Jonathan Bagby “9 Attempts to Panorama a Banana”. Archival Digital Print. 12 x 12″ 2016.
at By and Large Projects
Saturday, July 23rd, 2016
By and Large Projects,
1120 Bailey Hill #11 Eugene OR
Daniel P Lopez
Mary Margaret Morgan
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, 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.]
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.
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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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!
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 jeanfoss.com. 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.
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.”
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: http://www.oregonartscommission.org/grants/individual-artist-fellowship#sthash.AntwlhIP.dpuf
January 12 – March 5, 2016
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.
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!
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!
Congratulations to Mike Bray, Terri Warpinski, Samantha Cohen, and Morgan Rosskopf, who were selected to recieve Career Opportunity Grants from the Oregon Arts Commission and The Ford Family Foundation!
More info on the artists and awards can be found here.
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.