Ai Weiwei

Over a month ago, Jenessa posted a link to an article on the detainment of artist Ai Weiwei. The story continues to grow as Weiwei’s art circulates through galleries and museums without him.

The New York Times covers Ai Weiwei back in April:

TIME Magazine names the artist one of the top 100 Most Influential People in the World:,28804,2066367_2066369_2066464,00.html

You can sign a petition for the release of Ai:

I’ve always enjoyed this Photo Blog.

I not the biggest fan of Polaroid film, but I feel this blog posts some unique combinations using the format of Polaroids.

I’m just guessing, but the majority of the photos submitted are digital recreations of Polaroids. Also a large portion of the photos seem to be screen shots of pornographic films; placing these images into a faded Polaroid frame seem to give the typically vulgar images a romance and timeless vibe.

Of course they have other submission than just sexy Polaroids. There is plenty of good artworks here. Check it out, but if you don’t take well to nudity and vulgarity steer clear.

-Cody M.

New Juried Book Competition

Here is another opportunity for everyone! “Open to Interpretation” is holding an open call for entries from all photographers, the theme: water’s edge. Being so close to the bay, I’m sure you guys have awesome possibilities for entries.

The winners of the image competition will be the inspiration for the literary (poetry, prose, fiction, nonfiction, etc.) portion of a book as well! Entries are due June 7!

Check it ouuuut!

Sweet Photography Press

Lots of coverage recently for our bustling photography department! Fine art photography students’ passion and drive has a strong presence on Western’s campus that can be seen through current exhibitions, projects, and articles. Check out cool stories and galleries from classmates recent work:

Mixed Nuts
AS Review

SEM Exhibition

Technology Fee

Anna Zuck even snagged the Western home page today with a photo from the “Mixed Nuts” exhibition! Congrats Anna!

Labyrinth 2011

Check out the artwork of some awesome classmates and other WWU student and alumni artists in this year’s annual exhibition of Labyrinth, hosted by the VU Gallery and the Women’s Center!

Congrats to 490 students Allison Avery, Alyssa Putnam, Joe Rudko, Laurel Kam, and Teresa Grasseschi for all being featured in the exhibition, and many in the publication as well!

You can pick up your free copy of this year’s Labyrinth, enjoy some poetry and prose, eat free food and mingle with fellow artists, writers, and gallery patrons at the Release Party, this Thursday from 6-8pm in the VU Gallery!

Remind yourself by joining the Facebook event!

Campus publications seek student artwork!

Western’s annual publications, Labyrinth & Jeopardy, put on by the AS Women’s Center and English Department respectively, are both currently seeking submissions of written work and visual art.

Labyrinth is a gender-inclusive visual art journal sponsored by the Women’s Center, calling for submissions around the topic of “the gray areas of identity”. Submissions are due by January 20, 2011! For more information, contact coordinator Annie Jansen at, or check out the Facebook event! Applicants have a chance to be included in both the publication and a gallery exhibit in the Viking Union Gallery.

“Jeopardy Magazine is Western’s annual showcase publication of literary and fine arts. Available each spring, Jeopardy contains the best prose, poetry, comics, creative non-fiction, scripts, fine arts, and photography Western has to offer, plus much more.” The first submission deadline is December 4, 2010, and the final deadline is Winter Quarter. Check out their website

Keep checking back for more updates on these publications!