Phillip Levine

How many tens of thousands of U-Dub students have passed by Dancer With Flat Hat while traversing the 15th Ave. pedestrian bridge from Schmitz Hall to campus? Even if most have never taken an art history class (good luck finding a job with that degree), I’d like to think that local sculptor Phillip Levine has had a beneficial effect on them all. His graceful 1971 bronze manages to look spontaneous and settled at the same time; her pirouette is forever frozen amid the collegiate bustle. The piece is anchored in motion, like other sculptures and drawings collected in Phillip Levine: Myth, Memory & Image (UW Press, $24.95). The 78-year-old artist will appear tonight with Norman Lundin and Tom Jay, who contribute essays to the book, for a discussion of his career and work (currently featured up at LaConner’s Museum of Northwest Art through June 14). A Northwest resident for the past four decades, Levine has taught, exhibited, and placed commissioned public art works throughout our region. Dancer may be the soloist, but she’s but one member in an entire terpsichorean corps. BRIAN MILLER

Tue., March 31, 7:30 p.m., 2009

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