Category: Events

You do not Have to be Good this Friday

Hello Tropical friends,

2018 is behind us, a new year (and the rest of our season of programming) lies ahead. We have so many things on the horizon that we’re excited to share… Not to mention a lot of rad things going on around town! Make sure to check out the calendar at the end of this newsletter for your extracurricular arts programming this month! We’re still working on the documentation from our last show, Outside Inside, but take it from us- it looked amazing and was a great way to cap off the year.

We kick off 2019 with a show of work by Andrew Nigon, Ben Lenoir, and Susan Krueger-Barber, titled You do not Have to be Good. This multimedia exhibition addresses issues surrounding cultures of morality in conflict, and the reclamation of LGBTQ+ identity and aesthetics. The opening reception is TOMORROW, Friday January 11th from 6-9pm.
Susan Kruger-Barber – ” Latter-Day-Saint (Mormon) pioneers fled the settled United States after Joseph Smith was murdered and Nauvoo burned. In Utah, they suffered more persecution for practicing polygamy coupled with fighting for women’s suffrage. Carrying epigenetics of maltreatment, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints currently fights same-sex marriage and queer identity. Their LGBTQ* community lives on a rollercoaster of small gestures of acceptance and great acts of exclusion. LGBTQ* believers and somewhat allies survive on a yo-yo that rarely peaks and often plummets.”
Andrew Nigon – “My figurative work draws conceptual inspiration from Catholic symbolism with a focus on the human form theatrically displaying themes of trauma, decay, and resilience. My practice relies on a playful experimentation of material and process to create forms that challenge and manipulate established iconography. These works are heroic yet tragic monuments devoted souls trapped in an incomplete and imperfect world -the travails of walking a tightrope of religious participation within a place of patterned rejection.”
Ben Lenoir – “My practice begins in rumination and emotion, then ends in evaluation and reflection. This project began as a means to connect with the bullying I experienced as an adolescent. I connect to that experience through language since verbal abuse was central to it. I’ve been called ‘faggot’ over 1000 times in my life and I have written it just as many times in 2018. As the work evolved, the letterforms became increasingly abstracted—a kind of visual semantic saturation. The once perfectly formed words turned into gestures and suggestions rather than an epithet. The collection of works displayed here depict the experience of cognitive dissonance established by bullying based on sexual identity.”
You do not Have to be Good
Andrew Nigon / Ben Lenoir / Susan Krueger-Barber

Tropical Contemporary
1120 Bailey Hill Road #11 Eugene OR

Opening Reception Friday 1/11 6-9pm
Open Hours Saturdays 1/12 & 1/19 1-4pm

One last item of news- we have another new member of Tropical! Tannon Reckling is an MFA candidate at the University of Oregon and makes very cool work about the internet, which you can hear him talk about here. We’re so excited to have him on board!! If you’re interested in getting involved with Tropical, it’s as simple as sending us an email at Tell us a little about yourself, your work (whether as an artist or a curator), and your specific interest in Tropical (what you would hope to achieve as a member). We would love to get a dialogue going- let’s see if we’re right for one another!
Thanks for your ongoing support- and we hope to see you at our upcoming events! Check out more photos of past shows at or follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more frequent updates. As always, if you love what we’re doing and want to support our project space, you can do so through our Patreon page.
Upcoming Tropical Programming:

Five new Exhibits at UVAA!

Five New Art Exhibits Opening at UVAA

Beginning Friday, January 18th through March 8, 2019, the Umpqua Valley Arts Center will feature five new exhibits. 

UVAA is proud to feature Likeness:  This show is juried by UVAA’s Gallery Committee explores representational artwork. Representational art strives to depict reality. As we enter this time of unimaginable and rapid change, representational artwork offers the possibility of connecting with those parts of us that are most human. For forty thousand years, long before mankind invented written language, we have put down marks that left a living trace of who we are, what we saw, and what we thought. Representational artwork can make us pay attention to our surroundings as well as to ideas and relationships. We all have a story to tell.

In the Red Gallery, UVAA presents a show titled Being with artworks by Judi Danielson and Hiroshi Ogawa. Judi Danielson creates hauntingly beautiful landscapes of our region with watercolor. Danielson’s works are a celebration of the natural world and the spirit that inhabits the idea of place. Hiroshi Ogawa began making pottery in 1959 at U.C. Santa Barbara. Graduated in 1963 and taught pottery from 1965-1968. Went to Japan in 1969 to study Buddhism and pottery. Studied at a pottery co-operative under Azuma, Ken sensei from 1970-1972. Returned to the United States and set up a studio in Carmel Valley, CA in 1974. Moved to Elkton, OR in 1981 and set up present studio. Built a two chambered woodfire kiln and christened it “Hikarigama” (the illuminated kiln). 

In Gallery II, the work of Fretta Cravens’ work will be on display in her solo show titled, Timeless Engagement. Cravens is an Oregon artist who loves to examine and picture the beauty of nature. The images in her solo show at UVAA are an intersection of her interest in paper making, drawing and photography. Inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe, Cravens enlarges flowers and plants with a flatbed scanner. These photographic works are reminiscent of the her pastel drawings as they portray a subtle, yet confrontational view of nature. All of her work is printed on archival rag paper imported from France. 

In the Corridor Gallery, an exhibit titled, Unfurl will be on display. Featuring artworks by the students in Bill Mehlhoff’s Waterolor class at UVAA. Mehlhoff has been teaching art for 30 years and his love of art can be seen in the projects on display. The class is comprised of talented artists who love spending time at the art center, with each other, and with Bill to learn new techniques in watercolor. 

UVAA’s Student Gallery features Small, but Artsy: Little Works by the Lancers. The works of art in this show are small, but students at South Umpqua High School want to show you that small is mighty! Many of the works come from the students perpetual sketchbooks that they keep for all drawing, painting, and 2D art classes. Other works include impressionist paintings, scratch art, and all works small but artsy.  

Reception for All Galleries: Friday, January 18, 201p from 5-7pm, catered by Creative Catering. This event is free and open to the public.

