Outdoor Sculpture Collection

You can get from Seattle to Bellingham, Wash., by driving 90 miles straight up the interstate, but you shouldn’t. The best route to this small city tucked where the mighty Cascade mountain range meets the sea can be more scenic and pleasurable. Veer off Interstate 5 about 15 miles south of…

Officially, the Merriam-Webster dictionary describes the term "cabin fever" as "extreme irritability and restlessness from living in isolation or a confined indoor area for a prolonged time." Unofficially, I refer to it as the "never-ending spell between winter and spring when people long to…

B. Western Washington University’s Outdoor Sculpture Tour

Art has a way of calming the mind and spirit, as does getting outside in the elements. Sunshine, rain or overcast skies compliment Bellingham’s outdoor sculpture…

For many out-of-towners, Western Washington University defines perceptions of Bellingham. It designates Bellingham as a “college town” and is alma mater to many public figures. However, Western’s collection of over 30 sculptures spreads influence nationwide.

For many out-of-towners, Western Washington University defines perceptions of Bellingham. It designates Bellingham as a “college town” and is alma mater to many public figures. However, Western’s collection of over 30 sculptures spreads influence nationwide.

The Western Washington University Foundation has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation on behalf of the Western Gallery. The grant from the Luce Foundation's “American Art Program” will support two exhibitions, publications, and programming related to Western Gallery’s…

Virginia Wright,  the longtime patron of the arts in the Seattle area who donated the core group of pieces that would become Western's renowned Outdoor Sculpture Collection, has died at the age of 91.

"We are deeply saddened by the passing of Virginia Wright and just as…

SAM isn’t the only lucky recipient of Virginia Wright’s love for the visual arts. In the 1970s, she set up the Virginia Wright Fund, which essentially bankrolled a significant outdoor sculpture collection at Western Washington University in Bellingham. Wright also shepherded Seattle’s 1976…

The Virginia Wright Fund donated several well-known public sculptures to Seattle (including Barnett Newman’s “Broken Obelisk” in University of Washington’s Red Square and Jonathan Borofsky’s “Hammering Man” looming above Seattle Art Museum) as well as the campus of Western Washington University…

Donald Judd’s “Untitled 1982,” a cornerstone piece of Western Washington University’s renowned Outdoor Sculpture Collection, is returning to campus on Oct. 29 after more than five years in storage and nearly $200,000 in restoration work.

Judd, who died in 1994, was a minimalist sculptor…

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