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Tuesdays get phat
Published 9/11/2012 6:00:00 AM
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Coug Spotlight and the CUB Gallery will kick off Phat Tuesday, their monthly exhibit, with a reception at 5 p.m. tonight in the CUB Art Gallery.

Phat Tuesday, which brings together the visual and auditory arts, will serve as the opening event for three exhibits during the fall semester.

Mackenzie Chapman, a Coug Spotlight programmer, said they decided to call the opening reception Phat Tuesday because of its unique sound.

“We wanted something eye-catching, and when you see'Phat Tuesday'or hear'Phat Tuesday'you're kind of curious as to what it's about,” she said. “We're hoping that draws an audience.”

According to Chapman, arts tend to go unnoticed by students and faculty unless the observers are part of the art program.

“We wanted to give an opportunity to liven up the arts and get people excited about the arts,” she said. “We've added music, we've added art - we're kind of hoping that this will bring more attention to the fact that we have arts programs."

The first Phat Tuesday will feature a theme of Cougar Pride. On the music end, Chapman said the band Genevieve will provide entertainment.

“Genevieve is a WSU band,” she said. “Everyone knows Genevieve except for maybe the freshmen this year, and this is a good way to introduce (the band) to them, but otherwise Genevieve is a very popular name around campus.”

Danica Wixom, a CUB Gallery programmer, is in charge of each of the gallery shows for a month. For art, Wixom said three aspects will tie into the theme of Cougar Pride.

The aspects include the evolution of Butch, historical football and historical celebrations of homecoming week, specifically from 1961 and 1971. The Islamic Center of Pullman provided artifacts and photography for the three categories.

Like in past years, the university will celebrate homecoming week with involvement from the Cougar Marching Band, a rally and a bonfire.

“All these things that we're celebrating, they're nothing new," she said. "Hopefully students will get excited about homecoming and be able to really connect to the exhibit in that way."

Wixom said the visual and auditory arts combine to make art more accessible to students. She said she hopes this event will either ignite or continue students' interest in art and make them realize there's more to art than some people think.

“I think having three programmers in the arts who are also students, we can make things directly relatable (to students) and also we have student committees... to help us,” she said.

Cera Rodriguez, the Visual, Performing and Literary Arts Committee chair, said VPLAC supports Coug Spotlight and the CUB Gallery.

“We help out with advertising costs occasionally, and we're just doing the art activity,"she said."This is really to help boost Coug Spotlight and CUB Gallery with their numbers. We're doing balloon animals in the shape of cougars so we have a helium tank - we're going to get balloons and practice making them. That's going to be our arts activity.”

Phat Tuesday will kick off with Mark O'English, who will speak about the mosque's contribution to the exhibit.

“He'll be telling stories about the photographs and showing historical film clips, so students will get a background in what's shown,"Rodriguez said."He's a great storyteller.”

In the end, she said she hopes this event will help redefine art for the students on campus.

Rodriguez said, “We're kind of learning a new meaning to what traditional art is and what it could be and what it means on campus.”

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Posted: 9/11/2012 12:15:54 PM

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