Art & Art History Department

More than 50 Western Washington University students and graduates received Outstanding Graduate honors for the 2018-19 academic year. 

Faculty members from dozens of academic departments and programs select one graduate to honor as the Outstanding Graduate of the…

Spring 2019 graduates Miranda Ward (Art Studio) and Nicole Sievers (Design/Art Studio) and fall 2018 graduate Kaitlyn Kelm (Art Studio) were selected as three of the six winners whose art will be featured on traffic boxes in Bellingham’s Arts District. Installation of the art is slated…

The range of calcified-looking objects in Ruby Jones’ “Compost” photograph are unsettling. Pale porcelain hands stained with a dark-blue substance hold a range of jawbones, shells, spore-like objects and other unidentified subject matter. Tendrils of grass or moss can be spotted here and there—…

Chris E. Vargas’s superpower is prescience. In 2013, a year before Laverne Cox’s TIME cover announced the “transgender tipping point,” the interdisciplinary artist created a black-and-white broadside poster in response to the mainstreaming of the trans community, and how…

WWU Associate Art Professor Chris Vargas' artwork "Transgender Hiroes" accompanies "That But Not That," by T Cooper, one of nine personal pieces in Harper Magazine's June 2019 issue; Stonewall at Fifty.   

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, LGBTQ+ Western and Western faculty are collaborating to present “50 Years Since Stonewall: the June 1969 Stonewall riots, memory, and terrains of LGBTQ+ liberation.”  The series of events for students, staff, faculty, and the…

“Toby Town,” through March. Ryan Kelly is an assistant professor of ceramics and foundations at Western Washington University. For this exhibit, Kelly puts his own spin on the decorative “Toby Jug” or face mug, and invites guests to…

BIG HEADS is an exhibition that showcases the exploration of portraiture and the use of the 4 x 5 view camera. It is on display now through March 4 in the WWU Photography Concentration Exhibition Space, Fine Arts Building Second Floor, Room 202.

Working in groups, the Winter 2019 ART 371…

The Western Washington University Department of Art & Art History will present a free lecture by visiting artist Heidi Kumao at 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28 in Fraser Hall 101.

The lecture is open to the public, and pay-by-the-hour parking is available in Lot 17G behind the…

James Hansen, visiting assistant professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at Oberlin College, will give a talk from 5-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23 in Miller Hall 152 showcasing the work of several contemporary moving-image artists. Subjects will include Sadie Benning, Luther Price,…

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