The twelfth V.N. Bhatia Lecture will be presented Monday, March 9, by Seattle artist Michael J. Schultheis, a WSU alumnus (’90 Economics and Honors) and native of nearby Colton, Wash.

He will deliver “Analytical Expressionism: In the Dreams of Pythagoras” at 7:00 p.m. in the Compton Union Building (CUB) Auditorium. The public is invited to this free event which is hosted by the WSU Honors College.

The artist describes creating his paintings with layers of equations and drawings that describe mathematical concepts. He “explores what happens in the human mind at the intimate and profound moment when analytical ideas render and how we draw them in perpetuity,” Schultheis said. Likening his canvas to a chalkboard, he said he paints what he sees on the “internal chalkboard of his mind–this is Analytical Expressionism.”

Schultheis is the first artist to present the V.N. Bhatia Lecture, named for the visionary head of the WSU Honors program for more than three decades. Past lectures have been delivered by a U.S. ambassador, academicians, politicians, a poet, authors, and heads of organizations. The most recent Bhatia Lecture was presented Oct. 28, 2014 by Jon McCourt, community peace activist and former member of the Irish Republican Army (IRA).