November Events

November Events


November 19: Lien Truong

Lien Truong’s art practice examines the social and cultural influences that shape belief systems and heritage. Landscapes symbolizing violence and tragedy; and significant American icons in the civil rights movement are translated through oil paint and painting on silk. Through a type of blended narrative painting, the work is created through a hybridity of painting materials, techniques and philosophies, embedding in it, the complex cultural histories that mirror the Asian American lens.

Lien Truong is an associate professor of painting and drawing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her work has been included in national and international exhibitions, including the National Portrait Gallery. She has received reviews and mentions in Art Asia Pacific, The San Francisco Chronicle; Houston Chronicle; Oakland Tribune; New American Paintings, and ARTit Japan. Truong is a recipient of a 2019 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant.

Virtual lecture on Thursday, November 19th, at 4:30pm via Zoom

Pre-Register for the Webinar Here



November 2: James Sturm

Award-winning American cartoonist James Sturm is cofounder of The Center for Cartoon Studies and Seattle’s alt newsweekly The Stranger. On Monday, Nov 2nd, at 10:40-12:00
James will discuss his comic book about Democracy, along with a short comic about “Applied Cartooning,” and a comic about mental health.

These talks are part of the Speaker Series of the FA 498 Contemporary Issues Seminar class at WSU Fine Arts Vancouver. This series is curated and organized by Professor Avantika Bawa and the students of the class. The talks are free and open to larger community of WSU.

For more information, contact Avantika Bawa at


November 12 & 19: Guest House Cultural Capital Residency Artist Talks

Peter Christenson, WSU Associate Professor of Fine Arts and Director of the Guest House Cultural Capital Residency Program (GHCCRes), welcomes you to join the GHCCRescommunity for two upcoming (virtual) chats with GHCCRes Remote Scholar-Artists Graham Murtough (November 12 @ 10:30am-12:00pm) and Megan Torgerson (November 19 @ 10:30am-12:00pm). Upcoming GHCCRes lectures are FREE, OPEN, and VIRTUAL.

Please contact to RSVP for Zoom link invitations.


Fine Arts Workshops


Get Started with Tinkercad

This workshop with Fine Arts Engineering Tech, JJ Harty, will cover the basics of getting started on 3D modeling with Tinkercad. We will also cover some very basic processes in Meshmixer.

Friday, November 6th, 2:00pm

Register Here


This workshop is not endorsed or promoted by Autodesk


Live Demos with Concept Clay

Weekly live demonstrations with the WSU Fine Arts ceramics space @conceptclay. Thursdays at 12pm through December.


  • Thursday, 11/19, 12pm: Siri Stensberg,Translating Painterly Marks into Clay Surfaces
  • Thursday, 12/3, 12pm: Io Palmer, Claycollage – Creating dynamic, deep surfaces with clay collage


Fine Arts News


Line OnLine presents a selection of work from the Fine Arts studio classes at Washington State University, Vancouver. The works in this show reflect the many ways in which line can be manipulated to create a range of expressions and images, from the most abstract to the representational. Made in a variety of analog media, these works are converted to digital images to accommodate an online platform that has become an intrinsic part of the current times. You can view the show at:

Chadchom Cheskhun [MFA ‘20] was inspired to make his thesis project for WSU’s Master of Fine Arts program after thinking about his childhood and his grandmother, realizing he couldn’t recall her face. That inspired Cheskhun to think about the nature of memory and eventually create the project, which was a series of Polaroid photographs in three stages. When he took the photos, he used the chemical pouch in the Polaroid camera to distort the photos…” Read more of the article at The Daily Evergreen

“[I’m] currently making both functional pottery and abstract sculptural pieces,” Harry Mestyanek [MFA ‘20] says. “I like keeping a foot in both of those areas.” Most of his pieces are hand-built from a slab of clay on a wheel. While he pursued his Master of Fine Arts degree at Washington State University, he says he was provided access to “state-of-the-art digital machines and technologies” that allowed him to explore the connections between the time-honored practice of ceramics and contemporary technologies and tools.” Read more at The Deer Park Gazette


Seen on Instagram >>>

3D Printed Student Sculpture

“Student 3D print of tomato captured with photogrammetry for FA 351 Intermediate Sculpture” @wsudigifablab

Student Portraiture Project

“Lots of dynamic images rolling in as we move into portraiture over the next month in Photo 1 [FA 381].” See more at @wsuphotoworks

Ceramic Mural Progress

“Combinations of pink and orange colored slip, piped dark glaze, and dipped chartreuse glaze brings these foxgloves to life. Foxgloves are commonly spotted in the Pacific Northwest. They are highly toxic to humans and animals but offer medicinal value.” @concept.clay

Graduate Student Studios

See some of what our graduate students have been working on this past month! Pictured: second-year MFA student, Siri Stensberg in the studio exploring projection and layered transparencies. @wsufinearts


Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU


The museum is happy to announce a limited schedule for fall semester. The galleries will be open to visitors Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1-4 p.m. Before your visit, learn more at and

2020 | The Earth Itself: The Betty Feves Collection
2020 | Follow the Sun: The Holland and Orton Collections
2020 | Etsuko Ichikawa: Broken Poems of Fireflies


Opportunities at WSU


Common Reading Events around Trevor Noah’s Born a CrimeIncluding a Workshop on Building Inclusive Language (Nov 2), and talk by activist Jose Rosario: “Empowered to Rise: Acknowledging My Multiple Identities” (Nov 4) – see more events here.

Pullman Food Pantry Go Bags are a way to provide food for those in need while respecting social distancing guidelines to keep all members of our community safe. Students can fill out this form to request food or call the Office of the Dean of Students at (509) 335-5757. More info


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