Governor Appoints Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs to the Arts Commission

Written by Laura Paskin
August 4, 2014

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee appointed Professor Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs to the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA). The commission, a state agency established in 1961, supports the arts through arts education, community events that expand participation in the arts, and stewardship of the State Art Collection. ArtsWA is governed by four legislators and 19 governor-appointed citizen commissioners.

 “The state recognizes that the arts are essential to the social, educational, and economic growth of the state as well as for the quality of life for our communities,” said Professor Gutiérrez y Muhs. “I am pleased to be part of this commission that advocates for the arts, preserves our culture and heritage, and helps foster creativity and innovation in our schools.”

Gutiérrez y Muhs teaches in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures as well as the Women and Gender Studies Department. She is also co-director of the university's Patricia Wismer Center for Gender, Justice, and Diversity. An internationally renowned keynote speaker and poet who has represented the United States abroad, she recently published Rebozos de Palabras: An Helena María Viramontes Critical Reader and Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia. These edited books were the winner and first runner-up of the 2014 Best Nonfiction Multi-Author International Latino Book Awards.  

Gutiérrez y Muhs received her PhD from Stanford University and joined the College of Arts and Sciences faculty in 2000. She was honored by students as Teacher of the Year in 2008.

The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 41 undergraduate major degrees, 37 minors, and 6 master's degrees.