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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. 

Gallery Hours: Monday–Sunday, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
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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:

Please Note: re|solve is the final exhibition at Hoffman Gallery. PIVOT is the final Centrum Gallery exhibition. For more information about the closure of OCAC's degree–seeking program and the sale of the campus, please visit: and


Centrum Gallery
re|solve—Exhibition TWO:
Thesis Exhibition Two of the Master of Fine Arts in Craft: May 9–23


Resolution conjures associations with attaining solutions, suggesting conclusions. A thesis is a premise, a proposition, or a theory, prompting an intensifying inquiry. The Thesis Exhibition of the Master of Fine Arts in Craft, re|solve, presents the culminating accomplishments of 9 MFA candidates, demonstrating a profound investment into longevity of practice and the richness of discovery. The diverse content and range of media on display reaffirm the resonant act of making and re-making in pursuit of creative achievement. re|solve is the final exhibition at Hoffman Gallery.

Group One opened Thursday, April 18 and ran through May 2: Four MFA candidates, Amy Baker, Sarah Newsome, Jessica Rehfield, and Kalpana Vadnagara presented their work culminating from their thesis inquiry.  

Group Two opening Thursay, May 9 and runs through May 23: Five MFA candidates, Marjorie Dial, Karah Lain, Sam Noel, Melanie Szemis, and Natthanan Vatthanasangpa (work pictured above: Weight, 2019) present their work culminating from their thesis inquiry. Please join us in celebrating their accomplishments.

Experimental Fashion Show | PIVOT—Opening Reception  + Runway Performance
The Last OCAC Fibers Department Show: On view in Centrum Gallery May 9–May 28.


Please Note: re|solve is the final exhibition at Hoffman Gallery. PIVOT is the final Centrum Gallery exhibition.

For more information about the closure of OCAC's degree–seeking program and the sale of the campus, please visit: and


Centrum Gallery

First–Year MFA in Craft Exhibition: April 11–May 5
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 11 | 4–6 pm


Join First–Year MFA in Craft students for the Opening Reception of DISPLACED on Thursday, April 11, from 4–6 pm. DISPLACED is practice in flux, an exhibition of six MFA students in unrest. Analogous to a ship’s prow the exhibited work pushes forward leaving a churning, collapsing void in its wake, while gaining momentum and focus. Andrea Simon, Cortney McConnell, Elizabeth Shoby, Patrick Martin, Rachael Clarke Hendel, Sol Lee.


Hoffman Gallery

April 4–14, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 4, 4–6 pm
Sarah Conti, Lauren Harper, Anna Kruse, Alexis Reinhold, Marissa Schow.


Temporal Perspectives is the final culminating exhibition for the post-baccalaureate year. Working in a variety of media, each exhibiting artist provides a unique perspective on process, practice, and the development of ideas. Refreshments on hand!

Hoffman Gallery
March 7–April 5, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 7, 4–6 pm
Cathie Carroll, Rachael Hendel, Karah Lain, Lindsay Martin, Patrick Martin, Sherry Saele

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Creating new contexts for banal experiences, Remixer showcases artwork that combines ubiquitous materials such as detritus, found objects, paint, and papers. Seven artists consider collage as a way to visualize an immediate process of fragmentation and resuscitation, as old materials encourage new connections. Remixer is motivated by Bourriard’s essay Postproduction where he expounds upon the power of collage to create “new cultural configurations.” Bourriard continues that in our current culture, “the remixer has become more important than the instrumentalists, the rave more exciting than the concert.”

In these exhibited works, each material acts as an instrument in the collective orchestra of the finished piece. Found materials allow for broader, more comprehensive dialogues as vernacular materials propel myriad associations within these works. This group, a literal remix of OCAC alumni and students, processes and reinvents ordinary material to create new contexts and new arrangements, to reconsider the language of painting, craft, sculpture and collage.  

Remixer will be accompanied by a zine publication that interrogates the relationship with collage that each exhibiting artist holds, a conversational documentation of collage’s theoretical and physical potential.

