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Art exhibit opening reception: Particles on the Wall, 6 p.m., CIC Art Center

“Particles on the Wall,” a multi-disciplinary art exhibit examining how nuclear technology has affected humanity, opens with a reception at 6 p.m. March 5 at Washington State University Tri-Cities.

The exhibit interweaves visual art, poems and science with history and memorabilia to address issues of radioactive contamination, nuclear weapons and technology in Washington State — and the role of nuclear technology in southeastern Washington’s desert landscape.

“Particles on the Wall” is in the WSU Tri-Cities Art Center, inside the Consolidated Information Center at 2770 Crimson Way, Richland. Admission is free and open to the public. The Art Center is open 12 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The exhibit ends April 4.

“As a curator invested in local culture and education, the varied narratives and diverse depictions of the history of Hanford and the Columbia River nuclear era are of particular interest,” said Peter Christenson, assistant professor of fine arts and the Art Center curator. “‘Particles on the Wall’ is truly an interdisciplinary approach to community-based education and is an impressive example of inspired artistic expression.”

Another unique aspect is that “Particles on the Wall” is a growing exhibit, so it is different each time it is displayed. For the WSU Tri-Cities show, it includes nearly 50 pieces of art.

The exhibit organizer is an artist advisory committee including Nancy Dickeman, Dianne Dickeman, Steven Gilbert and the late William Witherup — with coordination by Misty Nickle. For more details, visit

“Particles on the Wall” is sponsored by the Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Institute for Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders. The exhibit is funded in part through a grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology — while supported materials were reviewed for grant consistency, this does not necessarily constitute endorsement of the exhibit by the Department of Ecology.

Source: Peter Christenson, WSU Tri-Cities, Art Center Curator and Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, 509-372-7285,

Media Contact: Kari Tutwiler, WSU Tri-Cities, Communications Coordinator, 509-372-7323, cell/text 406-461-9700,

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm