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OCAC Alumni Association Statement of Purpose

The Alumni Association provides many benefits and services to the alums of OCAC and cultivates a culture of support betwen the College and its alumni; facilitating a network of ambassadors and advocates for the College; encouraging a culture of mentoring for current students; assisting with career advancement; facilitating a network communication and connectivity, and providing a forum for alumni to provide feedback to the institution.  

OCAC Alumni Association Benefits and Services

Free membership to the alumni association
Invitation and access to all college lectures and events
Discounted Community Program classes - Studio School Alumni Discounts
Library access
Exhibition opportunities
Art Sales participation opportunities - Holiday sale, Spring sale, and Art on the Vine Auction
Participation in alumni events
Alumni Facebook group
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OCAC Alumni Committee

Ryan Burghard
Chair of Alumni Affairs Committee

Ryan teaches in the Foundations Department, General Studies Department and in the MFA in Craft program. Prior to joining the faculty at OCAC, he was a Public Art Coordinator for the Oregon Arts Commission where he facilitated the selection and acquisition process of artwork for the state's Percent for Arts program. Born in Norwich, NY, Burghard’s studio work gives new meanings to familiar objects and explores the value of serendipitous moments in our daily lives. Often employing mundane materials, his slight and seemingly invisible gestures question the nature of our relationships; both universal and personal, to time and to notions we have of permanence and impermanence.
rburghard@ocac.edu
ryanburghard.com

Chris Potts
Director of Alumni Affairs

He is  an experienced Student Affairs professional with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. He is a strategic, systems thinker who seeks to lead and address adaptive challenges through servant leadership. Chris’s work is rooted in social justice, equity and inclusion. Through these lenses, he seeks to empower those he works for, serve as an adaptive leader, who is a change agent that addresses and dismantle systemic barriers. He approaches his work with students and professionals through these lenses. He is also skilled in conflict resolution, conflict coaching, shuttle diplomacy, and restorative justice.  Including strong foundations and experience in training and development, recruitment, student leadership, student conduct, event planning, advising, crisis management, and research. 
cpotts@ocac.edu
 

Olivia Fu
Member

Olivia is an illustrator, animator, and experimental zine maker. Fu received her MFA in the Illustration Practice program at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her open ended approach to illustration resulted in her most recent work, Unlabelled, an experiential installation that combines gif animation and wood sculpture. Much of her work addresses womanhood, identity, sexuality, and the absurdity of life. Olivia enjoys conveying her topics with humor and a sense of the surreal.
ofu@ocac.edu
oliviafu.com

Jeanne Medina
Member

Jeanne is an artist working between textile, fashion, and performance. She considers her textile production as a process of decolonization through which she grapples with identity, ancestral trauma, and the fixed and fluid spaces of the body. She is interested in the language, meaning, and knowledge embodied in textiles, which have been devalued by colonial hierarchies over time. Jeanne pursued research in Antwerp, Belgium on the Royal Academy of Art Fashion Department, the Betet Skara archive at ModeMuseum, and worked with fashion designer, Christian Wijnants. She has also worked with the Highland Support Project and fair-trade weaving organization, Pixan, in Xela, Guatemala to develop textile designs with indigenous Mayan weavers. Her collaborations include costume design for choreographer, Ni’Ja Whitson, and performance for the Craft Mystery Cult.
jmedina@ocac.edu
jeanne-medina.com