Art professors to give Big Idea Talk at city library


WALLA WALLA — The third offering this spring of the Big Idea Talks is coming up at the Walla Walla Public Library, 231 E. Alder St.

Join the discussion with Whitman art professors Michelle Acuff and Nicole Pietrantoni at 7 p.m. May 16. “Public Art Practices: New Possibilities for Engaged Placemaking in Walla Walla” is a collaborative presentation that explores how contemporary artists can redefine what public art looks like and how it functions.

Michelle Acuff and Nicole Pietrantoni will focus on the interaction of community, site, history and politics in the artwork’s conception and execution.

They will survey art from across the globe and discuss how folks might reimagine what public art can look like in this community.

Big Idea Talks are a partnership between Whitman College, the public library and are funded in part with a Spark Grant from Humanities Washington.

For a look at both artists and their work, visit their websites at: and


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