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21st Annual Oregon College of Art and Craft Art on the Vine was a huge success!

The 21st  Annual Oregon College of Art and Craft Art on the Vine, Innovation in Making was a huge success. 

The theme of the 21st  Oregon College of Art and Craft Art on the Vine, Innovation in Making, incorporates the shift of digital technology into the world of craft and art. As attendees entered the Portland Art Museum, they were met by two 3D printers at work. Not your usual site at a gala, the printers were from our newly established OCAC FabLab, a digital fabrication laboratory funded the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust.  

At OCAC we see digital technology as a tool that, in the hands of skilled makers and inventive thinkers, such as our students and faculty, leads to innovative ways to see and change the world around us.  After all, as our Head of Ceramics, Dylan Beck has said, “The ceramics wheel was once new technology.” You could say the same thing about a long list of tools, media, and practices. It was not so long ago that photography was accepted as an art form, and printmaking before that.

The gala auction attendees included corporation and business leaders, artists, and makers, whose lifeblood is innovation. Among them were our lead sponsors for the evening: CoLab Architecture + Urban Design, Morel Ink, Pendleton Woolen Mills, Nike, and Downstream. We continue to be most appreciative of Downstream for capturing the essence of the OCAC creative community in the videos shown that night and now on our website. These terrific supporters, and our longstanding sponsors Beauport Enterprises, Harsch Investment Properties, and Bonhams, make up a small selection of our more than 60 partnerships in the greater Portland area. Our Honorary Chairs for the evening were Laurie and Mark Engberg of CoLab. 

This years’ event was one of the most energized in recent years. From the silent auction to the live auction finale, the room was alive with excitement. Bidding was particularly fierce for works by many of our OCAC Student Commission winners — a testament to the incredible creative level of our students’ work in both our BFA in Craft and MFA in Craft: Practice and Innovation.

The event focused attention on these student commission pieces in the context of the work of established artists and makers. In a way, it is a coming out party for them. And rightly so, as the sole purpose of the auction is to support scholarships for OCAC students in all our programs, from the Jordan Schnitzer Family Art Adventures to the BFA in Craft and MFA in Craft: Practice and Innovation degree programs. And, why not? You have only to see the work they create to understand that they are the thinkers, innovators, and creators of the future. Their work, in the words of Nike VP of Design, John Hoke, is "helping move enterprise, helping move business, helping move culture forward." 

To find event photos, videos and links, explore our website or follow us on Facebook. Stay tuned for more ways to get involved and support OCAC in our series, Celebrations, starting this spring.

Thank you to all who attended and to all who are a part of the innovative community that is OCAC.

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