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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 earned his BFA from Ohio University, a Post Baccalaureate Fellowship from Illinois State University, and a MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA. Dylan has exhibited and lectured extensively and has published articles in Ceramics: Art and Perception, CFile, and the NCECA Journal. Beck also serves on the board for Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, serves as the Board President for Artaxis.org, and is the On-site Liaison for the NCECA conference to be held in Portland March, 2017. Born in rural southeastern Ohio, Dylan Beck spent his childhood living between small town Ohio, inner city Columbus, and the wooded Hocking Hills. These diverse environments had a major impact on how he interprets landscape. As a teenager Dylan worked for his father’s home construction business which directly informed his use of materials and understanding of infrastructural development. His artwork explores the interaction of human activities with the natural environment and the idea that we are currently living in the Anthropocene, where human activities have had a significant global impact on the Earth's ecosystems.
KARL BURKHEIMER earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture from North Carolina State University and an MFA in Craft and Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University. He 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 artesan for service learning studios in Turkey and Africa.
Karl’s artistic practice is founded on his complicity with material culture and the built environment, particularly as expressed through a making space. His work has been exhibited nationally, including recent exhibitions in Seattle, Washington, at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon, the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the Portland Art Museum in Oregon. 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 2014 Opportunity Grant from the Ford Foundation and 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 is a Professor and Department Head of Metals at OCAC. She received her MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology. Along with teaching traditional metalsmithing and jewelry, Clark’s personal work focuses on installation art, abstract sculpture in steel, wire, and mixed materials. Her work examines subjects such as human habit and predisposition. She has large hanging permanent public art pieces at Eastern Oregon University and at OCAC. She is a two-time recipient of the Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship Grant and a Professional Development Grant. She was awarded a three-month John Michael Kohler Arts and Industry Residency at the Kohler factory in Wisconsin and a residency at the Ucross foundation in Wyoming. She has taught workshops at Penland, Haystack, Arrowmont, Appalachian Center, and in Mexico City. She is a long time member of the Nine Gallery, an alternative installation gallery in Portland, Oregon. www.cclarkstudio.com
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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 received a BFA in Wood from OCAC and an MFA in Visual Studies from the Pacific Northwest College of Art. He is a Portland–based artist, who along with Todd Isaacs is a founding member of SPACECRAFT. Part workshop and part idea factory; they produce everything from hand-tooled furniture, fixtures and interiors, to impromptu installations.
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.
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 an MFA in Imaging Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He worked virtually exclusively as a photographer for over thirty years, exhibiting his work in numerous solo exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. His work is held in many collections, public and private, including the Portland (Oregon) Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Harry A. Ransom Collection of the University of Texas, the Bibliotheque Nationale (Paris), the Museum of the City of Lisbon, Portugal, among others. In recent years, Harris has begun to work with other two- and three-dimensional materials to address perceptual and philosophical concerns, including balance, imbalance, prosthesis, the interconnected nature of human existence, and the limits of individualism.
JISEON LEE ISBARA is an artist, educator, and Dean of Academic Affairs as OCAC. She earned BFA and MFA degrees from Ewha Womans University and a second 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 a conceptual element of her art. 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 the United States; "Wrapping Tradition: Korean Textile Now" at the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Folk Art; and "Identify Yourself" at the Craft Alliance in St. Louis, Missouri. Her work has been featured and reviewed in various publications including “Textile Fibre Forum” Magazine in Australia, the “Fiber Art Now” catalog, and the “Surface Design Journal.”
REBECCA KELLEY earned a BA in English from Southern Oregon University and an Master of Arts in Writing from Portland State University. She 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.
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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 received his BFA from Ohio University and MFA from Indiana University. He has taught at OCAC for the past twenty-five years and his residency history includes The Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT; Bullseye Glass, Portland, OR; and OCAC Senior Resident. He has maintained an involvement throughout his career in both functional and sculptural work. Some of this sculptural work has investigated environmental concerns regarding water issues, fisheries, and land use. He often employes post-firing construction with other medias such as metal, glass, and wood. Recently, he created a body of work titled, "Man Cans and Boy Toys." These sculptural, yet functional, vessels merge his interested in industrial objects with playful inspirations from his sons' toys. Jim's work has been featured in a variety of publications and exhibited in numerous national and regional shows; receiving honors and awards, including two solo shows at the Waterstone Gallery in Portland and the Mary Lou Zeek gallery in Salem, Oregon.
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.
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.
