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Carla Perry’s (AiR ’04) Riva Beside Me at Newport Performing Arts Center

riva bannerRiva Beside Me: New York City 1963-1966, the novel Carla Perry worked on during her 2004 residency, was published in 2012, and has recently been transformed into a full stage play. The show will debut at Newport Performing Arts Center, running March 31 – April 9 2017. The novel can be purchased through Dancing Moon Press. Riva Beside Me is a novel based on real life, growing up in Manhattan in a dysfunctional family. But the story is one of transition and hope, where humor and love prevail. The story makes it obvious that angels walk among us. The book is a love letter to the real Richard Marvell, who lived at 45 Perry Street in Greenwich Village in the 1960s.


Portland2016 Biennial, July 9 – September 18

The Portland2016 Biennial well include work by John Whitten (AiR ’15 and Caldera teaching artist known as Copperhead) and Francisco Morales (’16 Caldera summer staff, known as Newt). The Portland2016 Biennial is an exciting two-month celebration that showcases 34 artists at 25 venues in 13 communities across the state (including Bend, Madras, and Portland). Read more about the Portland2016 Biennial here

This piece from John Whitten's Suttle Reflections series will be exhibited at Disjecta. John created this piece during his residency at Caldera.

This piece from John Whitten’s Suttle Reflections series will be exhibited at Disjecta. John created this piece during his residency at Caldera.

Installation by Francisco Morales at Umpqua Community College.

Installation from Serie de Expiación by Francisco Morales at Umpqua Community College.

Francisco's work is part of a larger project called "Student Teacher" by OSU professor Julie Green and four of her students.

Francisco’s work is part of a larger project called “Student Teacher” by OSU professor Julie Green and four of her students.


Christine Bourdette (AiR ’12) at Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland

Presenting new graphite and watercolor works alongside delicate paper sculptures, Christine Bourdette continues her explorations of the ever-shifting human condition in Drawing to Planet Earth. In this work Bourdette brings forth imagery of the American West’s untamed geologic forms to represent the fluctuating quality of natural and mental landscapes. While the graphite texture of rocks and minerals in her drawings depict the mutability of solid conditions on a geologic timescale, overlaid pigments inject a color and liquidity that reminds one of the instantaneity with which the natural world is viewed. These two dimensional works are accompanied by small paper sculptures that express the textures of stone; each one a vignette juxtaposing our perception of permanence with the object’s own evidence of erosion.

The exhibition runs February 4 – April 2, 2016 with a First Thursday Reception on February 4, 6–8 p.m.


Wendy Given (AiR ’10) and Ryan Pierce (AiR ’08 and ’16) present “Eyeshine”

6FUF47W34845_cV-HcROGtmyrho5K_RKXwd3IZP57R5OJGOnAqzdf2ZjhiE3a-YsQZh0Hv9NcJduwqGZJC_a5aT5OGqSdgKiv6wYPdwdxppq9Bcv30mfUoyHgkgBkXMFsYAT1hndujOQ2zTZmVBbxvOBRgcK8azAgJTPXGY=s0-d-e1-ftWendy Given and Ryan Pierce present Eyeshine, at PSU’s Autzen Gallery from January 7 through January 29th. In Eyeshine, the first of a series of two-person shows, the Portland artists present new sculptures, paintings, and photographs drawn from the intersection of their creative visions: the nocturnal, the nonhuman, and the wildness that resides in each of us.

For this exhibition, Given has produced vivid, uncanny photographs and sculptures that resonate in the dark, unstable ground between consciousness and collective memory. Her practice stems from a profound interest guided by the natural world, folklore, myth and magic—magic as a term meant to conjure the notion of the interconnectedness of all life forces. Nature is prescribed as a foundation of verity, power, and mystery in the work—both intelligible and arcane. While Given’s subject matter dwells on primeval belief systems, the resulting work is distinctively contemporary—reflective of modern culture’s mode of assimilating and processing myth.

Pierce will exhibit mixed-media sculptures and paintings inspired by his visit to a mask museum in Zacatecas, Mexico. As a continuation of his series Terra Incognita, Pierce looks to the historical parallels between the search for knowledge and the conquest of land and people. In the styles of botanical illustration, surrealism, and folk art, his objects and images evoke the confluence of the Age of Discovery with present and near-future uncertainty about climate change, speaking to a simmering dread that we are desecrating the natural world just as we come to know it.

Eyeshine was devised while Given and Pierce spent two weeks camping together as hosts of Signal Fire’s Outpost Residency this past Summer. Given and Pierce both convey an intense yearning to honor and utilize our inherent awareness through their respective visual crafts—to regain unspoken understanding and to be conscientious of the fact that we are all, and always will be (as humans), integral to and dependent on the natural world.


Dana Lynn Louis (AiR ’13) to open “As Above, So Below”

Louis_2-1_TitleBanner_FIN_02_1024The San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) presents As Above, So Below, a site-specific installation by Portland-based artist Dana Lynn Louis, recipient of the 2016 Contemporary Northwest Art Award. Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson, Curator of Northwest Art at the Portland Art Museum states, “Creating spaces with intimate and large-scale drawings, light projections, and sculptural objects, [Louis] uses glass, light, and shadow to achieve a glitteringly magical environment.”

As Above, So Below includes four components: a floor-to-ceiling drawing on the glass of SJIMA’s Atrium Space; suspended glass and mixed-media sculptures; etched mirrors installed on the floor; and video projections. Experiential and multidisciplinary, the installation engages time and light, the changing shadows and reflections constructing a conversation with the materials of the Atrium Space and the environment of the region.

Like much of her work in the past several years, As Above, So Below raises social and political concerns. For over a decade, Louis worked in West Africa helping to create the Ko-falen Cultural Center in Bamako, Mali. Her recent work is deeply informed by her loss of place in Mali due to the Mali Civil War, which began in 2012, and has been further complicated by the presence and activities of multiple insurgent groups in the region ever since. Louis states that her installation at SJIMA will “seek to stimulate levity amongst our currently difficult human international landscape. My intention is to inspire hope and thus encourage action towards the betterment of our ability to live humanely together.”


Timothy Houghton (AiR ’04) publishes new poetry collection “The Internal Distance.”

hebenon-17-houghton_copiaTimothy Houghton’s 6th collection of poems is a bilingual (English/Italian) edition: The Internal Distance (Selected Poems 1989-2012). The publisher is Mimesis Edizioni, an imprint of the large, academic Italian press Hebenon (Milan). The translators are Luigi Fontanella and Annalissa Macchia. Luigi Fontanella has published 30 books (14 of poetry) and 90 scholarly articles and is Professor of Italian at Stony Brook, where he is editor of Gradiva, the international journal of Italian poetry; he also wrote the introduction to the book. Annalisa Macchia is author of several Italian books of poetry and prose and has translated the work of John Ciardi and Mark Strand; her work has also appeared in Gradiva. This book is available here.






Third Rail presents Stephanie Del Rosso’s (AiR ’15) Reverse/Loop/Repeat

Stephanie's playStephanie Del Rosso’s (AiR ’15) short play, Reverse/Loop/Repeat has been produced in Portland as a part of the Third Rail Mentorship showcase at the Third Rail Repertory Theater. 

Reverse/Loop/Repeat is a story everyone can relate to. It’s a story of love, loss, and the things that connect and define us. But in an unusual twist, the story of the dissolution of a couple’s relationship is told in reverse, from the end to the beginning. Using heightened expressive language and movement, this piece delves into what draws us together, and what tears us apart. This workshop production of this never before produced play is presented with the two actors trading roles each evening.

Opening night is Thursday, June 18 2015 and performances continue through June 28th. Click here for ticket into


Dana Lynn Louis (AiR ’13) Exhibit “Thread” at Laura Russo Gallery

europe1bJPGAiR ’13, Dana Lynn Louis, currently has an exhibition titled ‘Thread’ at Laura Russo Gallery and will have an Artist’s Talk on Saturday, May 16th at 11 a.m.. This is her second gallery exhibition since returning from several years of pursuing a variety of projects, which included major public art commissions and the establishment of a cultural center in Bamako, Mali. Read more on the Laura Russo Gallery website here.








