Our WAEA 2023 Keynote Speaker...
Preston Wadley is Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts at Cornish College of the Arts, a beloved art educator and longstanding member of the local artistic scene. Wadley moved to Seattle from his hometown of Los Angeles to study with Jacob Lawrence, and received a BFA and MFA in painting from the University of Washington. His incorporation of photography into book arts is both technically unique and conceptually rich; he is a philosopher at heart.
“Abstract thinking is the ability to understand concepts that are real, such as truth, freedom or anxiety, but are not directly tied to physical objects and experiences. In other words, abstract thinking is the ability to absorb information and make connections to an expanded world. A primary goal of my art is to catalyze this type of intellectual activity as one engages the work.”
–Preston Wadley, from his Artist Statement
We are excited to hear from him!
Check out his website and his recent exhibit at the Bellevue Arts Museum. The exhibit closes October 8th, so preview it while you can!