Worth D. Griffin stepped off the train in Pullman in the fall of 1924 to find Washington State College’s art department barely four years old and with just one other full-time faculty member. Prior to that, the only art instruction offered was painting lessons for students with the pocket money.
But Griffin had come to help teach design and creative composition and build a program. The Indiana native had studied commercial and fine art in Indianapolis and at the Art Institute in Chicago. In addition to working as a magazine illustrator, he trained among American realists, artists focused on rendering unidealized scenes of daily life. … » More …
Native American artist Ric Gendron discusses his portrait of Sherman Alexie. The portrait appears in the Spring 2010 issue of Washington State Magazine, as part of the feature article “Desperately Seeking Sherman.”
View an exclusive slide show of Michael’s paintings and to listen to him talk about the way he uses mathematical concepts in his work. Photos of Michael are by Matt Hagen. Photos of the paintings are by Frank Huster.
The painter spends his days on the third floor of an ancient biscuit plant in a seedy section of industrial Ballard. The building, just a block from the Ballard Bridge, houses a collection of artists, mostly ceramicists whose main-floor kiln warms the warehouse through the winter.
But acrylic paint is the medium for Michael Schultheis, 39. A climb up steep wooden stairs, and we’re welcomed by Cesaria Evora’s alto voice singing in Portuguese from a paint-spattered boom box. “Ah, she’s wonderful,” says a similarly paint-spattered Schultheis standing at the door to his bright studio.
He is in the midst of creating paintings for a fall … » More …