Carolyn Hopkins (AiR ’14) Exhibit “Dark Ecologies” at Bullseye Projects

Featuring work by 
Susan Harlan, Carolyn Hopkins, and Emily Nachison 
JANUARY 7 – MARCH 28, 2015

Bullseye Projects
300 NW 13th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209 

Bullseye Projects presents a group exhibition featuring three Portland-based artists who explore the natural world through mixed media installations, cast glass sculpture, and kilnformed panels. Dark Ecologies is on view January 7 – March 28, 2015. Panel Discussion Saturday, March 7, 1:00 – 3:00 pm. More information here

Carolyn Hopkins


Bruce Conkle (AiR ’06) Opens Solo Exhibit at frosch&portmann in NYC

frosch&portmann is pleased to present The Wooden Carrot, Bruce Conkle’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. 
A snowman kept alive inside a freezer; their natural habitat shrinking, snowpeople may now live inside freezers in order to survive, and we can keep them on life support as a signifier of man’s ‘triumph over nature.’ In his Captive Snowman series (ongoing since 2002), Conkle sculpts with real snow in large freezers and thus creates a substitute environment for a natural material. In this instillation, the artist continues to explore his theme of man’s place in nature and gives an ironic commentary of environmental and political issues. The work combines art with humor to address serious issues. The freezer acts as artificial life support for something that occurs in the outdoors, but when the world heats up a few degrees can no longer survive out there. Taken inside an artificial environment as to save it or perhaps capture it to make a trophy case, the snowman can exist forever as long as the freezer is plugged in. We saved the last snowman from melting and now it is domesticated like an animal in a zoo waiting for extinction.
Bruce Conkle declares an affinity for mysterious natural phenomenon such as snow, crystals, volcanos, rainbows, fire, tree burls, and meteorites. He examines contemporary attitudes toward the environment, including deforestation, climate change, and extinction. Conkle’s work often deals with man’s place within nature, and frequently examines what he calls the “misfit quotient” at the crossroads.  
The exhibit runs December 4, 2014 – January 11, 2015 with an opening reception December 18th 6 – 8pm. 

James Florschutz (AiR ’14) exhibit “Wedges” at Augen Gallery

December 3 – 27, 2014, James Florschutz’s sculptures will be on display at Augen Gallery with a Preview Reception for the artist on Wednesday, December 3, 5-7:30 p.m. and then First Thursday Reception on December 4, 5-8 p.m.

The majority of the works for this exhibition are about the wedge, one of man-kinds simplest and most primitive tools. In my wedge-making process I created a lot of remnants that were also wedge like and I incorporated them into satellite wedges or ghost wedges. The second body of related work in this exhibition consists of more lyrical sculptures from my residency at Caldera in April, 2014. Using salvaged wood and mixed media assemblage this new work employs a combination of playful searching and serious investigation into society’s sense of the environment.




“The Word Hand” created and performed by AiR Alumni Linda Austin, Pat Boas and Linda Hutchins

October 23-25, Thursday-Saturday at 8pm
Drawings on view:
October 24-26, Friday-Sunday 2-5pm (free)

Performance Works NW, 4625 SE 67th Ave, Portland, Oregon

Tickets: $10-$25 at the door or in advance HERE

Dancer Linda Austin and visual artists Pat Boas and Linda Hutchins navigate the walls and floor of PWNW to create drawings through performance. Their work, developed in collaboration over the last year and a half, places drawing in a visibly time-based context and ritualizes it as record and residue of movement. They employ unusual drawing strategies and tools to extend, deflect, and disrupt their physical behavior. The resulting drawings can be read as transcriptions of both movement and language.

These performances and open viewing hours are the culmination of a long-term collaboration that has developed through residencies and presentations by Austin, Boas and Hutchins at Caldera, Wieden+Kennedy, and Project Cityscope’s The New Structure. The Word Hand is funded in part by a Project Grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council.


LINDA AUSTIN is co-founder (with Jeff Forbes) and director of Performance Works NorthWest in Portland, OR. Her working process exploits the body’s powers and limits, bringing each performer’s vulnerabilities and strengths, accidental awkwardness and elegance, into a web of relationships—intimate, playful, confrontational—with other bodies, objects, environment, sound and media. Austin has performed in New York, Mexico City, Seattle and Portland, at venues such as Danspace Project, PS 122, Movement Research at Judson Church, the Kitchen, On the Boards and PICA’s TBA Festival. Awards include Fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Oregon Arts Commission and, most recently in 2014, the prestigious RACC Performing Arts Fellowship. Her work has also been supported by project grants from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the Regional Arts & Culture Council and the Calligram Fund for New Work through PICA. Among Austin’s recent projects are Three Trick Pony, a collaboration with sculptor David Eckard and composer Doug Theriault for TBA:13, and Hummingbird, a solo that premiered at On the Boards’ NW New Works Festival.

PAT BOAS makes drawings, paintings, prints and digital projects that explore the play between words and images, the nature of codes and the stories hidden in familiar grammatical structures. Her work has been shown at the Portland Art Museum, the Boise Art Museum; the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Salt Lake Art Center, the Nicolaysen Museum in Casper, Wyoming and the Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle, Washington. She is the recipient of the 2012 Bonnie Bronson Fellowship, as well as fellowships and grants from the Pollack-Krasner Foundation, the Ford Family Foundation and Oregon’s Regional Arts and Culture Council. Reviews of her visual work have appeared in Art in America and Art Papers. Boas has written articles and reviews for Art Papers, artUS and Artweek. She is a member of the Art Practice faculty at Portland State University’s School of Art + Design.

LINDA HUTCHINS uses drawing to investigate the bilateral nature of human experience and perception. In her recent projects, she embraces the sounds produced while drawing, harnessing their percussive rhythm to create drawings and installations that are inseparable from the process of their making. Hutchins has received two Individual Artist Fellowships from the Oregon Arts Commission, three Project Grants from the Regional Arts & Culture Council, and the Jurors’ Award in the Tacoma Art Museum’s 2009 Northwest Biennial. Her work has been reviewed in Art in America and featured on the cover of American Craft. Hutchins holds a BSE in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan and a BFA in Drawing from Pacific Northwest College of Art. Before attending art school, she wrote operating system software for Intel Corporation. She lives and works in a renovated warehouse in Portland, Oregon.



Mark Pomeroy’s (AiR ’02) First Book Published 

Mark Pomeroy (AiR Alumni ’02) first novel, The Brightwood Stillness, is soon to release from OSU Press. It is the second novel they’ve published in their fifty-year history, the first being Mink River

Pomeroy wrote the first draft of The Brightwood Stillness when he was twenty-seven (Bill Clinton was president); he just turned forty-five.  The novel is a testament to following the stories and characters that simply will not be denied, no matter what gets thrown at them.

With its vivid look at friendship and the challenges of cross-cultural communication, and its poignant take on the legacy of VietnamThe Brightwood Stillness will compel readers through a maze of love, betrayal, and finally, redemption.

Mark Pomeroy lives with his family in Portland, Oregon. He has received an Oregon Literary Fellowship for fiction and a residency at Caldera Arts. His short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in Open Spaces, The Wordstock 10, Portland Magazine, The Oregonian, the Waco Tribune-Herald, and What Teaching Means: Stories from America’s Classrooms. A former classroom teacher, he holds an MA in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, where he was a Fellow in Teaching. The Brightwood Stillness is his first novel.

For more information: www.mpomeroy.com



Developed at Caldera, Duet Love by Tahni Holt (AiR ’14) Debuts

Tahni Holt’s 

Duet Love performs love, lust and charged energy and presents coupled bodies performing gendered states around the romantic premise of the “duet”. Holt and her artistic team draw from iconic photographs of couples to drive this inquiry into how bodies perform gender. If masculine and feminine are forces and factors, how do markers of gender inflect the movement, emotion and decisions of dancing bodies?

 Choreographed by Tahni Holt in collaboration with performers: Ezra Dickinson, keyon gaskin, Allie Hankins and Lucy Yim 
Music composition created and performed by Luke Wyland except that one song by special musical guest Corrina Repp 
Dramaturgy by Robert Tyree 
Lighting design by Jeff Forbes
 Costume design by Jayme Hansen and Kate Fenker along with costume assistant Rebecca Katz.

Tahni Holt was one of 10 selected dance artists from across the United States to receive an NDP Touring Award Grant for Duet Love. The NDP Touring Award, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is a highly competitive grant that supports projects through subsidizing artists fees and travel for touring. Thus far Duet Love has four touring partners: Velocity (Seattle), Pica (Portland), DiverseWorks (Houston) and The Lucky Penny (Atlanta). For more information on this grant please go to www.nefa.org

World Premier
 September 4th

7:00pm September 5th & 6th 10:00pm
 at Velocity Founders Theater, Seattle 
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Audience Lab-Includes ticket to the performance + refreshments + post-show conversation
 September 4th, 5:00pm 
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. Master Class September 2nd 9:30-11:15 
Velocity, Seattle

 September 13th-16th 6:30pm 
Imago Theater, Portland 
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A pile of reclaimed objects becomes.  “Coalescence” || Jessica Kreutter (AiR Alumni ’13) 

On view: August 1-30, 2014 

Post Studio Projects– an experimental art space

2315 Commerce Street | Houston, TX 77002 | 832-207-8110 | poststudioprojects@gmail.com
This installation will slowly be built over time. Please come visit to see the transformation, watch the work, or assist.

