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Stephanie Gervais (MFA, Goldsmiths University | BA, Reed College) is an artist and film photographer who lives and works internationally. Her work, which crosses the boundaries of textile production, sculpture, portraiture, and storytelling, has been shown in France, the UK, Brazil, and the US. Her upcoming solo exhibition, Gulalhi, opens in November 2018 at Reed College's Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery. For more information, visit www.stephaniegervais.com.
Lindsay Preston Zappas is an artist and writer based in Los Angeles, CA. Her practice spans the mediums of drawing, sculpture, photography, digital collage, and performance. She received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2013. Recent exhibitions include Hand in the Basket, Lion in the Weave at City Limits (Oakland) and Some Posters and Chairs at VACANCY (Los Angeles). Zappas is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles (Carla), an LA-based critical art magazine, and she has written for various exhibition catalogues and publications, such as SFAQ, Art21, and LA Canvas.
Jenene Nagy is a visual artist living and working in the Inland Empire. She received her BFA from the University of Arizona in 1998 and her MFA from the University of Oregon in 2004. Nagy’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including the Portland Art Museum, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Southern Exposure in San Fransisco, Takt Kunstprojektraum in Berlin, and Samuel Freeman in Los Angeles, among others. Her work has been recognized with grants and awards from the Foundation of Contemporary Art, the Oregon Arts Commission, Colorado Creative Industries, and the Ford Family Foundation. From 2011-12 she was the first Curator-in-Residence for Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, Oregon.
Joshua West Smith received his BFA from the Oregon College of Art and Craft in 2008 and his MFA from the University of California, Riverside in 2016. Smith’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including the MarinMOCA in Novato, California, K Space Contemporary in Corpus Christi, Texas, The Contemporary Craft Museum in Portland, Oregon, and Gallery Maskara in Mumbai, India. He has been a visiting artist at UW-Stout in Menomonie, WI and at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. Before returning to school Smith worked as a welder, fabricator, and machinist in heavy industry.
Currently, Nagy + Smith make up the curatorial team TILT Export:, an independent art initiative with no fixed location, working in partnership with a variety of venues to produce exhibitions.
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.
A painter and collage artist, Don Crow has recently worked with digital media. He is assistant professor at VCU-Q in Doha, Qatar, where he teaches design and foundation courses. He has been awarded numerous grants and distinctions, including the Pollak Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts as well as inclusion in the Virginia Museum exhibition,Un/Common Ground. His work has been shown at Reynolds Gallery, 1708 Gallery, and Plant Zero as well as other venues, and he is among the Virginia artists whose work is currently featured in the traveling exhibition, Constructs. Over the years, Don Crow has worked in large-scale oil on canvas, painted paper collage, and watercolor drawings, all influenced by his training in abstract expressionism. More recently, Crow has included new media in his work: the digital processes of photography, abstract digitally rendered prints, and three-dimensional objects within his exhibition design. His fragile paper collages at one end of the spectrum and his large digital prints at the other end draw attention to objects as obvious constructions and as invisible processes. Don Crow joins OCAC as a visiting Instructor-in-Residence teaching the Integrated Practice seminar in the MFA in Craft program.
A conceptual artist, Bobbi Woods decontextualizes to reveal. In 2015, Woods participates in The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project presented by LAND (Tucson, AZ), as well as in a two-person exhibition with Brian Kennon at Fourteen30 Contemporary (Portland, OR.) Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at Pepin Moore, Los Angeles; Loudhailer Gallery, Los Angeles; Night Gallery, Los Angeles; Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland; Infernoesque, Berlin; Derek Eller, New York; White Columns, New York; Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain, Nice, France. She is represented by Fourteen30 Contemporary. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Woods earned a BA and an MFA from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, in 2004 and 2008. Woods led the MFA in Craft Integrated Practice seminar in Fall 2014.
Jessica Jackson Hutchins has an extensive and impressive exhibition record, including the 55th Venice Biennale, the 2010 Whitney Biennial, and the 11th Lyon Biennale. Her solo exhibits include the Marian Boesky Gallery, New York; the ICA Boston; the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center; the Hepworth Wakefield, UK,; and the Centre PasquArt, Biel, Switzerland. Her work is in public and private collections including the Whitney Museum of Art, New York, NY; the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, NY; the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, MI; the Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY. Hutchins led the MFA in Craft: Practice and Innovation Integrated Practice seminar.
A mixed-media artist with a basis in painting, Eva Speer has exhibited recently at venues including CUAC, Salt Lake City, UT 2012 and Beaux-arts des Amériques, Montréal, QC. In 2013 Speer was visiting artist and critic at Anderson Ranch, and is currently represented by Hartman Fine Art, Portland, OR. She currently lives and works in Amsterdam. She worked with the MFA in Craft program as Instructor-in-Residence for the Integrated Practice graduate seminar.