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June 17, 2020

2020 Graduation Exhibitions online

University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design

Spring Quarter 2020, University of Washington. Photo: Jamie Walker.

Each year the School of Art + Art History + Design proudly celebrates graduating Art and Design students—both undergraduate and graduate—with a series of exhibitions at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery and the Henry Art Gallery. This year is so different in many significant ways as we all transitioned from real space to virtual space resulting in sharing our student accomplishments via three distinct websites: one for our BA students in Art, the second for the BDes cohort, and thirdly our MA, MFA, MDes thesis showcase. Our students have worked for years towards their degrees and have persevered in the midst of a pandemic as well as the social upheaval brought about by the killing of George Floyd and the resulting demands to address pervasive and violent racism after centuries of neglect. These students are emerging in their respective creative fields well positioned to engage and contribute to a more equitable and just future.

a world becoming with
The Jacob Lawrence Gallery features the work of students graduating with a BA in Art as they celebrate their achievements and embark on the next step in their creative journey. a world becoming with draws inspiration from writers such as Octavia Butler and Donna Haraway to think about interdependency, co-authorship, and the mutual influence of making and being. This exhibition highlights artworks created through adaptation, experimentation, and innovation.

Design Show
The Division of Design presents the work of the graduating Bachelor of Design (BDes) students in Industrial Design, Interaction Design, and Visual Communication Design. This year’s exhibition theme is In Flux. The site showcases individual projects as well as several all-class collaborative projects under the theme Apart/Together, designed in the time of COVID-19.

Graduate Showcase
The School presents the culminating thesis work of its graduating graduate students in Art, Art History, and Design who are receiving Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Master of Arts (MA), and Master of Design (MDes) degrees.

About the School
The School of Art + Art History + Design is the center for creative innovation and study at the University of Washington, one of the world's leading public research institutions. The School’s commitment to diversity extends to the recruitment of faculty, staff, and students who exhibit a dedication to creative and academic excellence and who demonstrate the ability to work with a diverse spectrum of populations. The School's focus on interdisciplinary collaboration and the development of new practices enhances both studio and classroom learning as well as fostering dynamic engagement and critical discourse. Our students are inspired to learn through a rigorous and creative academic experience, competitive internships, and international opportunities. Learning from influential faculty, alumni, visiting artists, designers, and scholars, students of our undergraduate, master's, and doctoral programs investigate and create in an environment of possibility.

The University of Washington acknowledges the Coast Salish People of this land, the land which touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Suquamish, Tulalip, and Muckleshoot nations.

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