For Press Release – LIKENESS-1tqhgh2

Art as Activism – Workshops at the Hult Center

JOJO Abot is an interdisciplinary artist who will be at the Hult Center for a week long residency culminating in two workshops, a gallery exhibition (opening Friday, Jan 4th), two immersive performances and a musical performance. The two workshops include:
Art as Activism
Wednesday, January 23rd at 5:30PM
This workshop will use the first immersive performance on January 22nd to provoke a dialogue with the community about important questions such as;  How does art provoke and sustain a revolution? What is the responsibility of art vs. the artists vs. the audience in creating impact towards evolution? What is the power that each participant holds? Where does art and culture serve as a tool for radical change?
Problematic “Afro” Words
Friday, January 25th at 4:00PM
This workshop will be an imaginative experience exploring conversation topics such as; Cultural Appropriation vs Cultural Appreciation, The evolution of the African identity and experience, and Africans as nonlinear time travelers.
There is a $2 service fee to RSVP for these workshops, and space is limited. RSVP at:

JOJO ABOT Artist Residency- Hult Center for the Performing Arts

JOJO ABOT is an interdisciplinary artist who will be at the Hult Center for a week long residency culminating in two workshops, a gallery show, two immersive performances and a musical performance.

ABOT’s gallery exhibition will be on display in the Maurie Jacobs Community Room starting with an opeining reception on January 4, 5:30 pm during the first Friday ArtWalk. ABOT’s 2D and 3D artworks “explore the manifestations and reaffirmations of the divine feminine as the essence of love, rebirth, imagination, healing, magic and life herself among other glorious things”.  In addition, the gallery will be open before and during all Hult Center performances and is free to the public.

On Wednesday, January 23rd at 5:30PM, she will be hosting a free workshop centered on Art as Activism. This workshop will use the first immersive performance on January 22nd to provoke a dialogue with the community about important questions such as:  How does art provoke and sustain a revolution? What is the responsibility of art vs. the artists vs. the audience in creating impact towards evolution? What is the power that each participant holds? Where does art and culture serve as a tool for radical change?

On Friday, January 25th at 4:00PM, she will be hosting a free workshop centered on Problematic Afro Words. This workshop will  be an imaginative experience exploring conversation topics such as; Cultural Appropriation vs Cultural Appreciation, the evolution of the African identity and experience, and Africans as nonlinear time travelers.

There is a $2 service fee to RSVP for the workshop, and space is limited. If you or anyone is interested in attending, please RSVP here:

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.

“Conveniently Packaged for Your Wasteful Consumption”

“Conveniently Packaged for Your Wasteful Consumption”

A site-specific, collaborative installation

ARTR 346 Relief Printmaking

Please come, visit our large scale, site-specific collaborative art installation by Relief Printmaking class. It comprised of over 400 woodcut prints. Take-away prints will be available from our “vending” machine for your donation to a local non-profit, McKenzie River Trust. We hope this project to bring awareness to a huge trash problems in the ocean effecting marine life. It relates to the current exhibit, “Plastic Entanglement” at JSMA.

“Conveniently packaged for your wasteful consumption”

A site-specific, collaborative installation

ARTR 346 Relief Printmaking

Project Statement


Our collaborative installation is comprised of over 400 hand-carved woodcut prints depicting various items of trash such as plastic bottles, food packaging and wrappers, along with diverse sea creatures. Our intention is to bring awareness to our detrimental trash problem and its effect on marine life.

Our consumerism-driven society driven has made convenience our priority, but at what cost to Earth? Is it truly worth disrupting the delicate balance of the ecosystem? Our project addresses questions raised by the current exhibit, “Plastic Entanglement” at JSMA as well as a lecture by one of the selected artists, Dianna Cohen who leads a non-profit called Plastic Pollution Coalition.

Our “vending machine” appears to sell prints of beautiful sea creatures. However, what the viewer might get is one of the trash-themed prints, just as a fisherman might wind up with a chunk of garbage instead of catching any fish. According to Plastic Pollution Coalition, the oceans will contain more plastic per pound than fish by 2050. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a collection of floating trash halfway between Hawaii and California, has now grown to more than 600,000 square miles; that’s twice the size of Texas. We need to approach the problem with a sense of urgency to act now.

All the money deposited into the vending machine for the take-away prints will be donated to the local non-profit called McKenzie River Trust that focuses on environmental justice; they use 90% of all the money that they raise for land protection, land stewardship and public outreach. Clean protected river water running through conserved land with native species eventually reaches the ocean. Everything is connected.

Printmaking media has been a vehicle for social change and democracy. The methodology of producing multiples, particular to printing, has been widely utilized for spreading ideas and building community. As a class this term, we have been critically investigating how value is determined and what makes things worth sharing, telling and doing. This collaborative project stems from something that matters to us collectively.

Tiara Adams, Anna Baldwin, Maddie Banta, Izzy Cho, Lily Cronn, Reid Ellingson, Amanda Fang, Cheyenne Jaques, Wangqiang Lin, Allie McPheeters, Clancy O’Connor, Alex Perrin, Grace Peccia Stayner, Macon Sumpter, Anna Warnecke, Hongyu Yu
Instructor: Mika Aono Boyd


Alexandria Eregbu | Bijan Berahimi

DITCH PROJECTS is pleased to announce  exhibitions by
Alexandria Eregbu and Bijan Berahimi

Nov 10th – Dec 2, 2018
OPENING RECEPTION Saturday, Nov 10th, 6-9 PM


Alexandria Eregbu

Alexandria Eregbu (b. 1991) is a visual artist, independent curator, and educator. As a first-generation Nigerian woman and Chicago-native, central to Alexandria’s practice is the desire to activate personal narrative as a resource for examining the uses of language, visual storytelling and collectivized efforts towards provoking social empowerment and spiritual transformation. Through a steady mapping of lived occurrences and imaginary dreamscapes, Alexandria calls upon her experience, familial relationships to cloth, and knowledge received from the natural world in attempt to unlock connections between past, present, and future. Under the guidance of writing and research, Alexandria’s creative process alchemizes drawing, material studies, performance, textile production, ancestral histories and tradition as a means to honor, communicate, awaken, and further explore that which she considers sacred or ultimately worthy of diligent protection and preservation. Alexandria’s work has been widely exhibited, illuminating pathways globally, nationally, and throughout the Midwest. She has held fellowships with ACRE (Steuben, WI); HATCH Projects, Stony Island Arts Bank, (Chicago, IL); The Center for Afrofuturist Studies (Iowa City, IA), Independent Curators International (New Orleans, New York City, Martinique); and The Camargo Foundation/3Arts Residency (France). Amongst her curatorial projects is du monde noir, an artistically run collective that seeks to identify contemporary evidences of Surrealist activity produced by visual artists and writers of the African diaspora in the U.S. and abroad. Currently, Alexandria serves as a Curator of Commissioned Works for Illinois Humanities and their two-year initiative, “Envisioning Justice.” She is an MA Candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Visual & Critical Studies.

