Department of Art & Design

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…

Flowers, Butter, & Tea

Meet Deborah Schwartzkopf and join us for a reception on March 18 at 5pm in the University Gallery.  Light refreshments will be provided. Flowers, Butter and Tea an exhibition by Seattle ceramics artist Deborah Schwartzkopf opens Wednesday, March 11 in the University Gallery at Pacific Lutheran University. The official opening & artist reception will happen a week later on Wednesday March…

National Print Exhibition, “Vantage Points,” kicks off 2015 Focus Series

SOAC’s 2015 FOCUS Series will kick off on February 11 from 5pm-7pm as the PLU and printing communities celebrate the opening of the University Gallery’s ‘National Print Exhibition: Vantage Points.’ The exhibition will be on view from February 4 – March 4, with the official opening reception on February 11. This bi-annual event features prints from across the United States and…

Art and Design students head to Bali

Art and Design students headed to Bali for J-term to explore art, culture, and spirituality with Department of Art & Design Chair Jp Avila. The study-away course takes students to villages and into workshops of traditional craftspeople where they’ll learn about the experiences and perspectives of families and communities who pass on their trades. Activities during the two weeks include…

PLU hosts Art from Parkland’s youth in a week-long exhibition

PLU’s University Gallery will be home to the art of promising, young artists from the Parkland neighborhood and surrounding Pierce County area Saturday, January 10 – Friday, January 16. The PY// Art from Parkland’s Youth third annual juried art exhibition showcases work of young artists age 11-18. This year the show includes artwork from 31 student artists from Cascade Christian,…

University Gallery Celebrates Student Work in Student Exhibition

Take a walk through Ingram Hall on November 13 between 10 a.m. and noon, and you’ll see scurrying student artists framing prints, attaching hanging wires and putting the final touches on their creations. Artists will be arriving at the University Gallery to submit work to the Gallery’s annual Juried Student Exhibition, which opens November 19.  Pieces will be juried by Mare Blocker a visiting…

Six students of Simon Kogan exhibit work in the University Gallery

On Wednesday, October 15 the University Gallery opens “Students of Simon Kogan,” which includes works from artists Roger Cummings, Jennifer Lauder, Rose Nicholas, Sophie Stimson, Cathy Wiggins and Heather Grob. The work will be on display October 15 – November 12 with an opening reception on October 15 from 5pm-7pm. In a warehouse in downtown Olympia, the exhibiting artists meet each Thursday with a…

Resident Artist, Jessica Spring, Wins Major Award From Tacoma Arts Commission

By Taylor Lunka ’15
 PLU Marketing & Communications Student Worker Pacific Lutheran University resident artist Jessica Spring has been selected to receive an impressive AMOCAT award from the Tacoma Arts Commission. Every year, the commission honors those who contribute to the arts community in Tacoma. The AMOCAT art award categories include art patron; community outreach by an organization; and community outreach…

Senior Exhibition Opens April 23 in the University Gallery

ART IS THIS, the 2014 Senior Exhibition at Pacific Lutheran University, will begin with an opening reception on Wednesday, April 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in PLU’s University Gallery. It is featured as the last event in the 2014 SOAC Focus Series on Entrepreneurship. Visitors will see a wide variety of media from graduating artists in the Department…