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June 1, 2023

ArtSci Roundup: 2023 Awards of Excellence, Graduation, Dino Lecture, Summer Reads and more

This week and summer, honor the 2023 Awards of Excellence recipients, visit the newly renovated Jacob Lawrence Gallery to see the works of design students, add one of College of Arts & Sciences Dean Dianne Harris’ favorite books to your summer reading list, learn about the largest animals to ever roam the earth at the Burke Museum’s annual Dino Lecture and more.

June 8, 3:30 – 5:30pm | 2023 Awards of Excellence recipients, Katharyn Alvord Gerlich Theater in Meany Hall

Honor outstanding alumni, faculty, staff, students and retirees who contribute to the richness and diversity of our University community. The president and provost will host a one-hour ceremony, followed by a reception with hors d’oeuvres, desserts and a chance to connect and celebrate with the UW community.

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June 7 – 14, 10am – 5pm | Graduation Exhibition – Design, Jacob Lawrence Gallery

industrial design student work

A graduation exhibition for students receiving Bachelor of Design (BDes) degrees.

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Graduation at the Husky Stadium

June 10 | Graduation

Huskies from around the world will once again take the field at Husky Stadium to celebrate their accomplishments in front of 40,000 proud family members, friends and guests. President Cauce and the leadership of the University will be there to confer degrees as each graduates makes that once-in-a-lifetime walk across the 4,000-square-foot stage, adorned with life-size replicas of the four ionic columns that graced the Territorial University over 160 years ago.

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Through June 25 | 2023 University of Washington MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition, Henry Art Gallery North Galleries

The Henry Art Gallery will present the UW’s School of Art + Art History + Design Master of Fine Arts and Master of Design thesis exhibition. Throughout their programs, fine arts and design students work with advisers and other artists to develop advanced techniques, expand concepts, discuss critical issues, and emerge with a vision and direction for their own work. Henry staff conduct two studio visits and work closely with the students to facilitate their projects and prepare them for exhibition at the museum. A digital publication is produced in conjunction with the exhibition to highlight the students’ artistic endeavors and the Henry’s commitment to this exciting and important step in the students’ development as practicing artists and designers.

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Through July 29 | Reader’s Choice: “The Overstory” by Richard Powers, Online

Dianne Harris, Dean of the UW College of Arts and Sciences, suggested three of her favorite books for our summer read. The readers’ votes landed on “The Overstory.” This novel presents interlocking fables about people who learn to see the world from the trees’ point of view. Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.
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August 11-16 | UW Converge Jakarta 2023

In 2023, the UW’s signature gathering for our community of international alumni and friends travels to Indonesia for a summit in Jakarta and extended program in Bali. Our new location will offer the same unrivaled access, education and connection you expect from our annual UW Converge gatherings.


Summer Programming from the Burke Museum & Henry Art Gallery

June 23, 7:00 PM | Dino Lecture | Living Large: Life as a Sauropod, Kane Hall

Being one of the largest animals to ever roam the earth has its upsides. Too big for most other animals to hunt, Sauropods could also reach food other dinosaurs could only view longingly. But being that big can also be a pain in the neck, especially when that neck is more than 25 feet long and weighs a couple tons. Learn about all this and more at the Burke Museum’s annual Dino Lecture, now bigger than ever.

Join University of Michigan Paleontologist Dr. Jeff Wilson Mantilla for a trip 200 million years back in time to learn how these long-necked dinosaurs got so big in the first place and the adaptations that allowed them to thrive. Hear stories about field work in India, Brazil, and Jordan, where Dr. Wilson Mantilla excavates some seriously big bones in search of evolutionary clues.

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Through July 9 | Daniel Alexander Jones – Altar No.3: I Choose To Remember Us Whole, Henry Art Gallery

Jones’s Altared States project, which was originally produced by CalArts Center for New Performance, with New York Live Arts, and commissioned by The Public Theater, with support from NEFA. Exploring the meeting places between the material and the numinous which have always served as contemplative sites among most world cultures through a range of artistic forms, ALTAREDSTATES invites participants into intentional relationship with unseen interwoven forces that shape our lived realities, including waves of history, culture, cosmology, and Soul.

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Through August 27 | Sarah Cain: Day after day on this beautiful stage, Henry Art Gallery

Known for her exuberant abstractions, Sarah Cain (b. 1979, Albany, NY) often extends her practice beyond the canvas into installation, site-specific painting, stained glass, and furniture. Her work draws from sources as disparate as Abstract Expressionism, graffiti, and pop music, and incorporates materials as diverse as sand, feathers, jewelry, crystals, and fabric. At the Henry, the artist has created an immersive architectural intervention in dialogue with the double-height architecture of the museum’s East Gallery.

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Through December 31 | We Are Puget Sound, Burke Museum

Experience the wonder of Puget Sound through the unique wildlife and living cultures that call the Salish Sea home. From Southern resident orcas and Chinook salmon to community gardens and the annual Canoe Journey, build a deeper connection with a region teeming with life. Hear from the scientists, tribal members, and community advocates working to conserve and heal the Salish Sea, because the choices we make today will determine the future of this region.

We Are Puget Sound highlights people working to protect and restore this region. This special exhibit brings their stories to life with stunning photography, new insights, and the Burke Museum’s expansive collections.

Cost of Admission / Free to UW students, faculty and staff | More info

Have an event that you would like to see featured in the ArtSci Roundup? Connect with Lauren Zondag (zondagld@uw.edu).