Department of Art & Design

The Story Depends on the Teller: Book Arts in the Pacific Northwest
 opens March 9

Some books are shipped from Amazon, others are found cataloged in libraries, under beds with lost socks, digitized in e-readers, collecting dust on shelves or housed on nightstands. Other books are labored over, crafted with care, written, printed, drawn, sculpted and bound with artist hands. As part of the 2016 SOAC Focus series on Storytelling, the University Gallery presents an…

Industry professional lectures on being a working artist

The doors of the classroom are swinging wide open. On Monday, February 22, from 6-8pm, Pamela Belyea, the co-founder of Gage Academy of Art, will be teaching the tools of the trade and how to be a successful working artist. Belyea, Gage Academy of Art co-founder and Director Emerita, has spent the past forty years in the world of fine…

Textiles show Scandinavian history and culture in University Gallery exhibition

Textile artifacts from the Scandinavian Cultural Center (SCC) will be on display in the University Gallery exhibition entitled “Common Threads: An Overview of Scandinavian Textiles”
 February 3 – March 2, with an
 opening reception Wednesday, February 10, 5pm-7pm. The presentation of textile pieces will include a sampling of the SCC’s collection of wall hangings, rugs, tools used in the preparation…

Annual ‘Empty Bowls’ event fills empty stomachs

Pacific Lutheran University students and faculty have found the perfect recipe to fill empty bowls around Pierce County. The sixth annual Empty Bowls will be held from 4-6 p.m. November 18 outside Old Main Market in the Anderson University Center on the PLU campus. Each $10 ticket supports the hungry in Pierce County  and includes an artist-made bowl and soup from…

Celebrate Tacoma artists at the Foundation of Art Award Exhibition

The Tacoma art community will be represented at the eighth annual Foundation of Art Award Exhibition in PLU’s University Gallery October 14- November 11. The exhibition features the 2015 nominees and winners of the Foundation of Art Award given by the Community Foundation. All are invited to celebrate at the opening reception on October 14 from 5-7pm. Represented artists include…

Exposure Awards Recognize Lutes

During spring 2015, Elly Vadseth’s digital photography class introduced her to a new kind of image manipulation. She spent her semester combining nature shots with studio images using a photo collage method – the end result – a web of pictures. Now, Vadseth and Taylor Hardman ’16, both Art and Design majors at PLU, can say their works have been…

Q&A: Student experiences art in the big city

On any given day chances are you can find Elly Vadseth in the painting studio in Ingram Hall. As a senior this year, she’s looking towards grad school, and she has big dreams of studying art in the heart of a bustling metropolis. She’s already tasted those dreams at the “New York Academy of Art.”What’s your internship? My internship was…

From Opportunity to Opry

“It’s crazy to think that I was just some young college kid, sitting in your office, trying not to cry over a recent breakup,” she wrote. “Look at me now! It’s so exciting!” Originally from Burien, Wash., Fallin has gone from crying in Avila’s office at PLU, to being a successful designer almost 3000 miles away in Thomasville, Ga. So…

“What We Art” shows emerging artists’ work

Pacific Lutheran University’s soon-to-be Art and Design graduates will be featuring artwork in the upcoming senior exhibition, “What We Art,” opening April 22 in the University Gallery. Art admirers can join the artists and faculty for an opening reception April 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. A total of 18 seniors will be exhibiting and graduating with a BA or…