Jessica will be working: Aug 1st through Aug 21: 

Thursdays 4-6pm

Fridays  2-4pm

Saturdays 10am-1pm,  call 503.484.3375 

Gallery open to view:  T- Th 12-6pm, Sat 12-6, call 832.207.8110

Come see the finished piece on Friday, August 22, 2014: 6-9pm


There is a place waiting for something to happen. Slowly a skin of patterns grow, like vines encroaching on the interior of an empty room, wallpaper smothering every contour, a quiet blanket of dust. This skin connects what was once separate into a single entity, walls become tables become floors become books. What was once familiar becomes the strange creatures of dreams in a place of accelerated time.

In an ongoing installation that delves into ideas of loss, memory and its transformation through time, Kreutter will create a place between remembering and forgetting, a space of invented time where fantasy intersects with reality. She will start to imagine what form materializes from the shadows left behind by memory and the creatures that can exist in ruin.



Smoke Signals by Carolyn Hopkins (AiR ’14) at Punch Gallery in Seattle 

In her debut at PUNCH, Carolyn Hopkins will be presenting new drawings, sculptures and video work made during a recent residency at Caldera from July 3 – August 2 with a reception Thursday, July 3 from 5 – 8pm. This body of water is tucked between mountainsides in a terrain that was the site of a recent forest fire. The lake itself sits within an incredibly deep crater: the result of a volcanic implosion. Much like the unimaginable depth of the lake, Smoke Signals is an investigation into both the artist’s cavernous subconscious relationship with this landscape as well as the bottomless history of the high desert and mountainous region of Oregon in where Blue Lake resides and in which Hopkins spent her childhood. For Hopkins, this work acts in many ways as a meditation on time and memory, in both its tangible day-to-day embodiments as well as its more imperceptible depths:

“The drawings, sculptures, and video work featured in this show are the result of an unearthing of memories hidden within the crevices of a place, as well as those ensnared inside the confines of a conscious mind.” –C. Hopkins

Punch Gallery is located at 119 Prefontaine Place South, Seattle, Washington. www.punchgallery.com

carolyn hopkins


The Word Hand: Research/Rehearse                                 

A collaborative drawing project by Linda Austin, Pat Boas and Linda Hutchins (AiR ’13).

Dancer Linda Austin and visual artists Pat Boas and Linda Hutchins collaborate to explore what happens when drawing is placed in a visibly time-based context and ritualized as record and residue of movement. In their developing series of performative wall drawings, The Word Hand, the artists harness language as a generative force for drawing. Its many manifestations – the movement and choreography of writing, the sound and cadence of speaking, the shapes of letterforms – provide multiple points of intersection between movement, sound, and visual elements. For this exhibition/residency, they will use the Wieden+Kennedy space as a laboratory to test their drawing and movement ideas. They can be seen working in the space 4-6 pm Thursdays and Fridays, May 22, 23, and 29.

The Word Hand is funded in part by the Regional Arts and Culture Council and benefited from a Caldera Artist Residency in 2013. It will be presented by Performance Works Northwest October 23-26, 2014 as part of its Alembic Co-Production series.

May 16 – 29, 2014, open 9 am – 6 pm weekdays

Artists at work in the space 4 – 6 pm Thursdays and Fridays (May 16, 22, 23, and 29) 

Wieden + Kennedy, 224 NW 13th Avenue, Portland, Oregon
W+K The Word Hand01


Jim Leisy’s (AiR ’14) “Amateur Physics” at Camerawork Gallery

“Amateur Physics” explores the interface between art and science. It opens Sunday, April 27 with a reception from 3 – 5pm and will run until May 23. In January 2014, Leisy spent a month as an artist in residence at Caldera where he worked on holography, 3D printing, and portraits of fellow residents and Caldera staff. Photos from his residency will also be on display.

The Van Dyke Brown process photographs exhibited illustrate an idea, process or device from science or mathematics. In 19th century England amateurism was a badge of honor and amateurs made many scientific breakthroughs. “I am not a scientist, but have been drawn to science all my life,” said Leisy.

Camerawork Gallery is the oldest fine art photography gallery in the United States. It is a community based fine art photography gallery that has exhibited shows continuously since 1970. Camerawork Gallery is located at:

Peterson Hall 
Linfield College Nursing School Campus

2255 NW Northrup Street

Portland, Oregon 97210

9am – 5pm Monday – Saturday. 
Often open evenings and other hours by chance

Enter outdoor plaza and then Peterson Hall and go down to 1st floor.

jim 3d printer


layover: new work by Vanessa Renwick (AiR ’12) at The Art Gym

Preview Reception: Sunday, April 13, 2014, 3 – 5 p.m.

Closed Easter weekend: April 18 – 20 
Exhibition continues through May 17, 2014

Gallery Talk: Thursday, May 8, 2014, 12:30 p.m.

The Art Gym is proud to present layover: new work by Vanessa Renwick. The exhibition will include a single channel video installation of Vaux’s swifts in flight, a score by Sam Coomes, and a mixed media light installation the go-betweens in which six of The Art Gym’s large beautiful multi-pane arched windows will be transformed into a different bird – a loon, a snowy owl, a raven, a woodpecker, and a peregrine.

Curator Terri Hopkins has followed Renwick’s installation work for more than 10 years and been impressed with how the artist engages viewers through a combination of video, sculpture and inventive viewing experiences. Renwick’s work provides an unusual window on nature and wildlife, particularly in how visitors are involved — opening refrigerator doors to view wolves hunting, lying down on top of piles of wood to view forest. For The Art Gym installation, the birds on the windows will be 12 feet high and a video of birds in flight will be projected onto a screen suspended above viewers.

Tuesday, May 6 at 1:30 p.m. – Renwick will be speaking about her work at Clackamas Community College. Also the University of Oregon’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art will be presenting Vanessa Renwick: Hunting Requires Optimism & Medusa Smack from April 25 to June 29, 2014.



Ellen Waterston (AiR ’05) New Book Published, Reception to Celebrate

Poet Ellen Waterston will read from her most recent collection, Vía Lactéa, A Woman of a Certain Age Walks the Camino during a reception on Sunday, April 6 from 4:30 – 6:30pm at 1325 NW Flanders St in Portland. 

In Ellen’s verse novel Vía Lactéa, the reader joins the pelegrina as she walks her way to unexpected answers to many of life’s questions along the ancient pilgrimage route of the Camino de Santiago in Spain. The many real and imagined characters met along the Way, the variety of voices, poetic styles and forms, make this collection a provocative and lively promenade.

Vía Lactéa: A Woman of a Certain Age Walks the Camino, published by Atelier 6000, released November 15, 2013, is Ellen’s third collection of poetry. The book-length collection is based on her walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain April 2012.  Other titles include: Cold Snap, Fishtrap, Inc., 2011 featuring assorted writings; Where The Crooked River Rises, a collection of personal and nature essays located in Central Oregon’s high desert, OSU Press, 2010. Poetry awards include the 2009 and 2005 WILLA Award for her collections Between Desert Seasons and I Am Madagascar, respectively, and the 2007 Obsidian Prize in Poetry. Waterston was the winner of the 2008 Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest and judged the 2013 competition. Her memoir, Then There Was No Mountain, was rated one of the top ten books by the Oregonian in 2003 and earned her an appearance on Good Morning America. She will be the keynote speaker at the 2014 Oregon Poetry Association conference and a presenter at the 2014 TEDx Bend. After 11 years as founder/director of The Nature of Words, a Bend-based literary arts nonprofit, Ellen passed the baton in 2012 to focus on her own writing and the Writing Ranch, which she founded in 2000, and which offers workshops and retreats for emerging writers in central Oregon, Europe and Mexico. Ellen is currently working on a second memoir. She lives in Bend, Oregon

Vía Lactéa is avaialble both as a trade publication and as a limited edition artbook.  The artbook is a collaboration between author Ellen Waterston; illustrator and printmaker Ron Schultz; book designer and typographer Thomas Osborne; and printer and book binder Sandy Tilcock.

