In keeping with the mission of the College, the faculty at Oregon College of Art and Craft are practicing artists who maintain strong ties to their professions. In addition, they pride themselves on teaching as a form of creative expression. The College attracts highly qualified artists with strong portfolios and lengthy records of professional practice.
Current OCAC Faculty:
Dylan J. Beck
Dylan J. Beck
Ceramics Department Head
DYLAN J. BECK is a ceramic artist, sculptor, and educator. Beck attended The Ohio University in Athens where he studied sculpture and ceramics. Upon receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics, Beck was awarded a Post Baccalaureate Fellowship at Illinois State University in Illinois. In 2006, he moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to attend Tyler School of Art, Temple University for graduate school where he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree. Beck’s research focuses on the built environment, including concepts dealing with urban development, the information infrastructure, and the economic, social, and psychological effects of living in a super-modern world.
Book Arts and General Studies Faculty
INGE BRUGGEMAN, book arts and general studies faculty, received her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. She went on to become resident artist at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and then to teach for 4 years at the University of California, Santa Barbara before moving to Oregon. In Portland she continued teaching while running Textura, a letterpress and book arts master studio, until 2010. She is recently returned from a residency in Marseille, France and a year of teaching in the Interdisciplinary Arts MFA program at Columbia College Chicago. She is a recipient of an Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship and several Regional Arts & Culture Council & OAC Grants. Her work is shown and collected internationally. She makes fine press artist’s books under her imprint INK-A! Press, artist’s books, text-based art work exploring the textual landscape we are surrounded by, and installation work that investigates the book as a cultural icon and artifact.
Master of Fine Arts, Department of Crafts and Material Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University; Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture, North Carolina State University.
KARL BURKHEIMER leads the newest OCAC graduate program, the MFA in Craft. Formally the head of the College’s Wood Department, Karl has been actively involved in the development of OCAC’s MFA programs, and was the Associate Chair within the Applied Craft + Design program. Prior to joining the faculty at OCAC, Karl was an Assistant Professor of design at Virginia Commonwealth University’s branch campus in Qatar. He has also worked with students and faculty from the University of Manitoba as a guest artesian for service learning studios in Turkey and Africa.
Karl’s artistic practice is founded on an interest in labor and skill, reflecting many years of personal experience building objects and environments for both artistic and utilitarian purposes. His work has been exhibited nationally, including recent exhibitions at the Disjecta Interdisciplinary Art Center, the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon, and the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His critical writing has been published in Ceramic Monthly, and he has received several awards of recognition as well as institutional funding, including a 2012 individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission, a finalist for the 2013 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards at the Portland Art Museum, and a 2013 U.S.-Japan Creative Artist Fellowship.
CHRISTINE CLARK holds an MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Along with teaching traditional metalsmithing and jewelry, her personal work focuses on abstract sculpture in steel and mixed materials. She has had numerous solo and group exhibitions locally and nationally and is a member of Nine Gallery, an alternative installation based gallery in Portland.
MICHAEL DEFOREST received his MFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Recent exhibitions include "Timere Vacui", a group show he curated for Beppu-Wiarda Gallery, Portland and Function+Art, Chicago. His work is featured in "Scratching the Surface- Art and Content in Contemporary Wood" and "500 Wooden Bowls".
BEN EDIGER is a Portland–based artist, who along with Todd Isaacs is a founding member of SPACECRAFT. Part workshop and idea factory they produce everything from hand-tooled furniture, fixtures and interiors to impromptu installations. Ben received his BFA in Wood from the Oregon College of Art and Craft and his MFA in Visual Studies from the Pacific Northwest College of Art.
ANNA FIDLER earned her MFA from Portland State University. She works in a variety of media including drawing, painting, film, and music. She has participated in exhibitions at the Portland Art Museum, the University of Southern California, and has exhibited in galleries worldwide. Her work has been recognized in publications such as Art in America, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.
JUDILEE FITZHUGH holds a Certificate in Crafts from OCAC. She is a textile artist who specializes in natural dye processes. She combines an innovative interpretation of traditional methods, handwoven and surface design techniques, and couture construction details to create a line of wearable garments, accessories, and original art pieces that portray a single moment in history.
SARAH GILBERT is a graduate of Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design. Her work spans a wide range of materials and processes, including glassblowing, lost-wax foundry casting, embroidery, photography, and film. She has participated in numerous exhibitions, including recent shows at the Center on Contemporary Art (Seattle), Gallery Project (Ann Arbor), and the Infoladen-Galerie fur UnabhÃ¤ngige Kunste (Cologne). Her upcoming solo exhibition will be on view at Hunter College's Project Space, City University of New York, from April 15th- May 4th, 2012.
