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OCAC 2019 Commencement Ceremony
Master of Fine Arts in Craft (MFA in Craft), Master of Fine Arts in Applied Craft + Design (MFA AC+D), Bachelor of Fine Arts in Craft (BFA in Craft), and Post–Baccalaureate Certificate in Craft students will receive their degrees at the First Unitarian Church, with a reception to follow at The Mark Building (at Portland Art Museum). This year's Commencement Speaker will be educator and artist Sarah Turner, President of North Bennet Street School (see bio below). Sarah is an OCAC alumna who received her Certificate in Craft with a Concentration in Metals.
COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY (No tickets are required to attend.)
Sunday, May 19, 2019, at 3:30 pm
First Unitarian Church
1211 SW Main St, Portland, OR 97205
RECEPTION (To follow ceremony.)
The Mark Building; Portland Art Museum
1119 SW Park Ave., Portland , OR 97205
Sarah Turner, President
North Bennet Street School
As an educator, leading from both the office and the studio, Sarah Turner has worked at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, the Rhode Island School of Design, the State University of New York at New Paltz and the Oregon College of Art and Craft. As the Dean at Cranbrook, Sarah directed the Academic Programs of the Academy, including a ‘public-lecture-as-variety-show’ series, and a Critical Studies + Humanities residential teaching fellowship, which she established in 2009. She has also worked extensively in the areas of student success, from enrollment and admissions to developing opportunities for students and alumni. Sarah has lectured widely, regularly serves as a guest critic to studio programs, and has organized exhibitions on contemporary craft and design in the US and abroad. In 2005, Sarah was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to the Netherlands to research Dutch contemporary applied art.
In addition to her work in education, Sarah has maintained a studio practice rooted in craft. Trained initially in metalsmithing and jewelry, her work has ranged from woodworking to weaving to printmaking – always with a focus on the meanings inherent to objects and materials. Her artwork has been included in exhibitions nationally and internationally, including the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, Galerie Noel Guymarc’h in Montreal, and The Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston.
Sarah has been a volunteer and advisor for a variety of organizations, including the Southeast Michigan Fulbright Association, the Vermont YWCA, the Art Jewelry Forum, and the Society of North American Goldsmiths.
Born and raised in Ohio, Sarah received a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Smith College and a Certificate in Craft with a Concentration in Metals from the Oregon College of Art & Craft. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art. CV/Resume
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