Created and produced at Atelier 6000, the fine-art edition of Vía Lactéa includes fifteen original hand-pulled engravings. The elaborate book binding, design, and handset typography make the the limited edition of Vía Lactéa an exquisite example of a fine art book.

The artbook is available for purchase at www.atelier6000.org and as a perfect-bound soft cover book at www.writingranch.com.

 Via Lactea by Ellen Waterston


Science, art intersect in new installation by Andrew Myers (AiR ’13) 

“Where-Wolf,” by artist Andrew Myers, is a mixed-media installation that explores the concepts of place and home. It is on display at Rogers Gallery at Willamette University through May 15.

The large-scale piece features a half-human, half-wolf figure made from a patchwork of collaged drawings. It tells the story of OR-7, a male, gray wolf who abandoned the Wallowa County Imnaha pack in the summer of 2011. 

After traveling alone through much of Oregon and northern California in an unsuccessful search for a mate, OR-7 became world famous when biologists tracked his journey with a GPS/radio-telemetry collar. OR-7 returned to southern Oregon in March of 2013, and is now known as the first wolf sighted west of the Cascades in more than 80 years. 

Myers says OR-7’s journey mirrors his own life experience in several ways. 

“This story of futility and hope was very interesting to me, and being from northeastern Oregon myself, and now in western Oregon, I felt a lot of connections,” he says. 

“I hope this piece conveys the instinctual exploration to find a new life, the feelings of both hopelessness and hopefulness at the same time, as well as the importance of place in our lives — where we live, work and play, where we are going, where we’ve been.” 

Rogers Callery Curator Andries Fourie says Myers’ installation embodies the idea of liberal arts.

“Andrew’s work combines storytelling, myth and personal expression to show that art and science aren’t polar opposites,” he says. 

Myers received his MFA from Portland State University in 2003. His work has been showcased in Art in America and at the Drawing Center in New York. He teaches drawing at Oregon State University and in Rome. 

• Article by Natalie Pate Willamette University student




Linda Hutchins: In and Out of Rhythm on Display at the Governor’s Office

Governor’s Office, Oregon State Capitol, 2nd floor
900 Court Street NE, Salem, Oregon
February 14 – April 16, 2014
Opening reception Friday, February 14, 3-4 pm

Linda Hutchins’ work will be displayed in a solo exhibition in the Governor’s Office, a once-in-a-lifetime honor. For the past two years, Hutchins has been drawing with both hands, all ten digits at once, sacrificing control for a direct reflection of body symmetry and dynamics. The audible rhythms of her repetitive mark-making have led to cross-disciplinary collaborations involving language, sound, and movement. This exhibition includes the fruits of some of those collaborations.

At the opening reception, Hutchins will share a rhythm practice that resonates with her work. TaKeTiNa (pronounced Tah Keh Tea Nah) is a group process for exploring the body’s natural rhythmic potential. Participants step, clap, and chant to create layers of rhythm, with a facilitator introducing changes that allow participants to fall out, and then fall back into rhythm. TaKeTiNa feeds my artistic practice by offering a bridge between the subconscious and the conscious mind, and between the left and right sides of the self. Attendees may join in or observe as they wish; it’s participatory, not a performance, and no previous experience is necessary. 



FLOCK: A New Dance Center at Disjecta spearheaded  by Tahni Holt (AiR ’06 and ’14)

Disjecta is excited to announce the addition of FLOCK to our building in March.  Spearheaded by longtime Portland choreographer Tahni Holt, FLOCK is a dance center for movement, exploration, creation and artistic practice, dedicated to Portland’s contemporary and experimental dance artists. 

Read the Portland Mercury interview with Tahni here

The new center will occupy 1600 square feet of danceable studio space in the southwestern corner of Disjecta–the combination of two studios and The Vestibule.  The project is a collaboration between Holt and Disjecta to bring opportunity, engagement and affordable rehearsal space to the community: Disjecta is providing material and financial support to build the studio and offering a rent subsidy, while FLOCK is investing in tenant improvements, flooring and technical infrastructure for the new center.  Once the studio build-out is complete, FLOCK will be a fully independent studio providing critical resources for contemporary dance.  

“We are thrilled to see the creative resources available at Disjecta increase through the addition of FLOCK to our facility,” says Disjecta Director Bryan Suereth.  “We’ve worked extensively with the contemporary dance community over the years and know Tahni’s dedication to this community is exemplary—we are glad to be able to offer her an opportunity to fulfill her vision.”  

FLOCK supports both choreographic works and educational engagements and brings together a dynamic team of choreographers who will call FLOCK their artistic home: Tahni Holt, Lucy Yim, Tracy Broyles, Allie Hankins, Stephanie Lanckton, Dawn Stoppiello, Kaj-Anne Pepper, Deanna Carlson and Danielle Ross.

“This gives us autonomy to create the conditions we need to best support our work while being in relation to one another,” says Holt of the new space.  “I hope FLOCK becomes a dynamic incubator for risky creative endeavors that radically impacts the ecology of the Portland dance and art communities.”


Tahni Holt improvises with dancers Richard Decker, Sally Garrido-Spencer, Noelle Stiles and Robert Tyree on Karl Burkheimer’sIn Site installation at Disjecta in 2011.

Adam Bacher (AiR ’05) Volunteering with Humanitarian Organizations in Haiti

As Caldera does with art, this home grown Haitian organization does with after school sports training – mostly soccer.  Foundation L’Athletique d’Haiti, has been operating in the Port-Au Prince slum of Cite Soleil for 20 years. (Cite Soleil has the distinction of being considered the worst slum in the western hemisphere).

Founded by human rights activist Boby Duval, L’Athletique d’Haiti is a youth development program which uses sports to empower young people to find peace and strength within themselves, and develop self-esteem and self-worth. Over 2,000 kids participate daily. In addition to sports, the program includes a school, and medical and nutritional support for the children and some of their families. One key component of the program is as basic as providing a daily meal for all the kids.  If you don’t eat, you don’t have the strength to exercise, and for many of the children the meal they receive at L’Athlétique d’Haïti is the only meal they eat on any given day.

For more information please look at these two stories from my past work with L’Athlétique d’Haïti, in 2011 and 2012.



L'athletique d'Haiti, Cite Soleil, Haiti



“Shelter” by Crystal Schenk (AiR 2013) at Bullseye Gallery through December 21st

Portland-based Crystal Schenk (AiR 2013) is known for detailed, labor-intensive installations. For her first exhibition at Bullseye Gallery, Crystal creates a life-sized stained glass Appalachian-style shanty. Like much of the artist’s earlier work, Shelter examines the ever-widening gulf between upper and lower classes. “The gulf between classes is not a new story,” explains Schenk. “There have always been those who live in prosperity and those who manage to do without.” Shelter reflects on this disparity not as a criticism, but as an examination of the meaning and importance of home. “It is a reminder to me that no matter how humble our dwelling, it is our sanctuary,” she says. Shelter is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.



Fritz Liedtke (AiR 2003) featured in Portland Airport’s 30 Year Anniversary Exhibit

History and present-day collide as Portland International Airport in an exciting new exhibit on Concourse A, celebrating a day in the life of Oregonians, at work and at play. This new exhibit, known as Project Dayshoot30, pays tribute to the original Project Dayshoot photo series from 1983. 

Ninety-two photographers participated in the July 15, 1983 event in partnership with The Oregon Historical Society. Thirty years later, more than 150 photographers and videographers contributed to this year’s anniversary collection—including 33 photographers from the original photo series. This year’s entire collection contains more than 3,000 photos which were submitted through social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, email and even film. A small sampling of 45 images, including Fritz Liedtke’s (AiR 2003), are currently on display at PDX through March 31. To learn more visit Project Dayshoot30.


“Elements” first solo exhibit by Kevin Cooley (AiR 2010) at Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego

Kevin Cooley’s “Elements” is on display from October 19, 2013 – February 2, 2014 at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego.

Los Angeles-based photographer and video artist, Cooley’s work thoughtfully investigates the ever-changing intersection between man and nature. “Skyward is a ceiling projected video installation assuming the vantage point of a car passenger gazing at the sky above. This simple shift in perspective across familiar terrain offers the opportunity to take in a different landscape with details often overlooked in our everyday lives.