Image Caption:
Alexandria Eregbu, Portal #1 (Antelope Canyon), collage on paper, 2018.


 Sunday Monday
Bijan Berahimi

Bijan Berahimi (b. 1989) is the director of FISK, a multidisciplinary creative studio and art gallery in Portland, Oregon. He is also adjunct faculty in the graphic design department at the Pacific Northwest College of the Arts. In 2013, he graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a degree in graphic design and moved to Portland, Oregon shortly thereafter. His work focuses on the mundane of everyday situations and highlights the normalcy of the visual world around us.

Sunday Monday is a show about what happens during the week. A tall tale about significant and insignificant silhouettes of our everyday. Monday and Sunday define the balance of work and play in our society. The stress of waking up to 100 emails on a Monday, with a looming week staring at a screen ahead and a Sunday, a time to play catch up and be human, social, and good. Utilizing familiar images of clipart, Bijan creates paintings that represent a more complex subconscious: the fear of a digital world and it’s repercussions or, the simple joy of having fresh flowers at home. This show challenges that work can be play, and play can be work. What’s the difference anyways?
303 S. 5th Avenue #165
Springfield OR 97477

Fix-it Fair December 1st

This is a great opportunity to fix things and get them working again!

 The City of Eugene is hosting a Fix-it Fair on December 1, 2018 from 11am-3pm at the Lane Events Center. At this event, volunteers and professionals will provide free repairs and attendees will have opportunities to repair their items with coaching, or get them repaired by the professional or volunteer. There will be fixers performing repairs on a variety of items including small appliances (like lamps and toasters), tools, bicycles, clothing and textiles, small electronics, home and garden tools, furniture, and toys. For more event information, visit or

We are also looking for folks to help fix items, as well as people to help with registration, set-up-, tear-down, and more! If you are interested, please fill out this google form: or contact Allie Breyer at abreyer@eugene-or.govor 541-682-5224.

4YR BFA Info Session

Dear Majors,

Happy Week 7!

There are a lot of changes in the School of Art + Design, especially in the BFA programs for Art and Art & Technology. If you are interested in learning about these changes, we are offering information sessions to help answer questions such as:

  1. Why should I consider the BFA ?
  2. What’s the application process like?
  3. What’s different about the BFA now?
  4. What more would I have to take to complete the BFA?

Please join us for the first of these information sessions Wednesday, November 14th from 4-5pm in Lawrence 261. We look forward to seeing you soon!

The Department of Art


Trillblazin presents BLAZERMANIA – Nov. 8th. 2018

Trillblazin presents


An immersive art gallery and public unveiling of the Trail Blazers new 2018-19 City Edition uniform. Featuring local artists demonstrating the passion of Rip City and its fanbase through visual storytelling that integrates the jersey design into the Pacific NW community.

Nov. 8th. 2018

1022 SW Stark St

@ The Cleaners

7PM – 11PM

Unique Opportunity to Draw/Photograph Oregon Ballet Theatre Dancer

Since 1990 Oregon Ballet Theatre has offered PhotoArt Encounter, an engaging program designed specifically for art and photography students in high school and college.  We invite you to join us!

PhotoArt Encounter provides students and teachers an up-close opportunity to observe and draw or photograph the physicality and artistry of OBT dancers.

The Nutcracker
PhotoArt Encounter

December 6th and 7th
at noon
Keller Auditorium

Director’s Choice
PhotoArt Encounter

April 10th and 11th
at noon
Newmark Theatre

The Americans
PhotoArt Encounter

June 6th
at noon
Newmark Theatre

OBT’s PhotoArt Encounter also invites all PhotoArt Encounter students to participate in a public exhibit of the resultant artwork.  The exhibit is held in the Lobby of the Newmark Theatre June 7-15.
Click Here To Learn More and Register
If you would like to speak to a person directly regarding this program please call OBT’s Education Outreach Department at 503.290.0012.

2018 Graduate National Portfolio Days Head to Chicago!

we are reaching out to share information about the Graduate National Portfolio Days + Information Fairs (GNPDs): we will be in Chicago this weekend for the last travel event of the season, but will be hosting an online event in November!

GNPDs are design for students interested in pursuing graduate-level study in art, design, film and architecture. Prospective MFA, MArch, MA and Post-Baccalaureate students are invited to attend.

These events are not a formal interview or examination for admission and attendees will not receive offers of admission or scholarships. Instead, whether the candidate is just beginning their graduate school research, or is ready to apply, they will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with graduate representatives to receive valuable information and tailored feedback from each school visited,

  • Guidance on portfolio preparation or critique of completed portfolios
  • Instructions on application requirements specific to each college/program
  • Information on programs of study and degree offerings
2018 Graduate Online Portfolio Day & Information Fair
Hosted on CareerEco
November 30, 2018
9am to 5pm EST


11/13 Study Abroad Fair

24% of every UO graduating class studies abroad. Internships, field research, and unique program options abound in more than 90 countries. Learn more about internationalizing your education at the GEO Study Abroad Fair: 11/13, 11 am-3 pm, EMU Ballroom.

Lisa Calevi

Assistant Director for Institutional Relations

Global Education Oregon

5209 University of Oregon

Eugene, OR 97403-5209


As of August 1, GEO is once again located in 300W Oregon Hall!

HOPES[25] Conference Theme Reveal!

Hi all!

Join us for this year’s HOPES[25] Conference Theme Reveal tomorrow, Wednesday, 10/31 at 5:15 in Lawrence 231.

We’ll get into the Halloween spirit with candy, popcorn and surprises!

Recap of last week’s meeting:

We presented potential theme titles and explained how each relates to sustainability and design.

We then asked you all to vote for the best theme ideas!

We can’t wait to see you all there!


Zach Sherrod

HOPES[25] Co-Director

Kahei Lee

HOPES[25] Co-Director

Emma Stone

HOPES[25] Director of Outreach

2018 Making History; LGBT Art Exhibit

My name is Eva Osirus, I work in the Dean of Students under the LGBT Education support services. In celebration of LGBT history month, we have been working on a few different programs to get the 2018-2019 school year started on a note of positivity, remembrance, and ambition.

One program in particular is the Making History; LGBT Art Exhibit on this Thursday, October 25th, 2018, from 6:00PM-9:00PM at the Gerlinger Hall. We aim to give our LGBT and allied students and community members an opportunity to showcase their art.

