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The OCAC Galleries include Hoffman Gallery, Centrum Lab, and Shop @ OCAC.
The Hoffman Gallery is named after Julia Hoffman, who, in 1907, founded the precursor of today's Oregon College of Art and Craft. In supporting the college's educational mission, the Hoffman Gallery at OCAC reflects current trends and conversation in the arts and expands the critical discourse around craft and making for the campus and the larger community. It features the work of regional, national, and international artists and makers, including special exhibitions of OCAC students and faculty.
In addition to the Hoffman Gallery, there are two more galleries on the OCAC campus: the Centrum Lab and Shop @ OCAC. The Centrum Lab provides a showcase for student work highlighting the college's curriculum. The Shop@OCAC offers the work of regional artists for sale.
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Hoffman Gallery Renovation
In June 2016, the gallery underwent a renovation to expand dedicated exhibit space, update climate control and lighting, and increase security. The project was made possible through the generous support of:
- COLAB Architecture + Urban Design
- Ford Family Foundation
- Fred W. Fields Fund, a fund of the Oregon Community Foundation
- Reser Family Foundation
- Biella Lighting Design
May 9-20, 2018
Hannah Newman, Barren. Rock, iPad, single channel video, 11” x 24” x 2.5”, 2017.
Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 | 4:00-6:00pm
In an academic season defined by thesis exhibitions and graduation ceremonies, the creative energy of those who are in the midst of their degree or have already finished their academic trajectory settles into the background. Antithesis exhibits the creative endeavors of four current students and six alumni within the MFA in Craft, celebrating the continuance of practice outside of the completed moment of finish.
Exhibiting Artists: Morgan Buck, Marjorie Dial, Shiloh Gastello, Max Gore, Colin Kippen, Lindsay Martin, Hannah Newman Sarah Newsome, Gain Vatthanasangpan, Karen White
WHITNEY LOWE: BY DESIGN
April 11 - May 18
Lowe's current ceramic work is spatially intricate, with an emphasis on the sharpness of edge to create line. A display of the jigs and fixtures used in the creation of his ceramics will reveal the artist’s manual process and practice. Visitors will learn about the fundamental principles of design expressed through form, surface, line, light and shadow. Lowe’s work will reveal one artist's voice influenced by architecture and design, inspired by art, and made manifest through craft, offering inspiration to the creative spirit in us all. Whitney Lowe is represented by Froelick Gallery.
MATTER OF COURSE
May 23 - June 22, 2018
Matter of Course is an exhibition showcasing the work of current OCAC students, representing the art made in one of six metals courses. Carefully chosen, it characterizes challenging, innovative, thematic, well-executed pieces from beginning to advanced level classes. Jewelry, sculpture, sculptural wearable art and functional objects such as teapots and spoons in a broad range of materials are represented in this diversely original exhibition of student work.
BFA CLASS OF 2018 THESIS EXHIBITIONS
Students in the college’s BFA Program spend their final year perfecting their craft in the creation of an original body of work that reflects their personal and conceptual ideas, and finely tuned craftsmanship. This entire learning experience culminates in the exhibition of their work. Opening receptions will be held each Wednesday in April, 4:00-6:00pm
BFA Thesis Exhibition, Group 1
April 11-15, 2018
BFA Thesis Exhibition, Group 2
April 18-22, 2018
BFA Thesis Exhibition, Group 3
April 25-29, 2018
POST BACCALAUREATE THESIS EXHIBITION
April 4-8, 2018
Improv posits the following ground rule: accept the scenario that is presented, and respond with your own contribution. This graduating post-baccalaureate group is diverse—we nine represent widely varied disciplines, backgrounds and motivations. While our work reflects that diversity, our artistic practices are fundamentally a way to be present with what is, and to make our contribution. From this common ground, we invite you to our exit show: Yes, And.
OCAC HIGH SCHOOL JURIED EXHIBITION
March 16-29, 2018
Opening Reception: March 16, 4:00-6:00pm
Oregon College of Art and Craft is proud to exhibit a multitude of cross-disciplinary works from local high schools across the Portland Metro area. With over 300 student submissions, the jury was able to view a wide range of talent. We believe that the work chosen represents the diversity and creativity of young artists.
