Thanks to the support of the Pigott Family Endowment for the Arts, eleven third- and fourth-year students in the Department of Art, Art History and Design took an all-expenses paid trip to Maya Lin's “Confluence Project,” led by associate professors Ken Allan and Franc Guerrero at the end of May. The trip was integrated into Dr. Allan's spring quarter course ARTH 4620 Space & Site in Contemporary Art. Revising settler-colonialist perspectives on the role of Lewis and Clark in the history of the Pacific Northwest, the "Confluence Project" is a series of art sites that “connect you to the history, living cultures, and ecology of the Columbia River system through Indigenous voices,” according to the project website.
This Quarter Dr. Naomi Hume, Associate Professor in Art and Art History, is curating "Unsettling Femininity: Selections from the Frye Art Museum Collection" for Frye Art Museum. Unsettling Femininity probes the politics of viewing and questions the ways we habitually look at images of women, through the particular lens of the Frye Art Museum’s collection and the aesthetic preferences of the Museum’s founders, Charles and Emma Frye. The exhibition examines historical conventions of representation and the deeply entrenched beliefs and power structures they reflect—especially concerning gendered expectations around appearance and behavior.The exhibition will run Sept 21, 2019 through Aug. 23, 2020.
The Hedreen Gallery at the Lee Center for the Arts is dedicated to the vibrancy of Seattle's artistic community. Our mission is to support the work of emerging artists and exhibit new work by established artists: local, national, international. We strive to catalyze artistic process and dialogue; to connect artists, audiences, and resources; and to engage the community in the arts. Always free and open to the public.
Uriu is an interdisciplinary artist based in Seattle, WA. Her work explores impermanence, maintenance, and the unseen. Drawing from her Japanese and Irish-American heritage, she is particularly interested in liminal spaces, and explores these concepts through ephemeral botanical narratives and two-dimensional work. Her subjects of time, cycles, and cultural interchange have culminated in a fascination with invasive species. Her current work explores the nature of invasive species, their environmental impacts, and their links to humanity, colonialism, and globalization. Uriu's, exhibition, An Object Lesson; work investigating the narratives and rhetoric surrounding “invasive species” of plants and animals is on view in the Hedreen Gallery until May 18th, 2019
Art, Art History and Design students graduate equipped with essential 21st-century visual literacy and interpretive skills. They emerge positioned to lead in a future that will prize the ability to adapt, question the status quo and rethink themselves in relationship to the world.
From partnerships with the Frye Museum, and Photo Center Northwest, to the Seattle University Artist in Residence program, Pigott Family Endowment for the Arts, the Art, Art History and Design department offers students innovative opportunities beyond the classroom.
Seattle University has four galleries on campus. Our students have 24 hour access to printmaking, ceramics, painting, sculpture and drawing studios, and our faculty are widely renowned in their fields.