Please share this event with your circles! Also please share the Facebook event if you feel comfortable doing so!

Thank you for your time and interest in LGBTESSP! If you are interested in the other programs we have planned for the rest of October and beginning of November or would like to get involved, please check out our website!

HOPES Meeting tomorrow!

Hi all!

Come help us decide this year’s conference topic at our meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, 10/24, from 5:15 – 6:15 in Lawrence 231! We will present our top five favorite topics and will vote as a group for our top three. This will be the last meeting to voice your opinion before the topic is announced at our meeting next week!

We will be providing tea and cookies as refreshments.

Recap of last week’s meeting:

We looked at broad theme directions which include:

Thinking in Context

Regenerative, Resilience & Net Positivity

Equity & Unheard Voices

Conscious Living & Accountability

Collaboration & Compromise

We then took a vote on the most popular directions

There seemed to be strong preferences for Conscious Living & Accountability as well as Equity & Unheard Voices.

We can’t wait to hear what you guys think about this years theme!


Zach Sherrod

HOPES[25] Co-Director

Kahei Lee

HOPES[25] Co-Director

Emma Stone

HOPES[25] Director of Outreach

KSM in the LVK!

Nowhere can be found in anything – a crowd, a composition, or a state of mind.


Join Kitchen Sync magazine to celebrate the conclusion of Issue 01: The Middle of Nowhere on Thursday, October 25th at 5pm in the Laverne Krause Gallery! There will be free food and stickers, as well as t-shirts and copies of our first print issue for sale. Swing by and tell us what you want to see in our next issue!




Kitchen Sync Magazine is a student-run, interdisciplinary, creative publication in the University of Oregon’s College of Design. Our goal is to create a dynamic platform for the cultivation of identity and foster an exchange of ideas between students of all disciplines within the College. This dialogue is documented through a curated display of students’ creative and intellectual work, presented alongside that of professionals and academics.

Happiness Retreat at UO ! You are invited

We invite you to join us for the SKY Happiness Retreat at the University of Oregon from November 3-5!

INTERESTED? Click on the blue button below and answer just a few questions to apply for a $75 scholarship to attend the retreat. Once your scholarship application has been accepted, we will notify you to register. Availability is first come, first serve. Retreat attendance to ALL sessions is mandatory.

Scholarship Application
So what exactly is the SKY Happiness Retreat?

The SKY Happiness Retreat is a 13-hour immersive, innovative life-skills training and self-development program, offered to students at more than 40 universities across the country, including Stanford, Ohio State, and MIT. Through experiential learning, students gain foundational stress-management and leadership skills, develop a personal daily breathing practice, build strategies for social connection, and engage in peer-driven service initiatives. Taught over three consecutive days, we introduce the SKY meditation technique, a scientifically validated breathing practice that significantly increases one’s well-being and calmness. SKY reduces anxiety and stress markers. The SKY Happiness Retreat is one of the coolest places to connect with yourself, make awesome friends, and have FUN!

…but what exactly do I get out of this?
  • Understand the sources of stress and the role of breathing techniques in reducing stress
  • Meditative practice to manage negative emotions and anxiety
  • Help to improve quality of sleep
  • Increased energy level throughout the day
  • Ability to increase personal happiness
  • Learning to deal with criticism and mistakes
  • Taking personal and community responsibility
  • Increasing social connection, enthusiasm, and inspiration

Apply Now
Here’s to your health!

Below are photos from our previous workshops, benefits of SKY meditation, and testimonials.


“Yesplus (now SKY) made me very conscious of my thought patterns, and conscious of a sense of self that exists independent of those thoughts and different moods. It made me calmer, more reflective, more observant, and more stable–I enjoyed the course a great deal, and have found that a daily practice is something I’m relying on. (And this reading and finals period has been largely stress free, mainly because meditating removes most of that stress!)”



“Alertness, creativity and efficient teamwork, I realize, are the cornerstones in contributing and getting the most from a demanding schedule at a business school. I observe that while students struggle to maintain their energy throughout the day, Yesplus practices helps me to be in “the zone”. They tremendously assist me to keep my smile throughout the day, deliver successfully and involve myself ingeniously… all without feeling a sense of stressful effort. What else can one ask for!”





HOPES[25] Meeting on Monday!

Hello all!


Come join us for our second general meeting on Monday, October 15th from 5:30 – 6:30 in the Swindells Room (Room 230) in the EMU! Our kickoff meeting last week was very productive! We will be continuing our discussion of this year’s theme by starting off with the most popular topics from last week’s brainstorm.


There will be more PIZZA!


If you were not able to make the meeting last week, here are the highlights:

We covered a brief history of the HOPES Conference, highlighting some of the most successful themes and speakers.

We had a brainstorming session where we explored how the definition of sustainability has evolved over the last 25 years and how the HOPES Conference can give this word a reboot.


Some past speakers include:

Shigeru Ban –

Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya –

Neri Oxman –

Michael Pawlyn –

Carlo Ratti –

Katrina Spade –


Holistic Options for Planet Earth Sustainability

see for past events and general info.


Students have the ability to earn credit for their involvement in the HOPES conference! For further questions regarding academic credit with HOPES, please email: Kassia Dellabough at or call her at (541) 346-2621.


We are looking forward to seeing you all there!




Zach Sherrod

HOPES[25] Co-Director


Kahei Lee

HOPES[25] Co-Director


Emma Stone

HOPES[25] Director of Outreach

HOPES First General Meeting

HOPES is back in action for our 25th year!  Come join us for our first general meeting on Monday October 8th, from 5:15 – 6:15 in Lawrence 286! If you’re hungry, don’t worry – we’ll have PIZZA.

Holistic Options for Planet Earth Sustainability

HOPES is an annual, student-run, sustainability and design conference in early Spring. We have weekly meetings throughout Fall and Winter where students have the opportunity to participate and contribute to the upcoming conference. This conference exists to give every student a chance to bring their favorite artist, designer, writer, educator, engineer, scientist, etc to the University of Oregon. To read about last year’s theme and speakers, check out our website at

We will spend the majority of our first three meetings brainstorming and discussing our theme for this year, so get involved early!

Students have the ability to earn credit for their involvement in the HOPES conference. For further questions regarding academic credit with HOPES, please email: Kassia Dellabough at or call her at (541) 346-2621

Last Fan Standing with Bruce Campbell is coming to EUCON 2018!