As an institution dedicated to local and regional art and craft outreach, OCAC is proud to support our community’s young artists, their high school visual art programs, and their instructors. The exhibition celebrates and rewards student talent, attention to craft, and artistic merit. We support freedom of expression and celebrate the voices of the future.
DAY TO DAY TODAY
March 1-25, 2018
Ritual has its roots in many cultures and religions the world over. Kalpana Vadnagara, Ryan Riss and Aby Henry discover their concepts through the ritual of repetitive making. This way of making opens doors—in the hands, in the mind. The repetition of making, and learning through action, pushes a forward momentum that allows for an expansion of art and concept. All three artists have a common language of simplicity in their mark making. Navigating different concepts, their aesthetic communicates in a similar visual light and language.
CUBAN EPHEMERA: EXPLORING AESTHETICS OF CUBAN DESIGN
February 15 - March 10, 2017
Cuba has a rich history of poster art, from revolutionary posters sponsored by the Castro regime through current times, with a new generation of graphic designers riffing on art, movies, music and politics. Oregon College of Art and Craft, Pacific Northwest College of Art and the Portland chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts are collaborating to mount an exhibition of contemporary work. It features two Havana-based designers, Michele Miyares Hollands and Idania del Rio, who will be in Portland for a public lecture on February 19.
February 1-25, 2018
One of the more well-known courses at OCAC, Functional Object gives students a unique opportunity to design and make a wide range of container forms and other useful objects from start to finish. Although functional objects surround us in our everyday lives, having the opportunity to design and create something both beautiful and useful is particularly satisfying. We are excited to share with you the fruits of our labors in this student-curated show, Functional Objects.
ART ON THE VINE AUCTION PREVIEW
January 28 - February 11, 2018
The Art on the Vine Preview Exhibition features a sneak peek of items available in the 2018 Art on the Vine auction, including pieces from the exciting Live Auction. The exhibition will open with a reception on January 28 in OCAC's Hoffman Gallery; hors d'oeuvres and spirits will be served.
OCAC FACULTY BIENNIAL
December 7, 2017 - January 21, 2018
Leslie Vigeant, Lie to Me. Oil on canvas, 3’x4’, 2016.
The OCAC Faculty Biennial showcases a range of contemporary art created by its outstanding faculty, whose members are nationally and internationally recognized artists. The faculty at OCAC are innovative makers and thinkers, communicating formal and conceptual content through their rigorous exploration of creative practice. The breadth of work exhibited highlights the range of curricular perspectives that have inspired both undergraduate and graduate students in their own practice.
OCAC ANNUAL JURIED STUDENT EXHIBITION
November 7 - December 3, 2017
Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony: November 8, 4:00-6:00pm
Taylor Kibby. Self Nestle, 2017. Porcelain, 6" x 6" x 36".
The OCAC Annual Juried Student Exhibition offers the public a look at the artistic directions of OCAC’s degree and continuing education students. Innovative approaches, stylized techniques and personal imagery contribute to pieces ranging from utilitarian to conceptual to autobiographical. The exhibition runs November 7 - December 3, 2017 and the Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony take place on November 8, 4:00-6:00pm.
The jurors for the 2017 OCAC Juried Student Exhibition are Theo Downes-Le Guin of Upfor and Jane Beebe of PDX Contemporary Art.
TOOL AMONG TOOLS
Digital Strategies Student Exhibition
October 30 - November 17, 2017
Matt Branham. Digital Perspectives, 2017. Ballpoint pen on paper. 15.5' x 11'.
MFA IN CRAFT EXHIBITION: IMPETUS
October 5 - 31, 2017
Ryan Riss. Flashlight, 2017. Mixed media. 11" x17".
Indicating catalyst and momentum, Impetus exhibits the creative investigation of 13 graduate students pursuing an MFA in Craft at Oregon College of Art and Craft. The diverse collection of materials, media and processes provides a glimpse into the studio practice of students shifting between a first-year exploration of opportunities towards a winnowing of endeavors to resolve their thesis inquiry.
