Artists exposed their innermost feelings through photos, paper maches and even plywood at the 8th Annual Reinterpreting Reality Art Exhibit on Tuesday.
Hosted by the Women’s Resource Center and CUB Art Gallery, the exhibit featured art created from WSU women artists, students, staff and alumni.
The exhibit is held every March during Women’s History Month to show the creative arts and different cultures represented at WSU.
Angel Nava, the adviser of the CUB Gallery Committee, said this was the first time she has worked on the exhibit.
“It’s a whole new way to engage in ideas,” Nava said. “It has a wide range of backgrounds.”
Nava said the best part of the exhibit was meeting new people and just seeing the art on the walls. She said the exhibit can even provide a platform to discuss social issues concerning identity, as well as sexual and physical abuse, but also has pieces of art that can be uplifting to people.
“All of the art is strong and it is a great body of work,” Nava said.
Brandon Ware, multicultural advisor of student involvement and leadership development said this is the second time he has come to the exhibit. He said he likes to have the chance to see the different artists.
“It is important to support one another and see the hidden talents students have and excel at,” Ware said.
Senior apparel designer major Hannah Tyo entered her “Wildcat” piece in the exhibit after she decided someone else should see it. She made it three years ago and did the piece in one day.
“You get to meet fellow artists and art lovers,” Tyo said. “I get to show something I worked on.”
Since the exhibit welcomes WSU alumni, Tyo said she would enter in the exhibit again if she is in the Pullman-area.
“It is very intimate and it is a chance to see talented people on campus,” Tyo said.
Kim Barrett, program support supervisor for the Women’s Resource Center created the exhibit eight years ago. An artist herself, she wanted to make an extra contribution to art.
The exhibit welcomes all artists, and they do not turn away any pieces.
“This year we scaled it back to one piece for each artist, that way we could concentrate on the art,” Barrett said.
Barrett said the turnout of the exhibit was nice and the art can be inspiring to younger artists. Her dream for the exhibit would be sharing it with another university in the state of Washington or even with an international college in the future.
After the exhibit concluded, the CUB Art Gallery collaborated with the art by screening the move, “Sita Sings the Blues” by artist and filmmaker Nina Paley.