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100 Concrete Books: CLOUD Examines Our Relationship to Knowledge

100 Concrete Books: CLOUD Examines Our Relationship to Knowledge

Christy Carley, Staff Reporter

November 9, 2017


Filed under A&E, Front Page Slideshow

Associate Professor of Art, Michelle Acuff and I sit on a wooden bench outside the Allen Reading Room (known to regulars as the “Quiet Room” – Acuff calls it a “temple”). They hold in their hands two halves of a concrete book. It broke earlier that day. The book’s smooth stained exterior...

Master Puppeteer Visits Whitman, Helps Students Bring Marionettes to Life

Master Puppeteer Visits Whitman, Helps Students Bring Marionettes to Life

Alex Lupton, Staff Reporter

October 28, 2017


Filed under A&E, Front Page Slideshow

Hold out all of your fingers. Now, put down the middle and ring. Got it? According to master puppeteer Dan Luce, who visited Whitman this past weekend to share his expertise and love of puppetry, this hand sign is how puppeteers control hand puppets. No wonder, Luce jokes, this symbol is also an international...

Can you Separate a Creator from their Works? No.

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

October 19, 2017


Filed under OPINION

History is full of tales of artists behaving poorly. Composer Richard Wagner was an anti-Semite. Novelist Charles Dickens trashed his wife and secretly shacked up with a teen actress. Painter Michelangelo Cyaravaggio was a murderer. Movie star and filmmaker Charlie Chaplin was investigated by the FBI ...

Unraveling Whitman’s Myth About Spirituality

Unraveling Whitman’s Myth About Spirituality

Alasdair Padman, Staff Reporter

October 8, 2017


Filed under A&E

"Tapestry of Journeys," an interactive exhibit in the Stevens Gallery, allowed students to engage with their spirituality.

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From Noise to Art: Tatsuya Nakatani Sculpts Sound

From Noise to Art: Tatsuya Nakatani Sculpts Sound

Michelle Foster, A&E Editor

October 7, 2017


Filed under A&E, Front Page Slideshow

In the crash of cymbals and ringing of singing bowls, a seemingly random series of noise is shaped into a sculpture of sound. Tatsuya Nakatani, master percussionist and sound artist, demonstrated this when he gave a solo performance and short talk at the Whitman Dance Studio on Tuesday, October 3. The...

“Celilo: Progress Versus Protest” Opens in Maxey Museum

“Celilo: Progress Versus Protest” Opens in Maxey Museum

Emma Chung, Staff Reporter

September 28, 2017


Filed under A&E

The new exhibit in the Maxey Museum, “Celilo: Progress Versus Protest,” shines light on marginalized voices of American history. Curated by the staff at Tamástslikt Cultural Institute in Pendleton, Oregon, the exhibit illustrates the ramifications of the Dalles Dam on Native American tribes of...

‘Opinionated, Satiric Iconoclastic Creations of Questionable Taste’

Sophia Strabo, Staff Reporter

September 28, 2017


Filed under FEATURE

This Saturday I made my second visit to the museum. And I was shown the testicle for the second time (without any prompt), which by the way is just a pebble. 

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A Talk with Artist Paul Valadez

A Talk with Artist Paul Valadez

Emma Chung, Staff Writer

September 16, 2017


Filed under A&E, Front Page Slideshow

"Selections from the Great Mexican-American Songbook" by Paul Valadez graced the walls of the Stevens Gallery from July 17 to September 16. The exhibit consisted of a series of collages printed on music sheets with layers of images and language that explore the presence of Mexican-American culture...

Sheehan Hosts Senior Thesis Art Exhibition

Michelle Foster, Staff Writer

April 27, 2017


Filed under A&E, Front Page Slideshow, MEDIA, VIDEOS

A diverse and striking spread of artwork now inhabits the Sheehan Gallery and the Fouts Center for Visual Arts exhibition space. These pieces are the works of class of 2017 art majors, who went through an extensive artistic process that culminated in the 2017 Senior Thesis Art Exhibition. The show op...

“Collected Life of Ikune Sawada” ceramic collection comes to Sheehan Gallery

“Collected Life of Ikune Sawada” ceramic collection comes to Sheehan Gallery

Michelle Foster, Staff Writer

February 2, 2017


Filed under A&E, Front Page Slideshow

There is a sense of beauty and serenity to be found between the walls of the Sheehan Gallery where a new exhibition, “The Collected Life of Ikune Sawada,” has been installed. On display from Jan. 23 to April 7, the exhibition features ceramics that Sawada, a well-known painter and collector of ceramics,...

Cathartic: Students Respond to Election with Art

Cathartic: Students Respond to Election with Art

Marra Clay, Publisher

November 17, 2016


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

Many students across campus have been dealing with the election results for last week, and some have turned to art to address their feelings. Students are using film, sculpture, writing and drawing to grapple with Trump’s election. The art department organized a space in Fouts Center for Visual Arts for ...

Mike Hammond: the Muffler Man

Alissa Antilla, Staff Reporter

November 17, 2016


Filed under FEATURE, Front Page Slideshow

Stepping into Melody Muffler, an unexpected collision of an automotive shop and art gallery, is like entering a whole new world. This world is a culmination of disparate elements of artist, musician and automotive repairman, all talents of Walla Walla native Mike Hammond. ‘Building art’: cars and creat...

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