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Tropical Contemporary Presents: Outside Inside

Tropical Contemporary Presents: Outside Inside

Opening: Saturday December 1st, 6-9pm, Show runs through December 16th

Tropical Contemporary,1120 Bailey Hill #11 Eugene OR

Outside Inside is a production of Tricia Knope and Clara Koons; A conversation on themes of technology, nature, three-dimensional space, and human-made materials. The show consists largely of flat pieces that span the border between painting and sculpture. Works stand on the same plane as the viewer, creating a sense of immersive space, but one that is easily betrayed by the objects’ flatness. The space feels simultaneously fake and real, physical and virtual, outside and inside.

SOIL @ Ditch Projects

DITCH PROJECTS is pleased to announce  exhibitions by
Members of SOIL Artist-Run Gallery and
Laura Butler Hughes

October 6th – 28th , 2018
OPENING RECEPTION Saturday, Octoer 6,
6-9 PM

Members of SOIL Artist-Run Gallery present Every Movement Reveals Us, an exhibition of both collaborative and individual works based on the methodologies of Hermann Rorschach, whose ubiquitous inkblots, still used today, are considered a sizable contribution to psychiatric theories and practices. The show’s title, a quote by French philosopher Michel de Montaigne, was once used by literary critic Jean Starobinski to describe the significance of Rorschach’s work, the spirit of which resonates within the exuberant discoveries between and among the artists of SOIL.

Founded in 1995, SOIL is a not-for-profit cooperative space in Seattle, WA, established, supported and operated by local artists. SOIL exists as an alternative venue for artists to exhibit, develop, and advance their work, and is committed to exhibiting and celebrating art of diverse media and content. The cooperative has been in existence for 23 years and has been consistent in showing a different exhibition each month that opens on every first Thursday. It has received substantial local as well as national press attention.
Participating SOIL artists:

Iole Alessandrini         Nola Avienne         Colleen RJC Bratton
Jana Brevick           Chris Buening        Emily Counts
John Freeman          Trevor Goosen         Ben Hirschkoff
Claire Johnson            Kiki MacInnis          Bradly Gunn
Philippe Hyojung Kim       Paul Komada       Margie Livingston
Nicholas Nyland           Peter Rand            Paula Rebsom
Markel Uriu                 Ko Kirk Yamahira        Ellen Ziegler
Ilana Zweschi   

Laura Butler Hughes

Laura Butler Hughes is an artist living in Eugene, Oregon. Originally from Buffalo, New York, Hughes received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and MFA from The University of Oregon. Her work has been exhibited regionally at Disjecta, White Box, and Blackfish Gallery in Portland, and nationally in Miami, FL, Baltimore, MD, Richmond, VA. Hughes was the 2018 recipient of the Georgianne Teller Singer Dean’s Graduate Fellowship at the University of Oregon. She currently teaches at Linn Benton Community College, and is working on Good Time Travelers, a series of multimedia sculptures and editioned books.
303 S. 5th Avenue #165
Springfield OR 97477

Installation Views of “Transfigured.” with Jay Kvapil | Sarah Mikenis

Jay Kvapil | Sarah Mikenis | Lionel Sabatté | Evan Whale
July 28 – August 25, 2018
Read press release here
Installation Views of “Transfigured.” at Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles
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Sarah Mikenis at Nationale

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we welcome Sarah Mikenis back to Nationale. Mikenis first showed at the gallery in 2015 in the noteworthy group exhibition, Everything We Ever Wanted.

For this solo show, Mikenis is presenting six new paintings inspired in part by her studio’s close proximity to Los Angeles’ Fashion District.

The exhibition is featured on Juxtapoz Magazine and just received picks in the Willamette Week (in print), Oregon ArtsWatch, and The Oregonian.

3360 SE Division
Portland, OR
12:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Closed Wednesdays

VALA RAE Opening reception, Friday, June 22, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

I am so happy to announce the exhibition and website launch for VALA RAE! 
VALA RAE is a collaborative ceramic housewares company between Jessie Rose Vala and Emily Rae Counts. If you have a second please check out our website (link below) and we would so love to see you at our opening Friday, June 22 at Dust to Dust in Portland OR.

