January 22, 1999
MEDIA CONTACT: Sue Hinz, 509/335-3583, hinz@wsu.edu
                                     Roslyn Wise, 509/335-1910
        TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- Works by three former Richland residents will be on exhibit Feb. 9-27 at Washington State University at Tri-Cities.
        The WSU Museum of Art, in cooperation with WSU Tri-Cities, will present "From Familiar Terrain: William Allan, Robert Hudson, William T. Wiley" in the Consolidated Information Center gallery at the WSU campus in Richland. The exhibition celebrates the connection between the three artists and the Tri-Cities community, and marks the first outreach program from the Museum of Art to the Tri-Cities area.
        Now northern California residents, Allan, Hudson and Wiley share a friendship that began in the early 1950s while they were students of art teacher Jim McGrath at Richland's Columbia High School. Since then the three artists have established significant careers individually. Allan creates sweeping landscapes depicting surreal incidents. Hudson creates sculptures that juxtapose found objects with colorful, complex geometric forms. Wiley paints detailed works combining handwritten texts and messages with energetic drawn and painted images.
        During the 1980s and early 1990s, the three worked together to create collaborative pieces combining their unique styles. "From Familiar Terrain," featuring 15 recent individual works by Allan, Hudson and Wiley, is presented concurrently with an exhibition of the artists' works, "Collaborations: William Allan, Robert Hudson, William Wiley," organized by the Palm Springs Desert Museum and on display through Feb. 21 at the Museum of Art in Pullman.
        The gallery at WSU Tri-Cities is located in CIC, Room 102, 2770 University Dr., Richland. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Parking is available in front of the CIC. Questions about the exhibit can be directed to staff at the Museum of Art, 509/335-1910.
        The exhibition at the Tri-Cities campus is part of a larger plan to present Museum of Art programs to branch campus locations throughout the state. "We want to bring the branch campuses closer to their communities with shared programs that will provide quality exhibitions and speakers," said museum director Dyana Curreri-Ermatinger. "This collaboration will provide enrichment for thousands of students, teachers, collectors and the general public in outlying areas throughout Washington state."
        The WSU Museum of Art is funded in part by WSU and the Friends of the Museum of Art. A portion of the museum's general operating funds for the fiscal year has been provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency that offers operating support to the nation's museums.


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