Summer Exhibits Grace the Galleries at WSU Vancouver

Thu, 07/15/2010 - 1:25pm -- Anonymous




– The art galleries at Washington State University have put up new exhibits for
the summer. Travel photography, hand-made books and an eclectic collection of
alumni art are ready for public viewing.

The Book Exhibit – WSU Vancouver Library

An exhibit of artist-made books is on display in the Washington State
University Vancouver Library through Aug. 20. The juried exhibit includes nine
artists from Washington and Oregon working in a variety of styles and themes.

Some of the books in this exhibit are done with traditional book-binding
techniques. Others are conceptual pieces that use the idea of a book as
inspiration. Most of the books in this exhibit use letters and words, although
not all of them are readable. In some cases there is a straight-forward
narrative that is meant to be read. In other cases some of the words are obscured,
or the letters form a pattern or a texture that adorns the structure of the
piece with no story.  

Some of the art books are in display cases. Other books are available for
viewing through the reference desk and can be handled and read in the library—a
 rare opportunity to touch and
interact with the artwork.

“Visions of Cuba” –
Administration building gallery

A collection of color photographs taken by WSU Vancouver staff members
while working with the University of Havana and the Instituto Superior de Arte in
Cuba is on display in the Administration building gallery through September.

Beautiful and enigmatic, “Visions of Cuba” reflects on the memories and
sensibilities of the delegation from WSU Vancouver. Artists featured in the exhibit
include: José Alamillo, Hal Dengerink, Luz Maria
Gordillo and Brian McNeill.

The collection portrays an array of experiences that invite the
spectator to become an active participant. Fantastic architectural landscapes
along with personal moments are the core and soul of these visual texts.

Alumni Artist Showcase –
Engineering and Life Sciences building gallery

The first showing of strictly WSU alumni-created art is on exhibit in
the Engineering and Life Sciences building through Aug. 26. The artwork
includes abstract and figurative images, large paintings, small, intimate
photos and quilting fiber arts.

The variety of media and themes shows the diversity of the WSU alumni. There
is a 50-year difference in the graduation dates of these alumni and a world of
different perspectives. The common thread between the artists is shared
community. Each artist has maintained a connection to WSU and is part of the
Vancouver community.

Alumni artists include: Jeannette Altman, '99; Missy Bachmeier, '04;
Ethan Elkins, '03; Barbara Hilkey, '00; Melisse Laing, '60; Bronwen Lee, '92;
Stephanie Reed, '10; and Merlinda Sain, '07. 

Missy Bachmeier, owner of Take 5 Photography in Battle
Ground, Wash., specializes in photographing newborns, children, families and
high school seniors. A graduate of WSU Pullman, Bachmeier gives credit to WSU for turning her interest in art into a full-time

"WSU was
incredibly supportive of my photography. I took all offered photography classes
and worked as a photographer for the Daily Evergreen newspaper, The Chinook
yearbook and for the Sports Information Department. I was on the field for
every Cougar home football game, on the court for the basketball games, and on
the first baseline for every home baseball game. Those valuable experiences
taught me more than any classroom could have. I felt very prepared and
confident in my success when I graduated and started my own business,"
said Bachmeier.

An Artists’
Reception will be held 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. July 28. Enjoy refreshments and meet
the artists.

WSU Vancouver Galleries

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave., east of the
134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205. WSU Vancouver art galleries are
open from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday.
Admission is free. Parking is available at parking meters or in the Blue Daily
Pay lot for $3. For more information, contact Erin Dengerink Madarang at or 360-546-9551.


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