June 22 – August 5, 2018

Opening reception, Friday, June 22, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Dust to Dust presents VALA RAE, an exhibition highlighting one-of-a-kind functional ceramic pieces created by Jessie Rose Vala and Emily Rae Counts. VALA RAE is a unique housewares production company that blurs the lines between; art and design, routine and ritual, and functional and fantastical objects. Many of the pieces focus on light and fire, a reflection on the hearth, once the center of the home.
The VALA RAE inaugural exhibition features an oversized lovers’ bong, pendant lights, lamps, chimera-inspired table pipes, cast porcelain pipes, candle holders, and vases. Animal forms and imagery are reflected in these pieces as well as an abundance of patterns, textures, and shapes. This collection of hand sculpted and meticulously glazed objects creates a space where housewares exist in the realms of both the everyday and the wondrous.
VALA RAE is guided by art practices, allowing for a fluid generation of objects and ideas. Improvisational actions are relied upon in the creative process as a design for a vase or pipe may inform the shape of a unique table lamp, one idea leading unexpectedly to the next. The intention of VALA RAE is to constantly shift and evolve as a company, to exhibit pieces that are made by Vala and Counts both individually and in tandem, and to build a platform to create work that addresses the convergence of design, art, and craft.


Upcoming San Francisco + Portland events

Mandy Barker, Beyond Drifting

East Wing gallery at Photofairs San Francisco / 23 – 25 February 2018
Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco

East Wing announces its participation in the second edition of Photofairs San Francisco, the West Coast’s only fair exclusively focused on the photographic arts. East Wing will present a solo exhibition by Mandy Barker and her award winning series, Beyond Drifting: imperfectly known animals.

Made while on residency at Sirius Arts Centre in Ireland, Beyond Drifting mixes history, in-depth research and a bit of fiction in the creation of plastic ‘specimens’ which reflect on the insidious global pandemic of plastic waste damaging our waterways and coastlines.  Harkening back to historic scientific studies by biologist, John Vaughan Thompson in Cork Harbour from the early 1800’s,  Mandy Barker collected plastic from the area to create these new ‘specimens’ as a way of revealing the shocking fact that the same species of plankton Thompson studied over 100 years ago are now ingesting microplastic particles.

Shortlisted for the 2017 Prix Pictet Photography Award in sustainability, Beyond Drifting: imperfectly known animals is also a breathtakingly beautiful book published by Overlapse.

Beyond Drifting

Imperfectly Known Animalsby Mandy Barker

Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animalsencapsulates in miniature the much larger environmental problems of an imperfect world. This work presents a unique collection of plankton specimens related to pioneering discoveries made by naturalist JV Thompson in Cork Harbour during the 1800s. These recently found specimens are deceptive, however, and mysteriously conceal their true origin.

Hardcover, 104 pages, 23 x 17.5 cm portrait
Section-sewn binding with book ribbon; interior tip-in; dust jacket; hand finishes
59 colour photographs + illustrations throughout
Published by Overlapse | 1 May 2017

San Francisco lecture “Follow the Money”

In this presentation, I will start with a review of the evolution of the art market in Europe, plus the motivations of invention and the birth of the photo industry. From there we will look at photography as the “modern medium” and its acceptance as an art form, the snowballing of the photography market in the 1970s and 1980s, analyze the top selling photographers and photographs, and finish with a discussion about the current landscape of the fine art photography market. —Jennifer Stoots

The “Follow the Money” lecture & discussion will be at the Harvey Milk Photo Center on Thursday March 1st at 6:30 p.m. (50 Scott Street, San Francisco). Recommended donation $10.

“Follow the Money” lecture in Portland

Like the presentation in San Francisco, my lecture will take a retrospective look at the history of the Western art market, the fine art photography market and where we are today. There will be time for Q&A and discussion. —Stoots
The Portland edition of “Follow the Money” is scheduled for Thursday March 15 at 7:00 p.m. at Disjecta (8371 N. Interstate, Portland) $10 in advance via Eventbrite; $15 at the door.

This presentation is a co-production of Photolucida and Stoots LLC.

HOW Magazine award: UO Art Alumni Linsday Jones


I just wanted to share with UO Art Department some exciting news about a design magazine that I recently won a Merit Award for and am mentioned in.  I attached a few pictures that show my feature in HOW magazine (an international design magazine) that came out this past month

-Lindsay Jones

Tropical Contemporary Presents: Lollygagger


Jonathan Bagby “9 Attempts to Panorama a Banana”. Archival Digital Print. 12 x 12″ 2016.