We are thrilled to announce Last Fan Standing with Bruce Campbell will be at EUCON 2018! Join EUCON and Bruce Campbell for a live trivia contest for nerd-culture know-it-alls on Saturday, November 10th at 8pm at the Lane Events Center in Eugene, Oregon.
October 5th at 10:00 AM

Last Fan Standing is your only chance to catch Bruce Campbell at EUCON 2018.

General Admission Seating and VIP Upgrades Available.

As this is a EUCON event, a EUCON ticket/badge will be required to enter Last Fan Standing and must be purchased separately.


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

Tropical’s 2018-19 season starts this weekend!

Hello Tropical friends,

We’re kicking off our 2018-19 season this weekend with Impermanence, an immersive solo show of new work by Portland-based Brazilian artist Marcelo Fontana. The opening reception will be this Saturday, October 6th from 6-9pm. (Hint: you can make it a twofer and also check out the new show at Ditch that same night!)

(We also have another session of our popular figure drawing popup, Draw a Drag Queen, coming up next Tuesday, October 9th! Read through to the bottom of this newsletter for details of that event and other upcoming things around town.)

Back to Marcelo and some details of the first show of our season!

Fontana writes: “This exhibition relates the concepts of impermanence and photography – impermanence, also knows as Anicca or Anitya is one of the essential concepts of Buddhism: all of conditioned existence is transient, evanescent, inconstant. All temporal things, whether material or mental, are in a continuous change of condition, subject to decline, destruction or transformation.”

“Photography, like the human body, has a lifetime, is impaired. The print / blow out is already born with the confirmation of its death. It could be an “almost life” inside a film shelf, the 24 hours of Instagram posts or a long life in an archive. The matter of fact is that photography has always been a fragile material. Its main quality isn’t in surviving time but in freezing it. After this process, the image will only exist for a determined period, as little by little it will be transformed and then disappear.

The art in this exhibit works with an idea of transformation or disappearance, they are pictures that are dying and have a second chance, a volcano in constant transformation or a whale that has never been seen. They are all impermanent representations that are either fading away andbecoming vestige, or vestige that is becoming representation.”

New work by Marcelo Fontana

Tropical Contemporary
1120 Bailey Hill Road #11 Eugene OR

Opening Reception Saturday 10/6

Open Hours
Saturdays 1-4pm
10/13 & 10/20

Draw A Drag Queen II
a popup figure drawing event

October 9th from 3-5pm
Erb Memorial Union
University of Oregon Campus

A repeat of our summer pop-up performance and public figure drawing extravaganza! We invite the community of Eugene to participate in a live figure drawing session with fabulous drag queens in glamorous attire. Following a series of poses, each queen will put on a short performance. We will provide drawing stations and materials, but you are also welcome to bring your own. All skill levels are encouraged!


Call for art students & teachers: New Course -residency program in Finland

New Course 
Guided residency program for artists, performers & creative professionals
Place: Arteles Creative Center in Hämeenkyrö, Finland

Time: 1 Month programs in April and May 2019
Deadline for applications: 8th of November 2019

New Course is a guided residency program for the personal growth of artists, performers, writers and creative professionals. Through new collaborative methods and with professional guidance, including one-to-one support from the instructor, the program is designed to expand and enhance artists’ creative practice, routines and way of being.

Program Instuctor: Dr Margi Brown Ash (Australia) – award-winning performer/playwright, devisor/director & researcher/lecturer, professional collaborative creative coach, therapist and mentor, helping enrich people’s lives through art-making, performance and creative writing. 

Read more & apply online:

Oct 17—Dianna Cohen speaks about the pervasive problem of plastic pollution

Artist takes action to address pollution from plastics

How can we stem the tide of plastics overwhelming our planet? The Oregon Humanities Center’s O’Fallon Lecture in Art and American Culture presents a talk about the pervasive problem of plastic pollution with artist and activist Dianna Cohen on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in 156 Straub Hall on the UO campus.

Inspired by her creative work with ubiquitous plastic bags, artist Dianna Cohen co-founded the Plastic Pollution Coalition, a global alliance of individuals, organizations, businesses, and policymakers working toward a world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals, waterways and oceans, and the environment.

In her lecture, “Plastic Pollution: Art to Action,” Cohen will speak about her 2D and 3D artwork, sculptures, and installations. She hopes to inspire conversation and action around the issue of plastic pollution, alternatives, and solutions. At a time when sustainability is an international concern, Cohen asks us to rethink our relationship with plastic and consider the material as a valued resource instead of waste.

Cohen is one of the 30 artists featured in the exhibit “Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials” on view at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art through December 30, 2018. The JSMA will be offering public events surrounding the “Plastic Entanglements” exhibit, which will include panel discussions and research presentations, a lecture by another featured artist, and a family day. For more information about these events go to:

Cohen’s talk is the first lecture in the OHC’s year-long theme “The Common Good” in which speakers will examine critical topics that impact the nation we share, such as civil rights, environment, economics, incarceration, law, and technology. The series will provide audiences with a variety of perspectives on how the common good has shaped—and sometimes failed to shape—our shared social, political, cultural, and ethical history, how it is working or not working in today’s society, and how it might contribute to and strengthen human identity and society in the years to come.

The Colin Ruagh Thomas O’Fallon Memorial Lectureship was established by a gift from Henry and Betsy Mayer, named in memory of their nephew, son of law professor James O’Fallon (1944–2017) and his wife, artist Ellen Thomas. The subject of this lecture alternates each year between law and art and American culture. Past topics have included philosophy, jurisprudence, American political life, architecture, and art theory and criticism.

Cohen’s talk is free and open to the public and will be live-streamed. For information or disability accommodations (which must be made by October 10, 2018), go to or call (541) 346-3934.

2018 LGBT Art Exhibit call for Proposals!

Good Evening All,

I hope you are all transitioning well into the Fall term and that its a successful one for you all. My name is Eva Osirus, I am a student programmer for the LGBT Education and support services. This past summer we have been working hard to plan a robust set of events to celebrate LGBT history month. One of which is an Art exhibit in which we aim to give LGBT and allied students and community members a platform to showcase their work. I’ve contacted you all because you all are connected with many students and If you are willing to send this information out to these students, it could transform a onetime program into an annual event.

Follow the directions in this link/survey to be considered for a spot as a featured artist!

Thank you very much for your time and effort!

