For their new exhibit, senior art students at Eastern Washington University truly began with a blank canvas.
They created a gallery from the ground up – finding a vacant space downtown, getting insurance, patching the walls and hanging their work.
“The Vicissitude of Poor Uncle Larry,” which opens Friday at the 1889 Building, 120 N. Stevens St., in Spokane, is a project of Professor Stephen Chalmers’ professional practices students.
The class is designed to teach the business aspects of being an artist. And the “vicissitude” in the exhibit’s title is a reference to the uncertain job prospects faced by today’s graduates.
The exhibit includes painting, photography, print-making and sculpture by Sara Babcock, Gerardo Camarena, Kevin Cook, Jacob Davis, Kimko Ishii, Kris Kupser, Nicole Moya, Lyz Pynskey, Krista Schilling, Julie Slaugh, Ashley Thompson, Alyse Homan Walker, Jenny Wilcox and Ariana Winger.
It will be open through Dec. 4, daily from 1 to 6 p.m. (closed next Wednesday and Thursday for Thanksgiving). A closing reception for the artists is scheduled the final evening as part of December’s First Friday artwalk.