by Abbey McDonald, Clark Honors College Communications
A few weeks ago, on May 29, two women hammered six nails directly into the wall of the newly renovated Chapman Hall. It happened in plain sight of administration, between the south entrance and room 102.
They were Sonja Dahl, the fibers studio manager at the School of Art and Design, and Aiyana McClinton, the Northrop Award winning student whose art will adorn the front lobby until the spring of 2021.
The Keena Shaw Northrop Dean Art Award was established in 2013. Northrop graduated in 1950 from the School of Architecture and Allied Arts with a degree in Fine/Applied Arts. She did some of her coursework in Chapman Hall, using the project drawers in what is now the Clark Honors College Library to store her work.
The award will be offered for the next 10 years for a student to produce a work of art to install in Chapman Hall for one year.
The three textile pieces took an hour to arrange, and McClinton carefully fluffed and preened each one. Her plan for its presentation had been stewing since spring break, when she was notified that her work had been selected.
“I went and looked at the space and thought, ‘they’re going to look so perfect!’” she recalled.
McClinton used cotton, yarn, raw and refined wool for most of the black and white pieces. She also dangled warp ends from its edges that her classmates cut from finished loom projects. Its variety of materials combine with eclectic weaving techniques to make the installation a treat for the eyes, and soft to the touch.
Though the three pieces have their own personalities, with McClinton’s favorite part being the tuft of wool at the top of the right piece, they all coexist in harmony.
“I like to think of them as triplets. They’re all sort of interconnected and communicating with each other, and I like to think that they’re sort of relying on each other,” she said.
These woven triplets tell a story of time and dependence. They feature a mixture of raw and refined wool, cotton yarn, and many other found materials like rope and warp ends, in a high contrast black, tan and white color palette. Wool droops and meanders through the weavings, enunciating the way the three interact with and affect each other. When on the loom, the pieces are completely flat; when allowed to drape, the pieces take on emotion and life. The horizontal lines become snakes slithering between the weavings, messages being sent back and forth. The draping of the weavings mocks the drooping cotton floats, giving a body to the woven emotions. The folds are translated across weavings, connecting them all as one sporadic movement. The two outer weavings humbly lean on the center piece, reliant and responsive. Emotional communication and cyclical time is found in the jumping and repeating wool pieces. The weavings are in tune with their connections.
DEADLINE EXTENDED (MAY 22).
We’re calling students to help build upon this university’s reputation for environmental action. HOPES is an opportunity to chart the course of your education. If you are graduating or unavailable, feel free to nominate someone you think would make a good HOPES leader Just forward the email to them and cc firstname.lastname@example.org
We have the following open leadership positions:
Director of Social Media/Web Design: questions – Contact Izzy Ospina at email@example.com
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If you would like to apply for Conference Co-Director (two positions available) please email Zach Sherrod email@example.com
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the position you are interested in for the subject line (i.e. Outreach Director).
Send us your application by 5 PM Wednesday, May 22nd.
In your email, please include the following information:
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- Information about your plans for next year (graduation term/year, study abroad, Portland campus, etc.)
- List relevant skills, experience, or personal attributes that make you a good candidate for this position
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This Thursday evening there are three exciting art receptions during the same time period which makes for a perfect UO welcoming event for art lovers:
Thursday, March 14th DIY Art Walk, 3 Receptions:
Envelop Reception with Anne Magratten MFA ‘15 in EMU Adell McMIllan Gallery, 6-7pm
5th Annual Undergraduate Juried Reception in Lawrence Hall’s LaVerne Krause Gallery, 6-7pm
Interior Architecture Student Design Presentations in Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, 5-7pm
“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
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
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.
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As of August 1, GEO is once again located in 300W Oregon Hall!
Join us for this year’s HOPES 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!
HOPES Director of Outreach
The watercolor club is an informal gathering for students interested in exploring watercolor – all experience levels welcome and supplies provided! Meets Wednesdays from 6-8 at the Urban Farm across Franklin Blvd east of the Milrace buildings – follow the bike path. If there are any questions contact Sierra (email@example.com).
Monday, June 11
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.
