March 1, 2007
Mike Quinn, a former All-Big Sky Conference thrower for the Eastern Washington University track and field team and current assistant coach, is one of two Eastern students and one of 13 total students from local colleges to have his artwork displayed at Chase Gallery in Spokane Feb. 26-April 27.
Explorations X is a group student art exhibition from regional colleges and universities. Along with Quinn, Toddy Rattray was also selected by faculty members from Eastern. The other students are from Gonzaga, North Idaho College, Spokane Falls Community College and Whitworth College.
Quinn is an art major who will graduate this spring. He is from Ester, Alaska and graduated in 2000 from West Valley High School in Fairbanks, Alaska. He calls his work abstract and describes it as "doodles influenced by cartoons."
Chase Gallery is located at 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. in Spokane, Wash. Gallery hours are Monday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
His eligibility on the track and field team ran out in 2005, but he has continued to help with the program the last two seasons. He has helped coach current thrower David Paul to last week's Big Sky Conference indoor championship in the weight throw and a probable appearance in next week's NCAA Championships.
In the 2005 Big Sky Conference Outdoor Championships, Quinn placed fourth in the hammer throw with a personal best 202-2, which is the third best throw in school history. He also placed fourth in 2003 and in 2004 he earned All-Big Sky honors with a third place finish. Quinn ranks sixth all-time at Eastern in the weight throw with a throw of 59-7 1/2.