The studio art program values exposing students to a wide range of outside voices in order to broaden students’ understandings of contemporary art and their personal, artistic practices. The department regularly organizes talks, critiques, and workshops with artists, curators and/or critics who bring a range of perspectives and expertise to the department.
Salvadoran born, San Francisco-based artist Victor Cartagena engaged in a two-day residency on campus. He led art students in creating an installation, Broken Families, a commentary on the toll immigration can take on family members who are separated by somewhat impermeable national boundaries. Cartagena also presented a lecture on his work in the Kittredge Gallery, exploring “what it is to be human, where the personal journey intersects with political, global, and universal realities and beliefs." His residency was a collaborative effort amongst The Department of Art and Art History, Hispanic Studies, Latino/a Studies, The Center for Intercultural and Civic Engagement, The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Latin American Studies.
Printmaker and Professor Emeritus of Portland State University, Rita Robillard exhibited and lectured in the Kittredge Gallery in Spring 2016. She also gave a screenprinting workshop for beginning printmaking students and critiqued the work of studio seniors.
Painter Deborah Kahn had an exhibit entitled 'Paintings' in the Kittredge Gallery, held multiple critiques with students, and gave a public talk on her work in the gallery.
Multi-media, Los Angeles based artist Ana Fernandez critiqued 2016 senior art majors thesis projects (spring 2016).
In collaboration with the Collins library, printmaker and Whitworth professor Nicole Pietrantoni lectured and gave an etching workshop for intermediate printmaking students in Fall 2015.
Chief Curator of the Tacoma Art Museum Rock Hushka regularly engages in individual critiques of senior thesis projects with senior art majors.
Artist and Associate Professor of Painting, Cynthia Camlin led a group critique of Intermediate Painting students’ work and gave a public lecture on the evolution of her work in terms of its pertinence to the history of landscape painting and current environmental issues (fall 2014).
In conjunction with the University's Art+Sci Salon, multi-media artist Timea Tihanyi conceived and installed a participatory exhibit, Parlor Games: Parallax, worked with students and was part of an interdisciplinary salon encompassing philosophy, neuroscience, mathematics and art on perception.
Artist Margie Livingston hosted 2015 senior art majors in her studio (spring 2015). She showed as well as explained the development of her innovative processes. Margie subsequently came to campus and critiqued Intermediate and Advanced painting students’ work (fall 2015).
Artists Jeanne van Heeswijk, Randy Bolton, Josephine Halvorson, and Sandow Birk visited campus. Living Art was a visiting artist series supported by the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Puget Sound and funded by a generous grant from an anonymous donor. Living Art provided our students, staff, faculty, and the Tacoma community with deep exposure to the art world today through opportunities to learn from and develop professional relationships with nationally and internationally renowned artists, art critics, and curators of modern and contemporary art. Artists who are invited to participate in the Living Art program visit Puget Sound for seven to ten days, interacting closely with our art majors in the classroom via lectures, demonstrations of technique, individual meetings with students, and constructive critiques of student artwork. Artists also interact with the community at large through public events including lectures, town hall style meetings, and exhibitions of their work in the Kittredge Gallery at the University of Puget Sound.
Professor Xu Yongmin from the Hubei Institute of Fine Arts in Wuhan, China lectured on "Changing Art Education in China’s Art Academies," exhibited his artwork in the Kittredge Gallery, and gave calligraphy and painting demonstrations for students in Spring 2012.
Other visiting artists and curators to Puget Sound have included Mark Pascale, Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago; Rachel Maxi, painter; Nikki McClure, papercut artist; Michael Darling, previous Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Seattle Art Museum; Drive By Press mobile printmaking studio; Jana Evans, ceramicist; and Mary Farrell, printmaker and professor at Gonzaga University.