Four Merry Crosses, 2008 PULLMAN – A retrospective of work by professor emeritus and local artist Ross Coates will be exhibited by the Museum of Art/WSU Aug. 26-Sept. 25. An opening reception for the Fine Arts Faculty Focus Exhibition will be at 6 p.m. and a walk-through with the artist at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 1, in the museum gallery. As always, exhibits are free to the public.
The museum has a longstanding tradition of presenting work from Department of Fine Arts faculty. Since 2004, it has alternated a large group show with a bi-annual exhibit showcasing work by an individual faculty member recently retired.
Collage, 2007 Coates taught in fine arts 1976-1987, was chair of the department and was interim museum director 2001-02. His art reflects the notion of life as a journey; finding bits and pieces, he creates collages, constructions, sculptures and paintings that mirror this fascination. The Museum of Art/WSU is located on Wilson Road across from Martin Stadium in the Fine Arts Center on the Pullman campus. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, open until 7 p.m. Thursdays and closed Sundays. For more information, please contact the museum at 335-1910 or visit museum.wsu.edu.