A Resounding Success: Our First Annual Seattle Arts Showcase

We are always happy when our successful alumni and friends make the trek to Ellensburg to mentor, relish, and celebrate the work of our talented faculty, students, and staff at the CWU College of Arts and Humanities.

But just last month, 110 extraordinary Art, Music, and Theatre Arts students traveled over the Pass, to participate in our first CAH Showcase: A Spotlight on the Arts! at the Seattle Art Museum.

Join us for a photographic memory of the sights and sounds of our First Annual Seattle Showcase.

5Q8A2667College of Arts and Humanities art students filled a U-Haul with their best pieces to travel over Snoqualmie Pass and display them at the museum. Our showcase was designed to highlight the exemplary work of our students. We offered a robust program of musical and theatrical acts throughout the evening, leaving plenty of time to enjoy our visual arts work as well. The showcase was an opportunity to introduce the Seattle community to all the arts that our college has to offer.

2As guests enjoyed a specialty cocktail, wine, beer, and delicious appetizers, President Gaudino welcomed everyone with a few inspiring words, noting that the Arts and Humanities are truly the heart-and-soul of our university.

1The program kicked off with a group of Theatre Arts students emerging from the crowd, performing their first lively number Live in Living Color. This number truly set the tone for the evening’s program as each following act was an engaging surprise to the audience.

3Student string group, The Apollo Quartet, serenaded guests with three pieces: Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928-2016), String Quartet No. 1, “Quartettino”, and I. Presto II. Andante III. Vivace assai (alla giga)

4The program moved into a bold performance of three scenes from the opera, The Magic Flute: Queen of the Night, Tamino, and Papageno. Following the Showcase performance, our students also had the opportunity to perform The Magic Flute at the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts in Leavenworth.

5Guests enjoyed viewing student artwork throughout the venue and had the opportunity to speak with student artists. It was delightful to watch our students thoughtfully and enthusiastically discuss what inspired their work.

6A jazz combo had the audience tapping their feet, Grove’s Groove.

7Theatre Arts students performed the emotionally powerful piece, Bui Doi from the musical Miss Saigon.

8Art student, Makayla Miracle, was a crowd favorite with her performing art piece, Depersonalization.

9Following a violin sonata performance, our incredible 35-member Chamber Choir performed a number of pieces in the round. Guests were encouraged to stand and listen in the middle of the circle – a truly unique and memorable experience.

10The list of mediums showcased by our Art Department was plentiful and included graphic design work, paintings, 3D art, and pottery.

11Our talented musical theatre students rounded out the evening’s program with Footloose, a fun, fast number that had everyone moving.

The Showcase offered attendees a superb introduction to the inspiring creativity of our students in a beautiful Seattle location. As an invitation-only event for our generous donors and alumni, the Showcase underscored how the arts can transform lives. A number of our participating students noted that they chose to come to Central for music, theatre, or art because of the high quality of our programs, faculty, staff, and facilities. These students are inspired artists working to make their dream of a career in the arts a reality.

We take such pride in the unique education we offer our students, serving as life-long partners in their success. The Showcase placed a well deserved spotlight on our talented students, and introduced the larger Seattle community to our extraordinary CWU arts programs.

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