News & Events

Two handmade screenprints by Professor Janet Marcavage were recently selected for purchase by the King County Public Art Collection. These are portable works that will be rotated throughout the public spaces of County-owned facilities.

Professor Kriszta Kotsis, Art History, presented two papers in spring and summer of 2013: “Byzantine Empresses and Bride Shows” at the annual meeting of the Medieval Association of the Pacific held at the University of San Diego; and “The Networks of the Iconophile Irene and Theodora” at the Kings and Queens conference held at the University of Winchester.

The Washington State Arts Commission purchased two prints by Professor Janet Marcavage, Printmaking, which will be hung at Peninsula College in Port Angeles. Marcavage has also been invited to have a print included in Double Dozen, an exhibition at the Lisa Harris Gallery in Seattle in September.

Professors Elise Richman, Michael Johnson, and Janet Marcavage were mentioned in the online publication Post Defiance in an article about the Art+Sci Salon.  The article was titled "Simple Equation, Powerful Ideas". 

Professor John McCuistion, Ceramics, gave a talk titled "Discovering the Moche" at South Sound Community College on April 16, 2013.

Professor Elise Richman, Painting, and local artist Cynthia Camlin have an exhibit titled "Each Form Overflows Its Present" on display in the University Gallery at Pacific Lutheran University through April 10, 2013.  The Tacoma News-Tribune and the Tacoma Weekly have both published reviews of the exhibit.

Professor Kriszta Kotsis, Art History, recently had two articles published: "Mothers of the Empire: Empresses Zoe and Theodora on a Byzantine Medallion Cycle,” Medieval Feminist Forum 48/1 (2012), 5-96 and "Defining Female Authority in Eighth-Century Byzantium: The Numismatic Images of Empress Irene (r. 797-802),” Journal of Late Antiquity 5/1 (2012),185-215. 

Professor Zaixin Hong, Art History, had a chapter titled ""Moving onto a World Stage: The Modern Chinese Practice of Art Collecting and Its Connection to the Japanese Art Market" published in the book The Role of Japan in Modern Chinese Art, edited by Joshua A. Fogel. 

Professor Elise Richman's work is featured on the blog Artventures in a post titled "Visualizing Nature and its Sea of Changes: Where Art and Science Meet". 

Professor Zaixin Hong, Art History, had a chapter titled "Issues of Provenance in the Last Emperor's Art Collecting" published in the book Provenance: An Alternate History of Art, edited by Gail Feigenbaum and Inge Reist.

Prizes were awarded during the reception for the Art Students Annual Show on November 14, 2012 in the Kittredge Gallery.  Awards went to:

Emily Menk '14, Best in Show

Jonathan Steele '13, Best in Ceramics

Ian Saad '14, Best in Sculpture

Bianca Jarvis '15, Best in Printmaking

Connor Jones '13, Best in Painting

Scott Segawa '13, Best in Drawing

Libby Geissinger '13, Best Other Media

Rachel Kalman '16 and Kelsey Vogan '13, Merit Awards

Professor John McCuistion, Ceramics, exhibited his work at Pacific Lutheran University's Art Gallery.  The show was titled "The Physicality of the Present" and also included work by local artist Ann Johnston Schuster.

Professor Kriszta Kotsis, Art History, received the Thomas A. Davis Teaching Award at the annual faculty dinner on August 21, 2012.

Professor Elise Richman, Painting, exhibited a site-specific art installation, Spring Mascot, at the Woolworth Building in downtown Tacoma at 11th and Broadway through June 30, 2012.

UPS students Michelle Reynolds '12 (first place), Kelsey Eldridge '12 (second place), and Samantha Kielty '11 (third place), were the recipients of the Art History Research Paper Prize for 2012. 

UPS student Westrey Page '12, a senior art history major, presented a paper titled "The Mother Archetype in Anselm Kiefer’s Erotic in the Far East: Understanding German Cultural Rebirth in the Wake of World War II",  at the First Annual Undergraduate Art History Conference, The Body in Visual Culture, at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on May 4, 2012.

Ecological Public Art:  Making a Difference:  On May 1, 2012, ecological art curator Patricia Watts and ecological pubic artist Buster Simpson discussed on all levels what it takes to create a successful public art plan including selecting successful public art works that are both aesthetically rigorous and sustainable as infrastructure projects. Watts discussed the public art selection process and Simpson presented the longer road to bringing larger environmental projects to fruition while working with city, state, and federal agencies. Both are concerned with how these types of projects are planned for, funded, and that when they are completed, they are public art works that make a real difference for both people and the natural world.  This event was co-sponsored by the City of Tacoma, The University of Puget Sound Environmental Policy and Decision Making Program, and The University of Puget Sound Art Department. 