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Student Peer Advisors for Art/Art & Technology Majors and Art/Multimedia Minors
Fall 2017 Drop-in Hours:
Monday through Thursday: 11am – 12pm
Friday: 12 – 1pm
Come talk with a peer advisor for assistance with:
- Major/minor requirements
- Choosing & scheduling classes
- Transcript questions
- General Ed requirements
- Declaring an Art major
- Applying to Art & Technology major
- Declaring a minor
Drop in at 254 Lawrence Hall
School of Art + Design Office
Art Department Fall 2017 Scholarships
Visit our website for more information and a link to the application:
Current* Art and Digital Arts/Art & Technology majors are eligible to apply.
The deadline to submit Scholarship Applications has been extended to Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at midnight.
Applicants are encouraged to submit their FAFSA as soon as possible prior to the January 18, 2017 deadline.
*Current majors are those whose application/declaration was confirmed by the Art Office before December 1, 2016.
Our first annual EUZINE Comics & Zine Fest is taking place Saturday November 12th, at 44. W Broadway, in Downtown Eugene. 11AM-6PM, we will be hosting tabling artists from Seattle, Olympia, Portland, Eugene and Beyond for this one day only Comics and Zine event! Admission is free to all! Find us on facebook and online at euzinefest.com
AAA, EUZINE Fest was started by UO graduates
and local artists who wanted to create an event that exposes local and regional talent through print media, ephemera, comics, illustrations, storytelling and many other graphic and visual arts. We would like to continue to grow this event in scale and complexity and will continue to reach out to artists in other cities large and small to showcase their talent. We believe a zine fest in Eugene was a long time coming and wish to get the word out to support the artists who have taken a chance on our emerging event.
Tropical Contemporary Presents
Friday, November 4th, 2016, 6 PM – 9 PM
Tropical Contemporary, 1120 Bailey Hill #11
Following in the footsteps of Teenybopper and
Lollygagger, Tropical Contemporary presents Nailbiter, a group show of local artists working with ideas of idiosyncratic psychological tendencies. Fear, the emotional response to threat, danger or abjectness. Cortisol floods the central nervous system and
pupils dilate with a sharp inhale. Should we flee? Fight? Gag? We’re yelling at the car in front of us as if this has become the lion our genetics tell us we should be fleeing thousands of years ago on the savannah plains. These impulses become even further
removed, as we watch actors on screen run from bloodthirsty killers, tapping our veins as we crave the adrenaline rush brought on by this illusion of danger. The fight or flight response, a genetic hijacking, conditions us through Pavlovian mechanisms to acquire
unique and problematic coping mechanisms. Nail biting, a mild form of the obsessive compulsive tendency, Trichotillomania, rewards us for ripping small pieces of cuticle and nail; tiny self-cannibalizations. This can temporarily hold off the cortisol; small
fleshy sacrifices to help channel our focus. This behavior we pass down socially, learning from our loved ones who cope in this same way.
Through a variety of media, including painting,
sculpture, photography, and video, Tropical presents a show that looks at this relationship of behavior and stress, venturing into the creepy, grotesque, and abject.
Tropical Contemporary is an itinerant collective
of emerging artists in Eugene, Oregon who are working to instill a climate of contemporary discourse, critique, and unbridled creation by finding ways to connect through visual, acutely visceral, and symbolic means.
Hello! My name is Katie Lipp and I am currently one of the two Peer Advisors for the Art and Art and Technology departments. I am a senior this year and intend to graduate in June of 2017. I began my time at UO as an Art major and have since then made the transition into the Art and Technology major. I love working in both traditional and non-traditional medias and always attempt to let my passions for both guide me in my work. As an artist and designer, my interests lie mainly in print media and visual communication. I also have a huge appreciation for fine art and recently declared an Art History minor. I have loved my
time in the Art Department here at UO and am really looking forward to seeing where my skills and education will take
me after I graduate!
My name is Teddy Tsai and after transitioning from two years in
political science and psychology I am happy to have the privilege to serve as one of your Peer Advisors for the Art and Art Technology majors. Since declaring my major I’ve enjoyed the many resources our department has had to offer and have extended my practice abroad with my fellow Art students. A focus is something I’ve yet to decide on, however one thing I can be sure of is my passion for the new and challenging regardless of artistic association. When I’m not wandering the halls of
Lawrence I enjoy working with the UO students in other communities, such as the Clark Honors College and the University Housing. I find human interaction to be a fascinating thing and often look upon it as the inspiration for my work. As I enter a new year of exploration and growth, I look forward to meeting and learning with every one of you.