GEORGIANA NEHL earned a BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art. She is a painter who exhibits locally and nationally; working in both two- and three-dimensions and often exploring symbols, systems of thought, and the evocative nature of color. The nature of consciousness is often expored in her work; how we make sense of our world and make connections with each other as sentient beings. For most of her paintings and objects she uses the arcane surface ground of hot-glue gesso, on wood or paper, allowing both additive and subtractive methods as she uses gouache, watercolor, oil paint, cold wax, and a variety of dry media. 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. Currently she is creating a series of small but complex mixed-media paintings exploring the contemplative mandala as a format and a collection of large charcoal drawings relating to her dance practice.
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. Ross is represented by Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Oregon.
MARK RUPERT uses a variety of materials and processes to explore historical and contemporary patterns of human interaction with the land.
Recent works include Roll on Columbia, a group of pinhole photographs exploring the Columbia River, Desert Time, a group of large format panoramic images of the deserts of the American West, and the “Art Contemplates Industry” project and traveling exhibition series which, in partnership with Portland General Electric and the Willamette Falls Heritage Foundation, provides unprecedented access for artists to explore historic hydro-electric power generating stations and their role in the industrial history of the Pacific Northwest.
Recent events include an April 2014 exhibition at Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Oregon, a 2014 lecture at the Portland Art Museum, a Summer 2015 Residency at Caldera in Oregon.
Rupert holds a BFA from Ohio University, and an MFA from the University of Oregon.
HEIDI SCHWEGLER is head of the MFA in Applied Craft and Design program, collaboratively developed and jointly offered by Oregon College of Art and Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art.
Heidi explores a wide range of materials in the service of her subject matter. Her style as an artist is a hybrid of conceptual art and craft, the objects well made and at the same time provocative and meaningful. She has participated in numerous shows, including exhibitions at the Co/Lab Art Fair in California, Raid Projects in California, Platform China in Beijing, Scope Art 2004 in New York, and the Hallie Ford Museum in Oregon. She is a Ford Family Fellow (Oregon), a MacDowell Colony Fellow (New Hampshire), and an Oregon Arts Commission Fellow. Heidi has been awarded several Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) Individual Project Grants (Oregon) and Oregon Arts Commission Career Opportunity Grants. She has lectured on her work at institutions such as the Burg Giebichenstein in Germany, Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan and Kendall College of Art and Design in Michigan. Reviews of Heidi’s work have been published in Art in America, ArtNews, Drain Magazine and the Huffington Post.
BRIAN SHANNON is a Professor and Head of Foundations teaching and mentoring at Oregon College of Art and Craft since 1993 in the Drawing/Painting, Book Arts and General Studies Departments. Prior to working full-time at OCAC, Brian was an Assistant Professor for 11 years teaching Printmaking and Visual Elements at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. Brian earned an MFA in 1987 from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and his BFA in 1984 from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. His work combines the printmaking mediums of intaglio, lithography and relief as well as mixed media sculpture. Most recently, Brian was included in Ink This: Contemporary Printmaking in the Northwest at the Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, Washington. Brian was a 2014 Artist-in-Residence at Caldera Arts in the Central Oregon Cascades. He exhibits regionally and nationally, and has work in the collection of the New York Public Library, New Orleans Museum Of Art, Portland Art Museum, Portland Visual Chronicles and the Jordan D. Schnitzer Print Collection.
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.
STEVE TAYLOR received an MA from American University in Washington. He is an award-winning journalist and writer who has had more than 750 articles, editorials, essays, and other works published by more than 60 organizations and publications, including The Nation, The Washington Post, Public Citizen, The New York Times bestselling history book Chronicle of the 20th Century, and CBS Radio. He’s a recipient of the Washington Press Foundation Award and several journalism grants from various organizations, including The Center for Public Integrity, Voice of the Environment, and The National Forest Accountability Alliance. Currently, he is co-writing a book about ethical leadership and writes monthly articles for a national legal publication called "Of Counsel." Steve is also a performance artist and humorist, exploring socio-political issues in a medium he’s coined “journalistic theater.” In this format, performed as approximately one hour-long monologues, he says he likes to “push his concepts to the outer edge – and sometimes beyond."
BARBARA TETENBAUM earned a BS of Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MFA in Printmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is an artist working in printed books and installation. In 1979, she founded her imprint, Triangular Press. This work can be found in many private and public collections in the US and abroad. She is the recipient of two Fulbright Lecture awards to teach in Germany and the Czech Republic as well as grants from the Oregon Arts Commission, Ford Family Foundation and the Regional Arts and Culture Council. She has taught workshops at Haystack School of Crafts, Penland, Wells College, Idyllwild, Pyramid Atlantic, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, and the Paper and Book Intensive.
BILL WILL received a BA from Washington State University. He 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 has worked on commissions in Seattle, Washington and Phoenix, Arizona. The Art Gym at Marylhurst University recently presented a mid-career retrospective of his work- Bill Will: Prototypes, 1980-2005.