New Museum Director to Present Opening Lecture

PULLMAN, Wash. — Dyana Curreri-Ermatinger, new director of the Washington State University Museum of Art, will present a lecture, “Bill, Bob and Bill: Sources and Process in the Collaborative Works of Allan, Hudson and Wiley,” Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in WSU’s Fine Arts Auditorium.
The lecture is being held in conjunction with the opening of the Museum of Art exhibition, “Collaborations: William Allan, Robert Hudson, William Wiley.” A reception hosted by the Friends of the Museum of Art will follow in the Fine Arts Center lobby. Free parking in the Fine Arts Center parking structure will be available during the opening.
Curreri-Ermatinger comes to WSU from the San Francisco area, where most recently she was director of the Dorothy Weiss Gallery. Prior to that she was director of exhibitions and public programs for the California College of Arts and Crafts, where she served as founding director of three galleries and organized two public lecture series. During her years in the Bay Area, she became acquainted with the three artists featured in the “Collaborations” exhibition.
The exhibit will be on display at the Museum of Art through Feb. 21. The exhibition, organized by the Palm Springs (California) Desert Museum, features collaborative and individual works by these three artists and friends, who grew up and went to high school together in Richland. Their friendship has endured for more than 40 years. Although these established artists have distinctly different styles, they come together from time to time to create mixed media collaborative artworks on paper and canvas.
In conjunction with the exhibition on the Pullman campus, Curreri-Ermatinger and museum staff have organized a smaller exhibition of recent works by these former Richland residents on the campus at WSU Tri-Cities. “From Familiar Terrain: William Allan, Robert Hudson, William T. Wiley” will be on display Feb. 9-27. The exhibition is part of a larger plan to present Museum of Art programs at WSU’s branch campuses.
“Collaborations: William Allan, Robert Hudson, William Wiley” was co-curated by Palm Springs Desert Museum staff members Katherine Plake Hough, director of collections/exhibitions, and Christine Giles, assistant curator for art. The exhibition was funded in part by the city of Indian Wells, Calif.; the museum’s Contemporary Art Council and Artists Council; and the Walter N. Marks Memorial Fund.
The WSU Museum of Art is funded in part by WSU and the Friends of the Museum of Art. A portion of the museum’s general operating funds for the fiscal year has been provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency that offers operating support to the nation’s museums.
Museum exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public. The gallery is wheelchair accessible. The Museum of Art is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. The museum will be closed Jan. 18.
Weekday visitors may purchase parking permits at the Cougar Depot in downtown Pullman, or at WSU Parking Services, Wilson Road, directly uphill from the Fine Arts Center. Parking is available in the Fine Arts Center parking structure for an hourly fee on weekday evenings. Weekend parking is free.