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Oregon College of Art and Craft's residency program provides emerging and nationally-known artists the time and space to think and immerse themselves in their own creative process. Residents have the freedom to explore, experiment, interact, create and collaborate.
The College hosts a number of Residencies each year.
The Artist-in-Residence programs are supported by a generous grant from The Collins Foundation and Ford Family Foundation.
The studios at OCAC include Book and Print, Ceramics, Digital lab, Drawing and Painting, FabLab, Fibers, Metals, Photography, and Wood.
Artist-In-Residence | Spring 2017 Jeffry Mitchell
Jeffry Mitchell was born in 1958, the fourth of nine children of working-class parents. After experiencing a largely itinerant childhood owing to his father’s career, Mitchell continued this nomadic lifestyle in his young adulthood. After graduating with a BA in painting from the University of Dallas in Irving, Mitchell moved to Japan to teach English and landed an apprenticeship with a production potter in Seto (known as one of the “Six Old Kilns” in traditional Japanese pottery). Impressed and changed by his experiences abroad, Mitchell returned to Seattle in 1984 and enrolled in a printmaking class at the Cornish College of the Arts. This spurred his decision to pursue an MFA in printmaking at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia. Identifying himself as a “gay folk artist,” Jeffry Mitchell creates work that deals largely with dualities. Using a variety of materials and methods, including ceramics, printmaking, and drawing, Mitchell manages to juxtapose seemingly disparate ideas into beautiful, fragile, and startling works. Using sweet, furry animals and soft, pastel colors, Mitchell transforms kitsch subject matter into a study of complex human experiences, including death, sex, religion, and loss. His work, at times appearing clumsy and hand-wrought, remains approachable and innocent, engaging viewers with his child-like curiosity and ungainly re-creations of recognized subjects.
Instructor-In-Residence | Fall 2016/Spring 2017 Jacob Sorenson
Jacob Sorenson received his BFA from Oregon College of Art and Craft and his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has worked as an instructor at various institutions, teaching woodworking, 3D design and furniture design. Previous awards include a Partnership Scholarship to Penland School of Craft and a PDX Building Installation Grant from Portland's Regional Arts and Culture Council. He facilitated the hosting of Ghanaian coffin builder Eric Anang, where a lobster fantasy coffin was constructed for the Seacoast African American Cultural Center in Portsmouth, NH, and was also invited into a design collaboration project with Peruvian woodcarvers that became the company Karv Luxury. Jacob's work has been exhibited in numerous shows in Oregon and Virginia.
Artist-In-Residence | Fall 2016 Gulsah Mursaloglu
Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Gulsah Mursaloglu is an artist living and working in Chicago, IL. She received her BA from Bogazici University (Istanbul, Turkey) studying sociology. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been shown at a variety of venues, including Evanston Art Center (Evanston, IL), Sullivan Galleries (Chicago, IL), Richmond Art Gallery (Richmond, Canada), Roman Susan Gallery (Chicago, IL) and she also participated in the 2nd Santorini Biennale in Santorini, Greece. In 2013 she was a post-graduate artist in residence in Scuola Internazionale di Grafica Venezia in Venice, Italy. After graduating with her MFA she has been awarded a Teaching Fellowship at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she taught in the Painting and Drawing Department. Recently Gulsah has been included in the Ground Floor Biennial at the Hyde Park Art Center.
Artist-In-Residence | Summer 2016 Christine Lee
Christine Lee is an interdisciplinary research artist, furniture maker and designer with a creative practice characterized by an objective to reveal the latent potential of disregarded material. Since the fall of 2010 Lee has been working with engineer John F. Hunt of the USDA Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory, on a non-toxic composite wood substrate which could potentially be used in interior functional and structural applications. Their collaborative efforts have been presented at the BMRA Decon Conference in 2011 at Yale, the Furniture Society Conference in 2012 at MECA, and at the Global Institute of Sustainability in 2013 at ASU. Lee has exhibited at venues including the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design, the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC, the Bellevue Arts Museum, the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, the Society of Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, the Aspen Art Museum, the Racine Art Museum, and the ASU Art Museum.
Instructor-In-Residence | Spring 2016 Josephine Zarkovich
Josephine Zarkovich is an arts writer and curator based in Oregon. She received an MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts and has staged exhibitions in numerous organizations. Her curatorial work focuses on engaging audiences and fostering critical discussions around popular culture. Zarkovich served as the 2012-2013 curator-in-residence for Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, where she organized a series of ambitious, large-scale exhibitions, including the first Portland exhibition by Bay Area artist Chris Fraser. She currently serves as the curator of the Linfield Gallery in McMinnville, co-runs the Portland ‘Pataphysical Society, an alternative arts space located in Portland’s Everett Station Lofts, and is editorial director of 60 Inch Center, an art criticism website.
