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Art Gym: Opening October 1, 2018
Effective October 1, Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) will be the new home of the storied Art Gym (TAG). With the closing of Marylhurst University, all Art Gym operations, collections, and upcoming exhibitions will move to the OCAC campus. Most importantly, the mission and intellectual property of TAG and its staff will move to OCAC to continue the long-standing commitment to artists in the region.
“We at OCAC are extremely proud to integrate the mission of the Art Gym into the cultural life of our campus and to continue the Art Gym’s rich history of supporting the artists of the Pacific Northwest,” said Denise Mullen, President of OCAC. The Art Gym mission fits perfectly with OCAC’s historic educational mission to reflect current trends and conversations in the visual arts and expand the critical discourse around craft, art and making for the community at large.
To insure the continuity of mission and purpose, The Art Gym staff will move to OCAC. “Directing The Art Gym at Marylhurst University has been a tremendous privilege,” Ashley Stull Meyers, Director and Curator of TAG, said. “Although we are sad to leave this historic space behind, I very much look forward to continuing The Art Gym’s mission and legacy in Portland for years to come with OCAC’s invaluable support.”
OCAC’s Hoffman Gallery, named for Julia Hoffman, who, in 1907, founded the precursor of today’s Oregon College of Art and Craft, has a tradition of featuring the work of regional, national and international artists and makers, including special exhibits featuring students and faculty. On October 1, the Hoffman Gallery will become The Art Gym. After that date, all future exhibits will be held in the newly relocated Art Gym, and a full calendar of events will be posted at www.ocac.edu/galleries/ArtGym.