WSU’s Museum of Art showed Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art: From the Collection of Margaret Levi and Robert Kaplan, Thursday. The new, free exhibit is open to the public from Oct. 1 through Dec. 11.

It’s a fabulous collection … It literally is globally important,” said Debby Stinson, the marketing manager for the WSU Museum of Art. “It’s not the kind of show you’re going to see just anywhere. Stinson said she had never seen Aboriginal art up close before.

All of (the art) has a similar link in that they’re maps … of the mind, and they tend to also be maps of the place where the people have traveled or where they’ve traveled in the dreaming state of the mind, she said. It’s a really beautiful tradition. Senior mechanical engineering major David Atkinson said he shared Stinson’s enthusiasm for the new exhibit.

It’s really interesting, because it’s a different culture,” he said. “It’s completely different than what I would know anything about. Pauline Sameshima, assistant professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, designed the exhibit’s companion website ( and emphasized the possible impact the exhibit had on younger visiting students.

There’s all kinds of connections to the art, she said. For kids, coming and seeing the dot paintings and the bright colors, it’s just … when they think about painting as lines and dots, they’re going to go, ˜Yeah, I can do it.’ Both Sameshima and Stinson said they were excited about attendance at the opening reception and following lecture, which was conducted by collection owners Margaret Levi and Robert Kaplan.



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Gallery: The Kaplan-Levi Collection ,