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Sheehan Gallery

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Step Into a World of Wonder

The Donald H. Sheehan Gallery beckons art lovers and curious minds alike. Explore diverse exhibitions featuring contemporary works, delve into art history's rich tapestry, and discover the beauty of Asian art treasures. Free to the public, the Sheehan Gallery offers a vibrant hub for artistic exploration, intellectual engagement and community connection. Step through its doors and embark on a journey of creativity and wonder.

Art Collection at Sheehan Gallery
A Treasure Trove

Exploring the Whitman College Art Collection

The Whitman College Art Collection offers a vibrant tapestry of artistic expression, from ancient Buddha statues to contemporary paintings and prints. Managed by the Sheehan Gallery, this collection comprises various treasures, including the Davis Collection, featuring Japanese art, the diverse Sculpture Collection and the fascinating Print USA Collection. New acquisitions are constantly enriching the diverse holdings and the gallery welcomes both contributions and collaboration with students and the community.

“HYPERSPATIAL: Comics & Character in the Fourth Dimension”
Current Exhibition

“HYPERSPATIAL: Comics & Character in the Fourth Dimension”

This exhibition features works by Sebastian Jones, founder of Stranger Comics, which features all black writers and visual artists in all of its productions, and some of his collaborators: Sheeba Maya, Pornsak Pichetshote and Alexandre Tefengki.

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Past Sheehan Gallery Exhibitions

The Sheehan Gallery at Whitman College has showcased a diverse range of artistic talents, with exhibitions from various genres and periods reflecting the rich creative spirit of the campus community.

Panorama: Cantos Unfolding
Aug. 29–Dec. 9, 2023

Panorama: Cantos Unfolding

Featured artist: Xiaoze Xie

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PAPER WORKS: 2008-2020 by Maria Chavez
Feb. 1–Apr. 8, 2022

Paper Works: 2008-2020

Featuring artist Maria Chavez

Mind Maps: The Art of Vicki Bennett
Feb. 1–Apr. 8, 2022

Mind Maps: The Art of Vicki Bennett

Featuring artist Vicki Bennett

You Are Here, Gendron
Aug. 31–Dec. 10, 2021

You Are Here

Featured artists Roger and Marcus Amerman

Recollection: Works on Paper by Melani Yazzie
Aug. 31–Dec. 10, 2021

Recollection: Works on Paper

Featuring artist Melani Yazzie

VOYAGES: A Rick Martinez Retrospective
Sept. 1, 2020–Feb. 26, 2021

Voyages: A Rick Martinez Retrospective

Featuring artist Rick Martinez

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Human-Centered Design Program Gets Boost From Major Grant Funding

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Whitman College nearly $150,000 to develop new curricula for the Human-Centered Design concentration. The NEH grant will provide two years of support for faculty to design, refine, enhance and implement the core components of the program.

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First Responders Destress at Sheehan Gallery Exhibit

Xiaoze Xie’s exhibition, “PANORAMA: Cantos Unfolding,” at Whitman's Sheehan Gallery provided the backdrop for employees from Walla Walla's Providence St. Mary Medical Center to process some of the emotional and physical stress created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Alexa Pilgrim pointing to a map on the wall.

Mapping India

In 1947, India was partitioned into India and Pakistan. An exhibition curated by Associate Professor of Art History Krista Gulbransen in the spring of 2023 at Whitman College’s Maxey Museum maps out the historical, political, social and geographical factors and forces at play: “Mapping India: Colonialism, Nationalism, and the Partition of South Asia.”

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Re-Imagining Maxville

Associate Art History Professor Lisa Uddin led a student-experience initiative, the intention is “to visualize the shape of and programming for an outdoor education center on 240 acres of newly acquired traditional Nez Perce homelands that includes the 94-acre historic site of the racially-segregated logging town of Maxville, Oregon.”

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Art Brings Us Together

Art creates a beautiful opportunity for us to express and share our ideas and better connect with the world around us.

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2022 Faculty Promotions collage.

9 Whitman Faculty Promoted in 2022

Whitman recognizes the outstanding work of each member of the faculty–dedicated teacher-scholars who are experts in their fields. This academic year, a handful of Whitman faculty members received promotions that reflect their contributions to their departments and the Whitman College community.

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Spaces: Fouts Senior Studios

Take a peek inside the studios where Whitman College art majors create their senior thesis projects.

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2022 Senior Thesis Art Show is “A Piece of Cake”

The 11 graduating Whitman College Class of 2022 studio art majors concluded their studies with a final thesis exhibition at the Sheehan Gallery.

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Celebrating 2021 Faculty Promotions

Congratulations to the faculty members who received promotions this year.

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“Creation and Her Children” (2017) by Merritt Johnson and Nicholas Galanin exhibited at Whitman College's Sheehan Gallery.

Sheehan Gallery’s “You Are Here” Investigates Place and Identity

The Whitman College exhibition showcases works by almost a dozen Indigenous artists.

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Grand Finales: Senior Thesis Art Show Explores ‘Still Life’

The graduating Whitman College studio art majors concluded their studies with a final thesis exhibition, “STILL LIFE: Senior Thesis 2021.”

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Creating on the Edge

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Artist Favianna Rodriguez demonstrates her printmaking techniques for a group of Whitman students

Exploring ‘Race, Violence, and Health’ With the Artwork of Favianna Rodriguez

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Learning Together: Grant Funds Summer Research Projects in Walla Walla

Whitman College students are known for their passion for serving the Walla Walla community. But this summer, more than a dozen students were able to explore community engagement in a new, more holistic model thanks to a community-engaged learning grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Peter Leyden at work

Art Seniors Draw Inspiration from COVID-19 for Thesis Projects

Whitman College art major Peter Leyden didn't have a studio to return to after spring break so he found a new space, and optimistic outlook to these unexpected changes, while he worked to complete his senior thesis.

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A portrait of Eliza Wyckoff

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Graduating senior Eliza Wyckoff was able to explore her passion for art by creating the Class of 2020 banner for Commencement.

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Wangechi Mutu piece

Mutu Bronze Sculpture Joins College’s Collection

A new work of art is finding a home at Whitman College this spring. The community has the opportunity to learn about the new piece in a video created by the Sheehan Gallery. The piece, “Underground Hornship” by Wangechi Mutu is a bronze sculpture reminiscent of an antler shed. Th majority of the work has a black patina, with the tips a vibrant polished bronze.

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A mailbox painted with images of Washington mountains.

President's Scholarship Allows Math Major Sylvie Corwin ’22 to Pursue Art Passion

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A photo of flowers blooming among burnt snags.

Sheehan Gallery Opens 2020 with Trio of Nature Photography Shows

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Beaded bracelets depict Native American portraits.

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Mellema Drawing of a Frontal Portrait

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Meet Our Whitties is an occasional feature produced by the Office of Communications. It features a Q&A with students from across Whitman College.

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A student sketches a tree in a notebook.

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Photos from the Maria Lux exhibit "Famous Monsters."

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A student manipulates an artists' book made out of blocks.

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Visit the Sheehan Gallery

Admission to Sheehan Gallery is free and open to the public. Standard hours are Tuesday–Friday, noon–5 p.m., and Saturday–Sunday, noon–4 p.m., or by appointment.

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The Sheehan Gallery is in Olin Hall at Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington.

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