Works by WSU Fine Arts Graduate Students Presented on Tri-Cities Campus

RICHLAND, Wash. — An exhibit of works in various media by several candidates for the Master of Fine Arts degree at Washington State University are on exhibit at the Tri-Cities campus.

The exhibition will be on display through April 27 in Room 102 of the Consolidated Information Center on the Richland campus.

The exhibition will showcase works by Joel Allen, sculpture; Ryan Belnap, photography; Tobe Harvey, painting; David Schu, drawing, painting and digital art; Raylene Ward, painting; and Cynthia Zyzda, ceramics.

“We have an awesome group of graduate students working in drawing, digital imaging, photography, installation and painting, said Keith Wells, professor for the WSU department of fine arts. “The students are quite prolific and dedicated to their craft.”

“The graduate program at WSU is highly personal,” said Paul Lee, chair of the fine arts department. “The faculty work one-on-one with the students and are personally interested in their development. We gauge the graduate students’ success on their improvement. The students have matured, and they are more sophisticated in their presentation. They have made some incredible works.”

The Museum of Art, in collaboration with WSU Tri-Cities and Columbia Basin College, are sponsoring the exhibition.

In conjunction with the exhibition, students will discuss their works during a reception from 5:30-7 p.m. April 24. To RSVP for the reception, call the Museum of Art at 509/335-1910.

The students also will present their work and discuss the graduate art student experience from 10:20-11:20 a.m. April 24 in Room P201 of Columbia Basin College, located at 2600 N. 20th Ave. in Pasco.

The Consolidated Information Center is located at 2770 University Dr., Richland. The CIC is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Parking is available in front of the CIC. Admission is free and open to the public. The center is wheelchair accessible.

In addition to the exhibition at WSU Tri-Cities, the WSU Fine Arts Graduate Thesis Exhibition will be on display at the Museum of Art in the Fine Arts Center on the Pullman campus from April 9-May 12. A sampling of thesis works also will be featured in an exhibition in Spokane from May 22-June 4 at the Interdisciplinary Design Institute Gallery at WSU Spokane’s Riverpoint Higher Education Park.

Funding for Museum of Art exhibitions and programs is provided by WSU, the Friends of the Museum of Art and private donors. Additional support has been provided by Bank of America, IKON Office Solutions, Opsis Architects, Pullman Community Foundation/Foundation Northwest, Pullman Kiwanis Club, Pullman Transit, Tri-State Distributors, US West Foundation, Washington Mutual Foundation, WSU Visual, Performing and Literary Arts Committee, and Washington State Arts Commission.