Assistant Dean of Students Melissa Morgan, left, shows Residential Education Director Chuanyao Zheng
where student art will be displayed in the dean’s office lobby.

PULLMAN, Wash. – Student artists at Washington State University have a new place to display their work – in the Dean of Students Office.
 
The lobby area of the suite, located on the first floor of the French Administration Building, has undergone a gradual makeover – freshly painted walls, new lighting and new furniture.
 
When staff members struggled to agree upon a piece of art for the main wall, it was suggested that the space be devoted to creating a rotating art gallery instead. That idea resonated with everyone.
 
So all that is needed is artwork – to fit a space measuring almost 12 feet wide by 4 feet high, said Melissa Morgan, assistant dean of students.
 
 “We plan to rotate the art every six to eight weeks,” she said. “Each time a new installation is displayed, we plan to have an opening gala honoring the artist.”
 
Enrolled students are eligible to submit artwork for the gallery – and encouraged to do so immediately. More information about the submittal process can be found at https://deanofstudents.wsu.edu/; click on the Student Art Gallery link in the left menu.
 
Only art that hangs on a wall will be considered, as there is no room for sculpture or other objects requiring floor space.
 
Morgan said a group of students, faculty and staff will consider the submissions and select which art to display. Art will be identified with the artist’s name, year in school and major – unless the artist wishes to remain anonymous.
  
“The art gallery will make this space more inviting and student friendly,” said Morgan. “It will create opportunities for interaction between the staff who work here and students who stop by to view the art.”
 
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Source:
Melissa Morgan, Assistant Dean of Students, 509-335-5757, mel.morgan@wsu.edu
Media contact:
Steve Nakata, Student Affairs and Enrollment, 509-335-1774, nakata@wsu.edu