Partcipating artists: Kurt Bergdolt, Tricia Boyle, Emma Gerigscott, Aby Henry, Aaron Jarrett, Bella Leary, Ellen Petruzzella, Lindsay Martin, Zulian Martinez, Jessica Rehfield, Ryan Riss, Karen White, and Nathan Wilson.
PUT A WORD ON IT!
OCAC Students Negotiating Art, Craft and Text
September 7 - October 24, 2017
Curated by Barb Tetenbaum, OCAC Professor and Department Head of Book + Print
YOU IN MIND: Yassi Mazandi and Jessica Jackson Hutchins
August 9 - October 1, 2017
Jessica Jackson Hutchins
Converge 45, a curatorial-driven arts platform that engages audiences and artists in Portland, OR, is pleased to announce its full program and four days of extended programming under Guest Artistic Director Kristy Edmunds, Executive and Artistic Director of the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA. This year’s program encompasses museum and gallery exhibitions, site-specific installations, panel discussions, and events.
24 artists from California, New York, Oregon and Ohio have been invited to present new and existing works throughout eight venues and the public realm, each responding to Edmunds’ framework of “YOU IN MIND.” With this direction, Edmunds has engaged artists who amplify the voice of others, care for the creative commons, and projects that exist without constraints of a market center. Exhibitions have been shaped by local curators in partnership with the artists and Guest Artistic Director. Many of the participating artists have been in conversation with the project since a three-day Artist Congress was held in Portland in 2016.
ALUMNI CENTRUM EXHIBITION
The Other Side Of: Madeleine Soich
July 5-September 3, 2017
CROSSING GENERATIONS: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE
July 10 - August 6, 2017
Surface Design Association (SDA) presents “Crossing Generations: Past, Present & Future”, an exhibit curated by well-known gallerist and artist Jane Sauer to honor SDA’s 40th Anniversary. The exhibit will be held at the Hoffman Gallery, Oregon College of Art and Craft, July 10 - August 6, 2017, during SDA’s “Making Our Mark Conference”, which runs August 3-6, 2017.
In creating a vision for this exhibition, Sauer comments, “my desire is to highlight the work of the great mentors that laid the ground work for what is happening today, mid-career artists, and a look into what the future holds by showing the work of a few emerging artists.”
A reception will take place 4-6pm, Saturday, August 5, during the conference. Participating artists are James Bassler, Lia Cook, John Garrett, Michael James, Glenn Kaufman, Gerhardt Knodel, Jack Lenor Larsen, Anna Carlson, Vic De La Rosa, Karen Hampton, Mark Newport, Julie Sirek, Aaron McIntosh, Nicole Benner, Rena Detrixhe, Molly Koehn, Aram Han Sifuentes, Lauren Sinner, Jodi Stevens, Andrea Vail, and Anel Zarate. Their work covers a wide range of media and approaches and represents a small sampling of what is a rich history and future. Jane Sauer’s distinguished career includes being a full time artist and operating one of Santa Fe’s most iconic fiber art galleries, the Jane Sauer Gallery. She is currently a freelance curator and consultant.
HIGH SCHOOL ART EDUCATOR INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION
June 5-July 2, 2017
OCAC is honored to host the High School Art Educator Invitational Exhibition, which highlights local art teachers' creative practice as artists and demonstrates its impact on their students’ art education. Here at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, we strive to collaborate with regional educators and to highlight the creative achievements of future generations of thinkers and makers.
We are pleased to have had the opportunity to support young artists’ creative practice as well as to support art education in high schools through events and programming such as the annual OCAC High School Juried exhibition. In addition, this exhibition serves to complement our Art Adventure program, Pre-College Program and K-12 educator-in-residence program, which occur every summer. These opportunities support our initiative and determination to support students’ access to studio space and a creative environment with a versatile facility.
Shannon McBride, Mercy Me, 2017. Mixed media. 30" x 22".
At Hand: Colin Kippen & Megan Mesloh
May 3-July 3, 2017
OCAC MFA IN CRAFT THESIS SHOW
May 11-28, 2017
Max Gore, South, 2016. Acrylic on canvas. 40” x 40”.
