UW News

June 4, 2019

ArtsUW Roundup: A site responsive exhibition, #HEREproject, Strange Coupling 2019 exhibition reception, Daniel Alexander Jones reading and more

This week in the arts, partake in the #HEREproject  – a celebratory interactive art installation honoring places around campus that have defined our #HuskyExperience and set us on our path, attend one of the 2019 School of Art + Art History + Design Graduation Exhibitions, attend a performance by UW Symphony and Choirs, and more!

ASUW Shell House: A Site Responsive Exhibition

June 6, noon – 4 PM | 3655 Walla Walla Road, Seattle, WA

Students in ART 360: Site-Responsive Interventions, taught by Assistant Professor Whitney Lynn, have created an event for the historic ASUW Shell House. Responding to the Shell House’s layered history, projects include explorations of Indigenous history, the site’s relationship to World War I, the famous men’s crew team of 1936, and the lesser known history of women’s rowing and their fight to have access to equipment after Title IX. The Shell House is in the early stages of a ten million dollar capital campaign that will transform the space, so this is a unique opportunity to see the building in its raw state. Performance, video installation, sculpture, drawings, and photography will be installed amongst decaying artifacts. The course includes undergraduates from the School of Art + Art History + Design, as well as graduate students in Dance and Landscape Architecture.

The UW Community and the public are invited to this event.

Free| More info

#HEREproject: A Celebratory Art Installation for the Class of 2019

June 7, 10 AM – 4 PM | HUB Lawn

Take a break from finals and join the College of Arts & Sciences on the HUB lawn for the #HEREproject – a celebratory interactive art installation honoring places around campus that have defined our #HuskyExperience and set us on our path. Stop by  to reflect, connect and celebrate. Also, not to bury the lead but, there will be donuts! Happy #NationalDonutDay

Free | More info

Sound and Images: Video Essay Work in Progress

June 7, 4 – 5:30 PM | Communications Building, 120

In October 2018, 20 faculty and graduate students from all 3 UW campuses engaged in a 2-day intensive video-essay workshop with visitor Jason Mittell (Middlebury College).  As the academic year ends, we will screen several videographic works in progress, showcasing work by Sarah Ross (Seattle) and Susan Harewood (Bothell), and discuss the future of this multi-media mode of critical expression.  The event will  be relatively informal, involving discussion and response from the audience as we screen several short pieces.  A reception will follow.

Free | More info

Body Awareness

June 5 – 9 |Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse

Every other year, our first-year MFA directors make their UW Drama mainstage debuts. This year, our directors Andrew Coopman and Kristie Post Wallace have divided Annie Baker’s Body Awareness in two. Working with the same team of lighting and set designers, but two costume designers and two separate casts, each director will bring their own, distinct directorial vision to their half of the show. Audiences will begin the evening in Coopman’s version of the play, and end in Wallace’s.

It’s Body Awareness Week on a Vermont college campus and Phyllis, the organizer, and her partner, Joyce, are hosting one of the guest artists in their home: Frank, a photographer famous for his female nude portraits. Both his presence in the home and his chosen subject instigate tension from the start. Phyllis is furious at his depictions, but Joyce is actually rather intrigued by the whole thing, even going so far as to contemplate posing for him. As Joyce and Phyllis bicker, Joyce’s adult son, who may or may not have Asperger syndrome, struggles to express himself physically – with heartbreaking results.

$10 tickets for UW students| More info and tickets

UW Symphony and Choirs | Britten: War Requiem, Op. 66

June 7, 7:30 PM |Katharyn Alvord Gerlich Theater

A massive onstage body of musicians fills the stage when Geoffrey Boers leads the combined UW Symphony Orchestra and University Choirs in a performance of Benjamin Britten’s rarely performed War Requiem, Op. 66. The UW musicians are joined in this performance by members of the Seattle Modern Orchestra, Seattle Girls’ Choir, Seattle Chamber Singers, and guest vocalists Kim Giordano, soprano; Brendan Tuohy, tenor; and Charles Robert Stephens, baritone.

$10 tickets for UW students | More info and tickets

Strange Coupling 2019 Exhibition Reception

June 8, 6 – 8:30 PM | PSW and Rainier Avenue Radio, 5256 Rainier Ave S., Seattle

Strange Coupling has been a student-run tradition in the School’s Division of Art since 2002. It brings together the UW and the greater Seattle art community by pairing students with professional artists for a collaborative project. Strange Coupling creates opportunities for mentorship, allows space for experimentation, and challenges participants to work with a creative partner whose practice differs from their own. The exhibition will be open June 8 + 9 from 1 to 5pm each day.

Free | More info

Creative Fellowships Initiative | Making Waves: A reading, sharing and discussion with Daniel Alexander Jones

June 11, 6 PM | The Cloud Room Lounge

This evening, Daniel Alexander Jones will read selections from this book in process, share stories and questions from his journey, and participate in a conversation about the intimate relationship between creative practice and personal transformation with director and UW Professor Valerie Curtis-Newton.

Daniel Alexander Jones has made a winding path within and across disciplines in his wide-ranging art practice. He is at work on a book of creative nonfiction, chronicling his journey through a series of powerful lessons learned from pivotal mentors, places, and moments in time. Resonant with the call and response of Blackness, Queerness, Experimentation, Lineage, and Transformation, the book, WAVES (A Manual for Bearing Light), offers evidence of lives lived beyond binaries and boundaries, lives that housed stark contradictions, lives full of individual epiphany and communal wisdom, and lives that embodied the work of carrying the lessons of the past to the questions of the future.

Free, but space is limited. Please RSVP. | More info and RSVP

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 25 – June 23 –  MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition | Henry Art Gallery | More info  (free admission for Henry members; UW students, faculty, and staff)

June 6 , 6:30 –  8:00 PM – From the Collection: MFA and MDes Student Selections | Henry Art Gallery | More info

Related article | UW News: Design, art thesis projects fill Henry Art Gallery for eclectic annual exhibition

May 29 – June 6 – Photo/Media Seniors Exhibition | Art Building / Room 009 + The Skinny | More info

May 29 – June 8 – 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

Announcing the School of Drama’s 2019-2020 season!drama

“We think of our stages as laboratories where students practice what they are learning in our classrooms. It is essential for their artistic growth to have a nurturing environment where they can experiment, risk, explore, and test themselves and their impact on audiences. We are fortunate to have audiences that wonderfully support our students in this endeavor. We aim to have a diverse range of styles, time periods, theatrical genres, and characters in our season because it gives our students a vast breadth of experiences while they are here.

But also, our season must be relevant, both to our audiences and to our students. If it’s not relevant, we are failing to teach our most important lesson, which is that theatre can and should be in conversation with the world around it—that theatre can change the world.” – Geoff Korf, Associate Director, UW School of Drama

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.