UW News

June 28, 2021

ArtSci Roundup: Serious Tings, Sonolocations: A Sound Works Series, and More

Through public events and exhibitions, connect with the UW community every week! This week, watch a UW alum on NBC’s Making It, attend a discussion hosted by the Henry Art Gallery, and more. While you’re enjoying summer break, connect with campus through UW live webcams of Red Square and the quad.

Many of these online opportunities are streamed through Zoom. All UW faculty, staff, and students have access to Zoom Pro via UW-IT

Serious Tings: Wayne Chen in Conversation with Steve “Urchin” Wilson & Special Guest Maxine Walters

July 7, 5:00 – 6:30 PM Online

On the occasion of Gary Simmons: The Engine Room, the Henry Art Gallery hosts Serious Tings, a panel discussion presented by Black Cinema Collective as part of their series, Black Spatial Elegance: New Cinematic Language of Global Black Music. Held in community with Wa Na Wari, LANGSTON, Seattle International Film Festival, and the Henry, the inaugural gathering of Black Spatial Elegance recognizes and celebrates Black Music Month in Seattle, foregrounding the influence of Black music through the visual and cinematic legacies of videos, films, art direction + design produced by Black storytellers throughout the diaspora. 

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Making It

Thursdays, 5:00 PM PST | NBC

Adam Kingman (BDes 2014) is one of the makers on season 3 of Making It, an NBC show. Check out his YouTube design drawing playlist to see more of his work. 

On Making It, the best makers from around the country take on a series of handmade projects they must complete in their own unique way. As the competition goes on, the challenges become increasingly difficult, and the least successful maker is eliminated each week. The show culminates in a final craft-off between the last two makers. Taking place in a serene outdoor setting, the positivity, character and camaraderie of handmade culture shines through as the comedic hosts and judges provide encouragement, guidance and lots of laughs.

Free with NBC access | Watch online

Sonolocations: A Sound Works Series

June – August | Online

The Henry Art Gallery and Jack Straw Cultural Center are pleased to partner to commission a three-part series of audio artworks, to be released free and online throughout the summer of 2021. The participating artists were invited to consider the theme of place, and its unique resonance throughout the pandemic, to offer directed sonic experiences for listeners wherever they might find themselves. Participating artists are Byron Au Yong (b. 1971, Pittsburgh, PA), Chenoa Egawa (b. 1964, Ellensburg, WA), Bill Lowe (b. 1946, Pittsburgh, PA), and Naima Lowe (b. 1979, Middletown, CT).
Audio artworks will be available on SoundCloud, and on the Jack Straw website. You can also subscribe to Sonolocations as a podcast to receive each piece when it launches.

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Will Rawls: Everlasting Stranger

July 17 – August 15 | Henry Art Gallery

In Everlasting Stranger, New York-based choreographer and writer Will Rawls (b. 1978, Boston, MA) activates relationships between language, dance, and image through the fragmentary medium of stop-motion animation. In his installation, time and movement slow as a live, automated camera photographs the frame-by-frame actions of four dancers. While the performers occupy the labor of becoming images, visual capture is staged as an obsessive process that is constant yet compromised by the movement it aims to fix. Here, as in previous works, Rawls develops strategies of evasion and engagement within systems that mediate, distort, and abstract the body.

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On Your Own Time

Looking for more ways to connect with the UW? Check out this recorded and asynchronous content that can be accessed anytime.

ArtsUW: On Demand 


Engage with the arts at the University of Washington from the comfort of your own home, in your own time. This archive of events offers you the opportunity to watch the latest virtual lectures and performances, and see recent digital exhibitions. In addition, visit ArtsUW Events to see all that is coming up.

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Indigenous Walking Tour 


Owen Oliver, who graduated from the University of Washington with a double major in American Indian Studies and Political Science in Spring 2021, has created a walking tour of the University of Washington Seattle campus, highlighting the Indigenous presence on campus. His senior year, with support from the Husky Seed Fund and Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, he researched and drafted the tour.

The 40-page, full color booklet tells the story of Indigenous places through an Indigenous community member’s eyes across seven stops on campus. Stops include the Burke Museum, wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ  [Intellectual House], Indigenous artworks, the Medicinal Herb Garden, the Ethnic Cultural Center, the Husky Union Building (HUB) — where one of his father’s works is on display — and Union Bay Natural Area. The booklet, with physical copies available at University libraries and other campus buildings beginning Autumn 2021.

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Looking for more?

Check out UWAA’s Stronger Together web page for more digital engagement opportunities.