About Strange Coupling

Strange Coupling has been a student-run tradition in the School's Division of Art since 2002. It brings together the UW and the greater Seattle art community by pairing students with professional artists for a collaborative art project of their choice. Strange Coupling creates opportunities for mentorship, allows space for experimentation, and challenges participants to work with a creative partner whose practice differs from their own. This year, Strange Coupling decided to spice things up with a theme for the exhibition: Memory. Each of the work(s) produced by this year’s couplings speak to memory - as a place or an experience, fragmented or weighty, out of touch or within reach.

In response to the pandemic and state and national measures to keep the community safe, the Strange Coupling team also decided to coordinate the first-ever online Strange Coupling exhibition this year.


Elisheba Johnson
Kemi Adeyemi


  • Elizabeth Calvillo (Photo/Media and International Studies, BA 2020)
  • Ren Nguyen  (3D4M and the Comparative History of Ideas, BA 2020)
  • Raziah Ahmad (Visual Communication Design, BDes 2020)


  • Joe Rudko + Daniel Neifert (BDes 2020)
  • Juan F. Ricardo (MA 2020) + Greta Enloe (Senior, Art + Norwegian)
  • Marisa Williamson + Vivian Mak (Senior, Interdisciplinary Arts) + Andrew Ryan (Junior, Pre Arts)
  • Zhaohan Wang (Senior, Art + Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies)
  • Gustavo Martinez (MFA 2011) + Jovita Mercado (Senior, Art)