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August 4, 2021

ArtSci Roundup: Grit City Think and Drink, Unpacking Form and Function: Ceramics, and More

Through public events and exhibitions, connect with the UW community every week! This week, attend gallery exhibitions, watch recorded events, 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

Unpacking Form and Function: Ceramics

August 12, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | Online via Zoom

Join Associate Curator of Collections Dr. Ann Poulson and expert Professor of History Benjamin Schmidt as they take a close look at some fine examples of the design and decorative arts in the Henry Art Gallery’s permanent collection. Professor Schmidt will present works of their choice from the collection, examining them from his unique perspective. A question and answer session and casual discussion, in which everyone is invited to participate, will follow.

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Cruisin’ Around Washington

Through October 10 | Burke Museum

This bite-sized exhibit from the Burke Museum takes you on a tour around Washington state as fossils come to life through the art of scientific surrealist Ray Troll. Peculiar-looking fish, gigantic fearsome salmon, and one very unlucky rhino all make an appearance. Utilizing brand new art, as well as old favorites, we are thrilled to be able to offer this compact extension of Troll’s work complete with specimens from Burke collections.

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Grit City Think and Drink: Dogs, Rats, and Goats! Oh My!: On the Wonderful World of Nonhuman Humanitarians

August 10, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM | Online

Grit City Think & Drink brings scholars and experts from various disciplines face-to-face with the public in a comfortable, lively atmosphere, either virtually or in person. The evening begins with a presentation or lecture (often interactive) followed by giveaways and a moderated Q&A. Grit City Think & Drink is free to the public and open to all ages.

Sponsored by the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and hosted by UW Tacoma Associate Professor Jim Gawel.

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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.

Voices & Voids


As voice assistants like Alexa and Siri become nearly ubiquitous, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies are increasingly integrated in our lives, listening to our private conversations, and responding to our queries with automated replies. What does it mean that we’ve become familiar with these non-human interactions? What is the labor that goes into creating and supporting them? What are their limitations?

Voices and Voids responds to these questions and contradictions through a series of interdisciplinary, virtual performances and vignettes that challenge AI and ML technologies and consider the ways in which they corroborate the impact of Late Capitalism and the Anthropocene. 

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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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Looking for more?

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