OCAC POST-BACCALAUREATE THESIS SHOW
May 3-7, 2017
OCAC BFA THESIS EXHIBITION SERIES
Students in the college’s BFA, Certificate and Post-Baccalaureate Programs spend their final year perfecting their craft in the creation of an original body of work that reflects their personal and conceptual ideas, and finely tuned craftsmanship. This entire learning experience culminates in the exhibition of their work.
April 5-9: Student Group 1
April 12-16: Student Group 2
April 19-23: Student Group 3
April 26-30: Student Group 4
Opening receptions will be held each Wednesday in April, 4:00-6:00pm
NCECA ANNUAL NATIONAL STUDENT JURIED EXHIBITION
March 2-26, 2017
Reception: Friday, March 24, 6:00-9:00pm
NCECA's annual National Student Juried Exhibition (NSJE) showcases the work of current graduate, undergraduate, and post-baccalaureate students across the United States. Rachel Ballard, Ashley Bevington, Abigale Brading, Liam Calhoun, Man-Ho Cho, Mike Cinelli, Louise Deroualle, Yewen Dong, Kelsey Duncan, Sydney Ewerth, Shauna Fahley, Lorraine Franco, Stuart Gair, Sarah Heitmeyer, Kwan Jeong, Elliott Kayser, Andrew Kellner, Patrick Kingshill, Bradley Klem, Teresa Larrabee, Amy LeFever, Caelin McDaniel, Taylor Pasquale, Tiffany Tang, Mary Cale Wilson. Juried by Linda Arbuckle and Justin Novak.
OCAC CERAMICS ALUMNI EXHIBITION
March 2-26, 2017
Reception: Friday, March 24, 6:00-9:00pm
A selection of current work from OCAC Ceramics alumni that highlights the three paramount themes of the curriculum: fine art, craft, and design. Includes work by Lindsey Dezman, Whitney Lowe, Ben Galaday, Matthew Drennan Wicks, Brett Binford and Chris Lyon (Mudshark Studios), Sarah Wolf (Wolf Ceramics), and Miles and Molly Spadone (Spadone Home).
February 2-23, 2017 (Centrum Gallery)
Opening Reception: February 2, 4:00-6:00pm
This show by Scott Dougherty and Dalena Truong examines the interaction between humans and the idea that we experience our most social memories in a space. The artists intend to capture a wide range of these experiences and emotions from the interior and encapsulate them even further into the form of two dimensional work. While the show ranges from complete abstraction to representation, there is a common bond shared between them all; the moment between recognition and raw emotion.
OCAC HIGH SCHOOL JURIED EXHIBITION
February 9-19, 2017
Opening Reception: February 9, 5:00-7:00pm
As an institution dedicated to local and regional art and craft outreach, OCAC is proud to support our community’s young artists, their high school visual art programs and their instructors. The OCAC Juried High School Exhibition highlights work selected by OCAC from public and private high schools in the area.
ART ON THE VINE PREVIEW EXHIBITION
January 30, 2017 to February 4, 2017
Opening Reception: January 29, 2:00–5:00pm
The Art on the Vine Preview Exhibition features a sneak peek of items available in the 2017 Art on the Vine auction. Stop by the gallery during the week to see the exciting live auction items that will be available at the gala on April 8, 2017 at the Portland Art Museum.
CONTEMPORARY PRINTS FROM CROW'S SHADOW
December 2- January 25, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, December 2, 5-8pm
Eva Lake, Sky Over Casino, 2011
Monday, January 23 2017, 12:30 – 2:00pm with Crow’s Shadow participants Pat Boas, Damien Gilley, Blair Saxon-Hill, Victor Maldonado, Marie Watt & Brenda Mallory
at Hoffman Gallery
Hoffman Gallery at OCAC is pleased to announce Contemporary Prints from Crow's Shadow, a selection of twenty one works from the permanent collection created on site at Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts in Pendleton with master printer Frank Janzen during the Artists in Residence program.