Artist-In-Residence | Spring 2016 Ben Dallas
Ben Dallas received an MA in Art History from the University of Illinois in 1971. His work has been in exhibitions nationally including the Rockford Art Museum (Rockford, IL), Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (Santa Ana, CA), Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (Chicago, IL) and the San Francisco Craft and Folk Art Museum (San Francisco, CA). Dallas has shown with the Elizabeth Leach Gallery since 1996. His works are dimensional paintings developed and constructed mostly by intuitive sensibility and without much planning and pre-calculation.
"I attempt to undermine visual conventions; the challenges presented by more questionable and taxing appearances have the potential to reorient viewers to their own processes of perception and thought."
Artist-In-Residence | Fall 2015 Tali Weinberg
Tali Weinberg is an artist, teacher, curator, and Executive Director of the Textile Society of America. Her work is held in multiple collections and has been exhibited at the Berkeley Art Museum; the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles; and galleries in New York and the SF Bay Area; and will be included in the 2016 Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art in Zhejiang Province, China. She has taught and lectured at Penland School of Craft; the Textile Arts Center in NY; and California College of the Arts (CCA), among others. She holds an MFA from CCA and an MA and BA from New York University.
Her current project investigates climate change through data and lived experience. At OCAC she will be naturally dyeing yarns to later be woven into large-scale charts of historical data representing a century of average annual temperatures in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, and South America.
Artist-In-Residence | Fall 2015 EstherMurphy
Esther Murphy, born in New Orleans, received her MFA from Washington University Saint Louis and is a practicing visual artist with a focus in photography. Her work has been exhibited nationally in juried, group, and solo exhibitions. Artist residencies are integral to her creative process. She has been an artist in residence at the Banff Center, a self-directed residency in Frankfurt. In addition to being a committed maker, she is also a committed teacher of visual art. She has taught at Washington University and Montana State University. Her artistic practice is driven by her own photographic archive in accordance with her current surroundings. Her work functions as a window of communication between the past and the present. Her work addresses memory as an investigation of time, space, and perception.
K-12 Educator Artist-In-Residence | Summer 2015 Nancy Helmsworth
Nancy Helmsworth has taught in the Portland area since the early 1990's and earlier in the mid-west of Wisconsin. She has been awarded the "Sunburst Award" for Artistic Excellence in Enhancing Young People’s Education - from Young Audiences, and in 2012 she was honored with "Art Educator of the Year" - Elementary level, by Oregon Art Education Association. She earned her BA from Carleton College, her MFA from University of Wisconsin-Madison and her MAT from Lewis and Clark College.
Artist-In-Residence | Spring 2015 Sarah McDermott
Sarah McDermott lives in Washington DC where she makes books and prints as the Kidney Press. She also collaborates within the world of small press publishing, including designing the structures and covers for the magazine/art object Birkensnake. Sarah received her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama. She has held residencies at Women's Studio Workshop, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, and the Center for Book Arts in New York City where she was a Van Lier Scholar. Sarah is currently adjunct faculty in the Art and the Book M.A. Program at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design of George Washington University. Her work is held in multiple public and private collections including Yale University Arts Library, the Smithsonian American Art and Portrait Gallery Library, and the Brown University Artists' Books Collection. During her semester at OCAC, Sarah will be teaching Papermaking. In addition to teaching, she will be developing her own work: experiments in papermaking for books and booklike structures concerning urban waterways and human manipulation of the environment.
Artist-In-Residence | Spring 2015 Jeffry Mitchell
Jeffry Mitchell was born in Seattle, WA. His practice spans ceramics, drawing, printmaking and installation. His oeuvre seamlessly combines high and low references that span religion, sex, nature, fine art, folk and decorative arts traditions. Mitchell received an MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. Recent exhibitions include Our Prayer, AMBACH & RICE, Los Angeles, CA, Like a Valentine, The Art of Jeffry Mitchell, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle WA, May Flowers, Elizabeth Moore Fine Art, New York, NY, and the Contemporary Northwest Art Awards, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR. Mitchell has received numerous honors including a Joan Mitchell Grant in 2009. His work can be found in numerous public collections including the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, Philadelphia Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA and the Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR. Jeffry will be on campus April 6 – May 8, working on the conflation of two traditions: Newcomb Pottery and Old English salt-fired pottery.
Artist-In-Residence | Fall 2014 Margie Livingston
Margie Livingston received her M.F.A. in painting from the University of Washington. Her awards include a residency at the Shenzhen Fine Art Institute in Shenzhen, China, in 2008; a Fulbright Scholarship in 2001, the Arts Innovator Award in 2010, the Neddy Fellowship in Painting in 2010, and the Betty Bowen Annual Memorial Award in 2006. She is a finalist for the Portland Art Museum's 2015 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards. She is represented by Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles. Livingston’s work resides in the permanent collections of the Shenzhen Fine Art Institute, the Seattle Art Museum, the City of Seattle, King County, and the Henry Art Gallery.