Announcement: STAnDD meeting

“Supporting the Advancement of Diversity in Design (STAnDD) is having a kick-off meeting! The event will be held in Lawrence Hall, Room 278, this Friday (the 28th) at noon!
We will talk about what the club does, solidify leadership roles, and start planning for the year to come. Our horizontal leadership allows all members to have a direct impact on topics we discuss and speakers we invite. All design disciplines are encouraged to come!
Our mission is to support the advancement of minorities in design and to create engaging conversations about equity in the field and in our work. We are dedicated to creating a culture of inclusion by making current disparities understood and by being a part of a larger conversation about equity in the fields of architecture and design. We are also committed to the professional development of design students by providing all students access to conferences, events, and other opportunities that will prepare them for their future careers.
If any of this sounds interesting, or you want to hear more about the club, please stop by the meeting or email us at
You can also find us on Instagram @standduo, Facebook and at our website:

BEAM – Light Installation Event & Studio Without Walls – September 21st – We would love to have you there!

Studio Without Walls

September 21st, 2018

Time: 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: The Park Blocks, 8th and Oak Street
Downtown Eugene


ArtCity presents – BEAM

Join us at BEAM! ​

BEAM is a free and fun-for-all-ages evening showcase of works by regional artiststhat incorporate light. It’s an exciting, participatory, and luminous art experience, presented for the second straight year, with support from the City of Eugene. The event will take place at the East Park Block downtown, 8 PM  – 11 PM, Friday, September 21st. Come join local artists as we light up Eugene! Come join local artists as we light up Eugene!

Third Friday – September 21st, 8-11 PM

The Park Blocks, 8th and Oak Street

Downtown Eugene

Show Opening – FISK #023: LilKool – The Villain Within


FISK presents 

LilKool’s The Villian Within

Opening night: Friday, September 21, 2018 at 7pm

FISK Gallery 

3613 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 

Portland, OR 97212

About LilKool (@lilkool)

LilKool was born in Dallas, Texas in 1985. Disenchanted by the ways pop culture was slowly brainwashing the masses, LilKool took to painting as an act of defiance, beginning with spray-paint.

Since moving to New York in 2008, LilKool’s repertoire expanded to include painting, illustration, large-scale murals, photography and fashion collaborations. His style transcends each medium it inhabits. From paneled comic strip style illustrations to abstracted interior stills that rethink modern living- LilKool’s style manages to be diametrically varied but immediately recognizable. His use of flattened, visceral colors and clean black outlines makes each character he paints familiar, yet captivating.

LilKool’s stylistic influences range from classic painters and the cartoons of his childhood to snippets from the obscure comic book scene. His content draws from web culture, Pop Art, politics and life in Brooklyn.

Eugene Open Studios Tour Sept 15-16

Eugene Open Studio Tour Connects Artists & Community

City-wide tour will highlight studios, galleries and alternative art spaces

EUGENE, Ore.— Eugene Open Studios is partnering with Lane Arts Council for an annual city-wide open studio tour on Saturday and Sunday, September 15th and 16th, 2018 (10-5 PM) that engages with artists, galleries, alternative spaces, and arts organizations in the Eugene area to make art studios accessible to the public for one weekend.

A new initiative in Eugene, the open studio weekend promotes dialogue and connectivity between artists and audiences within the artists’ own working environment. It provides a unique opportunity to meet well-known and emerging local artists, experience the spaces where they work, and learn about their creative processes.

Almost 30 art spaces are participating in the open studio weekend. Just a few of the participating spaces include Whiteaker Printmakers, The Oblivion Factory (Jud Turner’s studio), Pendlebury Gallery, Robert Canaga Studio, and Daniels Family Pottery.

“I created Eugene Open Studios because over the years Eugene has seen a huge loss in galleries and art related businesses,” explains Aunia Kahn of Alexi Era Gallery. “The Eugene area is such a creative and dynamic place filled with hundreds of talented, creative and accomplished artisans who are often under the radar. We want to change this. This event helps the community connect and learn about all the artists and creative spaces throughout the area.”

“This studio tour is an incredible opportunity for the community to connect with our local artists in a meaningful way,” states Liora Sponko, Executive Director of Lane Arts Council. “You will see where all of the magic happens, meet directly with the artists, and have the opportunity to purchase artwork that will be cherished for a lifetime.”

For more information and to view the tour map, visit the Eugene Open Studios You can also email

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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
GALLERY HOURS: Tuesday – Saturday 10a – 6p
t: 323-462-2790

3rd Annual EUZINE Comics & Zine Fest!

3rd Annual EUZINE Comics & Zine Fest!
Saturday, November 10th, 2018
In the Wheeler Pavilion at the Lane County Fairgrounds
796 W 13th Ave, Eugene, OR 97402


Tabling Registration for Artists IS NOW OPEN through September 15th! Apply Here:
We’ll be hosting over 140 tabling artists (including zine distros and publishing houses) selling comics, zines, art media, literary works, and more! NEW THIS YEAR: Event will include artist presenters and performances. We’re bringing back the classics as well: Photo Booth, Art wall, and Zine-making area. Special thanks to the Precipice Fund Grant for helping us host a much bigger EUZINE Fest event!

Another huge thanks to our friends At EUCON! We are hosting the same weekend and right next-door to EUCON/Eugene Comic Con!!! Also there is a pigeon show that same day at the fairgrounds, amazing. While you enjoy all the festivities, keep in mind that EUZINE Comics & Zine Fest is ONE DAY ONLY!

NOW OPEN: Tabling Registration for artists will be open through September 15th! Apply Now:

2018 EUZINE Fest Poster Designed by James Stanton @gnartoons:

Local events happening




Date: Friday, August 3rd

Friday ArtWalk

Location: Kesey Square

Time: 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

I will be drawing and selling my art in the Kesey square area. There will be live music, restaurants nearby and live art making as well.


ArtCity presents

Studio Without Walls

Date: Friday,  August 17th

Time: 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: 8th and Oak Street

Live Art Making, music, beverage garden, food carts and lots of fun!


ArtCity presents BEAM

Art at night that lights up!

Date: September 21st

Time: 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: 8th & Oak Street

Live Art Making, music, beverage garden, food carts and lots of fun!

