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Music ensemble auditions are OPEN - September 19 and 20. Get in touch with us to learn more!

Auditions for The Thanksgiving Play will be held September 24th with Callbacks on September 25th

"We spent the last year working on our website, our logo, gathering musicians, dreaming up our first season, finding a new home."

Macklemore is rocking center stage but we’re all eyes for alum and 2021-2022 WWU Hip-Hop faculty Cieon White dancing in the newly released video.

Color perception is both nature and nurture. Take blue: In psychological terms, our response to blue evokes tranquility, serenity, and safety. Nowadays these associations are used purposefully by many financial institutions in their logos. And yet, there’s “feeling blue.”

Congratulations to our Outstanding Graduates from the College of Fine and Performing Arts, including: Emma Rose DeSantis, Outstanding Graduate of Dance, who worked with contemporary dance theatre Whyteberg based in LA for her Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Dance Capstone performance.

In four short years, Alex made incredible improvements as a musical performer; Jordan brought an infectious sense of enthusiasm and eagerness to learn to the classroom, to performance ensembles, and to the offices of his professors.

With a major in theatre arts and minors in music, arts enterprise and cultural innovation, and honors interdisciplinary studies, Aidyn is a performance artist who has held leading roles on stage and behind the scenes. Her performance in “Henry V” earned an Irene Ryan Nomination from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

Carly Cloward has been an incredible leader in Theatre as she participated in both departmental productions as well as student clubs and community performances, performing and writing works for Plays4Us, regularly volunteering to direct scenes outside of her own course work, and staying active in STP and Dead Parrots Society rehearsals and shows.

Playwrights Leonard and Losansky were intentional about bringing their own experiences to light in a play that focused on the queer community without having the plot be mired in trauma — and that included bringing the stories of real people into the mix.


Richard Hodges, DMA, joins the faculty of the Music Department in the Fall of 2022 as the new Director of Voice Studies.

Ryan Dudenbostel, Western's Director of Orchestral Studies, will host a series of virtual pre-concert talks for the prestigious annual Bellingham Festival of Music's 2022 season.

Paul Bain will join the music faculty at Western Washington University this fall as a visiting Assistant Professor of Music and the Interim Director of Bands.

WWU Student Comp code for opening night is STUDENT22 - Tickets in advance at bellinghamtheatreworks.org, or purchase at the door with ID.


Learn the basics of audio recording, mixing, and editing, the underlying principles of MIDI, the ins and outs of analog and digital synthesis, as well as the fascinating history of electronic music creators, performers, engineers, instruments, devices, and more!

Gain Humanities GUR credits this Summer with our Intro Hip-Hop course Music 106 CRN 30370 (3 Credits HUM GUR).


Western students will have the opportunity to present their own art for social justice pieces during the informal performances at the culmination of the residency with NYC dance artist Briana Reed.

All students won in the category: Elements of Advertising, Animation or Special Effects.


We are honored to present Gabrielle Kazuko Nomura Gainor (’10) the College of Fine and Performing Arts Distinguished Alumni Award for 2022!

Director of Dance Susan Haines has been selected by the Dance Studies Association to present at the their annual conference in Vancouver, B.C. in October of 2022.

A number of scholarships are currently available for Dance majors and aspiring Dance majors, including several $1000 scholarships, scholarships for summer dance programs, and the Dean's Office Scho


WWU Theatre alum Rashawn Nadine Scott will be on campus to receive her Outstanding Alumni Award for the CFPA on Friday, May 13 and will give


The Department of Theatre and Dance will be holding auditions for William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" on May 13 and 14.


Deadlines extended for fall 2022 exhibitions and more!

Do you have a great show idea for the b_gallery?


Over the last two years, it has become increasingly difficult to forge and maintain valuable, long-lasting connections between creators and their communities.


Taught by Dana Ollestad, this three-week intensive covers the principles of manual motion picture filmmaking against the backdrop of understanding the contemporary socio-political and c


All music students are encouraged to join us on March 2 at 6:30 pm for the second event in our Wellness and Musicians series.


Director of Dance Susan Haines has been working on bringing more equity, diversity, and inclusion to dance science and somatics studies.


This series features new works from Western students and alumni that will be directed by a guest director. We'll read ten plays over the course of three weekends.


Jacob Scherr is joining the Music Department as the Visiting Director of Bands beginning Winter Quarter of 2022.

