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Whitworth University to Feature Exhibit and Talk by Nationally Renowned Artist Ben Frank Moss

August 24, 2018
Nationally renowned landscape painter Ben Frank Moss, Whitworth’s most prominent alumni artist, Class of 1959, and the former George Frederick Jewett Professor of Studio Art at Dartmouth College, in New Hampshire, will speak at Whitworth during the opening reception of the exhibit Ben Frank Moss: The Whitworth Collection on Sept. 18 in the Bryan Oliver Gallery, Lied Art Center, Room 201.

Moss has strong ties to Spokane. He began his teaching career in the 1970s as the director of the MFA and Visiting Critics program at Fort Wright College and later founded and was acting dean of the Spokane Studio School.

Whitworth Professor of Art Gordon Wilson was part of the group that started the Spokane Studio School with Moss and has been involved with Moss’ visits to Whitworth for many years.

“This is an opportunity for people to be able to look at these paintings and enjoy what’s going on with color and composition,” Wilson says. “It’s an opportunity to see this nearly lifetime process of a pursuit that is for the most part centered in his response to nature and the landscape.”

Moss has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. for the past 50 years. His work has been shown in 57 solo exhibitions and more than 350 group exhibitions.
Now, his work will be something the people of Spokane and the students at Whitworth can enjoy and learn from for years to come. Moss is donating close to 300 pieces of artwork valued at nearly $1.3 million to his alma mater.

“This collection establishes Whitworth as a significant repository of Ben’s lifework,” says Tad Wisenor, assistant vice president of institutional advancement. “It features a cross-section of art of varying sizes and media created over the past four decades.”

Moss has received numerous honors and awards. He is a member of the National Academy of Design and Christians in the Visual Arts, and has received the Ford Foundation Research and Travel Grant and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University, where he earned an MFA in 1963.

His work will be displayed in the gallery beginning Sept. 11, running through Nov. 2. The opening reception will be held Sept. 18, 5-6 p.m. in the Lied Art Center. The gallery talk will follow at 6 p.m. in the Bryan Oliver Gallery. To learn more about the exhibit, click here.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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