Printmaking is a historic model of image reproduction and dissemination that has a rich tradition of engaging all manner of artists. A contemporary medium, it also pioneers various innovative techniques. For the artists invited to participate in the Crow’s Shadow Residency, printmaking becomes an auxiliary practice with which to experiment creating editions and singular images related to their primary work. The participating artists were carefully selected based on their commitment to their art practice and career, and in many cases because printmaking was not their primary medium. The Crow’s Shadow Artist in Residence program offers the opportunity for photographers, painters, installation artists, sculptors and others to broaden their bodies of work and import new techniques into their studios.
Karl Davis, Executive Director of Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, says:
“We've found that having first hand knowledge of the technical limitations of printmaking can inhibit an artist from experimenting or trying new methods. The unique opportunity to work with a Master Printer frees them of the need to have the technical knowledge and instead allows them to focus on image making. The Master Printer benefits from this arrangement as well, since working with an artist to create something completely unique pushes them into a problem-solving role, to find new ways to approach lithographs, monotypes, and monoprints.
The ultimate validation for this comes when the artist returns to their own studio and starts to incorporate methods, techniques, or formal elements that they developed while in residency.”
While printmaking is seen as highly crafted and traditional, new methods that incorporate the digital are being created. The works in the exhibition will highlight innovative printmaking techniques amongst artists working across disciplines.
Exhibiting artists include: Rick Bartow, Pat Boas, Adnan Charara, Daniel Duford, Damien Gilley, Jeffery Gibson, Edgar Heap of Birds, Blair Saxon-Hill, Arnold Kemp, Eva Lake, James Lavadour, Brenda Mallory, Victor Maldonado, Whitney Minthorn, Susan Murrell, Jenene Nagy, Michelle Ross, Wendy Red Star, Shirod Younker, Marie Watt and Samantha Wall
OCAC JURIED STUDENT EXHIBITION
The juried OCAC Student Exhibition offers a glimpse at the new artistic directions of OCAC’s degree and continuing education students. Innovative approaches, stylized techniques and personal imagery contribute to pieces ranging from utilitarian to conceptual to autobiographical.
November 3 - November 20, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 3 at 4:00pm
Indicating Catalyst and momentum, IMPETUS is an exhibition of the creative endeavors of six graduate students in the midst of pursuing an MFA in Craft at Oregon College of Art and Craft.
Partcipating artists: Max Gore, Byoung Hoon Kang, Betsy Redelman, Emmi Russo, Daniel Suarez, Karen White
September 29 - October 23
Opening Reception: 4:00pm, Thursday September 29
Gallery Talk: 1:00pm, Saturday October 8
Join Karl Burkheimer, Professor and Chair of the Master of Fine Arts in Craft program for a gallery talk to discuss the work from six second year students in the program. The exhibition titled IMPETUS showcases the transition from from first year explorations to the resolve of thesis inquiries.
Applications are now being considered for January 2017 entry. Admissions information is available at the event. Ready to Apply? Apply Now.
OCAC DRAWING AND PAINTING AREA EXHIBITION
October 6 - October 23
Opening Reception: 4:00pm, Thursday October 6
PORTLAND 2016 BIENNIAL OF CONTEMPORARY ART: ELLEN MCFADDEN AND HOWARD FONDA
Curated by Michelle Grabner
In partnership with Disjecta Contemporary Art Center
July 9 - Sep 18, 2016
Closing Reception: Wednesday, September 7, 5 - 8pm
Artist talk by Howard Fonda: Wednesday, September 7, 3:30 - 4:30pm
Gallery hours during this show: Wednesday through Sunday, 11am - 5pm
Ellen Mcfadden was born in 1928 in Portland, Oregon and has been working in art and design throughout her life, both as an instructor and as a free-lance graphic designer in the Northwest and Iowa. She attended the Portland Art Museum Art School in the years following WWII and took classes with Doug Lynch and Lloyd Reynolds, among others. At the time she also set up a "cubby-hole" office in downtown Portland where she did pre-press mechanicals for other designers and free-lance calligraphy. Influenced in the early 1960s by Constructivist and New Graphic Design movements in Europe, she and her husband, Irwin McFadden, assimilated new styles and typefaces into their own practice at a time when clients were more comfortable with traditional approaches. Now in her late 80s, she works full-time on paintings that incorporate pattern and vibrant color, their titles alluding to the Northwest geography and native tribes that are so engrained in her personal history, one that she tends to dismiss by ending a conversation with "now back to the drawing board." She is equally matter-of-fact when describing her work: "I see the two dimensional surface as the basis for tension and interaction with shape and the four outside edges. Color is a part of that interaction. Perhaps that vision comes from my years of graphic design, working with a defined two dimensional space and its restrictions.” Her work is represented by Ampersand Gallery in Portland, Oregon.
