UW News

May 21, 2019

ARTSUW Roundup: Eleventh Improvised Music Project Festival (IMPFest XI), Graduation Exhibitions, The Learned Ladies, and more!

This week in the arts, stop by one of the School of Art + Art History + Design’s Graduation Exhibitions, see The Learned Ladies performed in the United States’ first Theatre in the Round, attend IMPFest XI,  featuring UW Jazz Studies faculty, students and seasoned professionals of international renown, and more!

2019 School of Art + Art History + Design Graduation Exhibitions

Each year we celebrate graduating Art and Design undergraduate and graduate students with a series of exhibitions in the Jacob Lawrence Gallery and Henry Art Gallery.

May 15 – 25 – Graduation Exhibition 4 | Jacob Lawrence Gallery | More info

May 25 – June 23-  MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition | Henry Art Gallery | More info

(free admission for Henry members; UW students, faculty, and staff; students

May 28 – Opening: Photo/Media Seniors Exhibition | Art Building, Room 009 | More info and sign up

May 28 – Opening: Honors Graduation Exhibition | Jacob Lawrence Gallery | More info and sign up

May 29 – Exhibition Reception: Painting + Drawing = MFA | Sand Point Studios + Gallery | More info and sign up

More info about all exhibitions

The Learned Ladies

May 22 – June 2 |Glenn Hughes Penthouse Theatre

The Parnell sisters don’t always agree. Armande is seeking a life driven by intellectual pursuits, while Henriette wants to follow her heart. Add a set of overbearing parents, some meddling relatives, and a few pompous poets, and you’ve got one of Molière’s most ridiculous satires. Jane Nichols, an internationally renowned teacher of physical comedy and Clown, directs this funny, philosophical play that pits the power of the mind against the passion of the heart. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Richard Wilbur’s translation of Les Femmes savantes sparkles—in Nichols’ words, “every character is delicious and every scene is a pearl.”

$8 tickets for UW students| More info and tickets

Alexandra String Quartet with Pianist Joyce Yang

May 22, 7:30 pm | Meany Hall – Katharyn Gerlich Theater

In a new project by the Alexander String Quartet and pianist Joyce Yang, Samuel Adams, composer in residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, explores the resonance of Mozart with his own unique musical voice. Adams is curious to know what is rhetorically kept (or lost) when a classical form comes forth “into the flesh” out of context; and these award-winning master performers weave an exciting musical tapestry.

An unusually fine group — musically, technically, in just about any way one wants to view it. 
— The New York Times

$10 tickets for UW students when you show your Husky ID in advance at the ArtsUW Ticket Office or on the night of the show at the Box Office at Meany Hall.| More info and sign up


May 24 – 25, 7:30 pm | Meany Studio Theatre


Guest artists Lucia Pulido (voice, cuatro) and Stomu Takeishi (bass) headline the Eleventh Improvised Music Project Festival. The annual festival, co-hosted by the School of Music and the student-led Improvised Music Project, presents up-and-coming musicians, faculty all-stars, and seasoned professionals of international renown.

$10 tickets for UW students | More info and tickets

TAKING STOCK: Asian American Theater in Puget Sound

May 28, 1:00 pm | wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Intellectual House

Representation and visibility are big concerns for Asian American theater artists around the country. This convening is intended to take stock of the challenges faced by Asian American theater artists in the Puget Sound region, and to consider short- and long-termed actions that might address them. While the convening is directly aimed at bringing together Asian American artists, we encourage theater practitioners from every background to come and participate in envisioning an American Theater that makes space for us all.

A convening organized by Ralph Pena (Artistic Director, Ma-Yi Theater, NYC, and Mellon Creative Research Fellow at UW Meany Center for the Performing Arts)

Free| More info and rsvp

Nina Simone: Four Women

April 26 to June 2 | Seattle Rep

UW School of Drama’s Head of Directing & Professor of Acting and Directing Valerie Curtis-Newton is the director of the West Coast premiere of “Nina Simone: Four Women” at the Seattle Rep (read article in The Seattle Times).

When “The High Priestess of Soul” Nina Simone heard about the tragic bombing death of four young girls in an Alabama church in 1963, the songstress turned to her music as a means of expressing the country’s agony. “Four Women” and Simone’s other evocative activist anthems sang a truth that the world needed to hear. And it is a truth that remains sung to this day. Through storytelling, debate, and music, “Nina Simone: Four Women” immerses us in the complex harmony of protest.
$16 tickets for students | More info and tickets

Inspiring arts exploration: ArtsUW website redesigned with students in mind

“We want the arts to be part of the DNA of every student’s experience.” That bold vision, offered by Catherine Cole, divisional dean for the arts in the UW College of Arts and Sciences, is getting a boost this month with the launch of an expanded ArtsUW website designed with students in mind. The website highlights an array of opportunities for arts exploration on campus, from upcoming performances and exhibits to courses in the arts. Special one-time offerings, such as free workshops with renowned visiting artists, are also featured. For those wanting to dive deeper, the site provides information about majors and minors in the Arts Division. Learn more about the vision behind ArtsUW and explore the new website.