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Hoffman Gallery


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. 



Temporary Extended Gallery Hours 

Monday-Sunday, 10:00am-7:00pm (The extended hours will run through the end of March 2017.)

Regular Gallery Hours 

Wednesday-Sunday, 11:00am-5:00pm 


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Hoffman Gallery Renovation Update 

We're very excited to announce that the Hoffman Gallery has reopened as of July 9, 2016.  

In June, 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:



Hoffman Gallery

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.

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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. 



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.

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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. 



December 2- January 25, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, December 2, 5-8pm

Eva Lake, Sky Over Casino, 2011

Panel Discussion
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

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

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Gabi Lewton-Leopold | Assistant Director, Nationale
Taryn Wiens | Co-Director, S/PLI/T

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.  


Centrum Lab

October 6 - October 23
Opening Reception: 4:00pm, Thursday October 6

Hoffman Gallery

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.


May 14 - 26, 2016
Opening Reception Saturday, May 14, 4 - 6pm



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


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.


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.


Centrum Lab

September 1 - September 25, 2016
Opening Reception Thursday, September 1, 4 – 6pm

March 3 – April 3, 2016
Opening Reception Thursday, March 3, 4 – 6pm

April 6 – May 1, 2016  
Opening Reception Wednesday, April 6, 4 – 6pm