FALL TERM 2016 DROP-IN PEER ADVISING HOURS:
11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Monday-Thursday
11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Friday
Please drop by the Art Office at 198 Lawrence Hall during these hours if you want to meet with a peer advisor.
Eugene Contemporary Art announces the exhibition, Layers that Swallow, featuring work by Mandy Hampton.
Opening Reception Saturday, October 1, 6-8pm
On view at The Barn Light East, M-F 8-6, October 1 through October 28, 2016.
The 2016 UO Art MFA Thesis Exhibition opens Friday, May 6, at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, 8371 North Interstate Avenue in Portland, with a reception from 6-9 p.m. The exhibition runs through May 29.
The eight artists presenting work “reveal and question truths, both singular and universal, by exploring ways of being that go beyond the conventional,” states Alexandra Mickle, a UO art history graduate student, in the show catalog. “The exhibited installations are grounded in the gallery space but speak more broadly to questions of larger dialogues.”
Mickle’s commentaries about each of the artists “consider each artist both individually and as a cohort, suggesting potential threads to create discourse among distinct practices. Embracing many mediums and forms, the works in this exhibit present iterations, fragmentations, and clarifications of reality, encouraging a reevaluation of things as they are, or as they appear to be.”
Exhibiting artists are Anya Dikareva, Summer Gray, Krista Heinitz, Steven Joshlin, Daniel Lopez, Sarah Mikenis, Rachel Widomski, and Stephen Nachtigall.
“These artists have worked in tandem, occasionally collaborating, engaged in the hard work of the studio and the challenges of critical discourse,” says Christopher Michlig, graduate program director in the UO Department of Art. “Pushed by their peers, faculty members, and remarkable visitors, these artists leave the program well-equipped, with promising bodies of work and the tools for ongoing inquiry.”
Video, digital media, collage, performance, painting, sculpture, printed matter, photography, and installation make up the range of practices presented in the exhibition. “The broad range of inquiry and practice demonstrates the dynamic conceptual and formal potentials of this graduating group of young artists,” Michlig notes.
Sarah Mikenis says she tries to create art “that is unresolved or defies easy categorization. My work oscillates between being a painting and a sculpture, between being an art object and acting like an everyday object, that is simultaneously serious as well as playful and mocking.”
Her work is “more sculptural and object-like than traditional two-dimensional painting,” she says. One piece in the show is a large, green, monochromatic painting with pockets attached. Sometimes the work is easily recognizable, like a pair of pants with pockets, and other times it seems familiar, perhaps a pillowcase, a couch cushion, a tile floor, “but remains unnamable,” she says. She hopes viewers take away “some feeling of ambiguity in the work; not just that the work is indecisive, but that it swings wildly between being uneasy and completely confident.”
Her materials and processes vary widely, as has the direction of her creative inquiry since she began graduate school. Some are made in plywood covered with upholstery foam and canvas; others are made from digital drawings translated into oil or acrylic paint and airbrushed. She characterizes her show installation as a synthesis of the trajectory of her work over the past three years — from photo-realism to abstraction, from making collages to be painted, and finally to “paintings that become sculptural objects themselves.” Though her work has changed dramatically, certain themes — like the human body, fashion, consumerism, pattern, and disruption — have remained, she says.
“I am calling the installation ‘Painting’ with quotations because although I use canvas and paint, and most of the work hangs on the wall, my work is much more sculptural and object-like than traditional two-dimensional painting. My paintings are sometimes stuffed and puffy, or wrinkled, or the gesture of the painted form seems to be slumping, leaning against the wall, or bending away from the wall and toward the viewer.”
Stephen Nachtigall also departs from traditional two-dimensional work, however his installation is based around digital videos made with 3D models of plants and animation software.
The videos are shown on flatscreen televisions incorporated into a structure built with steel studs. His work also integrates printed mesh screens and other materials as the “walls” of the space. “The result is a provisional structure that viewers can look through and also pass through physically,” he says.
“I wanted the work to reflect both the physical, sculptural aspects of my work and also include digital video, which is a large part of my practice,” he says. “What I came up with is a framework that will meld these multiple ways of making together.”
Nachtigall says the work is a new direction for him at the same time “a kind of summation” of his studies at UO.
