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Whitworth University Art Department and the Bryan Oliver Gallery

Each year, the Bryan Oliver Gallery features multiple exhibits by regional, national and international artists, who make full use of the gallery’s professional height, space, lighting and display opportunities. Each exhibit kicks off with an opening reception and a lecture by the artist; some artists also visit campus for week- or month-long grant-funded residencies during which they create new works and lead workshops with students.


The desire to create is central to human nature. And giving shape to one's thoughts and dreams is a pursuit worthy of the highest efforts. In keeping with Whitworth's mission, the art department strives to develop in its students an awareness and appreciation of God's world. Professionally active faculty members whose works have won awards at exhibits and juried competitions throughout the nation encourage students to participate in art to enhance their life experiences, to develop skills and concepts through theory and practice, and to immerse themselves intellectually and spiritually.

Since 1890, Whitworth University has held fast to its founding mission of providing "an education of mind and heart" through rigorous intellectual inquiry guided by dedicated Christian scholars. Recognized as one of the top regional colleges and universities in the West, Whitworth University has an enrollment of 3,000 students and offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

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