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Art exhibit opening, 6 p.m., CIC 102: Davin Diaz "Untitled"

Audience input needed Jan. 22 for ‘Untitled’ art exhibit at WSU Tri-Cities

RICHLAND, Wash. — An interactive art exhibit opening Jan. 22 at Washington State University Tri-Cities is relying on audience involvement to make it complete.

“Untitled” is a “social art” exhibit designed by Davin Diaz, who is featuring local artist Cameron T. Mills. The opening reception is at 6 p.m. Tuesday, January 22, 2013 in the WSU Tri-Cities Art Center, inside the Consolidated Information Center, 2770 Crimson Way, Richland. Admission is free and open to the public. The exhibit is on display through Feb. 21.

“Davin is a community-based, social art practitioner,” said Peter Christenson, curator of the WSU Tri-Cities Art Center. “Social art often allows community participants to determine and dictate the dynamics of the exhibit and the trajectory of the art itself.”

Diaz knows that, to gauge a true read from the audience, he needs to create a comfortable environment.

“I don’t want to stick a camera in someone’s face and put people on the spot,” Diaz said. “I have to pose the question in a way that allows the audience to really contemplate and give honest answers. I want to create an exhibition to measure audience reaction and interpretation to Cameron’s paintings.”

The “Untitled” exhibit features seven contemporary paintings by Mills, whose work has been shown throughout the Pacific Northwest. Attendees can leisurely grapple with several questions about the exhibit, including:
• Providing titles for the seven paintings
• Writing short stories (3-5 sentences) about the paintings
• Describing how each painting makes them feel (in one or two words)

Diaz will weave some of the responses into a documentary film he is making about Mills and his work. See the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YA1ukisZiq4. For more details on Mills, visit http://camerontmills.blogspot.com.

“Untitled” runs through February 21 and audience participation is encouraged throughout the month. The Art Center’s regular hours are 12 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

A graduate of California State University in San Bernardino, Diaz moved to the Tri-Cities in 2007. He works for the Gesa Power House Theatre in Walla Walla and owns Candy Mountain Studio in West Richland. His art coordination includes:
• Project manager for the Family Unit Sculpture installation on the Port of Kennewick’s Metz Plaza on Clover Island.
• Project manager for the Leadership Tri-Cities Class XV project, an installation of a 10-by-70 foot mural in the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in east Pasco, a mosaic of children's art with historic photos.
• Working at the Lincoln Shrine and Memorial in Redlands, Calif., which features the largest collection of Abraham Lincoln and Civil War artifacts west of the Mississippi River.

WSU Tri-Cities is located along the scenic Columbia River in Richland, Wash. Established in 1989 with upper division and graduate programs, WSU Tri-Cities expanded in 2007 to a four-year undergraduate campus offering 18 bachelor’s, 10 master’s, and six doctoral degree programs. Learn about the most diverse campus in the WSU system at www.tricity.wsu.edu.

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Sources:
Peter Christenson, WSU Tri-Cities, Art Center Curator and Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, 509-372-7285, cell/text 773-771-4505, peter.christenson@tricity.wsu.edu
Davin Diaz, exhibit designer, cell 509-619-4116, davinccr@gmail.com

Media Contact:
Melissa O’Neil Perdue, WSU Tri-Cities, Marketing and Communications Manager, 509-372-7319, cell/text 509-727-3094, moneil@tricity.wsu.edu

Date: 
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm