Among the many new spring exhibits at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU is a retrospective that reframes the work of artist Worth D. Griffin. While serving in 1936 as the fine arts chair of the then Washington State College, Griffin set out to paint a series of portraits of the “Indians of the Northwest tribes and other historic characters.” The resulting oil paintings are beautiful and poignant, but alone, they lack needed historical context. Guest curator Michael Holloman, WSU fine arts professor and enrolled member of the Colville Confederated Tribes, has created an exhibit that tells a more complete story of the Palouse and Nez Perce who once inhabited the land on which WSU sits. On Thursday, March 18 at 5 pm, Holloman is giving an online presentation on photos from the Colville Reservation captured around the same time as Griffin’s paintings.
March 9-Aug. 14; Tue-Fri from 1-4 pm, Sat from 10 am-4 pm • Free • museum.wsu.edu
— Chey Scott