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Diversity on Display at the Frye Art Museum

Diversity on Display at the Frye Art Museum

Erick Lake, Staff Reporter

June 5, 2019

Two new exhibitions opened at the Frye Art Museum, featuring “After Preparing the Altar, the Ghosts Feast Feverishly” from Seattle-based Chinese American writer Jane Wong and “Give It or Leave It” from Los Angeles-based African American artist Cauleen Smith, and they are a remarkable breath of...

Horoscopes: The Signs as Classic Art Movements

Horoscopes: The Signs as Classic Art Movements


May 15, 2019

STARS INTERPRETED BY: ASTROMO Aquarius 1/21-2/19 Suprematism   Pisces 2/20-3/20 Fauvism   Aries 3/21-4/20 Futurism   Taurus 4/21-5/21 Cubism   Gemini 5/22-6/21 Surrealism   Cancer 6/22-7/22 Expressionism   Leo 7/23-8/22 Dadaism   Virgo 8/23-9/22 Art Nouveau ...

Controversial Chuck Close Self-Portrait to Remain in Storage

Controversial Chuck Close Self-Portrait to Remain in Storage

Anna Kaplan, Author

February 13, 2019

Seattle University is still in possession of one the most contentious pieces of American art in recent months—but it’s not on display. After contemporary American artist Chuck Close came under fire for sexual misconduct allegations in December 2017, the university made the decision to rotate his...

Sasquatch! 2018 returns to its roots

Michelle Newblom, Copy Chief

May 30, 2018

The Gorge Amphitheater in Quincy, Wash. was full of blue skies and stellar performances this past Memorial Weekend. The Gorge has been home to the Sasquatch! Music Festival since 2002 and has featured a variety of artists in its past 17 years. This lineup was one of the best to date with Bon Iver, Mod...

Sikh Captain America Challenges Superhero Stereotypes

Rania Kaur, Author

May 10, 2018

With the excitement of the recent release “Avengers: Infinity War,” it wasn’t that unusual to see images of Captain America at the Wing Luke Asian Museum, though he did look a little different. With a turban, beard and glasses, Vishavjit Singh, a cartoonist and creator of the website Sikhtoon...

Local Artist Interprets Migration as Humanitarian Crisis

Sophia Wells, Managing Editor

April 16, 2018

With every piece of her art, from abstract paintings to an ornamental rug made of flour, Mary Ann Peters depicts her interpretation of scenes of migration in countries like Lebanon and Syria. Town Hall Seattle hosted local artists Peters and Gary Faigin on April 5 to discuss Peters’ recent works ...

Seattle U Community Feels the “InstagramEffect”

Bailee Clark, Author

April 16, 2018

For various reasons, the call of the wild is heard by many Seattle inhabitants. According to a recent article by the Seattle Times, the number of Seattle-area hikers has doubled in the last nine years due to the “Instagram effect” interpreted by Washington Trail Association’s Kindra Ramos as a gr...

Deaf Spotlight Exhibition Explores Erasure

Deaf Spotlight Exhibition Explores Erasure

Quinn Ferrar, Author

February 28, 2018

The Magnuson Park Gallery was nearly silent last Friday, save for an occasional chuckle. Much of Seattle’s deaf community filled the gallery to support the Deaf Spotlight, who was hosting a group art exhibition to highlight deaf artists. The art ranged from photographic landscapes of Rainier to...

Repainting History at the Seattle Art Museum

Repainting History at the Seattle Art Museum

Jacqueline Lewis, Arts and Entertainment Editor

February 21, 2018

Narratives on history are arguably often controlled by groups of power. Erasure of people of color in historical dialogue occurs in many arenas of discussion—even in art. Figuring History, Seattle Art Museum’s (SAM’s) new exhibit running from Feb. 15 to May 13, showcases the work of three American...

Op-ed: Response to the Removal of Chuck Close’s Self-Portrait

Guest Writer, Author

February 7, 2018

Dear Tess, ank you for writing about the removal of Chuck Close’s work. I disagree with Ken Allan’s opinion that a committee discussion would’ve produced better results regarding this issue. Victims of sexual assault are almost entirely snubbed by the court of law. Perpetrators o e...

Tint Dance Festival sets the Stage for Artists of Color

Natalie Monahan, Author

January 31, 2018

A fusion of contemporary, hip-hop, tap, Hawaiian and African dance is set to hit the stage at the Tint Dance Festival on Feb. 9-10. The founders of the festival Sue Ann Huang and Arlene Martin, hope to raise critical awareness around racial and ethnic representation in the greater Seattle community by...

University Removes Chuck Close Self-Portrait Amidst Harassment Allegations

University Removes Chuck Close Self-Portrait Amidst Harassment Allegations

Tess Riski, Author

January 31, 2018

American artist Chuck Close was accused of sexual harassment in December. On Friday, the National Gallery of Art announced that they canceled his exhibition, which was planned for May. Following this announcement, Seattle University promptly removed a print by Close displayed on the second floor of the...

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