The second piece in the exhibition, Tow, was created during the artist’s participation in the Arctic Circle Expeditionary Residency Program in 2011. This two-channel video portrays a lassoed fallen ice cap in tow behind a boat, allowing the viewer to witness the Arctic seascape from a first person point-of-view. The slow speed at which the greater landscape is revealed as the boat slowly tows the crackling, bobbing glacial fragment allows us to better see this enveloping environment and creates a meditative experience.



Lani Asuncion (AiR 2013) to be featured in New Haven, CT 375th birthday celebration 

Lani Asuncion’s work will be shown during activities celebrating New Haven, Connecticut’s 375th birthday celebration featuring LAMP: Light Artists Making Places’ Exhibit & ArtSpace Opening Party. Friday, Oct. 4 from 5 -8pm the opening party will take place and feature the film Lani made while in residency at Caldera, 3 SISTERS: Lost Myth. On the same day, from 8 – 11pm Lani will be showing her film Devils Hopyard: Blessing in conjunction with an experimental lantern project outside of the building that will be projected into the trees.

For more information go to: LAMP: Light Artists Making Place


Daniel Duford’s (AiR 2006) “The Traveler and the Housewife” showing at Nisus Gallery in Portland and at Schneider Museum of Art in Ashland. 

Daniel Duford’s “The Traveler and the Housewife” is a 15 page large scale woodcut comic. The story follows two separated lovers. One goes abroad spreading death and returns altered. The other remains rooted digging deep into the mythic soil of her home. The diaristic text belies the mythic imagery. The Traveler and the Housewife is part meditation of separation and change and part metaphor for the Columbian Exchange–the mingling of culture, flora, and fauna between the Old and New Worlds. This project was supported with a Project Grant from Regional Arts and Culture Council. 

“The Traveler and the Housewife” opens on Sept. 28 at Nisus Gallery in Portland, Oregon.

“The Traveler and the Housewife:” Deluxe Edition opens Oct. 3 at Schneider Museum of Art in Ashland, Oregon.

This exhibitions will feature wheat pasted newsprint prints of each block. A broadsheet newspaper version of the comic will be available for $5.

An edition of 5 of the entire suite will be available through Nisus Gallery. Artist proofs of each print will also be available.



Gigi Rosenberg (AiR 2010) presents in Oregon and around the country

If you’re looking for encouragement, along with strategic thinking, insider tips on funding, secrets to a kick-ass artist talk, and even cheering from the sidelines, join Gigi Rosenberg (AiR 2010) this fall in Portland, NYC, and San Francisco:


Incident Energy by Jacob Pander and Marne Lucas (AiR 2006) at Disjecta September 20 – October 13

Jacob Pander and Marne Lucas (AIR 2006) present Incident Energy at Disjecta in Portland September 20th, 2013 – October 13th, 2013. Incident Energy is a multi-channel video installation filmed with heat-sensitive Thermal Imaging (infrared/IR) cameras, exploring themes of nature, culture and the body. By visualizing changing heat-signatures radiating from the body, one senses a glimpse of the temporal coalescence of ancient matter and energy (stars) in the form of living beings, a startling new way of perceiving the Self. We share a mutual fascination with the aesthetic of the human body and the intersection of technology within art and science; and how the advancement of surveillance technology continues to change cultural and human interaction -for better or worse- in practical, philosophical and creative ways. Contrasting the stark IR imagery with primal human movement, choreographer Jim McGinn and other dancers appear as eerie, translucent primitive humans: their veins, cold hands and breath are visible (in real time, no special effects) in segments filmed in nature and in contemporary settings. 

Friday, September 20, 7-9pm the Opening Night Performance will contrast the video with primal human movement when choreographer Jim McGinn will perform live at the opening reception in conjunction with the installation, silhouetted against simultaneous live thermal image projections that echo his movements and light the body.

Click HERE for more information about the exhibit, the artists and Disjecta.


Work started  at Caldera by Suniti Dernovsek & David Stein (AiR 2012) to premiere at PICA’s TBA Festival 

In January of 2012, Suniti Dernovsek and David Stein of bobbevy received a residency at Caldera arts and  began to dream up a new dance: This is how we disappear.  Since that time, bobbevy has shown segments of the work in Portland, Seattle and Milwaukee. After almost two years in the making bobbevy is thrilled to share with you the world premiere of This is how we disappear September 13th – 16th as part of PICA’s Time Based Arts Festival. This is how we disappear will be presented at BodyVox Dance Center September 13th – 15th at 8:30pm and on the 16th at 6:30pm. 

This is how we disappear examines the complexity, frailty, and weight of human relationships in contrast with the fluid simplicity of the passage of time. Two performers embody Suniti Dernovsek’s unique movement vocabulary and are captured in their actions by custom electronics, driving a real-time response in sound and video. These elements blend seamlessly to create a stylized and fantastical visual landscape, caught in the persistent pull of time yet defined by a journey that sets it utterly apart.



Show Opening at The Institute Library featuring Lani Asuncion (AiR 2013)

NEW HAVEN, CT: “Head” is an exhibit curated by Jeff Ostergren with works by Lani Asuncion (AiR 2013), Joe Brittain, Cal Crawford, Georgia Dickie, Cheryl Donegan, Stacie Johnson, Roy Lichtenstein, David Livingston, Laura Marsh, Christopher Michlig. It runs September 7 – 28 at The Institute Library, 847 Chapel Street, New Haven, Connecticut, Monday through Friday, 10:00 to 6:00 and Saturdays, 11:00 to 2:00. 



Gallery 114 exhibit features Craig Goodsworth (AiR 2013)

Gallery 114 opens Triage: three artists sort shifting emergencies of bodies, language, and spaces between, revealing places of opacity, refuge, and intimacy. Christine Toth with Karin Bolender & Craig Goodworth (AiR 2013) will be on exhibit from September 5 – 28. An opening reception will be held Thursday September 5 from 6 – 9pm. Gallery 114 is located at 1100 NW Glisan. 



Clymer Museum Names TJ Norris (AiR 2008) New Curator and Director of Marketing

The Clymer Museum of Art and Gallery has announced that TJ Norris of Portland, OR, has accepted the position of Curator and Director of Marketing and will be moving to Ellensburg. Norris will be responsible for the overall management of the gallery, curating all exhibits, coordinating educational programs, and implementing the Museum’s strategic marketing vision including educational and fundraising programs.

Said Arlein Anderson, president of the Museum’s Board of Directors, “We are delighted to bring TJ’s caliber of talent to the arts community of Ellensburg and to the Clymer Museum. We’re looking forward to the energy TJ will bring to the museum, especially his ideas to strengthen our programs among students and families.”

It was while travelling to photograph subjects for his new book, No Sign (2008-13), a solo monograph to be published in 2014, that Norris encountered the work of John Clymer at an exhibit in Fort Worth at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. “I have had the chance to visit the Ansel Adams and Norman Rockwell galleries,” said Norris. “and the idea of a building the legacy of a namesake museum is a truly unique opportunity. John Clymer’s impact on western art has such resonance. It’s a story I want to tell to attract new audiences.”

The Clymer Art Museum and Gallery was established in 1989 to honor Ellensburg native son John Ford Clymer. Located in Historic Downtown Ellensburg, the Museum has the largest public collection of Clymer’s work, including oils, sketches, advertising art, illustrations and others—more than 50 pieces—and draws visitors and art patrons from all corners of the world.

Congratulations TJ!

TJ Norris


Join FRONT co-founder Tahni Holt (AiR 2006) at THE COLLISION SERIES

SUNDAY AUGUST 11th, 5:00-9:00pm at Disjecta Contemporary Arts Center courtyard, 8371 N Interstate Ave. Portland, OR 97217

$10-$50 sliding scale (cash/check) no reservations required.

DANCERS: Linda K. Johnson (AiR 2005), Noelle Stiles, Tahni Holt, Danielle Ross, Jessica Burton, Kaj-Anne Pepper and Sally Garrido-Spencer
 MUSICIANS: Curated and performing with Nate Query: James Fielder, Rebecca Gates, Kyleen King and James Beaton. 

FRONT is a newspaper devoted to contemporary dance. As contemporary dance performance emerges in current discourse, FRONT publicly engages, observes and shape these conversations. FRONT was initiated as a platform for contemporary dance, giving voice to many different opinions and playing with modes of distribution. Four dancers initiated this project: Tahni Holt (AiR 2006), Danielle Ross, Noelle Stiles, and Robert Tyree. This Sunday, FRONT holds its annual fundraiser: The Collision Series III. Please come out and support the printing of the third edition of FRONT.