Bellingham TheatreWorks presents the world premiere drama of office politics and intrigue: "Just Once", written and directed by


A career of giving to students


Anna Wulfekuhle (Class of '16) and Dylan Gervais (Class of '15) performed in Tennessee Williams' Battle of Angels with NYC-based physical theater ensemble B


The Western Washington University Department of Music is proud to announce the appointment of Heather Dudenbostel to the position of Assistant Professor of Voice and Dramatic Arts.


Cieon White will join the faculty of the Dance program at Western this Winter Quarter (2022) to teach Hip-Hop.


Brought to you by the College of Fine and Performing Arts Dance Program in partnership with the WWU Alumni Association.


Between the Keyframes is a new podcast/vidcast uniting industry legends Austin Shaw and Erin Sarofsky.


Instructors Jennifer Weeks (oboe) and Pat Nelson (bassoon) along with students Martijn Wall (oboe) and Trevo


Visiting theatre instructor Patrick Midgley’s review of "All the Devils Are Here: How Shakespeare Invented the Villain" was published in the latest edition of Theatre Journal.

The Western Washington University Dance program is partnering with the Pickford Film Center to present two dance documentaries for the Pickford's celebrated


Image: View of “Queer California: Untold Stories,” 2019, Oakland Museum of California. From MOTHA’s exhibition series “Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects,” 2015–19. Photo: Palmer Rose.


This performance is a collection of original dance pieces choreographed by our advanced choreography students.


Do you play a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument?

It’s not too late to become a member of the WWU Symphonic Band!


The Department of Theatre and Dance is holding auditions for "Sonata Escondida" by Manuel Zarate and directed by Ana Marí


Western Washington University’s prestigious Sanford-Hill Piano Series returns to live performances with a trio of concerts starting in January of 2022.


We are honoring the work of Professor Nolan Dennett as he keeps moving and shaking into retirement after 32 years at Western.


We want to celebrate the life of recent BFA graduate, Jackson “JZ” Zechnich, by featuring some of his work during his time as a design student.


“I sat down and had a conversation with my mom and I told her I wanted to be a professional actor. So I was preparing to starve, to live off of Top Ramen, and basically just struggle. And she stopped me dead in my tracks in the conversation and she said, ‘Don’t ever ever say that. Cause you’re setting yourself up for failure. If you’re one of those people who are lucky enough to know what they want to do and what they love to do, then you simply just find a way to make it work.’ And that was a really profound moment in my life because I was like, ‘Yeah, she’s right.’”


In fall of 2020, WWU Director of Dance Susan Haines was looking for a way to offer dance students a safe performance opportunity during COVID.


Professor of Theatre Rich Brown has been away from Western Washington University Spring quarter of 2021 on professional leave.


There are so many things that have been coming out from the ground that we haven’t seriously faced or confronted.


Professor of Art History Julia Sapin has curated an exhibit for the Whatcom Museum exploring objects from 1890-1980 that have come into the Whatcom Museum


“In 2017 I began painting swampy, underwater scenes with Confederate monuments, guns, junked appliances, car parts, treating the swamp as a place where unwanted or shameful things can


The student-run B_Gallery in the Fine Arts building is accepting exhibition proposals for Fall 2021. Submissions are open to all students and faculty.


Western Washington University’s Department of Design is proud to announce that Coral Saville and Mercedes Schrenkeisen have each won a Student Silver Addy for the


Monique Kerman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art History has published "The Rallying Call to Decolonize: Okwui Enwezor’s Legacy" in the Duke University Press Journal of Contemporary African Art, "


Theatre on the Intersection is a concept piece for underserved writers, performers, and emerging artists to explore and produce theatrical work with


Gain hands-on skills in field recording, audio engineering and sound design - with a Western Washington University twist.


The pandemic has impacted us all. But more specifically, as a graduate in the arts, how has your life professionally and creatively shifted over the past year?


The leading ceramics podcast on Apple podcasts interviews WWU Art & Art History's Ryan Kelly this week.


We celebrate and remember the life of the amazing Tabetha Clark, who we lost in November 2018 in a hard-fought battle with lung cancer.


In 2018, artist Ann Morris and her family made an extraordinary gift to Western Washington University: the 14-acre retreat on Lummi Island known as “Sculpture Woods."


Assistant Professor of Ceramics Ryan Wilson Kelly combines his sense of humor, artistic skill, and interest in historical ceramics masterfully in this


Award-winning international director and actress Shirley Jo Finney joins the theatre faculty this spring to teach Introduction to Acting (THTR 160).