“I had a very rich experience during the residency: met with several students during office hours, made studio visits, and hired students as interns to help me finish a project in the studio. I was able to complete a major piece while at OCAC. Having access to the wood studio, technical support, and students to help me really made a difference.”
Artist-In-Residence | Fall 2014 Evan Baden
Evan Baden earned his MFA from Columbia College in Chicago in 2014. Since 2006 he has created four bodies of work: The Illuminati, Technically Intimate, Under the Influence, and A Conversão de São Paulo. They have been widely exhibited internationally with museums and galleries throughout Europe and the United States. His work is held in public collections such as the Walker Art Center, Milwaukee Art Museum, FOAM Amsterdam, the Finnish Museum of Photography, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, and the Kinsey Institute. His work has been featured in numerous publications including TIME, The Guardian, FOAM, New York Magazine, Le Monde, D della Repubblica, Geo, and DIE ZEIT. He has been the recipient of the Jerome Fellowship for Emerging Artists and the Stuart Abelson Graduate Research Fellowship. He has been a finalist for the McKnight Fellowship for Photography as well as nominated for the Baum Award for Emerging American Photographers and the PDN 30. During his residency at OCAC, Evan worked as a visiting instructor in the photography department, and developed a new body of images working with students at a local high school to begin creating The Taradiddle High School Yearbook Project, an examination of truth, lies, and imagery.
K-12 Educator Artist-In-Residence | Summer 2014 Tamara Ottum
Tamara Ottum has been teaching art at Aloha High School for 11 years. She started the AP Studio Art program in 2006 and, with the help of her colleagues, the program has grown to one of the largest in the Pacific Northwest. Tamara was nominated for The Service to Beaverton Award Educator Category in 2013 and was awarded Beaverton Arts Commission Outstanding Visual Art Educator for 2007.
The mediums Tamara works in include plaster and paint on canvas, collage, paper sculpture, and graphic design. Her most recent body of work is entitled Visual Memoir. Tamara earned her BS in Studio Art from New York University and her Masters in Education from Portland State University. In her spare time she coaches cross-country, runs and spends time with her husband and their four kids.
Artist-In-Residence | Spring 2014 Heidi Neilson
Heidi Neilson is an artist addressing topics such as weather, fake snow, and the cultural landscape of outer space. Her work, often collaborative and publishing-based, has been supported by the Art Matters Foundation, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Center for Book Arts, the College Book Art Association, The Drawing Center, Flux Factory, I-Park, the International Print Center New York, the Islip Art Museum, Kala Art Institute, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Lower East Side Printshop, Provisions Library, the Queens Museum of Art, Visual Studies Workshop, and Women’s Studio Workshop. She is a member of the ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative, co-founded SP Weather Station, and her work is included in over 60 museum and university collections. Born in Oregon, Heidi received a BA in biology from Reed College and an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute, and lives and works in New York.
Artist-In-Residence | Spring 2014 Jessica Kreutter
Beginning with a BA in sociology and anthropology from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR, Ms Kreutter has combined these degrees with her passion and talent for ceramics. Notable residencies for the artist have included Anderson Ranch, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, and the Vermont Studio Center. She recently received her MFA in ceramics from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN.
There is a space between remembering and forgetting, a space of invented time. During my residency, I intend to delve further into ideas of loss, memory and its transformation through time.
Artist-In-Residence | Spring 2012 Courtney Dodd
Courtney Dodd explores the limits of human perception through the optical ability of glass to reflect, duplicate and obscure. By creating her own series of blown glass photographic lenses, the artist has created unique perceptual filters. Ms. Dodd hopes to take advantage of elements of the Pacific NW spring – clouds, fog, rain, “to document geographically specific bodies of water through these lenses.” Her interest in multiple materials and techniques and her recent experimentation in the field of photography aid her in her challenge to create “phenomenon for the viewer”. Ms Dodd graduated from Missouri State University magna cum laude with a dual emphasis in graphic design and illustration and received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University with a concentration in glass.
Artist-In-Residence | Spring 2012 Heechan Kim
Heechan Kim earned his BFA in metal arts and jewelry at the Seoul National University in Korea and recently graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology where he received his Masters in Fine Arts in wood working and furniture design. Kim works on a relatively small scale to explore his ideas of human relationships and coexistence. He combines his backgrounds in metal and wood to create works that exhibit his skill in wood bending and organic fabrication techniques. A 2011 NICHE Awards finalist, Mr. Kim describes his work as, “emotionally personal and physically intimate from the material process of hand making.” His fascination with the human body and diverse background in craftsmanship establish Mr. Kim as a dynamic contributor to the craft community.
GRAND PRIZE WINNER FOR CHEONGJU INTERNATIONAL CRAFT BIENNALE, KOREA
winning work was created during Heechan's residency here at OCAC
Marci McDade, Surface Design Journal
Sarah Kate Burgess
Barbara Lee Smith
Sharon Marcus, Professor Emeritus
Dana Lynn Louis
Thomas Orr, Professor Emeritus