The Tacoma Art Museum offered a series of lectures April 7 – May 12, 2012, two of which featured Puget Sound faculty members. The first, "Between Icon and Idol: Venerated and Broken Images in Byzantium," by Professor Kriszta Kotsis, Art History, took place on Saturday, April 7, at 1 p.m. The lecture discussed the century-long dispute over the role of religious images, or icons, that shook Byzantine society.  On Saturday, April 21 Professor Elise Richman, Painting, presented her Know More Art talk titled "The Art of Remembering". The Vietnam Veterans War Memorial occupies a site of unrivaled honor on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Each year thousands of citizens pay their respects to the fallen soldiers whose names are inscribed on the memorial's movingly stark, black surface. Maya Lin’s youthful vision for the memorial’s minimalist design—so different from heroic, figurative historical precedents—pushed aesthetic boundaries and confounded expectations regarding the purpose of a war memorial. This relatively recent controversy provides a springboard for a broader discussion of the changing cultural expectations of what a memorial is supposed to be, aesthetically, physically, and perceptually.

Professors Janet Marcavage, Printmaking, and Elise Richman, Painting, were featured in a group exhibition of Tacoma artists titled Tacoma, Naturally, at Alley Cat Artists in Ellensburg, Washington, April 6 - 30, 2012. 

Professor Kriszta Kotsis, Art History, presented a paper titled “Defining Female Authority in 8th Century Byzantium: The Images of Empress Irene” at the annual meeting of the Medieval Association of the Pacific, in Santa Clara, California, March 30-31, 2012.  She also chaired a session there, titled Byzantine and Italian Representations of Christ and the Virgin.

Professor John McCuistion, Ceramics, participated in a group exhibition titled Centered on the Northwest: An Invitational Show Featuring Northwest Clay Artists, from March 26 - April 5, 2012, at the Clay Art Center, 2636 Pioneer Way East, Tacoma. 

Professor Linda Williams, Art History, presented a paper titled "Saints Peter and Paul at the Early Colonial Franciscan Monastery of Dzidzantún, Yucatán" for the session she helped to organize, Guiding Souls: Images of Mary and the Saints in New Spain and Peru I, at the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, in Washington DC, on March 22, 2012.

During the week of March 19th, 2012, please look out for an installation project by students enrolled in Art 282: Beginning Printmaking. The project will predominantly take place in the Wheelock Student Union, near the Info Center.  This collaborative project is related to the Hide/Seek exhibition at the Tacoma Art Museum and it draws on themes found in the work of David Wojnarowicz and Felix-Gonzales-Torres. Viewers will be able to take a part of the work with them. Students will demonstrate the technique used for this project, screenprinting, in the Student Union on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 from 9:30 AM to 12:00PM.  Students who have collaborated on the project include Louise Blake, Caitlin Bovard, Carolyn Corl, Sarah Gulian, Elizabeth Hughes, Emily Johnston, Emily Menk, Steffen Minner, Jennie Noreen, Chris Putnam, Jill Sanford, Erin Wheary, and Emma de Vries.  Their professor is Janet Marcavage, Printmaking.  This project is supported by the Civic Scholarship Initiative and the Art Department.   For images and more

Professor Linda Williams, Art History, and her colleague Professor John Lear, History and Latin American Studies, presented a paper, "Rina Lazo: Beyond Diego Rivera and the Taller de Gráfica Popular," on February 25, 2012 in Los Angeles, at the annual conference of the College Art Association, in a session titled Agents of Social Change: Women Artists and Women Patrons in Postrevolutionary Mexico.

Professor Zaixin Hong recently published "Unveiling and Consuming Art in the Multifarious Spaces of Early Modern China”, Review of James Cahill, Pictures for Use and Pleasure: Vernacular Painting in High Qing China (University of California Press: Berkeley, 2010), 128 illns. (112 colour), 280 pp., ISBN 9780520258570, £34.95, and Jonathan Hay, Sensuous Surfaces: The Decorative Object in Early Modern China (Reaktion Books: London, 2010), 229 illns. (223 colour), 440 pp., ISBN 9781861894083, £35. Oxford Art Journal,  kcr046 first published online February 8, 2012 doi:10.1093/oxartj/kcr046.

