Free public art tour of WSU campus Sept. 30

A long-time docent of the Washington State University Museum of Art, Clare Wiser, will lead a free public art tour through the WSU campus beginning on Sept. 30.

The tour will provide an opportunity for the public to view a number of sculptures placed around campus with Wiser explaining the history and relevance of each piece. The tour will begin at 11:30 a.m. outside the museum on the plaza on Wilson Rd. and return to the same location an hour later.

Those planning on attending the tour will also have an opportunity to visit the museum either before or after the tour to view “Roy Lichtenstein Prints 1956-97 From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation,” which opens Sept. 24.

Wiser, a former professor emeritus of mathematics who retired from WSU in 1996, said his interest in art dates back to 1963, when he was “dragged” to an exhibit of the works of Genevra Sloan, a Moscow painter at WSU’s Thompson Hall. Wise said he ended up loving the artist’s work and ultimately became intrigued with all that art had to offer.

The former professor now leads public art tours as a way of encouraging others to engage in situations where they’re challenged to look at the world differently.

“It’s a way of training your eyes and mind to notice that which you might otherwise miss,” he said, equating the experience of taking a public art tour to that which a photographer experiences when taking a photo. “The photographer is looking at something in a different way – trying to capture it in a certain light.”

For any additional information, contact the Museum of Art/WSU at (509) 335-1910 or visit the WSU Museum of Art Web site at

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