Fiesta Cultural – Call to Community

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Lane Arts Council is excited to announce the fourth year of Fiesta Cultural, a county-wide initiative celebrating Latinx arts, culture and heritage.
Fiesta Cultural creates opportunities for inclusion through the arts, highlights Latinx artists, and connects the community with Latinx culture through welcoming cultural programs and events.
If you or your organization is planning an event, program or exhibition in Lane County between September and December 2018 that aligns with this initiative, please contact us by July 31st to be included as a Fiesta Cultural program.
These might include music, dance, visual arts, poetry, film, performance and other cultural programming produced by or integrating Latinx artists or Latinx culture. Last year we included 25 events and 8 art exhibits!
For questions or help with submitting, contact Jessica Watson (Lane Arts Council) at 541-485-2278 or

Funding Awarded to Community Arts Projects in Eugene

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Lane Arts Council & City of Eugene 
Award Funding to Community Arts Projects
Lane Arts Council announces $56,125 in grants to arts organizations and arts projects in the Eugene area. The Community Arts Grant Program is funded by the City of Eugene Cultural Services Division and administered by Lane Arts Council.
The Community Arts Grants help ensure diverse and accessible arts opportunities and experiences for Eugene artists, audiences and participants.
This year nine community arts organizations, with annual budgets above $100,000, will receive Program Grants and 17 community arts projects will receive Project Grants. Project grants will fund: theatre productions, poetry slams, arts and writing competitions, summer rock camps, festivals, art exhibitions, mural programs, fashion shows and more.
St. Vincent de Paul was awarded a Community Arts Grant for their Metamorphose Earth Day Event in which they will invite the community to participate in upcycled/recycled art and design challenges and learn about responsible waste-diversion.
“Community Arts Grants play a critically important role in Eugene by helping to meld mission with art—and that art helps to make that mission visible, vibrant and accessible,” says Terry McDonald, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul. The agency also received a Community Arts Grant that will enable a local artist to work with residents of the new SVDP Youth House for homeless teen girls to create a mural telling their collective story.
Another grant recipient, Wordcrafters in Eugene, will present a Fiction Fantastic contest for young writers to showcase their creativity and publish their written works.
Wordcrafters in Eugene Executive Director, Daryll Lynne Evans, explained why the grant is meaningful to their organization: “Having access to quality creative writing instruction is vital for our youth to discover their voices and hone their story-telling skills. This grant makes it possible to give youth in our community a space to be published and know that their voices matter.”
“Arts and culture is the heartbeat of our city and the reason why so many of us love living in Eugene,” states Liora Sponko, Lane Arts Council Executive Director. “These grant awarded projects and programs provide our community with access to the incredible artistic contributions of our local artists and arts organizations.”
Join us for a special award ceremony open to the public:
Community Arts Grant Award Ceremony
Tuesday, July 17th  | 4:00-5:30pm
Oregon Contemporary Theatre
194 W Broadway, Eugene, OR 97401
About Lane Arts Council 
Lane Arts Council, founded in 1976, is a nonprofit organization that cultivates strong and creative arts communities in Lane County. They provide arts education programs in schools, support local artists and arts organizations, and coordinate the popular First Friday ArtWalk.
Enclosure: List of Community Arts Grant recipients.

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.


Kanani Miyamoto @ Killjoy Collective

Kanani Miyamoto

Mururoa Mururoa: Big Lies

June 30 – July 21

Opening Reception June 30, 2018 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Killjoy Collective 222 SE 10th Ave Unit 102B Portland, OR 97214

“Indeed, I saw in the district young women and young girls tranquil of eye, pure Tahitians….

All indeed, wish to be taken literally, brutally taken, without a single word.”

— Excerpt from Noa Noa, Tahiti journal of P. Gauguin

In 1769, the population of Tahiti was approximately 35,000.

By the time Paul Gauguin arrived in Papeete in 1891, European disease had killed off two-thirds of the population.

In the same year, colonialism had successfully destroyed the Maori people. Calvinist, Mormon, and Catholic religions replaced the indigenous beliefs and European thought and products replaced the handicrafts, barkcloth, the art of tattoo, music, and dance.

Mururoa Mururoa: Big Lies, is the start to a new dialog on the art and life of Paul Gauguin. A challenge to art institutions, art historians, and curators to recognize the true perspective of the indigenous.

#Repost @mamakanani


I have been thinking about this for years… In 2012 I saw an exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum, Gauguin and Polynesia: An Elusive Paradise. I could not believe the ignorance of this show; the write up was absolutely ridiculous…they said “through a balanced and contextual analysis of Polynesian art alongside Gauguin’s works, this exhibit brings Polynesian arts and culture into the center of Gauguin studies”.

Gauguin is the face of colonialism: the face of a patriarchal society. There was no balance in the curation of this show. There was no Polynesian voice in this show. Polynesian art and culture was stolen, fetishised, and taken advantage of by Gauguin.

Moruroa Moruroa: Big Lies



Kanani Miyamoto | Instagram: @mamakanani

Kanani Miyamoto was born and raised in Hawai`i and now lives in Portland, Oregon. She is a recent graduate of the Pacific Northwest College of Art MFA in Print Media program and has shown work in Oregon, Idaho and Hawai`i.

“I have lived in Portland for five years and visit Hawai`i as often as I can. Returning to the islands as a visitor has really opened my eyes to the tourist industry.”

Miyamoto is a passionate printmaker with an educational background rooted in traditional practices. Exploring issues of cultural and personal identity, Miyamoto’s studio practice expands into non-traditional forms of printmaking including mixed-media original prints, sculpture, installation, and animation. Miyamoto’s work investigates autobiographical experiences of growing up in Honolulu and being mixed heritage.

Killjoy Collective | Instagram: @killjoypdx

Our collective goal is to increase the visibility of women, women-identifying, and gender non-conforming artists in Portland and beyond by curating public visual art exhibitions and events representing a community-minded and interdisciplinary approach. We seek to provide a platform for artists exploring urgent, contemporary issues via our artist-run gallery space in SE Portland.

We view Killjoy as a site of resistance and a space for collaborating voices.

Killjoy Collective celebrates and seeks to engage women — women of color, women of all ages, women of all shapes and sizes, women with visible and invisible disabilities, immigrant women, indigenous women, queer women, trans women, and those who refuse to be put in a box. Our organization is feminist, non-hierarchical, unmotivated by profit, and deeply committed to sustaining relationships with artists and audiences. Our artist-run space strives to connect emerging creatives with intrigued audiences in a fun and intimate environment.

Killjoy Collective is located inside the Troy Laundry Studios at 222 SE 10th Ave #102B Portland, OR 97214 across the street from Century bar.

Projects hosted by Killjoy Collective are free and open to the public.


