Through Dec. 12: ‘Jim Dine: A Life in Printmaking’

PULLMAN, Wash. – An exhibit of prints by contemporary artist Jim Dine – part of the largest gift of art made to the Washington State University Museum of Art – will run Oct. 2-Dec. 12 at the museum on the Pullman campus. Admission to the show and related events is free.

A public reception and talk about Dine by museum director Chris Bruce will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, in the museum gallery.

Film, poetry, printmaking

Free screenings of two documentary films at 6 p.m. in the CUB auditorium, followed by a 7 p.m. reception in the museum gallery, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 22. The films are Academy Award-nominated “Jim Dine: A Self-Portrait on the Walls” and “All About Looking” (Dine teaching drawing). Learn more at

Jim Dine print, The Pink Nose, 2009

A public evening of poetry/literature readings in the museum gallery surrounded and inspired by the “Jim Dine: A Life in Printmaking” exhibit will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10. Learn more at

A printmaking workshop, with limited space, will be 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, in the museum gallery. Learn more at

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About the artist

Jim Dine entered the New York art world to great acclaim with his performance art “Happenings” and mixed media assemblages in the late 1950s. His signature images of hearts, tools and bathrobes suggested popular culture references, but in his hands they became opportunities for a strong romantic, expressionist sensibility. Over time he expanded the realm of imagery to embrace classical and mythic themes, along with figurative work and portraiture.

Jim Dine print, July on the Palouse, 2007

The WSU exhibition features works from the entire range of his imagery.

Dine has been active as a creative printmaker throughout his career; for him, prints are artistically equal to and closely interact with his work in other media: painting, drawing, sculpture and photography. Today, at age 80, he continues to produce prints with great passion and energy.

In spring 2014, he donated 201 prints from his personal archives to the WSU Museum of Art in honor of art patron Jordan D. Schnitzer and as a stimulus to the campaign for a new museum building on the Pullman campus.

Funding for the exhibit is provided by the Robert Lehman Foundation, Inc.; Friel Memorial Art Lecture Endowment; Washington State Arts Commission; National Endowment for the Arts; WSU Diamond Grad Class of 1954 and Golden Grad Class of 1964; and museum members.

The Museum of Art is located on Wilson Road across from Martin Stadium in the Fine Arts Center on the WSU Pullman campus. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, open until 7 p.m. Thursday and closed Sunday. See for more information.


Debby Stinson, WSU Museum of Art, 509-335-6282,
Anna-Maria Shannon, WSU Museum of Art, 509-335-6140,