, Ayanna Z. Nayo, Dustin M. Regul, and June T. Sanders

WSU x UI MFA Exchange Exhibition

WSU x UI   |  MFA Exchange Exhibition with University of Idaho

February 19-March 11

Reception Friday, March 2 @ 4pm

Fine Arts Gallery 2

Featuring work from MFA graduate students at the University of Idaho.



MFA Exhibition Opening Reception

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art / Collections and Learning Gallery

Friday, April 6  |  6-8pm

Featuring work from second-year MFA graduate students Jared Boorn, Krista Brand, Anna Carpenter, Marguerite Gilbertson, Mana Mehrabian, Morganne Radziewicz, and Amelia Warden. The opening reception is from 6-8pm with a truly stunning exhibition from our current Master of Fine Arts graduate candidates. You’ll get to enjoy a diverse showcasing of a wide variety of subject matter, content, and style resulting from a culmination of two years of work.

We’ll also have special guests Coffee Roboto from Coeur d’Alene, ID, serving up handmade beverages and treats for purchase.

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Visiting Artist Series: Letha Wilson

Lecture January 18, 4:30pm in the Fine Arts Auditorium (FA 5062)

Turning flat images into sculptural objects, Letha Wilson’s photographs in relief and site-specific installations draw attention to the relationship between architecture and nature. Shots of American landscapes—reddish canyons, the ocean, lush vegetation—are cut and folded like an accordion into wall-hung pieces. With layers of concrete or bases of cement, Wilson’s works are a manmade contrast to the natural subjects of her prints, while their final textures also refer back to natural terrains.

WSU Fine Arts and Museum of Art Visiting Artist Lecture Series presents: Wendy Red Star

Lecture at 6pm in the Fine Arts auditorium (room 5062)

Artist Wendy Red Star works across disciplines to explore the intersections of Native American ideologies and colonialist structures, both historically and in contemporary society. Raised on the Apsáalooke (Crow) reservation in Montana, Red Star’s work is informed both by her cultural heritage and her engagement with many forms of creative expression, including photography, sculpture, video, fiber arts, and performance. An avid researcher of archives and historical narratives, Red Star seeks to incorporate and recast her research, offering new and unexpected perspectives in work that is at once inquisitive, witty and unsettling. Intergenerational collaborative work is … » More …

WSU Fine Arts Visiting Artist Lecture Series presents: Kim Stringfellow

Lecture November 9th, 4:30pm in the Fine Arts Auditorium (room 5062)

Kim Stringfellow is an American artist, educator, and photographer based out of Joshua Tree, California. She is an associate professor at the San Diego State School of Art, Design, and Art History and received her MFA in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Stringfellow’s work bridges cultural geography, public practice and experimental documentary into creative, socially engaged transmedia experiences that combine writing, photography, audio, video, installation, mapping and community engagement. These projects explore history of place while also examining how the landscapes we inhabit are culturally constructed. In particular, … » More …

WSU Fine Arts Visiting Artist Lecture Series presents: Mark Dorf

Lecture Thursday, October 19th, 4:30pm in the Fine Arts auditorium (room 5062)

Employing a mix of photography and digital media, Mark Dorf’s work explores the post-analogue experience – society’s interactions with the digital world and its relationship to our natural origins. Dorf scrutinizes and examines the influence of the information age through the combination of photography and digital media, looking at, in his most recent works how we encounter, translate, and understand our surroundings through the filter of science and technology. Mark seeks to understand our curious habitation of the 21st century world through the juxtaposition of nature and the digital domain.

WSU Fine Arts Visiting Artist Lecture Series presents: Jeffry Mitchell


Lecture Thursday, October 5th, 4:30pm in the Fine Arts auditorium (room 5062)

Using a variety of materials and methods, including ceramics, printmaking, and drawing, Jeffry Mitchell manages to juxtapose seemingly disparate ideas into beautiful, fragile, and startling works dealing largely with dualities. Using sweet, furry animals and soft, pastel colors, Mitchell transforms kitsch subject matter into a study of complex human experiences, including death, sex, religion, and loss.

WSU Fine Arts Presents – Shifting Landscapes: Signal Fire

Shifting Landscapes: Signal Fire Exhibition October 9th – November 3rd in Fine Arts Gallery 2

Closing Reception Thursday, November 2nd, 4:30-5:30pm, Gallery Fireside Chat with Signal Fire Artists in the Fine Arts Lobby, 5:30pm-6:30pm 

Signal Fire builds the cultural value of the natural world by connecting artists to our remaining wild places. Their projects foster self-reliance, creative energy, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Signal Fire utilizes public lands to advocate for equitable access, and protection of, wild and open places.

(image: Ron Linn, ‘Hraun I’, digital print, 2016)