Department of Art and Art History

The Department of Art and Art History explores the wonder and complexity of visual art in theory and practice. Studio art students specialize in painting, printmaking, sculpture, or ceramics, learning a wide range of techniques and processes in specialized studio spaces. Art history students study diverse artistic traditions and develop strong analytical, research, presentation, and writing skills.


Christopher Paul Jordan and Gustavo Martinez will show artwork in solo exhibitions at Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound, from Monday, Nov. 13, to Saturday, Dec. 9. Gallery hours: M-F 10am-5pm, (most) Saturdays from 12noon-5pm. 


You can see what many of our alumni are up to on the new CESBLOGS Careers in the Arts post.

Alumna Priscilla Dobler currently has an art show in Seattle at ArtXchange Gallery in Pioneer Square, the show will be up until the end of November. She was also awarded a two month art residency at Mass MoCA. Next year she will have her first solo show in Seattle at Method Gallery, showing La Cocina (Kitchen installation with audio recordings) and will be showing La Sala (Living room installation with audio and video projections) at Feast in March 2018. 

Current student Ronda Peck will have a piece in the upcoming exhibition “Topeka Competition 33,” at the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery in Topeka, Kansas on view from November 10, 2017 – January 7, 2018.

Current student Monica Patterson, after receiving a scholarship from the Puget Sound Group Northwest Artists (PSGNA), will be participating in an upcoming exhibition at Art Head Gallery (5411 Meridian Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98103) from October 21st-December 1st 2017.

Current student Ian Chandler (Sculpture, 2018) is an artist in residence and exhibited at MOA, Colorado.


Professor Mike Johnson has a solo exhibition at The Nightingale Gallery of Eastern Oregon University this November.

Professor Janet Marcavage has a solo exhibition "Lineation" of prints at Augen Gallery in Portland, OR from November 2–December 2, 2017. Augen Gallery is at 716 NW Davis, Portland, OR 97209. Gallery hours are Tuesday–Saturday 11:00–5:30 and by appointment. The First Thursday Opening is: November 2, 5 – 8 pm.

Professor Chad Gunderson was recently published in "Cast: Art and Objects Made Using Humanity’s Most Transformational Process,” by Jen Townsend and Renee Zettle-Sterling from Schiffer Publishing.   

Professor Elise Richman received a Thomas Davis Teaching Award.  

Todd Jannausch (Studio Technician) and Professor Janet Marcavage are both awardees of the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation Art Award. A public reception for this year’s awardees will be held during the Third Thursday Art Walk on September 21, 2017 at the Spaceworks Gallery. 

Kittredge Gallery

Christopher Paul Jordan and Gustavo Martinez

Christopher Paul Jordan and Gustavo Martinez will show artwork in solo exhibitions at Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound, from Monday, Nov. 13, to Saturday, Dec. 9.

Gustavo Martinez, a professor at Green River College, in Auburn, creates sculptural ceramics. His exhibition, Guardians, Warriors, and Allies, explores how the artist comes to peace with his inner demons.

Martinez tells stories through his work that embody powerful imagery, history, and figurative forms that connect to Mesoamerican imagery and personal identity. The artworks involve the presence of a guardian-warrior who is an ally aiding Martinez in the process of quieting his mind and allowing positive thoughts that are free of fear and that help guide him in times of darkness. 

Christopher Paul Jordan is well-known in the Tacoma art scene. He has had a significant impact on public art across the city, and this will be his first solo gallery show. Kittredge Gallery is proud to host Jordan’s work on landscapes, community, and reimagining the painted landscape tradition in the context of displacement.

In Latent Home Jordan's carved paintings and immersive virtual installations archive fragments of Tacoma's landscape. Reassembling neighborhood memories through rolls of unprocessed film from 2007, Jordan uses a series of collaborations with his teenage self to investigate the construction of belonging in an era of red-lining and mass displacement. Describing the exhibition as a "long distance phone call with the past," Jordan experiments with optics, aerosol art, and stereoscopic collage to survey his childhood home, while questioning traditions of consuming and documenting the environment.

Kittredge Gallery serves as a teaching tool for the Department of Art and Art History and a cultural resource for both the university and the community at large, exhibiting work by noted regional and national artists. Exhibits and talks are free and open to the public.

Opening Reception: Wednesday, November 15, 5–7 p.m., Kittredge Gallery

Kittredge Gallery will be closed during the university’s Thanksgiving break, November 22–26

Gallery Location: University of Puget Sound, N. 15th St. at N. Lawrence St., Tacoma, Wash.
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Regular Hours: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, noon–5 p.m.


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Janet Marcavage


November 2 – December 2

First Thursday Reception for the Artist:
November 2, 5–8 pm 

Tuesday–Friday 11:00–5:30 • Saturday 11:00–5:00

Artist statement: I am interested in the visual language of printmaking, more specifically, my imagery is made of visual units constructing a whole. These visual units tie into the history of graphic representation and technology in print. In early intaglio prints, for example, line hatching has been used to imply form and value. I continue this cross contour mapping to create a contemporary representation of everyday textiles. I am also influenced by Op Art; I explore perceptual effects and the limits of color through temperature and value shifts. I distill material from everyday life and at the same time hope to suggest something intangible.