In conjunction with the exhibition of their work in the Kittredge Gallery (January 16-February 11, 2012), Nathan DiPietro gave a tempera painting demonstration and talked about his work on Thursday, February 2 in the Kittredge Gallery, and Eirik Johnson talked about his work on Thursday, February 9 in Kittredge 201.

From Farewell to Rehearsal:  Critical Thinking from a Chinese Curator of Contemporary Art:  On November 9, 2011, Dr. Gao Shiming delivered a public lecture discussing his critical observations on the 2008 Third Guangzhou Triennial and the 2010 Eighth Shanghai Biennale, both of which he curated, by examining theoretical issues of contemporary Chinese art in the context of globalization. Dr. Shiming is a professor and executive dean at the School of Intermedia Art at China Academy of Art. An internationally acclaimed curator and one of the leading theorists of contemporary art in China, Dr. Shiming has organized many major art exhibitions throughout his career. He is currently a research fellow at Sterling and Francis Clark Art Institute in Massachusetts working on a project titled "Rehearsal: Art Without Artwork."  This event was co-sponsored by the Art Department and Asian Studies Program.

In conjunction with the faculty show Show and Tell (August 22-November 5, 2012), three of the participants gave informal discussions of their works in the Kittredge Gallery.  The talks started with Professor John McCuistion at 2:00 PM on October 5, followed by Adjunct Professor Becky Frehse at 12:30PM on October 12, and then with Professor Michael Johnson at 2:00 PM on October 27.

Professor Zaixin Hong, Art History, had an article published in French translation, “Rêves à Paris, réalité à Pékin. Pang Xunqin et l’institutionalisation des arts décoratifs en Chine,” in conjunction with the exhibition Artistes chinois à Paris, at the Musée Cernuschi , Paris, September-December 2011.

Professor John McCuistion, Ceramics and Chair of the Art Department, was awarded the University of Puget Sound’s Passau Faculty Exchange for 2011. This fellowship enabled him to travel to Passau, Germany during the summer to conduct research on German salt glaze pottery and to visit museums in Austria and Germany that house important ceramic collections.  His lecture at Passau on the ceramics of Mesoamerica was very well received.

Professor Linda Williams, Art History, participated in a session that she organized for the annual conference of the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies, April 6-9, 2011 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The session was the first in the U.S. to focus exclusively on colonial art in Yucatan.

Professor Zaixin Hong, Art History, gave a paper and participated in a workshop at the Joint Conference of the Association for Asian Studies & international Convention of Asia Scholars, in Honolulu, March 31-April 3, 2011.

Professor Emeritus Ron Fields, Art History, is the editor of and contributer to the newly published and splendidly illustrated book Lakewold: A Magnificent Northwest Garden (published by the GardenJardin Group, now distributed by University of Washington Press).

Professor Elise Richman, Painting, was the curator of the show Marked in the Kittredge Gallery (until February 23, 2011), which included works by Susan Dory, Margie Livingston, and Michelle Grabner.  For podcasts of her interviews with the artists.  A companion exhibtion, Patterned Remarks, also in the Kittredge Gallery, was curated by Professor Janet Marcavage, Printmaking.  The exhibition was originally developed for the Southern Graphics Council Conference and Philagrafika in Philadelphia in the spring of 2010.

Professor Elise Richman, Painting, exhibited her works in a group show titled Build Up, January 10 - February 18, 2011, at Gallery 2, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington.

Professor Emerita Betty Sapp Ragan had an exhibition of her Hand Colored Photo Collage, at the Handforth Gallery, Tacoma Public Library, January 6 - February 19, 2011.

Michelle Grabner, Professor of Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, exhibited in the Kittredge Gallery and gave a public lecture about her work on January 25, 2011.

Marc Pascale, Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago, was the Chism lecturer in November 2010. He gave his talk, "Why Prints Matter", on November 16, 2010.

Dr. Debra Willis, Chair of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts Department of Imaging and Photography, visited campus as the Chism Artist/Scholar during the last week of classes fall term.  She gave a public lecture in the Kilworth Chapel on Wednesday, December 1,2010 at 7 p.m.

Professor Janet Marcavage, Printmaking,had an exhibition titled Such Fancies: new serial prints and cut outs, in The Gallery of Pacific Lutheran University (October 13 - November 10, 2010).

Professor Mike Johnson, Sculpture, exhibited two of his sculptures in the Bellwether 2010: Art Walk, in downtown Bellevue Washington, June 26-October 17, 2010.

Professor Emeritus Bill Colby showed in a group exhibition titled Classy Mixer at the Mavi Contemporary Gallery, 502 Sixth Avenue, Tacoma, September 15-October 31, 2010.

The second annual Race and Pedagogy Conference at Puget Sound was held October 28-30, with art emphasized alongside politics. For Professor Elise Richman's statement on art's role in the conference, see the article in the Tacoma Weekly.

Professor Elise Richman, Painting, was among the exhibitors in the show Seattle Public Utilities Portable Works: Northwest Mid-Career Artists at the Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery (700 5th Ave., Level Three Concourse, April 6-July 2, 2010).

Professor Zaixin Hong, Art History, presented a paper, “'From Nationalism to Modernism: The Case of Deng Shi and Huang Binhong in the Early 20th Century China”, at an international symposium Performing the Modern: The Politics of Culture and the Arts in Early 20th-Century China, heldatStandford University, February 19-21, 2010.  He also contributed an essay “'The Excellent Painter of the Chinese People': Huang Binhong and Contemporary Art Movements" to the catalog of the exhibtion Works of Four Chinese Masters Premiere in America Tracing the Past, Drawing the Future: Master Ink Painters in 20th-Century China.  The exhibition, at the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, runs from February 17 to July 4, 2010.  

Professor Michael Johnson, Sculpture, had an exhibition in the Kittredge Gallery (January 20-February 20, 2010).  For more information

Professor John McCuistion, Ceramics and Chair of the Art Department, was selected to display three ceramic sculptures at the gallery at Tacoma Community College as part of the Social Injustice exhibition. The exhibit ran January 15–March 15, 2010. He also participated in a panel discussion as part of the show on Feb. 2, at 4:30 p.m. McCuistion was one of three participating artists featured in an article in the January 2010 issue of CityArts, Tacoma.

The Medieval Association of the Pacific held its annual conference on our campus, March 5-6, 2010. Professor Kriszta Kotsis, Art History, was a member of the Local Organizing Committee.

Professor Michael Johnson, Sculpture, had a solo exhibition titled Inside Outat Skagit College, Mt. Vernon, Washington (October 19 – November 20, 2009), with works in both the art gallery and six installations outdoors on campus. He will also be in a group exhibition "Madart Redux" in February 2010 at the Foster White Gallery in Seattle. Puget Sound alumnus Bryan Ohno is co-curating the show.

Professor Janet Marcavage, Printmaking, was showcased in a Solo Exhibition of Works with Paperat The University of Washington-Tacoma Gallery at 1742 Pacific Ave. in downtown Tacoma (July 15-September 15, 2009). Three of Marcavage's prints were included in the New Members Show at the Print Arts Northwest Gallery at the Washington County Museum,  Portland, Oregon (July 16-August 15, 2009). Marcavage's work was recently included in Impressions: 16 American Printmakers, at The Wuhan Art Museum and The Hubei Institute of Fine Arts in Wuhan, China. Marcavage also exhibited an etching in the show Constructing Identity in the 21st Century An Exhibition of Contemporary Self-Portraiture, at the Seattle Pacific Art Center Gallery (September 28 – November 6, 2009). On Thursday, October 15, from 6-8 p.m. at The Tacoma Art Museum, Marcavage led a workshop where participants could create their own found-object prints, in conjunction with the exhibition Joe Feddersen: Vital Signs. In late October, Marcavage's work was also included in the 2009 Qijiang International Print Festival at Qijiang Farmers’ Printmaking Institute Exhibition Hall, traveling to the Chongqing Academy of Fine Arts and the South West University in Chengdu, China. Marcavage’s work was also in the  Los Angeles Printmaking Society 20th National Exhibition, from October 29, 2009 to January 3, 2010 at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery.

Collins Memorial Library was pleased to present Cut Out for the Wilds: The Collected Papers of Artist and Activist Abby Williams Hill. The exhibition ran from October 22, 2009 to January 5, 2010 and featured the letters and diaries of the painter Abby Williams Hill. No Woman Has Ventured As Far - the Art and Adventures of Abby Williams Hill, A Living History  was the title of a free performance by Karen Haas in Collins Memorial Library, November 7, 2009. Those attending this family-friendly event learnt about Abby Hill’s life in Tacoma, the Pacific Northwest, and the many important contributions this remarkable woman made to our community.