CATHERINE GLASS spent 15 years as a studio potter before earning her Ph.D. in Plant Biology (Systematics) from the University of Illinois, Urbana. She is also well-versed in Field Ecology and Ethnobotany.
PHIL HARRIS received his MFA in Imaging Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology. After working as a photographer for over 30 years and exhibiting widely in the United States and Europe, he has recently begun to work with other two- and three-dimensional materials to address perceptual and philosophical concerns.
JISEON LEE ISBARA is an artist and educator heading OCAC's Fibers Department. She earned BFA and MFA from Ewha Womans University and 2nd MFA from Colorado State University. Her current body of her work is the aesthetic interpretation of methods achieving multi-tasking and communication. Planning, categorizing and writing are intense component of life. Therefore, compulsive planning to achieve many different responsibilities became conceptual element of her art. Contrary to longing to make quick results in short time, the process she uses is time consuming, repetitive and therefore meditative; writing with thread and organizing with pieces of fabric. Her recent exhibitions include "Connecting" at Chambers@916 in Portland, "Hands of Korea", travelling invitational exhibition in Korea, France and USA, "Wrapping Tradition: Korean Textile Now" in San Francisco Museum of Craft and Folk Art, "Identify Yourself" at Craft Alliance in St. Louis, Missouri.
REBECCA KELLEY is a fiction writer whose work is infused with the sensibilities of the young creative class that uses the Pacific Northwest as its way station for earnest, well-meaning adventuring to the world at large. She is the co-founder of the Green Baby Guide and co-writer of The Eco-nomical Baby Guide (2010). Rebecca’s work has appeared in Scholastic Parent and Child, Metro Parent, Stealing Time magazine, and xoJane.
Rebecca Kelley Writes
MATT KIDDER holds an MFA from San Francisco State University. He is a photo-based artist who utilizes still imagery, performance, and writing to create text/image works. He was awarded an NEA grant as author and director of the Watershed Project, a multi-disciplinary touring exhibit. His work is exhibited nationally and often employs fabricated histories and sociopolitical observation as content.
JIM KOUDELKA works sculpturally with clay and mixed media as well as making contemporary functional pottery. He has a broad background in the operation and maintenance of ceramic facilities. His work has been shown in numerous national and regional shows. He has done residencies at The Archie Bray Foundation, Bullseye Glass Co. and OCAC Senior Resident. He received his MFA at Indiana University.
General Studies Department Head
ABBY MCGEHEE earned her MA and PhD from University of California at Berkeley. Recent projects include studies of Late Gothic architecture in Paris and Normandy. She also co-edited a volume of essays,New Approaches to Medieval Architecture, published in 2011. Her research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, the Fulbright Program, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts and the Getty.
WILLIAM MOORE received his MFA from the University of Michigan. He has exhibited work across the country including most recently at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, and the Oakland Museum in California.
Interim Fibers Department Head
Emily Nachison is a multi media artist. She received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2006 and a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2010. Nachison has had numerous solo exhibitions and has been included in multiple group shows across the country. In 2013 she received an Artistic Focus Project Grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council in Portland, Oregon.
Drawing and Foundations Faculty
GEORGIANA NEHL is a painter who exhibits both locally and nationally. Her work often explores symbols, systems of thought, and the evocative nature of color. Her recent collaboration "Lexicon: 100 Mixed Media Paintings" has traveled to Elmhurst Art Museum, El Paso Museum of Art, the Chicago Cultural Center and several university galleries. Her most recent work: "elemental" is included in the Game Show at Contemporary Crafts Museum and Gallery in Portland. She holds a BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art.
Master of Architecture, Affordable Housing, McGill University; Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture, North Carolina State University.
JP REUER is head of the MFA in Applied Craft and Design, a program collaboratively developed and offered jointly by Oregon College of Art and Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art. He is a LEED accredited architect and licensed general contractor, and has lived and worked on projects in New York, Montreal, Halifax, Berlin, Zurich, Vienna, and Doha, Qatar. Since establishing his own practice in 1999, JP has concentrated primarily on single and multi-family residential dwellings in historic, urban districts. Reuer's designs are contextually driven, responsive to vernacular architectural patterns and details, and emphasize energy-efficiency and durability.
While teaching in the Interior Design Department at Virginia Commonwealth University — Qatar, JP chaired the 2006 and 2007 Tasmeem International Design Conference, the Middle East's most prominent design conference. Through his work on Tasmeem and his proposal for the Qatar Design Outreach Unit, Reuer was asked to consult on the planning and development of the Qatar Design Zone, the first global creative hub in the Persian Gulf.
