‘Hanford Reach: In the Atomic Field’ art exhibit opens Feb. 2 at the WSU Tri-Cities Art Center

RICHLAND, Wash.— A multimedia art exhibition called “Hanford Reach: In the Atomic Field” featuring photography, sound and video opens Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Washington State University Tri-Cities Art Center in the Consolidated Information Center (CIC) building on campus.

WSU Tri-Cities will hold an opening reception for the exhibition from 5 – 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb.2, at the WSU Tri-Cities Art Center in the Consolidated Information Center (CIC). The reception is free and open to the public. The showcase will run through April 14.

The exhibition by artist Glenna Cole Allee, explores the environmental and cultural legacies of the Hanford Site. Mural-scale photographs and a floor-projected video frame a sound collage. Excerpts from an archive of original first-person narratives are played in surround, juxtaposed to reflect the complexity of individual and collective memory. Source interviews include Hanford scientists and engineers, Native American elders, displaced farmers, farm-worker advocates, Downwinders, and a conversation recorded with an hibakusha: an atomic bomb survivor.

“I wanted to create a different kind of work that would put these different narratives, extremely different experiences, in one space and see what would happen while holding them all in respect,” said Allee.

The exhibition includes work by invited collaborators Michael Paulus, videography, and Jon Leidecker, sound design, and an animation with Gregory Cosmo Haun. The show also features a print of the poem “Plume” by Richland native and former Washington state Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken.


Leslie Streeter, Office of Marketing and Communication, (509) 372-7333, leslie.streeter@wsu.edu