An exhibit of graffiti-inspired artwork is on display at Washington State University Vancouver though Sept. 10.The artwork can be seen in the Administration building gallery and in the second-floor gallery space of the Engineering Life Sciences building.
Art collector Nancy Macklin organized the exhibit of graffiti artists for WSU Vancouver. The artists she selected work in a variety of mediums: traditional spray paint, fused glass, mixed media, and pen and ink. Some of the artists used the graffiti tradition of painting words in bold colors and stylized letters. Others used a street-art sensibility in less traditional ways.
Macklin chose both professional and emerging artists to be a part of the exhibit. The artists include: Denario Jenkins, Jeremy Nichols and Josue Rodriguez, who show in Portland-area galleries. Richard Jule, Andre Simard and Stacy Smith collaborated on a glass piece and are associated with Bullseye Gallery. Paul Estrada and Jordan Guy are emerging artists from Grant High School.
At the close of the graffiti exhibit, Jenkins, Nichols and Rodriguez will be on campus to demonstrate their techniques and paint an original large-scale work of art. The demonstration will be Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the basketball court on Loop Road. The artists will answer questions and interact with anyone who stops by to watch them work. The final piece will be displayed at the WSU Vancouver community celebration Connections 2009 on Sept. 10, 4 – 6 p.m. in the Firstenburg Student Commons.