Tropical Contemporary

Presents Lollygagger

at By and Large Projects


Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

By and Large Projects,

1120 Bailey Hill #11 Eugene OR

Jam Tolles

Alex Krajkowski

Imogen Banks

Laura Figa

Jonathan Bagby

Daniel P Lopez

Mary Margaret Morgan

Joseph Pelia

Riley Mclaughlin

Drew Oslovar

Emma Haskins

Dorothy Siemens

Matt Williams  

Emma Berk

Jessie Rose Vala

 and Really Large

Numbers (Julia Oldham / Chad Stayrook)

Tropical Contemporary is thrilled

to present Lollygagger,

 a group show that will be the collective’s fifth show since it’s founding in November of 2015. The group is an itinerant collective of emerging artists based in Eugene Oregon trying to instill a climate of contemporary discourse, critique, and unbridled creation

by finding ways to connect through visual, acutely visceral, and symbolic means in their community and beyond. Playing off the title of Tropical’s first show



brings together a breadth of artists working in new media, installation, along with 2d and 3d works.

To be idle, a refrain, to spend time aimlessly, a lollygagger. Is it any longer possible to be idle when

every click on one end is a chime on yours? Are you actually lazy when you’re scrolling through Youtube or when CNN is giving you your own personal news ticker? When your screen becomes the norm, does looking away not constitute as a political action? Constructing

meaning from the unending rising tide of information is mandatory.This show  explores ideas relating to idleness laziness, internet culture,

and the digital environments that unavoidably shape our aesthetic realities.


presents fifteen artists working in and around popular visual narratives, from robots creating silver gelatin black and white photographs, to pop surrealist takes on children’s shows, banana panoramas, found panhandler signs, and performance.


weaves together familiar sights and sounds while creating a context that makes the familiar alien once again.

Andrew Vincent Retrospective

Andrew Vincent Retrospective, May 21 – June 17, Portland, Oregon. For more information, follow this link:

Andrew Vincent and his family moved to Salem, Oregon in 1910. After graduating from Salem High School in 1917, Vincent went to France with the Signal Corps where he recorded his WWI experiences in cartoon form. Some of these were published by the Boston Post in 1919. From 1923 to 1928 Vincent studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, winning the Knapp Memorial prize in 1928. He taught there briefly before moving to a position as art instructor for painting and drawing at the University of Oregon in Eugene. By 1931 Vincent had been appointed head of the Department of Fine and Applied Arts, a position he held until his retirement in 1968. During his tenure he brought the Carnegie Program to the University in 1930. Yale University and the University of Oregon were the only schools to take part in this fifteen year summer program for art teachers and art educators from all over the United States. He was director of the program during its last few years. Vincent was well known for his WPA murals, such as that of the old Salem Post Office installed in 1942, now the State Executive Building. He painted additional murals for the Toppenish, Washington Post Office in 1941, the Eugene Council Chamber, and the Sunset Inn at Gold Beach, Oregon. His canvases were described as big, bold, and warm as evidenced by his use of light and color. His earlier works show some influence of Cezanne. He made few changes to his palette throughout his career. Andrew Vincent influenced the Oregon art scene through his painting, exhibitions and teaching. Many practicing artists had the benefit of his long teaching career. He spent the final years of his life living and painting in Brookings, Oregon. [Artist biography reproduced with permission from the authors, Oregon Painters: the First Hundred Years(1859-1959), Ginny Allen and Jody Klevit.]



Visiting artists Mollie Favour and Brad Miller in Eugene April 28

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Mollie Favour and Brad Miller — who met under slightly contentious circumstances in a UO classroom in the mid-1970s — return to Lawrence Hall on Thursday, April 28, to talk about their art, their lives, and their pivotal days in Eugene.

The decades-long creative partnership of Favour, BFA ’77 and MFA ’79, and Miller, BFA ’74 and MFA ’77, built an arts center, raised three children, and formed the stable underpinning for two successful studio-based artistic careers.

But it started with a bump.

When Favour first arrived at the UO and tried to sign up for a certain ceramics studio, the graduate student in charge of enrollment, Miller, told her the class was full. Favour said, “I came to this school from Colorado expressly to take this class, and I’m not leaving until I get in.” Impressed with Favour’s determination, Miller replied, “This department needs more persistent people like you” – and added Favour to the class.

Since graduation, Miller and Favour’s credentials as exhibiting and publishing artists and educators have spanned more than two decades and three continents – with showings at Kyoto’s National Museum of Modern Art and in the Netherlands; teaching engagements in France, Italy, Jamaica, and Mexico; and pieces housed in museums and collections from Saudi Arabia to the Smithsonian. They now make their home in Venice Beach, California.

Early influences tend to keep brewing in Miller’s work, which he’ll review during his and Favour’s Visiting Artist Lecture at noon, April 28, in Lawrence Hall Room 177. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Miller will discuss his current work and move back through his career, considering the fundamental influences that have shaped his work, including pivotal revelations from his days as a student at UO.