Centrum Gallery
February 1–March 1, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, February 1 | 4–6 pm

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High Gloss features work by artists Sarah Newsome and Sam Noel presenting a nuanced, but playful look at the body and beautification. Spunk, diffidence, and style combine in a celebration of identity and exploration of sense of self. Fueled by individual stories of adolescence, the work captures both a longing for acceptance and a desire to stand out. Working in transdisciplinary practices, the artists create two and three dimensional works that explore the ways in which the body becomes a physical representation of  life events, a showing of history. 

Hoffman Gallery
SURFACE / INTERRUPTED—Extended to March 20!
February 1–March 20, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, February 1 | 4–6 pm
Panel Discussion with Artists | Lunchtime Talk: Monday, February 25 | 12:45
OCAC’s Drawing and Painting Department Head Michelle Ross and Curator Sam Hopple will guide the discussion.


The Hoffman Gallery at Oregon College of Art and Craft is proud to announce Surface / Interrupted, an exhibition of new work from Morgan Buck, John Whitten and Rachel Wolf, curated by Sam Hopple. 

Through the mediums of Drawing, Painting, and Photography, Surface / Interrupted is an exhibition full of poetic optics. The visual disruption, surface tension, and optical illusions present in the artists’ compositions pose the question if what we are viewing is analog or digital. Buck, Whitten and Wolf all use experimental methods of making to produce visual enigmas that challenge the eye’s ability to clearly comprehend what is being seen. 

Morgan Buck uses photography and painting to produce blurry large scale works that invite the viewer to play a guessing game of what the subject matter actually is within the canvas. Using a special IPhone lens, Buck distorts imagery from the internet, rendering an image of spatial discombobulation. Using an airbrushing process, Buck removes the digital elements of these found images; the pixels, glitches, and hard lines to create soft, out of focus versions of the original. 

John Whitten’s laborious drawings navigate the sound and noise of the everyday by employing methods of intuition and chance as a means to disengage from pictorial realism. Moving away from the representational, he translates the chaos of the everyday into static abstraction. Whitten presents his own system of personal mapping, translating emotional experiences into lines and waves. The result is reminiscent of a digital print or Magic Eye stereogram, but is in its essence the artist’s therapeutic process in documenting the unknown. 

Rachel Wolf is a photographer working without a camera whose experimental processes with chemicals and light make her a practicing alchemist. By removing the camera, a tool for representational documentation, Wolf’s elemental approach lets her create images of the unseen, unexplainable, other. While her process is analog, Wolf uses a digital printing process to realize her compositions as large scale prints and aluminium transfers. According to Wolf, “taking the camera away from photography doesn’t remove the possibility for an image, instead it provides space for proposing images for an un-lensed, visual world.” 

A panel discussion with the artists regarding their work and practice will be held in the Hoffman Gallery as a Lunchtime talk on Monday, February 25 at 12:45pm. OCAC’s Drawing and Painting Department Head Michelle Ross and Curator Sam Hopple will be guiding the discussion.

About the Artists 
Morgan Buck is a visual artist living and working in Portland, OR.  He earned an MFA in Craft from Oregon College of Art and Craft in 2015, and a BFA in Painting from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2010. Buck’s work has exhibited throughout the Portland area and internationally in Leipzig, Germany. 

Rachel Wolf is an educator and speaker in the field of photography based in Portland, OR. Her work has been exhibited in venues such as Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland, OR, Camerawork Gallery, Portland, OR, Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco, CA, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH and National Video Center, New York, NY. Wolf is a founding member of FO(u)RT Collective, a multi-disciplinary arts collective that creates/curates exhibitions and events. Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Rachel earned her BA from Hampshire College and her MFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art. 

John Whitten earned his MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR and his BFA from Watkins College of Art in Nashville, TN. He recently had solo exhibitions at Charles A. Hartman Fine Art and Eastern Oregon University’s Nightingale Gallery, and his work has been included in group exhibitions at Czong Institute for Contemporary Art Museum in Korea, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Tropical Contemporary, Linn-Benton Community College, S1, and Melanie Flood Projects in Portland, OR. Recent awards include a Project Grant from the Regional Art and Culture Council, a Career Opportunity Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission, and a Faculty Research Award from Oregon State University. Whitten, who lives in Portland, OR, is a co-founding member of Carnation Contemporary, and is currently a Full-time Instructor of Digital Art and Time-Based Media at Oregon State University.