WWU Dance is thrilled to announce Tamisha Guy as our guest artist for contemporary dance technique (DNC 223) for Spring Quarter.


Online History of Hip-Hop: Music 106 (Section CRN 22679)

Instructor: Lucas Gutierrez Senger


Western's Director of Dance, Susan Haines, specializes in bridging current research in biomechanics with dance training - a cornerstone of technique cla


The Department of Music is thrilled to welcome D’Anthoni Wooten to teach MUS 108, Survey of Video Game Music for Spring, 2021.


Western clarinet instructor and member of professional woodwind quintet Fifth Inversion Erika Block hosts a regular classical music podcast called "Inside the


46-year-old Tim Friedlander (Music, '98) founded and runs five voice studios in the Los Angeles area and one in Colorado.


We are able to offer a few dance classes in a Hybrid format for Winter. (Hybrid allows us to meet in person with the ability to return online based on Covid case numbers)


Image: The Mark Morris Dance Group performing "The Hard Nut." Photo by Julieta Cervantes, 2015


Image: Taylor Mattson, (Design, '16), who grew up in Everett, holds the “Ribbon” Starbucks red cup she designed that evokes a holiday sweater type pattern. The cup is used worldwide.


Calling all craftivists to submit work for a show about craft & activism.


by Aidan Wiess, Office of University Communications intern


The newest Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art students are chronicling their journey on Instagram.


Professor of Art History Jimena Berzal de Dios' essay theorizes madness as a chthonic emplacement to dishevel existentially insufficient and detached interpretations of disorder.


Classes - Winter 2021

Winter, 2021, music lecture courses will be offered remote synchronous or asynchronous following the ICS guidelines.


Like all performing arts groups, Western Washington University’s music department has adapted to the current pandemic. 


Last week, the world lost a beautiful person, a singer, a mom, a wife, a friend, a colleague.


How do we communicate or express perceptions of our self to those around us? Join students, staff, faculty, and members of the community as together we explore this question.


This week, TODAY’s Education Plaza honors teachers who have risen to the challenge of the pandemic in creative ways. Taylor Iverson (Music, '16) is the choir director at Bothell High School.


On April 8, 2020, the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation approved the awarding of a Guggenheim Fellowship to Chris E.


Learn about classes, auditions, and performance opportunities and our exciting roster of guest choreographers for the Dance in Concert season this Fall!


Though colleagues for many years in different configurations, trumpeter Kevin Woods, guitarist John Stowell and pianist Miles Black found inspiration in


Classes

Fall quarter theatre classes will be held remotely, face-to-face (F2F), or a hybrid of remote and F2F.


Valerie spent time at Western diving deep into the study of contemporary dance, ballet, choreography, and contemporary improvisation.


Fall Quarter Dance classes will be held online, with the majority of classes meeting together via Zoom at their scheduled time. This format allows us to


What's a good memory of studying design at Western?

I always loved working in the labs after school, and we would put movies on the smartboards and eat snacks.


The Department of Art & Art History recognized Amanda Kartes as the Outstanding Artist of the 2020 Spring Graduating class for her willingness to work big, take on a challenging variety of medi


Tell us something that stands out from your experiences at Western

Some of my most memorable experiences at Western happened while traveling and performing across the US and Canada


Dear Students,

Last week I had a message of celebration; this week I am reaching out to you with a message of shared sadness, but also support.


Tell us about a memorable experience at Western


As this tumultuous and unpredictable quarter draws to a close, I reach out to you with some words of support and understanding.


Dear Theatre & Dance Students,

We stand in solidarity with those protesting. Black lives matter.


What's a memorable experience you had studying at Western?

After working on my portfolio for four years, finally having three of my art pieces in my class's group exhibition my senior yea


Sarah Yates will graduate from Western with a Bachelor of Music degree in History & Literature and a minor in Jazz Studies.


Given the uncertain and unsettling times in which we live, we want to share with you some observations of our current students:


Driving all over Chicago propping up public school meal programs during a pandemic wasn’t quite what Cindy Johnson imagined herself doing after graduating from Western with a


Study major works of architecture and art from the late 18th and 19th centuries in Europe and the US.


Theatre Arts Professor Deb Currier uses new techniques in immersive theatre for youth to address social awareness, under-served populations and non-traditional learners


Alum Henry Jackson-Spieker (Art Studio BFA, '13) enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pursue his work at the historic and idyllic


The BFA students in the Department of Design had the exciting opportunity to produce a promotional video for the local non-profit, Make.Shift Art Space - a DIY art and music venue dedicated to inno


Spring 2019 graduates Miranda Ward (Art Studio) and Nicole Sievers (Design/Art Studio) were selected as two of the six winners whose art will be featured on traffic boxes in Bellingham’s Arts Distr


All-but-forgotten crafts

Western Washington University Art History alumna Emily Freidenrich’s new book “Almost Los


In 2018, Natalie Wilson (Music Education, '84) received the “Tenuto Award” from the Friends of Frank DeMiero Jazz Festival, and she was named the Regional Outstanding Music Educator in 2012 and 201


Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Ceramics Ryan W.


Scratching the Surface

In 2014, Kate Sechrist (Art Studio BFA, '16) traveled to Japan with students from WWU’s Dep


WWU Music alum Andrew Christianson was one of only twenty-four singing actors (ages 20-28) from across the nation selected to compete in the semi-finals of the


“Whipping It Up: A Collaborative Alchemy,” the catalog designed by Delphine Kiem and Roger Rowley for last year’s exhibit by Garth Amundson and Pierre Gour, received Honorable Mention in the 2019 A


The Western Washington University Department of Design presents Michael Ellsworth, Peter Stocker, and Sheryl Cababa for a series of lectures in November.


In June of 2020, 47 members of the WWU Symphony Orchestra will embark on a six-day, eight-night performance tour of the musical capitals of Prague and


We hope you can join us for our first Metro Art Access: NYC 2020 Information meeting.


Learn how Paden Koltiska, a theatre major at Western Washington University, uses skills and knowledge from the Arts Enterprise and Cultural Innovation program


Von Lintel Gallery is pleased to announce its first exhibition of work by photographer Joe Rudko. "Tiny Mirrors" will be exhibited October 23 through December 21.


Students welcome and enjoy our latest addition to the sculpture collection at


Choose among nine different courses - three credits each. Many of our online Music courses fulfill WWU GUR requirements.


Eight current and former Western Washington University Design students won international recognition in competitions sponsored by CMYK Magazine and Adobe.


Online History of Hip-Hop: Music 106 (Section CRN 43480)

Instructor: Lucas Gutierrez Senger


Allen Jensen was a member of the faculty of the Department of Art at Western Washington University from 1965 to his retirement in 1997.


MULTI explores the subject of abstraction, through the lens of multiplicity.


Katherine Mullen came to WWU in 2014 from Whatcom Community College as an honors student to do a double major in Dance and Sociology.


Western Assistant Professor Alex Egner has a short essay and a collection of images featured in the new AIGA Design Educators Community journal, Dialectic.


Professors Seiko Purdue and Julia Sapin participated in Art Inquiry Night at


(Amherst, VA) – Cynthia Camlin of Mount Vernon, WA, has been awarded a fellowship by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA).


Hate is one of the more popular topics on Twitter. It gathers more tweets and retweets than the MLB, the Grammys, the Super Bowl, and Game of Thrones. 


Through an interdisciplinary examination of sixteenth-century theatre, Visual Experiences in Cinquecento Theatrical Spaces, by Associate Professor o


On Friday, Feb 27, the BFA Design students presented design solutions at Wieden+Kennedy in Portland - one of the largest independently-owned advertising agencies i


For his entire life, Dimitri Stankevich has received a paycheck from one place: the YMCA.


Jarred Main (b. 1999, Bellingham, Washington) was singing before he could talk. Born partially deaf, he found music a comforting way to communicate.


Photography captures brief, fleeting moments in time, often hiding context and the subject’s circumstances.


The Northwest Classical Guitar Society presents guitarist Paul Grove in concert at 7:30 p.m.


Anelese Webster participated in the May 21, 2014, portfolio review in Brooklyn, NYC amongst over 100 participants and was nominated as All Star at the event.


Students in the Advanced Contemporary dance class learned filming and framing techniques; and performing for the camera using movement phrases from technique class.


Clinton Sana was awarded the College of Fine and Performing Arts Presidential Scholar Award for 2018.


MUS 397C Survey of Music Technology and Computers, will be offered online Spring Quarter 2018.


To fulfill requirements of the BFA Design Program, twelve undergraduate students from the Western Washington University Design Department completed internshi


National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu recently announced that Kuntz and Company is one of only 163 nonprofit organizations nationwide to r


Internationally acclaimed dancer Anya Cloud will be in residence at WWU February 23 - March 2.


