Ryan is an interdisciplinary artist living in the Pacific Northwest. His practice
uses sculpture and sound as a conduit to explore culture. Ryan’s history of
working with collaborative groups is longstanding and influences the way he
thinks about authorship. He credits the artists, curators, musicians, and
writers involved with helping shape the work in the exhibition.
Jack Ryan is the co-director of Ditch Projects in Springfield, OR, the
director of Pacific Sky Exhibitions in Eugene, OR, and is a co-founder of
Fugitive Projects based out of Nashville, TN. He has exhibited in venues such
as The IMAFY (Cairo Egypt); Dublin Electronics Arts Festival (Ireland);
Maison Laurentine (Paris); Ausstellungsraum Klingental (Basel, Switzerland);
American University Museum (Washington DC); The Hirshhorn Museum and
Sculpture Garden (Washington D.C); MICA (Baltimore); and Syracuse University.
Ryan twice attended the Banff Centre as a fellow and last summer attended a
residency at Djerassi funded by The Ford Family Foundation. This last year he
has presented projects at the University of California as well as venues in
Nashville, Indianapolis, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Chicago. In 2015 he was
awarded The Hallie Ford Fellowship and jointly received the Precipice Fund
administered by Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) as part of the
Regional Regranting Program of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
with lead support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the
Calligram Foundation/Allie Furlotti. Last summer he was included in the 2016
Portland Biennial curated by Michelle Grabner.
The Art Gym is supported by the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation, the
Collins Foundation, the Oregon Arts Commission, and the National Endowment
for the Arts. The Art Gym’s publication fund is supported by the Harold &
Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation and Linda Hutchins and John Montague. Other
individuals and businesses provided additional support. Jack Ryan also
received support from the Oregon Arts Commission and The Ford Family
Foundation for work in this exhibition and publication.