“The vibe of the work in the show will be a mix of things I see in our cultural environment, screens that are designed to shift our attention away from something or towards something else, the way that images might determine our approach to reality, and a connection to our ecological predicament that is often a tenuous mix between alienation and complacency. What I hope my work can do for viewers is to provide a place that affords the chance to reflect on how they might feel about a future where ‘nature’ might not mean anything more than an image of simulated plants on a screen.”
Disjecta is open Friday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. when exhibitions are staged; in between shows, the gallery is closed.
“The art scene its self is an endless self-corrective process. Its workings are more evident the more it accelerates and condenses.”
– Lucy R. Lippard
Continuous Lattice is a collaborative exhibition with works by the MFA candidates of Portland State University and the University of Oregon. It developed out of visits and discussions between the first-year graduate students at each school. The work exhibited is diverse in medium, technique, and concept that represent the individual practices of each artist. While the pieces vary, they are united by desires to connect and seek solidarity. The show is an opportunity the artists to build a community – bridging the gap between two programs, geographical distances, and artistic processes.
There will be an opening reception Friday, April 15th from 6-8pm with performances scheduled to start at 6pm to continue intermittently throughout the duration of the opening. The Wallace and Grace Hayden Gallery will host Continuous Lattice through May 14. We invite all to attend and connect with this community.
Wallace and Grace Hayden Gallery, Lawrence Hall
1st floor, 5249 University St, Eugene, OR 97405
Sunday-Saturday, 7:30am – Midnight
Announcing the grand opening of the Global Scholars Hall Art Gallery and the Face in the Sun Art Show: A Colorful Collection of Student Artwork
Reception January 21, 2016
6:00 – 7:30pm
Global Scholars Hall
UO Cultural Forum
Congratulations to Ditch Projects for being a recipient of a 2015 Precipice Fund Grant!
Ditch Projects, an artist-run space in Springfield, Oregon, is one of the sole venues devoted to experimental contemporary art in the Eugene/Springfield region. The Precipice Fund grant will assist with the costs of Ditch Project’s 2016 exhibition program and related, open-format artist talks in both Springfield and Portland.
White Box at the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts in Portland is pleased to present 2016 UO Art MFA 2nd Year Exhibition. On display will be the work of nine master of fine arts graduate students in their second year of candidacy.
Andrew Douglas Campbell
24 NW 1st Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday | noon-6:00 p.m.
The 2016 UO Art MFA 2nd Year Exhibition presents the work of nine MFA students in their 2nd year of Candidacy. The Department of Art MFA is an interdisciplinary program in which students are encouraged to work across disciplines, with focus in areas of sculpture, photography, painting, printmaking, digital arts, ceramics, fibers, and jewelry & metalsmithing. The curriculum combines disciplinary depth and interdisciplinary thinking, and students work closely with faculty members from every media area through graduate reviews, independent studies, and interdisciplinary courses.
“An idea danced is an idea deteriorating in the process of being revealed, changed, getting caught up in the world, mucked-up and mitigated: that is, it’s improved.”*
If there is a common thread running through the work of these artists, it is that each refuses expected responses to subject-object relationships, and each artist mediates these relationships vis-à-vis surprising and experimental processes and use of materials, often conveying the aspiration of one medium through the voice of another, sometimes returning again and again to the same idea with widely varying responses. Collage, video, ceramics, drawing, sculptural bricolage, puppetry and painting are all presented under an umbrella of exploration whose imperative seems to be a continual upending of viewer expectation. There is a momentum in each artist’s practice, represented in this exhibition by works that index highly discursive and energetic artistic activity, hinting at both the temporal nature of an artist’s labor, as well as the enduring visual and conceptual momentum that occurs as the result.
The MFA program is a three-year period of rigorous studio investigation, critical discourse, and conceptual development. Emphasis is placed on developing a course of study tailored to the needs of the individual student, while encouraging exploration and risk-taking. The program supports a thorough engagement with the processes and principles that are fundamental to each student’s discipline, as well as an informed awareness of issues and practices within the larger art community. Developing fluency in critical discourse, analysis, and writing are important parts of the MFA program, which culminates in a yearlong terminal project and group Thesis exhibition.
*Martin, Timothy, “Janitor in a Drum: Excerpts from a Performance History”, Mike Kelley: Catholic Tastes, Whitney Museum of American Art, 59-64, 1993
This exhibition is made possible in part by the Ballinger Family Memorial Fund.
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!