Monday, June 11 – receptions for Spring Storm 2018 and Back Alley Bash exhibitions

Monday, June 11

Receptions for Spring Storm 2018 and Back Alley Bash exhibitions- please join us to celebrate!


4:00- 6:00pm in Lawrence Hall, 1190 Franklin Boulevard

Spring Storm 2018 showcases the work of over 70 graduating seniors in the School of Art + Design majoring in art, art & technology, and product design. The exhibition will be on view through June 18 from 10:00am-6:00pm.


6:00-7:00pm in Kalapuya Ilihi, 1751 E 17th Ave

Back Alley Bash presents a culmination of a year’s worth of work from the university’s first Art + Design Academic Residential Community. The exhibition is on view June 6-11 from 10:00am- 6:00pm.


Exhibitions are free and open to all. Visit the School of Art + Design for further information about upcoming eventsand the Departments of Art and Product Design.

Wendy Heldmann

School of Art + Design

University of Oregon


Now That We’ve Bonded: Opening Reception

Now That We’ve Bonded: Opening Reception
The UO Visual Arts Team is excited to present “Now That We’ve Bonded” in
the Adell McMillan gallery.* Join us for the opening reception for a
chance to talk with the artists about their work, and enjoy food catered
by Marché!
“Now That We’ve Bonded” is an exhibition of photographic works from the
spring quarter UO Advanced Photography class taught by Ron Jude. The
work in the show represents a wide range of approaches.
This exhibition will be on view during normal EMU hours from June 6th
through September 30th.
Participating Artists:
Analee Ackerman
Junwei Zhang
Megan May
Melissa Campolo
Hunter Chesnut
Aaron Danny
Bradley Hodgin
Alden Kratz
Ariel Lenkov
Allison Schukis
Amelia Thompson
Chad VanNatta
Peirce Ward
Katie Winkleman
Sam Wrigglesworth
Mark Drevdahl
Desi Colley
Emily Sexton
Sky Wolfram
*Located on Floor 2 of the EMU, near the ballroom. Listed as “McMillan
Gallery” in elevator directory.

Join us June 7 & June 12 for screenings of Ai Weiwei’s Human Flow

A documentary by Ai Weiwei

Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II. Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.


Thursday, June 7, at 12:00 p.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

Post-film discussion led by Portland Meet Portland director Manuel Padilla.

Tuesday, June 12, at 6:30 p.m.
184 Knight Law Center
Post-film discussion led by Define American chapter members Mariko Plescia and Rachel Alm.

Both screenings are free and open to the public. 

Organized by University of Oregon Define American chapter, in partnership with the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Oregon Humanities Center, Global Justice Program, No Lost Generation UO, and The Department of Romance Languages.

Terri Warpinski’s “From Here to There” to be exhibited in the Governor’s Office June 4 — July 31


News Release from Oregon Arts Commission
Posted on FlashAlert: May 24th, 2018 10:40 AM

Downloadable file: Ripple Effect, Columbia Slough, 2006, Silver gelatin photographic collage with graphite, 22 x 18 inches, Courtesy of the artist

Salem, Oregon – Eugene artist Terri Warpinski will exhibit “From Here to There” in the Governor’s Office of the Capitol Building in Salem from June 4 to July 31.

Warpinski’s artistic work reflects her longstanding interest in the traces of human activity embedded in landscape. Oregon’s abundance of natural open spaces—whether oceans, rivers, plains (sage or grass), lakes or desert (dunes, scrub lands, or playas)—have been the source of contemplation and inspiration for her photography for more than 30 years.

After 32 years of teaching and administrative service at the University of Oregon, Warpinski is now a Professor Emerita of Art and dedicating her full attention to her studio practice. Her creative and scholarly career is distinguished by a Fulbright Fellowship (Israel 2000-2001) and most recently with a DAAD Research Grant (2016) to work in Berlin with the Stiftung Berliner Mauer as host institution. She is the recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship (2014) and two Career Opportunity Grants (2015, 2013) from The Ford Family Foundation and the Oregon Art Commission. She has been awarded numerous artist residencies, including at Ucross (2000), Playa (2011, 2014) and Caldera (2016).

Recently completed projects include “Surface Tension: three landscapes of division and Liminal Matter: Fences,” in collaboration with Portland poet Laura Winter. Her work has been shown in more than 125 exhibitions including the Pingyao International Festival of Photography in China; the US Embassy in Jerusalem; Houston International Fotofest; Center for Photography at Woodstock; the University of the Arts Philadelphia; and San Francisco’s Camerawork.

The Art in the Governor’s Office Program honors selected artists in Oregon with exhibitions in the reception area of the Governor’s Office in the State Capitol. Artists are nominated by a statewide committee of arts professionals who consider artists representing the breadth and diversity of artistic practice across Oregon, and are then selected by the Arts Commission with the participation of the Governor’s Office. Only professional, living Oregon artists are considered and an exhibit in the Governor’s office is considered a “once in a lifetime” honor. Artists whose work has previously been shown in the Governor’s office include Henk Pander, Michele Russo, Manuel Izquierdo, James Lavadour, Margot Thompson, Gordon Gilkey and Yuji Hiratsuka.

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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of Business Oregon (formerly Oregon Economic and Community Development Department) in 1993, in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission’s expertise in grantmaking, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.

The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature and with federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust. More information about the Oregon Arts Commission is available online at:


Contact Info:
Carrie Kikel

Personal Branding—Lunch & Learn

Students from College of Design interested in “punk rock business strategies” including unique personal branding should come to this session and meet with Jenelle Isaacson in a small roundtable format to discuss ideas, challenges, and your design future!
June 1, 12:30-1:30 | 278 LA | Space is limited, lunch provided please RSVP link

Event 5/30: Margo Jefferson explores questions of identity and community

Journalist and cultural critic Margo Jefferson, an articulate voice critiquing race and culture in America, will speak at the UO on Wednesday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m. in 182 Lillis Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

In her lecture, “From ‘I’ to ‘We’: The Role of the Citizen-Critic,” Jefferson will explore how to bring all the traditions that shape us—intellectual, political, aesthetic—to complex questions of identity and community.

The daughter of a prominent physician and social worker-turned-socialite mother, Jefferson grew up in an upper-middle class black neighborhood in Chicago in the 1950s and ’60s. She writes about her experiences growing up in post-war America as a member of a privileged African American family in her memoir, Negroland.
For more information go to: