In-Site: A New Realism - Exhibition and Events

tiled collage of artworks from the exhibition

The Western Gallery hosts "In-Site: A New Realism" through November 20.

The exhibition features works by the Spring 2020 Bachelor of Fine Arts Studio Art cohort. The exhibition was postponed until this fall due to the COVID pandemic.

About the exhibition

The artists represented in "In Site: A New Realism" use diverse and deeply personal visual strategies to conjure new modes of perceiving past and present reality. This exhibition comprises the culminating projects created by 10 students graduating from Western's year-long BFA Studio Art program. Spanning a range of media from photography, sculpture, painting, ​video, printmaking, textile, and installation, each artist seeks to restructure a site or memory’s realism as an investigation of history and identity.

Today, our personal and lived realities continue to shift through the COVID-19 pandemic. Stepping into each of these bodies of work we are reminded of the power of revisiting sites that currently feel out of reach. Artist Jean Tinguely, a member of the New Realists, once declared that “Art is the distortion of an unendurable reality… Art is correction, modification of a situation; art is communication, connection… Art is social, self-sufficient, and total.” Respectively, each of these exhibiting artists has leveraged their practices as a means to expose new modes of remembering, enduring, and communicating realities past and present.

In-person viewings available by appointment

Western's administration has granted clearance to the Western Gallery to open on a limited, appointment-only basis. The gallery joins other regional museums in their gradual re-openings this month, including the Seattle Art Museum, and the Whatcom Museum.

Access to Western Gallery is available by appointment. Hours and information to schedule a visit are available on the gallery's website. You can email Tami Landis, Museum Educator to schedule an appointment.

The Western Gallery is available by appointment during the following hours from September 23 through November 20, 2020:

  • Mondays: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 1 - 5 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 12-4

Virtual artist talks

The week of Oct. 5, the exhibiting artists will give talks accessible via Zoom and Facebook Live. We invite the community to join these virtual presentations. We will host a Q & A with the artist in the gallery as part of the presentation. To join us for the talks, please register for the talks by selecting any of the events listed on the exhibition page. Each event will have a registration link.

Exhibiting Artists

  • Payton Dickerson
  • Suzie Marco
  • Shannon DeLurio
  • Amanda Kartes
  • Jill​Ian Roth
  • Ashly McBride
  • Joel Aparicio
  • Sarah Kindl
  • Madison Dowling
  • Ellie Bacchus