Favour, whose work is based primarily on nature and botany, will show images of plein air landscape paintings and more recent botanical paintings done in the studio. She will also share her ceramic works, including functional pots and ceramic murals done with at-risk youths in Los Angeles, California, as well as the process of creating the Silva Concert Hall curtain in the Hult Center for the Performing Arts in Eugene. She and design partner Margaret Matson won a national competition to design and build the curtain made of velour, applique and mirrors.

Miller was born in Hillsboro, Oregon, and earned his BFA and MFA at UO. In 1980, he moved from Eugene with his family to the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado to direct the ceramics program; from 1983 to 1992 he served as executive director of the center. Since 1992 he has pursued a career as a studio artist full time, showing work with the Edward Cella Gallery in Los Angeles. His work is in numerous museums collections including the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the National Museum of American Art in Washington, DC. He teaches ceramics at University of California at Los Angeles.

Favour was born and raised in Prescott, Arizona. She received a BA from the University of Arizona and BFA and MFA degrees in ceramics from UO.

Favour was an artist-in residence and worked on staff at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado for many years. She has been a studio artist and teaches workshops. She is retired from showing and works in her studio in Venice a few blocks from the beach.

Heavy Pop at One Grand Gallery

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The show is titled Heavy Pop and it is at One Grand Gallery, located at 1000 E. Burnside, Portland Oregon. The opening reception is on Friday May 6th from 7-9 pm. There will be an artist talk on May 27th. =

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Tropical Contemporary, Its Kitsch Bitch


After 7 swing by 1464 Jefferson Street for Tropical Contemporary’s premiere house show. It’s Kitsch Bitch features work by Jonathan Bagby, Drew Oslovar, John Tolles, Willie Boswick, Imogen Banks, Anne Magratten, Laura Figa, Joe Peila, Lindsay Kunhardt, Derek Chesnut, Clayton Sukau, and Shannon Rivers. Domesticity at its most aesthetic. See you there!

Jean Foss (B.S. Fine Arts, 2001) featured at the HEDCO College of Education building


Giraffer i Limpopo Province, South Africa.
Jean Foss (B.S. Fine Arts, 2001)

Join us for a reception February 4th
230T HEDCO Building
4:30 – 5:30PM

Jean Foss (B.S. Fine Arts, 2001) has been selected as the featured artists for the second installment of the Our Space initiative. The HEDCO College of Education building now features 15 art pieces from artist Jean Foss—an alumna of the UO School of Architecture and Allied Arts.

Jean moved to Oaxaca, Mexico in 2001 and is a Mexican citizen. Her art is inspired by the landscape and culture of Oaxaca—especially its vibrant colors, its plant diversity, and its strong pre-Hispanic roots infused into modern life. She lives in San Andrés Huayapam with her artist husband Chucho, their daughter Xochitl, 11 adopted dogs and two cats. In addition to painting, she plays viola and writes poetry and prose. All of Jean Foss’ artwork may be viewed at Our sincerest appreciation to Frank Stahl and Jette Foss, Jean’s parents, for loaning the art. Please see the information that follows this message for important student, faculty and staff resources.

U of O Art Faculty Chosen for Portland Biennial 2016, curated by Michelle Grabner

Michelle Grabner conducts a studio visit with Charlene Liu (Associate Professor, Printmaking)

Major congratulations to U of O Art Faculty included in the Portland2016 Biennial, curated by Michelle Grabner. Of over 400 artists reviewed, 34 were chosen by Grabner to show at DISJECTA July 9 through September 18, 2016.

Of those artists chosen, nearly 1 quarter are U of O Faculty or Alumni.

Carla Bengston (Associate Professor, Painting)
Mike Bray (Career Instructor, Digital Arts)
Tannaz Farsi (Associate Professor, Sculpture)
Anya Kivarkis (Associate Professor, Jewelry & Metalsmithing)
Charlene Liu (Associate Professor, Printmaking)
Donald Morgan (Assistant Professor, Core Studio)
Jack Ryan (Associate Professor, Intermedia Art, Core Studio)
Heidi Schwegler (MFA, 1998)
Rick Silva (Assistant Professor, Digital Arts)
Chi Wang (PhD Candidate, School of Music and Dance)

“A major survey of work by artists who are defining and advancing contemporary art practices, Portland2016 will include exhibitions, events and performances in multiple locations from July 9 through September 18, 2016. Disjecta’s 6,000-square-foot exhibition space in north Portland’s diverse Kenton neighborhood will be the central venue for Portland2016. And for the first time, Portland2016 will include venues across Oregon in addition to satellite locations in all five “quadrants” of Portland. A full list of partner locations and the artists exhibiting at each will be released in April.”