Jessica Kruetter (AiR 2013) feature at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents In Residence, an exhibition of work created by the eight artists who began their residencies at HCCC in 2012: Tarina Frank, Chanda Glendinning, Susan Fletcher King, Jessica Kreutter (AiR 2013), Susannah Mira, Jaydan Moore, Robert Thomas Mullen, and Rachelle Vasquez. The exhibit runs from August 2, 2013 — September 29, 2013. 

Each fall, the In Residence exhibition celebrates work by resident artists, derived from or inspired by their residencies at HCCC. This exhibition demonstrates the high level of creativity and skill reflected in each resident artist’s work. Jessica Kreutter is a ceramist who works with discarded objects. Representative of her oeuvre, Interior Growth encapsulates the ideas of loss, memory and their transformation through time. According to Kreutter, traces of use and decay hold time in suspension and connect the found object to memories of a body long gone. Realizing this fragile moment via clay material, Kreutter imagines what materializes from the residual shadows of what has been lost and the fragmented phantom body that remains bound to the object. As a combination of flesh, bone, animal, and nature, the clay body begins to invent itself, as it both absorbs and imitates its surroundings.



Spoonwiz created by Andrew X. Pham (AiR 2002) and co-edited by Mark Pomeroy (AiR 2002)

In 2012, Andrew X. Pham (AiR 2002) started Spoonwiz as a way to enrich peoples culinary experience and connect with a trusted network of experts and savvy diners. It helps users discover great restaurants and enrich their food experience, providing everything one needs to know about eating well.

Spoonwiz is an inclusive network of independent critics, journalists, food writers, bloggers, and culinary professionals. Spoonwiz reinvents publishing by giving writers stakes in the company and control of their own work. Its namesake is the one utensil common to every cuisine, every culture. Writers at Spoonwiz are the wizards of all things culinary, and their goal is defining dining.

Fellow AiR Alum Mark Pomeroy who Pham met while at Caldera is a co-editor for the site and currently is featured with an article about Portland’s food scene. Read it at: The Other Side of Town



My Dark House is Full of Comets: Paintings & Drawings by Hayley Barker (AiR 2013)

GALLERY 214, Pacific Northwest College of Art will feature the paintings of Halyley Barker from August 1 – 30 with a public reception Thursday, August 1st from 5 – 6:30pm. Hayley will give an Artist’s Talk at 6pm during the reception. 

This show offers a rare glimpse into Barker’s creative process. This exhibition will include drawings Barker created outdoors during dawn and dusk while at her residency at Caldera this past March. The drawings created quickly and in dark conditions, explore perception and feelings of disorientation. The paintings, inspired by the drawings and created in the studio, demonstrate Barker’s interest in historical approaches to representing landscape and contemporary queries into the nature of matter.

Barker’s most recent shows, both at Charles A. Hartman Fine Art, received critical accolades, and reviews in Art in AmericaThe Oregonian and the Willamette Week. She was a finalist for the 2013 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards at the Portland Art Museum. 

This project is supported in part by a 2013 Regional Arts and Culture Council Project Grant.

Gallery 214 is located on the second floor of the Pacific Northwest College of Art at 1241 NW Johnson St., Portland, OR 97209.  Gallery Hours are Monday-Saturdays: 8 am–10 pm and Sundays: 9 am–6 pm.  For more information, please contact Mack McFarland at 503-821-8969, or mmcfarland@pnca.edu.

A shimmering, potentially violent vitality intrinsic to matter/ WTF MTN
Oil on Panel
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Laura Gibson (AiR 2013) featured in Long Live Oregon ad campaign

The Oregon spirit is connected to the state’s new healthcare exchange in TV and radio ads featuring Laura Gibson (AiR 2013). “Cover Oregon” is an awareness and education campaign expressing that the Oregon health care initiative is for Oregonians by Oregonians. “Cover Oregon” goes live in October.

The lovely, whimsical ad that features Laura playing with the Portland Cello Project looks more like travel spots than ad for a public information campaign. Gibson sings of “where the salty sea air meets the cold mountain snow, where we’re free to be happy and healthy and strong.” To watch the ad go to:

Long Live Oregon – Laura Gibson

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Val Britton (AiR 2011) Journey Forth: Contemporary Landscape Between Technology and Tradition

at Gallery Wendi Norris 161 Jessie St, San Francisco

through August 31, 2013

Landscape pictures have served as representations and metaphors for generations. Through these images, people have envisioned idealized situations, imaginary alternative worlds, and metaphysical possibilities, throughout art history. As technology continues to develop, people have unprecedented access to a flood of images from remote corners of our planet. Contemporary artists working within the landscape genre may live in the era of Google Earth, but nevertheless build on centuries of tradition.

In paintings, sculptures, digital images, and videos, these artists construct a new vision of the world we inhabit, deconstructing traditional concepts of the sublime, and what it means to bring the outdoors inside. As the broader culture continues to evaluate humanity’s role in our natural environment, the works in this exhibition demonstrate echoes of the Romantic desire to connect to the world we live in.

Artists in Journey Forth include Brice Bischoff, Val Britton, Castaneda/Reiman, Kevin Cooley, Gregory Euclide, Patrick Jacobs, Tania Kitchell, Mary Anne Kluth, Matthew Moore, and Clement Valla.


AiR Alumni in July – Dana Lynn Louis (AiR 2013) at Laura Russo and Christine Bourdette (AiR 2012) at Elizabeth Leach; Andy Myers (AiR 2013) and Michael Boonstra (AiR 2005) at Project Space 

Roger Peet exhibits at Caldera’s Portland office with new prints. Reception is July 3, 5 – 8pm. 

Elizabeth Leach Gallery features Christine Bourdette’s terra mobiles July 3 – 27. Opening reception Wednesday, July 3.  terra mobilis comes from the recognition of the literal and figurative shifting of the ground beneath our feet. A visit to the Grand Canyon prompted Bourdette to consider the earth’s ceaseless movement and how this state of constant change relates to human uncertainty. These works are the artist’s mental mappings, hybrid visions of a shifting earth, grown from observation, memory, imagination, and a rank amateur’s understanding of geologic forces. 

Andy Myers and Michael Boonstra’s work will be exhibited in Salem at Project Space sponsored  by the Salem Art Association with an opening reception Wednesday, July 3. Project Space is a dynamic (June to August 2013) contemporary art opportunity. Taking place this year at 365 Ferry St. in downtown Salem, Oregon, Project Space offers juried exhibits by regional artists, studio space, in addition to performances and other events that encourage community dialogue. Project Space is designed to bring out the experimental, the creative, the unexpected, the large, the small, the moveable and moving; embracing new avenues of expression.

The Laura Russo Gallery will exhibit Draw by Dana Lynn Louis July 3 – 27. An opening reception will take place Wednesday, July 3rd from 5 – 8pm. For two decades, Louis has maintained a rigorous studio practice that engages architectural space, glass, light and shadow among numerous other materials. The results fluctuate between intimate domestic-scaled pieces, to interdisciplinary performance collaborations, and large-scale public works that energize and alter ones experience of their environment. Louis is conceptually inspired by the timeless and fascinating systems of the body, the natural and constructed worlds, and their interconnectedness.



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Congratulations Cynthia Lahti (AiR 2012)!

Cynthia Lahti (AiR 2012) has been awarded a 2013 Hallie Ford Fellow. She will receive a $25,000 unrestricted award and will join nine prior Hallie Ford Fellows in a traveling exhibition curated by independent curator, Cassandra Coblentz, and organized by the Museum of Contemporary Craft.

A jury of five arts professionals selected Mike Bray (Eugene), Cynthia Lahti (Portland), and D.E. May (Salem) from a diverse pool of 183 applicants. After extensive debate and decision, the panel reflected on the fact that the selection of Bray, Lahti and May resulted in the representation of three different practices (conceptual installation, figurative sculpture and found materials), three different ways of being an artist in Oregon, three different communities in Oregon, and three different generations.

Lahti’s current practice fuses two strains of her past work, miniaturizing the human figure in order to create the experience of empathy for the viewer, to allow people to think differently and more carefully about the human body and the pathos of life.

The Lumber Room is pleased to showcase a selection of work by the 2013 Hallie Ford Fellows in the Visual Arts. A public viewing of the work will be held one weekend only, June 28 and 29, from 12 – 5pm, located at 419 NW 9th Avenue. For further information, visit www.lumberroom.com.



