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MONDAY LUNCHTIME TALKS
Each semester OCAC brings a renowned group of guests to OCAC to present their work and interact with our students and faculty. Through lectures as well as symposia and workshops, students and community members are exposed to the best and most progressive work out in the world.  
Free and Open to the public. 12:45 - 1:45pm, Mondays | Centrum Studio at OCAC 

CONVERSATION ON CRAFT
Conversation on Craft is a forum, hosted by MFA in Craft program 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.  
Free and Open to the public.

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.  
Free and Open to the public.

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


 

MONDAY LUNCHTIME TALKS
Each semester OCAC brings a renowned group of guests to OCAC to present their work and interact with our students and faculty. Through lectures as well as symposia and workshops, students and community members are exposed to the best and most progressive work out in the world.  

Free and Open to the public.
12:45 - 1:45pm, Mondays | Centrum Studio at OCAC 

February 13, 2017
TAKAHASHI HIROKO

As an artist with an academic background in the areas of Japanese traditional craft, dyeing, weaving and other handicraft techniques, Takahashi has worked with numerous artisans and has raised traditional craftwork to a whole new level with the intricate geometric patterns that are unique to her work and are created from using only lines and circles. In this lecture, Takahashi will introduce some of those projects and discuss the behind-the-scenes aspects of her creative process such as how to communicate to a creative counterpart to overcome technical issues, obstacles, and challenges with her creative philosophy of “overturning fixed ideas and provoking new ways of thinking”.

Takahashi will speak in Japanese and will be accompanied by an English interpreter. She also will include visual images in the lecture so that audiences can better understand the concept of her work.

Event sponsored by The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles.

February 27, 2017
AMY SANTOFERRARO 
MFA in Craft Instructor-in-Resident

Amy Santoferraro, Assistant Professor of Art at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, was born in Akron, Ohio. She received her M.F.A in Ceramic Art from The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, in Alfred, New York in 2012. Amy earned her B.A.E (Art Education) and her B.F.A (Ceramics) from The Ohio State University In 2004. While at Ohio State, Amy was an apprentice and Undergraduate Research Scholar. Amy has been a Summer Resident and Studio Manger at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, Maine and now serves on the advisory board. Amy was a Resident Artist at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, In Gatlinburg Tennessee and a four year Resident Artist at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Amy was recently awarded a McKnight Residency Grant for Ceramic Artists in a partnership through the McKnight Foundation and The Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota

March 6, 2017
JEFFRY MITCHELL
Visiting Artist in conjunction with NCECA

March 13, 2017
RYAN BURGHARD 
OCAC instructor

March 20, 2017
ROXANNE JACKSON

April 3, 2017
AMANDA BEEKHUIZEN & MORGAN BUCK 
OCAC MFA in Craft alumni

April 10, 2017
BETHANY HAYS
 


 

CONVERSATION ON CRAFT
Conversation on Craft is a forum, hosted by MFA in Craft program 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.  Free and Open to the public.

Conversation on Craft: Methods, Fetishes and Affordance
March 21, 2017 | 6:00pm
OCAC Campus

An ongoing public forum, hosted by the Oregon College of Art and Craft MFA in Craft program addressing the skill and art of creativity. As the culminating event for To Crack a Space, a laboratory-based think tank held in advance of the 2017 Future Flux NCECA conference, a panel of creative professionals will engage in a dialog regarding the ways that limits and opportunities afforded by spaces for making impact the practices and outcomes produce. By focusing on the institutionalized digital fabrication space, the intention is to elicit critical discourse about individual and institutional motivations and aspirations for such spaces, the effect they have on practice, and the prejudices adopted by both practitioners and the public, particularly with regard to Craft’s persistent presence in contemporary creative culture.

Participating Artists:
Brian Gillis
Conversation Moderator, Artists and Associate Professor, Ceramics, University of Oregon

Karl Burkheimer
Artist and Professor/Chair of OCAC's MFA in Craft

Anya Kivarkis
Artist and Associate Professor, Jewelry and Metalsmithing, University of Oregon

Jennifer Navva Milliken
Curator at large

Katherine Ross
Artist and Professor/Chair of Ceramics, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

John Sherry
Archeologist and Director of Business Innovation at Intel Labs

Contact Karl Burkheimer
503-297-5544
kburkheimer@ocac.edu
Cost: Free
 


 

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.  Free and Open to the public.

A Conversation and Book Signing: The New Explorers by Kris Timken
November 19 | 2015

7 PM, Vollum Drawing, Painting and Photography Building, OCACOregon 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

 

COLLABORATIONS 
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
Nike
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?
Contact collaboration@ocac.edu