Tannaz Farsi and Natalie Ball Win Individual Artist Fellowships, Oregon Arts Commission

Tannaz Farasi (Faculty)
Natalie Ball (Alum)

Join us in congratulating Tannaz Farsi (Faculty) and Natalie Ball (Alumni) for receiving 2016 Individual Artist Fellowships from the Oregon Arts Commission!

The Oregon Arts Commission’s Individual Artist Fellowship Program honors Oregon’s professional artists and their artistic achievements and supports their efforts to advance their careers. In selecting artists to receive Fellowships, the Commission looks to Oregon artists of outstanding talent, demonstrated ability and commitment to the creation of new work(s). – See more at:


Faculty and Alumni and in “and from this distance one might never imagine that it is alive”

Amanda Wojick (Faculty)
Grant Hottle (Alumni)
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Ron Graff (Faculty emeritus)

January 12 – March 5, 2016

Marylhurst University
17600 Pacific Highway (Hwy. 43)
P.O. Box 261
Marylhurst, OR 97036-0261

The Art Gym at Marylhurst University will present and from this distance one might never imagine that it is alive from January 12 to March 5, 2016.  This group exhibition will feature ten artists of the Pacific Northwest working with abstraction in painting.  The artists included in the exhibition work in a broad range of formal and conceptual abstraction, and within a broad definition of painting.

and from this distance one might never imagine that it is alive, curated by Blake Shell, includes works by Amy Bernstein, Pat Boas, Calvin Ross Carl, Jack Featherly, Ron Graff, Robert Hardgrave, Grant Hottle, Michael Lazarus, Michelle Ross, and Amanda Wojick.

An opening reception will be held from 4-6 pm on January 10, 2016.  The Art Gym will publish an accompanying catalogue, designed by Sibley House, that includes an introduction by Blake Shell and essays by art writers Graham W. Bell and Sue Taylor.

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.

This exhibition and publication are made possible in great part through the generosity of The Ford Family Foundation.  Other individuals and businesses provided additional support.



Jewelry & Metalsmithing Annual Sale PART 2 to be Held at MODERN


Part 2 of the 20th ANNUAL Jewelry Sale will be held at MODERN (207 E. 5th Ave in Eugene) from 6-8pm on Friday, December 4th!

As part of the First Friday ArtWalk, students and alumni of the Jewelry & Metalsmithing program in the Department of Art will present jewelry that is inventive and thoughtful. Each student is responsible for the design and fabrication of 3-5 pieces of jewelry including rings, pendants, brooches, earrings, etc. All pieces will be priced between $20 – $100 in order to raise funding for guest lectures, seminars and studio equipment. The sale has enjoyed immense success in past years. Be sure to mark your calendar!

Recent Shows by MFA Alum Michael Stephen (2013)


Congratulations to MFA Alum (2013) Michael Stephen for recent solo show “Faded Lace” at Box13 ArtSpace in Houston and current group show “Speaking Silence” at Shoal Creek Gallery in Austin!

“Speaking Silence” is on view through December 3rd. 2832 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. / Suite 3 / Austin, Texas 78702. Check it out if you’re in Austin!

Visual Arts Conversation at Maude Kerns

UO Art faculty member and alumnus Donald Morgan (BFA, 1993) and UO Art alumnus Lee Imonen (MFA, 1996) are participating in a Visual Arts Conversation tonight.

Join the Arts Commission, Maude Kerns Art Center and Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art for a Visual Arts Ecology Conversation: Making a Life as an Artist. This is an open conversation for visual artists and allied professions. We will discuss issues vital to career-building, wellbeing, and supporting artists at all stages of practice.  Artists Peg Coe, Lee Imonen and Donald Morgan and Karen Marie Pavelec, Executive Director, Maude Kerns Art Center will help lead the conversation.

Monday, November 23, 5:30-7:30pm

The conversation will begin promptly at 5:30pm. Come early to see the Art for All Seasons Annual Membership Show and network with the community.

Maude Kerns Art Center
1910 E 15th Ave, Eugene, OR 97403
FREE, Light snacks

This is part of a statewide conversation project supported by The Ford Family Foundation. Conversations have taken place in Newport, Astoria, Portland, Ashland and Bend. Feedback helps inform the Commission and the Foundation, and will be documented in an online collection of visual arts in the state to be launched in 2016.