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Phantom Power

Phantom Power highlights projects made in a Special Topics Sound Art course taught by Seth Nehil in the Spring of 2021. Using techniques like looping, layering, and sampling, students sculpt sound into melodic, textured, and rhythmic sonic compositions.  

From serene coos cascading out of a sylvan clearing, to the frenetic cataclysm of dubstep angst, to the slow and steady gait of a cowboy and horse fading into the boundless horizon, Phantom Power invites you to put away your powers of observation, put on your headphones, and listen.

The 25th Annual Fine Arts Student Exhibition

The 25th Annual Fine Arts Student Exhibition features work made in a wide range of art classes from the past year. In these classes, students from different majors across campus practice the building of form, the process of conceptual development, critical thinking, and the value of a commitment to craft. As the Annual is virtual for a second straight year, it is fitting that we are able to include sound art projects in this year’s exhibition.

The Fine Arts Department at Vancouver believes that mark-making is an essential human activity, exploring the connection between contemporary art, culture, and the built environment, be it physical or virtual.


Sound Art — Compositions made from recorded text, found music & sound effects.


Vestigial is an exhibition of mixed media works featuring WSUV graduating seniors Laura Ballard and Sharalee Chwaliszewski.

Drawing upon memory, intuition, and experience, the artists explore the demands of motherhood and the freedom of the studio as forces that have shaped their natural creativity. Ballard, finding inspiration in both ancient art and modern materials, expresses in representational and abstract visual imagery the way the inner self communes with, and confronts, the outer environment. Chwaliszewski’s work, largely non-objective, investigates color, texture, and form through a fluid process of discovery. 

Works in Vestigial use water-based media and collage to present a dialogue between the artists, as well as within each artist, through reclamation of creative vision, and reflection on the impact of aesthetic development. 

Measures 1-7
Sharalee Chwaliszewski
Acrylic on canvas
2020, 10″ x 10″



Washington State University Vancouver Fine Arts Department is pleased to present Rain., a group show curated by students in Contemporary Issues Seminar.

Often considered synonymous with the Pacific Northwest, rain is essential to life. It cleanses and erodes, reveals and obscures. Rain can symbolize melancholy and introspection, or renewal and rejuvenation. Works in this show engage with all of these possibilities through the use of rhythm, pattern, and the unpredictable.

Check out the online show here: Rain.

Eye Study, Lindsey Barber (left) and Elemental Music, Sharalee Chwaliszewski (right)

Project Manager — Roxy Hong

Design Team — Lindsey Barber, Alyona Bobrik, & Dillon Gohl

Editorial Team — Laura Ballard & Sharalee Chwaliszewski

Research & Promotion — Austin Chavers & Kavin Wicker

Consultation — Avantika Bawa and Noah Matteucci

Line OnLine

Line OnLine presents a selection of work from the Fine Arts studio classes at Washington State University Vancouver. Line, one of the most basic elements in any design, is as artist Paul Klee puts it, ‘simply a dot out on a walk!”

The works in this show reflect the many ways in which line can be manipulated to create a range of expressions and images, from the most abstract to the representational. Made in a variety of analog media, these works are converted to digital images to accommodate an online platform that has become an intrinsic part of the current times.


The 24th Annual Fine Arts Student Exhibition

The 24th Annual Fine Arts Student Exhibition is online! This virtual show features work made in a wide range of Fine Arts classes from the past year, including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, and 2D & 3D art and design.

In these classes, students from different majors across campus practice the organization and construction of form, the process of conceptual development, and the value of a commitment to craft. The Fine Arts Department at Vancouver believes that mark-making is an essential human activity, emphasizing the connection between contemporary art, culture and the built environment, be it physical or virtual.

You can also check out the exhibit on instagram or facebook.


Cats in Coucars site-specific installation

Site/Sight/Cite is a series of several mini-installations at various locations on the WSUV campus. These “micro interventions” explore the language of painting and address the function and/or architecture of each location. Created by students in the Intermediate Painting class, these works draw attention to the practical purpose of the sites as well as their quirks and nuances.

Site/Sight/Cite can be viewed at the offices of HR, IT, Parking Services, Public Safety, and the Rec Center. We encourage you to sightsee all.

This show includes work by: Laura Ballard, Roxane Hong, Sharalee Chwaliszewski, Katie Babb, Kavin Wicker, Lilly Tan, Alexi Wattez, Dillon Gohl and Elle Marander.

Polarities and Votives

Luxuriant Vegetation by Rita Robillard

Luxuriant Vegetation

Rita Robillard
January 13, 2020 – April 7, 2020
Dengerink Gallery, VDEN Building

Rita Robillard is a mixed-media artist and printmaker that has lived and worked in the Pacific Northwest for the last 30 years. From 1986 – 1998 she taught at Washington State University, and from 1998 – 2013 she was a professor at Portland State University where she chaired the Department of Art and the MFA program. “Polarities and Votives” is a mini retrospective that includes selected works from two series: “Polarities: Patterns in Time” (2016) and “Votives for Hanford” (what to do with nuclear waste?) (1996). In Polarities, Robillard explores visual and conceptual opposites by layering 19th century found imagery of the arctic and tropics, while combining photo printmaking, painting and drawing on panel and paper. In Votives, Robillard uses scientific diagrams and religious iconography to address the invisible and incomprehensible threat from the nuclear waste generated from Hanford throughout World War II and the Cold War.

Conflagration & Rain by Rita Robillard

Conflagration & Rain

“Robillard’s process is multi-stepped and idiosyncratic… While printmaking lays the foundation for the work, Robillard manipulates her surfaces in various ways: by sanding and carving into the layers of pigment and by painting or drawing between and on top of layers of print. Further depth comes from her careful overlays of flat colors against metallic or iridescent hues… Robillard’s additive process laminates image over image–sometimes as many as or even more than ten layers–to coalesce a visual sensation of another time and place while simultaneously establishing the images as relics of the present.” —excerpt from an essay by Linda Tesner, director, Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon.

Image > Mode > Bitmap & CMYK

Installation shot
Noah Matteucci
Spring 2020
Science & Engineering Building, 1st & 2nd Floor Galleries

Six relief prints made with 3D printed blocks

Image > Mode > Bitmap & CMYK contains a selection of work that document a decade-long obsession with the printed pixel and includes a wide array of print media, from woodblock and screen print to laser engraving and 3D relief prints. Custom looping algorithms and corrupted data files are utilized to capture chance, failure, and the loss of information that occurs when translating images between digital and traditional printmaking. While each work uses digital imagery as a starting point (the title of the show is the Photoshop command for switching between color modes), the final work is laboriously and inexorably printed by hand.

The large woodblock print installation (pictured at the top) is made by cutting  sheets of plywood into hundreds of tiny blocks, sorting these blocks into a fluorescent light grid, inking their surface with brayers, and pushing them through an etching press to record their mark on paper. This process is repeated over and over again and the act of printing starts to mirror the algorithms that generated the work to begin with, favoring process and accident over outcome and intention.

Noah Matteucci currently works as the Fine Arts Technician at WSU Vancouver.

Glitch screen print.

Student Matters

Dillon Gohl sculpture
Fine Arts Sculpture Students
November 2019 – March 2020

Library Building

Artworks from FA 350 Sculpture class, Fall 2019