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OCAC hosts an ongoing series of free lectures, designed to examine issues on the cutting edge of contemporary craft and inform new discourse about both process and object. Each speaker has been carefully chosen to create a deeper understanding and appreciation of craft. For questions about the lecture series, contact

Connection: Intersecting Tradition and Innovation
OCAC's Speaker Series, bringing guest makers and thinkers to Portland to explore and articulate the relationship of craft to other disciplines and fields.








Conversations On Craft: Mending

A panel discussion investigating the iconoclastic undercurrents within making-based creativity, featuring artists and educators Jovencio de la Paz, Rock Hushka, Mark Newport and Tali Weinberg

Saturday, November 14, 3 pm


Oregon College of Art and Craft
Vollum Building
8245 SW Barnes Rd
Portland, OR 97225

Mend 3 image
Mark Newport, Mend 3, Embroidery on muslin 2015, 17"x1

Portland, OR – The Oregon College of Art and Craft’s MFA in Craft presents Conversation on Craft: Mending, a panel discussion investigating the iconoclastic undercurrents within making-based creativity, featuring artists and educators Jovencio de la Paz, Rock Hushka, Mark Newport and Tali Weinberg.

To mend is to repair, to correct, and to improve. Historically this was a common practice of making greater use of the objects in our lives. In recent years, however, mending, repair, and patching has become a political act of anti-consumerism by sustaining an object beyond its obsolescence and a declaration of individuality by opening an opportunity to hack, modify, decorate, connect, and take ownership.

Conversations on Craft: Mending, hosted by the Oregon College of Art and Craft’s MFA in Craft and the Fibers Department, will bring together these distinct mending concepts through a discussion with artists and educators Jovencio de la Paz, Rock Hushka, Mark Newport, and Tali Weinberg. Together, with moderator Emily Nachison, they will establish an open dialog concerning the metaphorical, figurative, and formal process of mending in contemporary craft, fiber, and art.

Emily Nachison, is the Department Head of Fibers at the Oregon College of Art and Craft. She received a MFA in Fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA in Fiber from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Nachison’s work has been widely exhibited across the country, including numerous solo exhibitions most recently at Bullseye Projects in Portland. 

Jovencio de la Paz’s works in the realm of performance, physicality, materiality, collaboration and socially engaged practices. Co-founder of the collaborative group Craft Mystery Cult, he is currently the Fiber Area Head at the University of Oregon, Eugene.

Rock Hushka is an artist, curator and art historian whose embroideries recreate motifs from late medieval and early Renaissance textiles, evoking a set of cultural beliefs that illuminate the complex interactions in our own time. Hushka is the Chief Curator of the Tacoma Arts Museum, Washington.

Mark Newport, an artist and educator, is known for his hand knit hero costumes. Newport’s work combines the projection of a super-heroic, ultra-masculine identity and more vulnerable personas. Newport is the Artist-in-Residence and Head of Fiber at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan.

Tali Weinberg fuses text and textiles to address gender violence, the housing crisis, climate change, labor exploitation, and other traumas and insecurities that are experienced as both social and personal. Weinberg lives in Berkeley, California, where she is the Director of the American Textile Society.

Conversations on Craft is a forum addressing the skill and art of creativity. Focused on a making space, the intention is to incite discourse and exercise motivations, aspirations, even prejudices that surround Contemporary Craft, particularly Craft’s persistent presence in a contemporary culture suspicious of labored beauty and material literacy.

The MFA in Craft: Practice and Innovation at OCAC provides a broad and intensive environment for the understanding and advanced studio application crossing the material areas of Book Arts, Ceramics, Drawing and Painting, Fibers, Metals, Photography, and Wood.


Connection Lecture Series 

A Conversation and Book Signing: The New Explorers by Kris Timken
November 19, 2015 | 7 PM (doors open at 6:45 PM) | Vollum Center, OCAC

Oregon College of Art and Craft will present a Conversation with author Kris Timken, artists Camille Seaman, Linda K. Johnson, curator Prudence Roberts and PSU Professor Ethan Seltzer as part of the OCAC Connection: Intersecting Tradition and Innovation speaker series.  This event is open and free to the public and will engage the community in bringing makers and thinkers of international renown to explore the relationship of craft to other disciplines and fields.


Dana Schutz and Ryan Johnson
November 18 | 2013

Dana Schutz combines fantasy and reality, humor and horror, to create figurative paintings that abount with expressionist energy. Her distinctive visual style is characterized by vibrant color and raw and tactile brushwork. Schutz's subjects spring from an absurdist sensibility as she invents imaginary stories or hypothetical situations that are bizarre and impossible, yet oddly compelling. 

Ryan Johnson lives and works in New York and was born in Karachi, Pakistan in 1978. He received an MFA from Columbia University in 2003. His large mixed media sculptures explore psychological and imaginative narratives. His works have been shown in Italy, Luxembourg and New York.


Aaron Rose
March 11 | 2013

Tiger Woods Center | Nike Campus | 1 Bowerman Drive | 7pm

Aaron Rose is an artist, writer, musician, film director and independent curator currently living in Los Angeles. For ten years he was owner/director of the Alleged Gallery in New York, home to artists such as Shepard Fairey, Ed Templeton, Mike Mills, Barry McGee, Margaret Kilgallen, and more. He branded these artists as “Beautiful Losers” in a museum exhibit, a book, and then the 2008 film. Since then, Rose has been working as a freelance curator, choosing artists for the Undefeated Billboard Project, a public art project in Los Angeles produced in conjunction with Nike. Rose is also represented by the Directors Bureau in Los Angeles and collaborates with advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy.

Make Something began as a series of workshops for teens and comes at a crucial time when fine arts budgets for public schools are as Rose puts it, “slashed to hell.” Rooted in skateboarding, graffiti, hip-hop, and punk-rock culture, the workshops bring art to students in a contemporary way. The workshops have taught over 2,000 students in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, and Tokyo. Rose hopes that the D.I.Y. lessons from the workshops spur an inventive way of thinking that can be applied to all situations in life.

Despite his lengthy list of achievements, Rose says, “I can probably say that teaching is quite possibly the most important work I’ve done.”


Hugh Dubberly
October 22 | 2012

Design in the Age of Biology: Shifting from a Mechanical-Object Ethos to an Organic-System Ethos
Hugh Dubberly is a design planner and teacher. At Apple Computer in the late 80s/early 90s, he managed cross-functional design teams and creative services for the entire company and co-created a technology-forecast film, “Knowledge Navigator”, that presaged the appearance of the Internet in a portable digital device. At the same time, he served at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena as the founding chair of the computer graphics department.  Mr. Dubberly is best known for creating concept maps—visual models to explore and learn about complex information spaces: “By showing everything—the forest and the trees—in a single view, concept maps help people create mental models and clarify thoughts.”
Download pdf of Hugh's presentation


At OCAC, we believe that the future of education is collaboration. We work with other local and regional organizations to expand our potential and bring art and craft education to a broader audience. Some of the organizations we collaborate with include:

Blue Sky Gallery
Danner watch the Crafted in Portland video
Doernbecher Children's Hospital
Museum of Contemporary Craft
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Portland Art Focus
Portland Art Museum
Portland Institute for Contemporary Art
Portland Open Studios
Portland Rose Festival
Portland State University
Sitka Center for Art & Ecology
St. Mary's Home for Boys Art Program
U of O School of Architecture
OCAC administers art instruction for at-risk boys between the ages of 10 and 17 who are emotionally disturbed and behaviorally delinquent through St. Mary's Home for Boys.

Interested in collaborating with OCAC on a new or existing program?