WSU Museum of Art showcases local work

The new mixed-media exhibit in the WSU Museum of Art is said to be “perfect” for students.

By Amanda Guay

The WSU Museum of Art’s exhibit showcasing the work of renowned Northwest artist Claudia Fitch opens Thursday. The exhibit displays Fitch’s work from 1987 to 2010.

Curator Keith Wells said it was the responsibility of the museum to bring local talents like Fitch to the university. “We want to perpetuate the careers of artists that are here in our own backyard who are also broad in a national, worldwide way,” Wells said. “We want to showcase our own.”

Wells said Fitch’s exhibit will appeal to the college community because of its modern feel. “There’s some pop culture, some of it’s a bit surreal at times, and I think that the overall feel is very contemporary,” Wells said. “It’s kind of almost zen like.” Museum of Art Communications Consultant Debby Stinson said she agrees with Wells’ sentiment and described the exhibit as perfect for students.

“Claudia is such a huge creative talent in our region … she’s got a wide range of artwork over her career,” Stinson said. “This exhibit is great for expanding the mind and getting a different perspective on what’s available out there in the art world in terms of diversity.” Stinson went on to explain the breadth of the exhibit and why it will appeal to a more mature audience.

The exhibit includes art pieces from various mediums including sculpture, drawing and painting, Stinson said. Some of the pieces are also interactive.

“But what’s really nice about that variety is that it give the viewer a lot to think about,” she said. “It really opens up horizons.” Wells said he hopes to see a variety of students attend the exhibit.

“I think everyone should immerse themselves in art, and they have to understand that they don’t have to like everything,” he said. “You don’t have to like everything you see, but you definitely should go … it helps you to decide what touches you. I think people will be pleasantly surprised. It’s all about providing yourself the experience no matter what.” “Claudia Fitch: Works 1987-2010” is open in the WSU Art Museum Gallery, is free to the public and will run through April 2. Fitch will give a reception and lecture at 6 p.m. on Jan. 20.

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