About the Curator
Sam Hopple is an independent curator and arts writer currently based in Portland, OR. Hopple received her B.A. in Art, Design and Media from Richmond University in London in 2012. She is interested in contemporary visual culture and investigating the relationship between space and object. Hopple currently serves as the Gallery Manager at Oregon College of Art and Craft and Senior Editor at 60 Inch Center.

Hoffman Gallery
November 8–January 22, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 8, 4-6 pm
Award Ceremony:  Thursday, November 8, 5 pm


Juried by Melanie Flood, Jeanine Jablonski, and Maya Vivas.
Image: Krystal Barrio | Safety experiment, 2018. Wood, wool, bubble wrap, inner tube, ink, paper. Dimensions variable.

Juror Statement
Throughout the selection process we reviewed jewelry, sculpture, paintings, installation and drawing, all of which displayed a curiosity of ideas and materials. As jurors we didn’t feel confined to medium specific traditions associated with a school of Art and Craft. We were instead excited by the interdisciplinary nature of works submitted. As gallerists we gravitated to art works which felt human, connected and visceral. We began to notice a thread throughout the submissions – one that weaves the playful and sociopolitical with craft and humor. Each work presented is the beginning of an individual conversation that ring in unison to reflect the moment in which we find ourselves.

2018 Awards 
Best in Show: Danielle Gannett | Control Me, 2018 | Bronze, Fur, Silver | 12'' by 12'' by 24''

Jurors' Choice: Lindsay Martin | Master Suite, She, 2018 | Oil on Panel | 40" x 48"

Jurors' Choice: Myra Lilith Day | What I Learned About Gender In 8th Grade Biology, 2018 | Sculpture,
Wood/Hinges/Latches/Door Knob Plates | 3.5' x 1' x 1'

Jurors' Choice: Katija Bogdanic | Proud Pussy, 2017 | Acrylic Paint | 48x36

Juror Bios
Melanie Flood (born 1979 Manhasset, New York) is an artist and curator based in Portland, OR. She holds a BFA (2001) in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York and an MFA (2017) in Contemporary Art Practice from Portland State University. Since 2008, she directs Melanie Flood Projects, which began as an artists’ salon located in her Brooklyn residence. In 2014, the gallery relaunched in downtown Portland, OR. Her work and projects have been featured in Art in America, The New York Times, ARTnews, New York Magazine, zingmagazine, Photo District News, among others. Recent solo exhibitions include Mirror Mirror Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland, OR (2018), Passionfruit Autzen Gallery, Portland, OR (2017), Latent Desire Carl & Sloan Contemporary, Portland, OR (2016). Recent two person exhibitions include Wet Pictures Titty Bears Ditch Projects, Springfield OR (2018) and The Nature of Things Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, OR (2014). Flood is the recipient of a Regional Arts & Culture Council Project Grant (2014) and a Precipice Fund Award (2016). She is represented by Fourteen30 Contemporary. 

Jeanine Jablonski is the Owner & Director of Fourteen30 Contemporary, a commercial gallery in Portland, Oregon, focused on emerging and new generation artists nationally and abroad. She is also the Managing Director of the Lumber Room. Jablonski received her MFA from Memphis College of Art and her BFA from Oregon College of Art and Craft where she currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees.

Maya Vivas is a ceramic sculptor, performance artist and activist based in Portland Or. Their ceramic sculptures have been featured in an array of galleries throughout Portland, Los Angeles and New Zealand, including venues in association with The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. In addition to serving on the board of the Contemporary Art Council at the Portland Art Museum, Vivas is the Co-Owner of Ori Gallery. Whose mission is to redefine "the white cube" through amplifying the voices of Queer and Trans Artists of color, community organizing and mobilization through the arts.

Centrum Gallery
A show about laser cutting
November 8–December 8, 2018

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Student Work by Andrew Newell.

Modeling. Connecting. Multiplying. Stacking. Toolmaking. This group show illustrates what happens within and as a result of these these processes when artists are equipped with lasers. With its extremely fast and precise cutting and engraving capabilities the laser cutter as craft tool creates new opportunities for artists to create sketches in physical space, to quickly and efficiently make small scale production runs, to create rapid prototypes, and to experiment with materials. The purpose of this show is to demonstrate the way that a digital physical workspace and workflow mirrors traditional making processes, but also diverges and takes on its own form. Through the works of four artists all using the laser as a tool in a different capacity, we see the value and potential of this machine in a craft context. 

