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Whitman community mourns loss of art professor Rick Martinez

Rick passed away on Jan. 26, 2020. He taught in the art department at Whitman from 2012 to 2020. Photos contributed by Whitman Communications

Emma Fletcher-Frazer, News Editor

February 20, 2020

Whitman College Associate Professor of Art Rick Martinez unexpectedly passed away on Jan. 26. Rick was hired in 2012 and promoted to an associate professor in 2016. He also served as the chair of the art department, impacting the lives of many students and faculty throughout his time at Whitman. Rick wa...

Faculty Art Show Features Kitchenware Sculpture, Scientific Studies, Foam Ice Cap

Faculty Art Show Features Kitchenware Sculpture, Scientific Studies, Foam Ice Cap

Michelle Foster, A&E Editor

January 28, 2018

Sheehan Gallery now hosts a rare opportunity to experience art by all of the Whitman studio art department faculty in one space. This Whitman Studio Art Department Faculty Exhibition opened on January 22 and will remain up until April 6. The exhibition features works by professors working with...

Narcissa Whitman Revisited

Mid restoration. The painting was sent immediately to Portland, for the longer the spray paint set the harder it would be to remove. Contributed by The Cultured Pearl

Rachel Needham, News Reporter

November 9, 2017

This is a continuation of our 'Narcissa Whitman Painting Defaced' article. In recent months, the United States has seen an uptick in vandalism of statues portraying figures from throughout its history, from Christopher Columbus to Robert E. Lee, from Theodore Roosevelt to Jefferson Davis. Acro...

Narcissa Whitman Painting Defaced

Before restoration. Contributed by The Cultured Pearl

Rachel Needham, Staff Reporter

October 31, 2017

On the morning of Monday, Oct. 9, Prentiss Hall custodians arrived at work to find that the portrait of Narcissa Whitman hanging in the Great Room had been defaced overnight. Accompanying the black spray-paint covering Narcissa’s face was an anonymously-written note which reads: “In 1836, Marcus...

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