PULLMAN, Wash. — An open house in Washington State University’s African American Student Center and Talmadge Anderson Heritage House will feature artwork by Hasaan Kirkland, a WSU fine arts graduate student.
The open house begins 6 p.m. Sept. 14, at the student center in Room 201 of the Multicultural Center and Heritage House in Suite 57P of Cleveland Hall. Kirkland will be guest of honor during the open house.
The African American Student Center site was chosen to showcase a Kirkland permanent mural, painted on one of its walls. Entitled “Mask of Education: The Game Face,” the mural depicts the strength of African Americans’ past, present and future living in Washington as WSU students. Kirkland’s oil paintings will be on display through September.
“This is Hasaan’s first showing of his artwork in the Pacific Northwest,” says Herb Delaney, African American student counselor. “He is an awesome talent and I encourage everyone to see his work.”
A Pullman resident originally from Tacoma, Kirkland earned a WSU bachelor of arts degree in fine arts in 1994. He expects to receive his fine arts master’s degree in May. The 1990 graduate of Tacoma’s Washington High School is the son of Ray Kirkland, Sacramento, Calif., and the late Paulette Kirkland.
He has served as a Graduate and Professional Students Association senator representing fine arts graduate students, an adviser for Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, a Big Brother volunteer, a fine arts history guest lecturer in the fine arts department, and as a volunteer writer and artist for Spokane’s African American Voice newspaper.