2010 Dance BFA alum Ella Mahler received an Artist Trust GAP award to support her first evening-length work, Here.


This November 12th Jazz Combo I of Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA will perform before music educators, district arts supervisors, and leaders in the music education profession from a


WWU’s faculty wind quintet, Fifth Inversion, will be featured at the 2017 National Flute Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota this August, performing 5 new, 5 minute compositions by 5 WWU faculty c


Sebastian Mendes, born in San Francisco in 1948, died unexpectedly on Thursday, April 26, doing what he loved – bicycling around Lake Whatcom.


Liz Gerring, a nationally-recognized choreographer, will set her piece glacier on WWU Dance students


The Dance program will offer a World Dance Experience class Winter Quarter of 2017 (Classfinder: DNC197A), featuring Antonio Diaz of Rumba Northwest


Students from the Western Washington University Childhood Development Center visited Professor Seiko Purdue in her studio and learned dyeing techniques.


Monica Weber is a sophomore at Western Washington University studying music education. She has had the opportunity to perform with Cascade Symphony and to perform at Carnegie Hall in 2016.


The Washington Art Education Association held its annual conference at Western Washington University Oct. 14-16, 2016, hosted by the Department of Art & Art History.


Spotlight on WWU Dance Alum Laura Bartczak (BFA Dance, '09)
Intern with the Trisha Brown Dance Company 2010-2013


Overview

Lacking adequate funds to supplement the conversion of the halogen bulbs used for exhibit lighting to LED lamps, gallery preparator Paul B


A two-person exhibition with work by Aitana de la Jara and Cara Jaye, Humming explores layered experiences of gesture.


Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Art Chris E.


Successful creative designer Stefan Sagmeister attempts to find the root of human happiness by experimenting with meditation, therapy, and drugs in this graphic design project-turned experimental d


Department of Art & Art History instructor Margot Myers received 2017 Artist Trust


Department of Art & Art History Professor Garth Amundson is this year's Society for Photographic Educators Northwest Region Honored Educator. Amundson received the recognition on Oct.


Julie McPheters (BFA Studio Art, '15) has been hired by the Seattle Opera as an Assistant Craftsperson.


Theatre has been a treasured part of Bryce Hamilton’s life since he was in grade school.


WWU Design Department student and AS Publicity designer Zach Becker won the 2015 Adobe Design Achievement award in “Interactive Experience Media/Digital Publishing” for his work “Isolation” which c


From September 27 through December 8 in the Western Gallery, CODED THREADS brings together fourteen visual artists who

The WWU Department of Art & Art History, along with the Office of the President, invite students to submit designs for a commemorative ceramic object, to be given by President Randhawa and firs


The WWU Opera’s April 2014 production of Benjamin Britten’s “A Midsummer Night's Dream” was awarded First Prize in Division 3 of the


The WWU Opera’s April 2016 production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s and Lorenzo da Ponte’s “Così fan tutte” was awarded First Prize in Division 2 of


Tiffany Hsu, Lacy Kuhn, Courtney Macca, and JJ Miller graduated from Western's Design program in Spring 2013.


In Vicenza, a town near Venice, a unique Renaissance theater has miraculously survived for over four centuries.


The Bellingham Music Film Festival is seeking short film and music video submissions from students until the final deadline on Feb 1.


Visiting Art Instructor Werner Klotz and 39 Western art students have been invited by the City of Bellingham (COB) to propose six seperate masterplans for a major collaborative public artwork, at W


Ruby Jones and Abigail Kuchar give their final presentations at Shannon Point Marine Center o


Western BFA students talk about the passion that drives them to explore and develop their portfolios as they prepare for careers in the Fine Arts.


This year marked the first award of the Bennerstrom Prize, funded by fans and friends of the artist, and given to a student in honor of Susan Bennerstrom's co


For the thirteenth year in a row, WWU Art History students traveled to Seattle to present their research at the University of Washington Undergraduate Research Symposium. Students apply to the Symp


Twelve Design majors recently wrapped up their summer internships and returned to campus to resume their BFA design sequence this academic year.


Department of Theatre & Dance playwrighting faculty Kamarie Chapman is set to debut the first full-length original musical produced by Bellingham's iDiOM Theater.


The Western Washington University Department of Art is offering a pair of upper-division archeticture courses in Spring of 2015.


Summer Art/Art History Program in Japan 2016

Dates: June 22 through July 11, 2016

Open to all students.