Laura Gibson (AiR 2013) to perform at House on Metolius

A special evening at House on Metolius will feature  the incomparable singer, song writer Laura Gibson. Doors open for the show at 5pm on Saturday, May 25. The show starts 6pm. $30 ticket includes concert, hors d’oeuvre, and glass of beer or wine. Additional beverages available for purchase. Call House at Metolius at 541-595-6620 for tickets and additional information. 

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pdx contemporary features Cynthia Lahti’s (AiR 2012) exhibit Elsewhere 

April 30 – June 1 Elsewhere will be on display at pdx contemporary. The artwork included in the exhibition encompasses drawing, collage, books and sculpture, and was created during Cynthia Lahti’s 11 week artist residency in Berlin Germany in the fall of 2012. The artwork was influenced by Lahti’s experience studying artifacts from ancient times to the present, as well as by her personal experiences and emotions while in Berlin. With the belief that even the smallest artifact can evoke the most powerful feelings, Lahti draws inspiration from objects and images, both historical and contemporary, that have the potential to reflect beyond themselves. Having access to the renowned museum collections in Berlin as well as to objects found in the everyday landscape had a deep influence on Lahti’s work. See works in Elsewhere and learn more about the exhibit by visiting: pdx contemporary

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Paul Scott Gallery in Bend features Terry Gloeckler (AiR 2013)

Terry Gloeckler’s paintings will be on display through May at Paul Scott Gallery in Bend. Several of the works in the exhibit were done in collaboration with Andy Myers (AiR 2013) while in residence at Caldera in April. Terry is Central Oregon artist whose paintings are layered painted and drawn images. This history of imagery is her narrative that consists of an emotional, mental, and physical exploration of an idea, image, feeling, surface, and material. Terry never really knows where the piece will end or just what will be discovered and unearthed in the process.

Paul Scott Gallery


Raw, Raucous and Sublime: 33 1/2 Years of Vanessa Renwick (AiR 2012), an Oregon Department of Kickass Retrospective presented by Oregon Movies, A to Z

April 25th and 26th at 7:30pm at Hollywood Theater

Two nights of different programing spanning the 33 1/2 year career of Vanessa Renwick. Also, the release of the LONG awaited North South East West: All Around The Map With Vanessa Renwick, a dvd compilation of Vanessa’s work!

Line up for the 25th is more raw and raucous, with a pinch of sublime:
Britton, South Dakota, Toxic Shock, Crowdog, Food is a Weapon, The Yodeling Lesson, Worse, Olympia, Richart, U C A BOX, S.F. HITCH, Satan’s Holiday, and Portrait #2: Trojan.

There will be brief interview and question and answer session following the screening conducted by Richard Herskowitz, who is currently director of the University of Oregon’s Cinema Pacific film festival and artistic director of the Houston Cinema Arts Festival.

Line up for the 26th is more sublime, but also raucous:
Westward Ho, Mighty Tacoma, Stretcher, Satan’s Holiday, Babyman,Red Stallion’s Revenge, Portland Meadows, Yawn, Portrait #1: Cascadia Terminal. Portrait #2: Trojan, Portrait #3: House of Sound

There will be brief interview and question and answer session following the screening conducted by Mack McFarland, who is currently director of PNCA’s Feldman Gallery and Project Space as well as an artist.



Short Story by Gigi Rosenberg (AiR 2010) in PMS

Author of The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing: How to Find Funds and Write Foolproof Proposals for the Visual, Literary, and Performing Artist Gigi Rosenberg’s (AiR 2010) short story “Say His Name” appears in issue # 12 of the literary journal P•M•S poem memoir story. She is joined by other fabulous women writers including Lucy Alibar who wrote the play that later became the film “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” 


Echo Chamber by Linda Hutchins’ (AiR 2010) at littlebigspace April 6 – May 4   Opening April 6 3 – 6pm

Linda Hutchins is currently in the San Francisco Bay area drawing on the walls of littlebigspace to the rhythms of Steve Reich’s Clapping Music (1972)in preparation of her opening. Clapping Music provides the structure for Linda’s response to this tiny gallery space. Reich’s minimalist composition is written for two performers to play entirely by clapping. In Monday’s percussion/drawing session, Linda managed to make it all the way through the shifting part of the work, playing/drawing the rhythms solo. For the rest of this week leading up to Saturday’s opening, a succession of friends will join Linda to strike the companion rhythm on the opposite wall (just feet away) while she continues to practice the shifting part. Striking the walls instead of clapping, they mark the walls with silver from our thimbles, leaving a visual trace of our engagement with the music and one another. 

littlebigspace is an alternative space for the visual arts in Albany, California, which features work by artists from various locales.



Peter Rock (AiR 2007) Releases New Book: The Shelter Cycle

Peter Rock, the author of five previous novels and a professor at Reed College, takes as his launching point a series of true experiences, of those who grew up in the Montana-based Church Universal and Triumphant, a New Age movement led by Elizabeth Clare Prophet (the Messenger) that prophesized the end of the world by nuclear disaster in 1990.

Peter worked on a ranch adjacent to the church as it made provisions for surviving the attack, including the building of underground bunkers meant to accommodate more than 700 members for seven years. “The Shelter Cycle” catches up with two children who grew up in the movement — some would say doomsday cult — former best friends Francine, living a middle-class life in Boise, and Colville, for whom the previous two decades have meant.

Rock reads from “The Shelter Cycle” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2nd at Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St.

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Roger Peet (AiR 2013) and Justseeds at International Printmaking Conference


Close to 20 printmakers from Justseeds including Roger Peet took part in the SGCI print conference in Milwaukee the weekend of March 23rd. They created a “print factory” installation, creating new work on the theme of labor, and organized a two-day series of talks on during the conference. Roger’s images pictured were created during his residency in February at Caldera. 


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Jessica Kruetter (AiR ’13) presents at 47th Annual Conference of NCECA

Jessica Kruetter will present “Once We Lived Here” at the 47th annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). Kruetter will do a three-day clay piece with real objects that have been collected for free, exchanged or borrowed. She will create a still-life of a domestic scene, a kitchen table and objects covering every object and surface with a thin layer of wet clay slabs patterned in Victorian designs. As the clay dries, it may crack and fall away, revealing the objects. Her act of energy in creating this layer coincides with the inevitable decay of that labor. 

NCECA’s Project Space is a platform for artists to present time-based, site specific, performative and interactive works that embrace the ceramic medium as a means to communicate beyond the expected. From numerous submissions, five artists and artist collectives were selected to create works that considered this year’s theme: “Earth/Energy.”  These artists will present innovative and experimental installations and performances that highlight the potential that lies within the medium of clay. 

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Roger Peet (AiR ’13) presents at Bear on the Range: 4 Writers & Friends at the Waypost Tuesday, March 5th

Roger Peet a Portland-based artist and printmaker will speak at “Bears on the Range: 4 Writers and Friends” at The Waypost at 6pm 3120 N. Williams Ave, Portland about his time spent volunteering with a conservation organization in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He will be joined by poet poet and choreographer Lillo Way, literary star Barbara Drake and Portlanders Kjerstin Johnson and Ann Selby.

“Bears on the Range” celebrates The Bear Deluxe’s Town & Country issue. 

Block print below was created at Caldera during Peet’s residency and was inspired by his trip to Congo.

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Jimmy Newborg’s (AiR ’13) “Things Full of Poison” published in Little Fiction

Congrats to new alumnus Jimmy Newborg for publication of his piece, “Things Full of Poison” in Little Fiction.

To read go to  http://www.littlefiction.com/beta/Home.html



Five Sketches Salon Concerts Premiere with Linda Hutchins (AiR ’11) Salon Concerts Austin, Texas

Sunday, January 20, 4:30 pm*
Monday, January 21, 7:00 pm*
Tuesday, January 22, noon, Scottish Rite Theater, 207 West 18th Street, Austin, Texas (free, no ticket required)

Five Sketches is a collaboration with composer Kathryn Mishell at the intersection of chamber music and drawing. Hutchins plays the percussion part of this new work in concert with Karl Kraber, flutist, and the composer at the piano. Following Kathryn’s written music, Hutchins strikes and strokes her drawing surface with silver thimbles on all her fingers to produce both sound and a silverpoint drawing for each movement of the piece. The audience has the opportunity to witness drawing as an intention and consequence of music.

*These concerts are followed by a buffet dinner and a chance to mingle with the musicians, the host of the private home where the concert takes place, and fellow music lovers. Please visit salonconcerts.org for more information and to purchase tickets.

Hutchins participation is supported by Career Opportunity Grants from both the Oregon Arts Commission and The Ford Family Foundation.


TJ Norris (AiR ’08) curating OFF THE FLAT PLAIN: Contemporary NW Photography

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Now through February 17th (no late entries)
EXHIBITION: mid April-June 2013
ENTRY FEE: $10, Up to 6 images per artist
(fee used for any associated printed material)

Call for Entries: http://offtheplain.tumblr.com

‘Off the Flat Plain’ will feature up to a dozen Northwest-based contemporary artists who have developed photographic works that stretch beyond traditional two-dimensional formats.

As an examination of the great Northwest as a physical location for exploration and experimentation, this show will offer work that is outside the norm, peeling back one thin layer of what is happening right now in this vast elusive and beautiful region. By offering camera-based work that is beyond 2D, audiences will experience a greater appreciation for the photographic arts. 


Portland Experimental Theater presents: R3

PETE is thrilled to announce that we will be bringing internationally acclaimed director Gisela Cardenas to Portland to direct a new adaptation of Richard III with our company.  Gisela has won a highly competitive Princess Grace Project Grant to help bring this work to life and we are incredibly excited to have the opportunity to work with her. Using a liberal cutting of the text, the piece foregrounds the role of women in the fall and rise of a tyrant. The piece will employ rigorous movement, muscular language and striking theatrical imagery to interrogate the on-going role of women in our world as mourners, furies, and advocates of peace in times of war.
Previews January 17 & 18

Runs January 19 – Feb 3

Thursday – Sunday

all shows at 7:00 pm



Tree Clouds by Bruce Conkle (AiR ’06)

Opening reception: Saturday, December 8, 2012, 6-8 p.m. at Autzen Gallery
Exhibition: Monday, December 3, 2012-Thursday, December 20, 2012
Autzen Gallery, PSU Neuberger Hall, 2nd Floor, Room 205
724 SW Harrison St. @ Broadway, Portland, OR 97201

Tree Clouds is an exhibition of new sculptures and mixed media drawings constructed by Bruce Conkle with his own peculiar brand of dark humor. The title “Tree Clouds” refers to the smoke produced when aromatic resin from trees is burned. The scented clouds are literally puffs of smoke that had their origins from within the trees. Several of the sculptures are bronze incense burners, and periodically during the exhibition they will be used to burn aromatic resins collected from trees native to the Pacific NW as incense. Conkle has gathered the aromatic resins from various trees of the Pacific Northwest- including Sitka Spruce, Douglas Fir, Ponderosa Pine and Shore Pine. He will be burning some of the collected incense on Thursday afternoons at 4 pm, as well as random times throughout the month.


Breaking the Mold by Ronna Neuenschwander at Froelick Gallery

OCTOBER 30 – DECEMBER 15, 2012

“Humans have had the urge to create and possess figurines since prehistoric times. The attraction of figurines then and now tends to be one of identifying with certain attributes one wants to acquire. Today, we create and collect these figurines to identify with their qualities. Be they elite, genteel and refined, or exotic and provocative—they are powerful and desirable. By taking the gamut of these images, and disassembling and reassembling them, we may get a fresh look at who we are, and what we yearn to be.”




The Continental Interior: An installation by Val Britton (AiR 2011)

Wednesday, November 14th, an opening reception and panel discussion for Val Britton’s exhibition The Continental Interior will take place at the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, 155 Grove Street in San Francisco, across from City Hall. The exhibit runs from November 14, 2012 to January 26, 2013 and is on view 24 hours a day.

Location: The SFAC Galleries window installation site at 155 Grove Street
Hours: On View 24/7

Public Event Wednesday, November 14: Val Britton in conversation with Amanda Hughen and Jennifer Starkweather. Moderated by Aimee Le Duc, 6:30-8:30pm
6:30-6:45 pm: Introduction of Continental Interior at 155 Grove Street
6:45-7:45 pm: Conversation with Val Britton, Amanda Hughen and Jennifer Starkweather at SFAC Main Gallery, 401 Van Ness Avenue
7:45-8:30 pm: Reception

MK Guth Exhibit | when nothing else subsists: smell and taste remain

Opens Sunday, October 7, 2012. Runs through Sunday , December 9, 2012 (all day)
At The Art Gym, third floor, south, BP John Admin. Bldg.
Cost is free and open to the public.

MK Guth’s (AiR 2007) new work builds on a familiar setting for social interaction using the fundamental act of sharing food as framework. Like the artist’s other projects, the shared experience is scored, choreographed, orchestrated. Books of instruction and recipes join objects for eating and serving to provide the script for future dinners.

Elizabeth Leach Gallery | Best Wishes by MK Guth and In Valley by Stephen Hays

Opening reception Thursday, October 4th, 2012 6 – 8pm.

In Valley runs through October 27th, 2012 and Best Wishes to November 24th, 2012.



Carla Perry, (AiR 2004), recently released the novel she was working on during her residency: “Riva Beside Me: New York City 1963-1966.”

The narrator of “Riva Beside Me: is Riva’s guardian angel, a wisecracking cynic who would rather be anywhere than imprisoned in Riva’s body.  The place: New York City. The time: Spring 1963.  His assignment: Whatever it takes to help Riva survive.Paperback copies of “Riva Beside Me” are available direct from Dancing Moon Press, www.dancingmoonpress.com. The eBook is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBookstore, and Kobo. For information, contact Carla Perry at 541-574-7708 or carla@dancingmoonpress.com.


Daniel Duford to curate | Fighting Men: Leon Golub, Peter Voulkos, and Jack Kirby

Fighting Men combines the work of Leon Golub, a painter, Pete Voulkos, a ceramist, and Jack Kirby, a cartoonist. The exhibition probes images of violence and masculinity through these three diverse artists. The show will be exhibited at the Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art at Lewis and Clark with  Daniel Duford as guest curator.

Kirby, Golub, and Voulkos operated in different spheres of art history and discourse: Kirby innovated superhero comics that brimmed with an excess of balletic violence, Golub’s meditation on images of power and barbarity in modern man kept him in the margins of contemporary art until late in his career, Voulkos transformed the gentile, middlebrow art of pottery into something sweaty, macho and monumental. Fighting Men will attempt to work the joints between disciplines.

Why choose such discredited or vulgar mediums? What is the relationship between conservative modes of working and progressive political views? How does the legacy of these iconic artists affect a new generation of artists?

The exhibition runs from October 25, 2012 to March 3, 2013;  gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call 503-768-7687.

Fighting Men: Leon Golub, Peter Voulkos, and Jack Kirby is supported by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.




Cynthia Lahti (AiR ’12) in Helsinki

Cynthia Lahti has spent the last five-weeks back east  in residency at Pond Eddy, NY. August 7th, she left for Helsinki from where she is traveling to Berlin for another residency at Ceramics  Berlin that begins September 1. She created a body of artwork while at  Pond Eddy which have been sent to pdx contemporary art. They can be  seen at pdxcontemporary.com or at https://sites.google.com/site/cynthialahti/While in Berlin, she will continue to post new work on her website as she creates it. She welcomes any thoughts on her new work.The animals Cynthia has seen or heard so far since traveling away from Oregon: bunnies, turkeys, mouse, frog, bear, deer, hawk, eagle, snake, pheasant, squirrel, owl (heard), fox (heard), horseshoe crab.  


Ann Marie Nafziger’s(AiR ’11)new show of paintings will open at Marfa Book Company on Friday, August 24

Wilderness is a culmination of work that began in February 2011 during her Caldera residency. The opening is from 6 – 8:00 PM and the show will run through September 23.You can read more about the show here and view the work on Ann’s website

This is how we Disappear and The Little Things

bobbevy (AiR ’12) with Kelly Anderson

September, 14th-16th at Danceworks Studio Theatre   1661 N Water Street Milwaukee, WI 53202 $15 general admission, $13 students/seniors. Tickets at – http://danceworksmke.org or (414) 277-8480 bobbevy is sharing an evening of dance with choreographer Kelly Anderson in Milwaukee, WI and we are seeking your support to help make this possible. This tour provides the unique opportunity to present our latest dance, This is how we Disappear, to new audiences and to build relationships with other Midwest artists.We need to raise $5600 for eight airline tickets and artist fees – if everyone on this email list gave $10 then all of our financial goals would be met! Your donation will support bobbevy’s first tour of a group work and it comes at a time when the collaborating artists feel ready to expand into other communities.Visit our indiegoogo page to hear more about the show and to donate: http://www.indiegogo.com/dancemke.If you are unable to donate through this campaign but would like to support our efforts we could always use your help to get the word out or if you are in the Milwaukee area we would love to have you at the show.