Howard Fonda is a (painter's) painter known for his vibrantly colored canvases that blur the boundaries between representation and abstraction. His lurid compositions of squiggles, swirls, and marks seem to dance kinetically across his canvases. Fonda proudly upholds the tradition of twentieth century painting. An old school Modernist, he views painting as a "philosophical sanctuary and spiritual outpost," finding "comfort in its traditions and limitations." Fonda has exhibited his work, and is in private and public collections, internationally. He lives with his amazing wife and wondrous children in Southeast Portland.
UNDERGRADUATE THESIS GRADUATION EXHIBITION
May 14 - 26, 2016
Opening Reception Saturday, May 14, 4 - 6pm
BFA THESIS ORAL EXHIBITIONS
Students in the college’s BFA, Certificate and Post-baccalaureate Programs spend their final year perfecting their craft in the creation of an original body of work that reflects their personal and conceptual ideas, and finely tuned craftsmanship. This entire learning experience culminates in the exhibition of their work.
Week 1 April 6 - 10
* Opening Reception Wednesday, April 6, 4 – 6pm
Week 2 April 13 - 17
* Opening Reception Wednesday, April 13, 4 – 6pm
Week 3 April 20 - 24
* Opening Reception Wednesday, April 20, 4 – 6pm
Week 4 April 27 - May 1
* Opening Reception Wednesday, April 27, 4 – 6pm
Week 5 May 4 - 8
Post -Baccalaureate & Certificate Exhibition
* Opening Reception Wednesday, May 4, 4 – 6pm
PRINTED / FOLDED / BOUND; ARTISTS MAKING PRINTS & BOOKS
Examples from the print and artist book collections of Barbara Tetenbaum and Kathy Kuehn
March 17 – April 2, 2016
Opening reception: Thursday, March 17, 4 - 6pm
Special exhibition tour with Kathy Kuehn: Thursday, March 31, 3pm
Curator: Barbara Tetenbaum & Kathy Kuehn. Barb Tetenbaum (OCAC Book Arts Department Head) and Kathy Kuehn (recently-retired Master Printer at Pace Editions) show artists books and prints from their private collections assembled for over 35 years. Included is work by Christiane Baumgartner, Jim Dine, Anna Hepler, Karen Kunc, Jim Lee, Phyllis McGibbon, Kiki Smith, Walter Tisdale and many others.
OCAC JURIED HIGH SCHOOL EXHIBITION
February 25 – March 10, 2016
Opening Reception Thursday, February 25, 4 – 6m
As an institution dedicated to local and regional art and craft outreach, OCAC is proud to support our community’s young artists, their high school visual art programs and their instructors. The OCAC Juried High School Exhibition highlights work selected by OCAC from a great number of public and private high schools in the area.
The opening is on Thursday, February 25th from 4-6pm. Additional parking for the event is located across the street at Regency Park Assisted Living (upper lot only), 8300 SW Barnes Road and on the neighborhood street on SW 84th Avenue. Download the OCAC Juried High School Exhibit parking map for more locations.
OCAC METALS AREA EXHIBITION
September 1 - September 25, 2016
Opening Reception Thursday, September 1, 4 – 6pm
OCAC BOOK ARTS/PRINTS DEPARTMENT EXHIBITION
March 3 – April 3, 2016
Opening Reception Thursday, March 3, 4 – 6pm
OCAC DRAWING/PAINTING DEPARTMENT EXHIBITION
April 6 – May 1, 2016
Opening Reception Wednesday, April 6, 4 – 6pm