Whitman College Art Department


Whitman College’s Sheehan Gallery is pleased to invite you to

Body of Work: The Process Paintings of Margaret Jamison

July 22th - September 16th, 2016

Artist Reception on Friday, September 2nd, 4:00-7:00pm

Within the essays held in Empathy Exams, Leslie Jamison draws on her own life experiences to “ask essential questions

about our basic understanding of others: how should we care about one another? How do we feel another person’s


Margaret Jamison’s Body of Work, considers similar issues through the visual media of painting. Created for personal

containment and catharsis and generated through the mode of process painting (a technique following a stream of

consciousness style of production), the seventeen pieces in Body of Work trace the timeline of the artist’s diagnosis,

treatment, and recovery from cancer.

The image featured on this postcard, Before and After, was featured in the 2012 book Lilly Oncology on Canvas: Expressions

of a Cancer Journey. Informed by her knowledge of design and art history, Jamison’s deeply psychological artwork has

often been autobiographical in its origins. However, Body of Work stands apart from many of her other series in its

imagistic potency and honest depictions of her personal experience of loss and the process of recovery.

Margaret Jamison holds an undergraduate degree in art and an MA in Art Education.

With over a thirty-year career in the visual arts and its related fields her art

historically informed portfolio contains a wide range of media that includes

painting, drawing, photography, collage, assemblage, and sculpture. She has

participated in numerous solo, group, and juried exhibitions in the Pacific


In addition to her creative practice, Margaret Jamison is also an instructor of

art at Walla Walla Community College where she teaches both studio art and

art history.

This exhibition has been sponsored by Whitman College’s Office of

Student Programs and Activities and the Office of the President.

Opening Reception for this years Senior Thesis Exhibition , located in Sheehan Gallery, will follow Rick Silva's Perry Award Lecture, April 22, Olin Hall, 130 at 5:30.

Birds of Parallel Future, 2014

Rick Silva was born in 1977 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Silva is a media artist who lives and works in Eugene, Oregon. He attended the University of Colorado and The European Graduate School.   Rick Silva's talk will  be in Olin,130 at 5:30, Friday April 22.

April Vollimer Monday, April 4 at 4pmFouts 201 April is a printmaker who has a focus in Mokuhanga (Japanese Printmaking). She'll be speaking about her work and process. April was featured in last year's Sheehan show "Abstract Mokuhanga" and Whitman has one of her prints in its collection. More info can be found below:http://www.aprilvollmer.com/site/



 Paul McCarthy to give a lecture at Whitman College next week on Tuesday, February 16th at 7pm in Olin 130.

Biography from PBS’s Art 21:

Paul McCarthy was born in 1945 in Salt Lake City. He studied at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City (1968–69); earned a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute (1969) and an MFA from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles (1972); and was a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (1984–2003). Paul McCarthy’s video-taped performances and provocative multimedia installations lampoon polite society, ridicule authority, and bombard the viewer with a sensory overload. With irreverent wit, McCarthy often takes aim at cherished American myths and icons—Walt Disney, the Western, and even the Modern Artist—adding a touch of malice to subjects that have been traditionally revered for their innocence or purity. Whether conflating real-world political figures with fantastical characters such as Santa Claus, or treating erotic and abject content with frivolity and charm, McCarthy’s work confuses codes, mixes high and low culture, and provokes an analysis of fundamental beliefs. 


Paul McCarthy’s work has been shown in major exhibitions at California College of the Arts, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2009); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2008); Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent (2007); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2006); and Haus der Kunst, Munich (2005); among others. He has participated in many international events, including the Berlin Biennial (2006); SITE Santa Fe (2004); Whitney Biennial (1995, 1997, 2004); and the Venice Biennale (1993, 1999, 2001). Paul McCarthy lives and works in Altadena, California.


Most recently McCarthy has turned his transgressive reputation to more socially collaborative ends, partnering with arts organization The Skateroom. Based out of Brussels, The Skateroom initiative encourages artists to enrich skate art history by producing bold, exciting works that lend their profits to empowerment organizations. All proceeds from this project go to the international NGO Skateistan, with a view in mind to fund the first skate school on the African continent in central Johannesburg. 


The Skateistan project is what McCarthy will be working on while here at the Walla Walla Foundry. In addition to his skateboards he is also creating larger sculptures that will populate skate parks. It is this newest “Skateistan” series that would be largely featured in the artist’s lecture.

Artist and activist Favianna Rodriguez is coming to campus on Saturday, February 13th for a day-long workshop titled "Reproduce and Revolt: A Social Justice Poster Workshop" from 11-3pm and a lecture "Art, Social Justice, and the Radical Imaginary" at 4pm in Kimball Theatr


Favianna Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural organizer, and political activist based in Oakland, California. Her art and collaborative projects address migration, economic inequality, gender justice, and ecology.  Rodriguez lectures globally on the power of art, cultural organizing and technology to inspire social change, and leads art interventions in communities around the country. She is the Executive Director of CultureStrike, a national arts organization that engages artists, writers and performers in migrant rights. 


Assistant Professor ( New Genres and Digital Art), Justin Lincoln, will have a video shown in the exhibition

Alter + Combine, on view at (SCENE) Metrospace in East Lansing, MI from January 22, 2016 - February 21, 2016.

The artwork in Alter + Combine represent a wide range of media that explores the open-ended possibilities associated with an additive or subtractive action. By juxtaposing fragments of images, objects, ideas, and forms this exhibition features work that could be described as collage, assemblage, or any form of abstraction. This exhibition is the result of a national call for work and includes artists from 19 US states.

Alter + Combine was curated by Jacquelynn Sullivan, Director of Galleries for the Department of Art, Art History, and Design at Michigan State University. 



Jan 10 - Mar 13, 2016

Considerations of the visual landscape become the conceptual focus for this exhibition featuring a nationally selected group of contemporary printmakers. The invited artists share extensive exhibit histories in the printmaking field, and will engage the gallery space with a range of recently created work.

Techniques will span both traditional and contemporary processes from the 18th to the 21st century, exploring the potential of paper-based installation, dimensional expansion, and large-scale presentation of the printed image.

Invited printmakers are Laura Berman - Missouri, Charles Cohan - Hawai'i, April Flanders - North Carolina, Karen Kunc - Nebraska, Jenene Nagy - California, Nicole Pietrantoni - Washington, Jenny Schmid- Minnesota, Koichi Yamamoto - Tennessee

In partnership with Hui No‘eau Visual Art Center's Visiting Artist Program, Koichi Yamamoto will teach "Transparent Monotype" at the Hui on January 11 & 12.  


Artist Trust is pleased to announce the 2015 Fellowship recipients and The Millay Colony of the Arts residencies! The following artists were selected for their artistic achievement, dedication to an artistic discipline, and potential for further professional development. 16 artists working in visual arts, emerging fields/cross-disciplinary, performing and traditional/folk arts will each receive $7,500 of unrestricted funds. In addition, Artist Trust has partnered with The Millay Colony for the Arts in upstate New York to award one applicant each in the emerging/cross-disciplinary and visual arts with a one-month residency and a $1,000 stipend. 

Join us this Saturday, January 23, 2-4pm in Fouts CVA to celebrate the 9th Annual Juried WINTER STUDENT ART SALON! Let's gather around the awesome art, delicious refreshments and creative conversations. Don't miss the chance to cast your vote for your favorite piece in the show. See You There!