Curated by: Benny Hill, OCAC FabLab studio Manager and Chelsea Snow, Entrepreneurial Fellow and Alumni; Applied Craft + Design.

Exhibiting Artists: Marissa Provost (Student BFA), Kat Kauffman (Alumni and OCAC Photo Studio Manager), Parker Ives (Student MFA Industria Design), Nathan Rice (Curatorial Fellow, Alumni AC+D), Andrew Newell (MFA Candidate AC+D).

Centrum Gallery

A Glimpse Into Studio Practice | MFA in Craft Alumni
August 1 - September 3, 2018

Eight MFA in Craft Alumni, from the first two years of the program, offer a brief view into their creative practice after school. In particular they share images of their current studio environment and insight into their creative trajectory outside of academia.

Exhibiting Artists: Amanda Beekhuizen, Brittany Britton, Morgan Buck, Sarah Eaton, Shiloh Gastello, Max Gore, Jason Horvath, and Jonathan Steele

Hoffman Gallery

August 8 - September 2, 2018

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Dialogic implies the question, “What experience is passed between teacher and student that may be detected in the artwork?” Demonstrating a direct influence between mentor and mentee is not what the show aims to offer, though certain threads may be found in the privileging of drawing or the handling of color. The relationships between the individual artists are nuanced in this visual dialogue. These artists are diverse in their approach to image-making but linked by virtue of an attentiveness to detail and to a certain corporeal awareness that motivates their practice. This gathering of images, which tends toward symbolic forms and narrative compositions, ultimately belies a deep commitment to observation. Regardless of stylistic approach, an ethos of careful seeing is evident in the work presented. Almost as a devotional act, the observational ethic here is characterized by the obsession to know something through sustained attention to the subject, the material, or the movements of one’s body. How then to record those observations? A viewer may discern the answer in the myriad details, or the broad simplified forms and gestures. The record is in the meditative repetition of mark and color, in certain formal organizing principles or in the painted memory of being in place.

Exhibiting artists: Georgiana Nehl with Terri Cutz, Marilyn Joyce, Kimo Nelson, Ryan Pierce, Linnea Solveig, and Arielle Zamora

Hoffman Gallery

May 23 - August 2, 2018


Reliant Objects is a group exhibition of interdisciplinary craft work challenging notions of form, function, and the future of domestic objects. In Reliant Objects, the works attempt to claim their own narrative space, building new futures and object-agency through challenges to form, misuse, and dysfunction. These objects rely upon a viewer’s recognition of their sameness and difference, in the ability to seek meaning in their digressions from everyday familiarity. This exhibition is not about strictly historical objects or everyday objects, material specificity or labored craft. It is not about the history of "the thing," but rather about the ability for these objects to look into the future and serve as a reflection of self. In their multiplicity, augmentation, or fragmentation, these works act as a mirror, allowing the viewer to recognize themselves and their collective future potentials in disparate and unfamiliar parts and pieces.

Co-curators: Courtney Kemp (OCAC faculty) and Lyndsay Rice (Alberta College of Art and Design faculty)

Centrum Gallery

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.

Hoffman Gallery

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

Centrum Gallery
April 11 - May 18

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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.


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


April 4-8, 2018

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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. 

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.

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.

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.


Centrum Gallery

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.

January 28 - February 11, 2018
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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.

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.

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.

Centrum Gallery
Digital Strategies Student Exhibition
October 30 - November 17, 2017
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Matt Branham. Digital Perspectives, 2017. Ballpoint pen on paper. 15.5' x 11'.


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.

OCAC Students Negotiating Art, Craft and Text
September 7 - October 24, 2017
Curated by Barb Tetenbaum, OCAC Professor and Department Head of Book + Print

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YOU IN MIND: Yassi Mazandi and Jessica Jackson Hutchins 
August 9 - October 1, 2017

Jessica Jackson Hutchins

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Yassi Mazandi

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.

The Other Side Of: Madeleine Soich
July 5-September 3, 2017


July 10 - August 6, 2017

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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.

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


May 11-28, 2017

Max Gore, South, 2016. Acrylic on canvas. 40” x 40”.

May 3-7, 2017

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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

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. 


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).

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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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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