JP is an original member of Designbox, a collaborative of diverse creative professionals that is part creative thinktank, and part community incubator. Designbox operates a gallery, and sponsors a variety of events and activities to develop and support local creative community.
MICHELLE ROSS received her MFA in painting and drawing from Washington State University, Pullman, in 1994, and her BFA in painting from the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, in 1987.
Her work is concerned with the placement and effect of fragments. Interested in a physical response to form, color and space she operates with the premise that certain arrangements of these simple elements can evoke clearly felt and understood experiences beyond language. Distance, proximity, isolation and repetitive structures of order are utilized as both comforting and alienating. She is convinced that these experiences can be socially powerful and that painting can be a sign, a reminder of this.
Her work has been exhibited and curated in print around the United States and in Europe, including by Jennifer Blessing at the Guggenheim, New York; Lowery Sims, of the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, Jessica Morgan at the Tate, London, the Art Gym, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, Oregon; Nine Gallery, Portland, Oregon; New Mexico State University, Las Cruces; Rome International University, Italy; and Barrett House Galleries, Poughkeepsie, New York. She has been an artist-in-residence at the American Academy in Rome, Italy; New Mexico State University, Las Cruces; and Vermont Studio Center, among others. Ross has received numerous grants and honors, including an Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship; a Regional Arts and Culture Council Project Grant; an Oregon Arts Commission Career Opportunity Grant; and a Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, Juror's Award. She is a professor at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland. Ross is represented by Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Oregon.
MARK RUPERT holds a BFA from Ohio University and an MFA from the University of Oregon. Mark was awarded an OCAC faculty artist residency for the summer of 2005 to continue his examination of contemporary human interaction with the landscape through the use of historic photographic equipment and processes.
HEIDI SCHWEGLER explores a wide range of materials in the service of her subject matter. She has participated in numerous shows, including exhibitions at Raid Projects, (LA), Platform China (Beijing), Scope Art 2004 (New York), and the Hallie Ford Museum (Oregon). She is a recent Ford Family Fellow (OR) and MacDowell Colony Fellow (NH). Reviews of Schwegler's work have been published in Art in America, ArtNews and the Huffington Post. She earned her MFA from the University of Oregon and is Associate Professor at Oregon College of Art and Craft.
Drawing/Painting, Book Arts and Foundations Faculty
BRIAN SHANNON received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Recent exhibitions include work at Print Arts Northwest and Contemporary Crafts Museum & Gallery. Brian's work was reviewed in the June 2003 issue of Artweek.
SHELLEY SOCOLOFSKY received her MFA from the University of Oregon and has studied Gobelins Tapestry and Medieval Art History in Poitier, Paris, and Uzes, France, Jacquard Hand Weaving at the Fondazione Arte Della Seta Lisio in Florence, Italy, and Digital Jacquard CAD Design at the Jacquard Center in North Carolina. A recipient of Individual Artist Fellowships from the Chenven Foundation of New York and the Oregon Arts Commission, her work has been commissioned for numerous public art collections around the country. Considering the action of weaving as an interlacement of opposing systems, her work investigates cloth making and production as a platform for social activism. Examining domestic dislocation through performance, installation, built environments and the woven object, her work is collected and exhibited internationally.
LEE STEWART earned her MA and PhD in Art History from Columbia University in New York City. Her specialty is 19th and 20th century art, with recent research focusing on portraiture.
General Studies Faculty
STEVE TAYLOR is a writer who has had more than 500 articles, editorials, essays and other works published in more than 50 publications, including The Nation, The Washington Post and Public Citizen Magazine. He is a recipient of the Washington Press Foundation Award. He received his MA from the American University, Washington.
Book Arts Department Head
Barbara Tetenbaum, Professor and Department Head of Book Arts, is a visual artist interested in the act of reading. She works in a variety of media including artist books, prints, installation art and animation. She founded her artist book imprint, Triangular Press, in 1979. Recent honors include a 2012 Koopman, Distinguished Chair at the Hartford Art School, a 2010 Sally Bishop Fellowship at the Center for the Book in NYC and was a finalist for the 2013 MCBA Prize. She exhibits nationally and abroad; her work can be found in many private and public collections. She holds a BS (Fine Art) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
General Studies and Foundations Faculty
BILL WILL is a sculptor and installation artist who has also completed numerous public artworks. In 2005 Bill completed a large sculpture for Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma, Washington and is currently working on commissions in Seattle and Phoenix. The Art Gym at Marylhurst University recently presented a mid-career retrospective of his work- Bill Will: Prototypes, 1980-2005. He received his BA from Washington State University.