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Art in Washington

High-level audiences in the nation's capitol are taking in the creative work of University of Idaho art and architecture students. More than 20 student works are on display in Idaho Congressional delegation offices in Washington, D.C.

"Each discipline is represented," says Mark Hoversten, dean of the College of Art and Architecture. "What better opportunity to show the world the range of products in our studio-based education?"

Art forms ranging from painting and sculpture to digital picture frames displaying images of design products are on view from the college's departments of architecture and interior design, landscape architecture, virtual technology and design, and graphic design.

"Idaho has a deep talent pool of artists, architects and designers, and the University of Idaho has a strong program," says Sen. Larry Craig. "Both are reflected in the quality of student work on display here."

The students' works were installed in the offices of Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo as well as Representatives Bill Sali and Mike Simpson.

Moscow native Brian Cucksey is a senior landscape architecture student whose untitled piece depicts ocean waves coming into shore. The piece was created as the first step for a landscape architecture project using topographical levels.

"My work is one of just four selected from landscape architecture," he says. "To have my work seen as worthy of going to D.C. is a great honor."

Pieces are selected when faculty from the College of Art and Architecture gather work from their current students and recent graduates then present them to the department chairs. Julie Galloway, art collections manager and instructor in the Department of Art and Design, collected the selected works and facilitated the installation in Washington, D.C.

"Anytime a student community confronts the peer review process it helps the students sort out the good from the less so," says Galloway. "It gives them a chance to self-evaluate and provides them an opportunity to better understand their position among their peers. The process selects the best available work and helps validate the studio art and design programs at the university."