Tonight: Conversations on Craft


Conversations on Craft

April 16, 2015, 7:00 PM
Vollum Building, painting/drawing studio
Public Forum

CONVERSATIONS ON CRAFT is a forum addressing the skill and art of creativity. Focused on a making space, the intention is to incite discourse and exercise motivations, aspirations, even prejudices that surround Contemporary Craft, particularly Craft’s persistent presence in a contemporary culture suspicious of labored beauty and material literacy.A public forum, with speakers including:

  • Howard Risatti (Moderator) – Emeritus Professor of Contemporary Art and Critical Theory , Department of Art History, Virgina Commonwealth University
  • Don Crow – Instructor in Residence OCAC MFA in Craft
  • Anna Gray and Ryan Wilson Paulsen – Ford Family Foundation sponsored Golden Spot Artist in Residence at OCAC, Adjunct Instructors at Portland State University
  • Jeffry Mitchell – Collins sponsored Artist in Residence at OCAC
  • Ben Buswell – Ford Family Foundation sponsored Golden Spot Artist in Residence at OCAC, Instructor in Visual Arts at Portland Community College

This public forum is part of OCAC’s Speaker Series, Connection: Intersecting Tradition and Innovation, brings guest makers and thinkers to Portland to engage in a conversation about Craft and its role in the current practice of art and design.

Art of the Story comes to OCAC on Saturday!


This year, Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) hosts its 11th Annual Storytelling Festival — Art of the Story April 11-18. The week-long storytelling extravaganza features sixteen storytelling performances throughout Washington County.

Performers in this year’s festival include both local and national storytellers – Judith Black, Sam Payne, Kuniko Yamamoto, Chetter Galloway, and performers from Portland’s Brody Theater company.

Admission is always free and all festival performances are designed for the enjoyment of adults.

See the schedule of events

Please call 503-846-3222 no less than 3 business days prior to an event to schedule assistive listening devices or sign language interpreters.

Saturday, April 18

The Techniques of Telling: Judith Black
(For adults & ages 10+)
The wonderful thing about storytelling is that it is a folk art rather than a fine art. Far from having to balance on your toes or hit high C, all one has to do is figure out how they tell best. During this workshop we will play with and stretch all of your potential assets for making a story you love come alive for listeners. From dramatic use of your voice, an expressive body, an imagination that creates images in thin air, to dancing fingers, participants will play with techniques. Ultimately, you will emerge with a broader palette of expressive tools to choose from in your storytelling.

Story Swap with Portland Storytellers’ Guild
(Adults & children ages 10+)
An opportunity for members of the public to tell a 5-minute story. Designed for both beginners to seasoned tellers interested in testing out new material. Meet and mingle with members of the local storytellers’ guild.

Oregon College of Art & Craft
Centrum Studio (see campus map – PDF): 8245 SW Barnes Rd, Portland, OR 97225

Featured Periodical: Selvedge

You don’t have to be a fiber artist to appreciate the visual appeal of Selvedge — just look at this cover image from Issue #63, Pattern:

Each issue of this magazine is full of richly colored and lovingly photographed examples of fiber art. If you do happen to be a fiber artist, you’ll also find Selvedge to be an educational and inspirational resource. Come on by to take a look!


Selvedge is a design-led, 100 page, bi-monthly magazine that covers every facet of textiles – interiors, fashion, art, craft, travel and shopping – in an intelligent and inspiring way.

Founded in 2003 the magazine revolutionised the way textiles are presented and quickly became the world’s leading textile publication. Six times a year we cover textiles made with time, thought and skill in a magazine produced in exactly the same way – with quality writing, stunning photography and original illustration. Focusing on textiles doesn’t mean we turn our back on the rest of the world… the exact opposite is true. We see the world though a textile lens but cast our eye far and wide looking for links between our subject and achievements in other fields from architecture to archeology.

More flexible than other textile magazines – Selvedge fits seamlessly into a creative lifestyle.

Book Review: 33 Artists in 3 Acts

So, you read Seven Days in the Art World and you’re ready for more? Good news! Sarah Thornton’s follow-up, 33 Artists in 3 Acts is another entertaining view of the art world and is available now! This book focuses on artists’ personas, politics, and personal relationships. Thornton asks, over and over, “What is an artist?” and never receives the same answer twice. How would you answer if the question were put to you?

From Book News:

Thornton, best selling author of “Seven Days in the Art World,” explores the question “what is an author” in this collection of profiles of thirty-three contemporary artists. Artists range from international superstars to art teachers. Stories are divided in to three acts: Politics, Kinship and Craft. Each “scene” provides intimate details into the author’s life and explores the triumphs, crises and habits of successful artists. Examples of each artist’s work are also included. Artists profiled include Ai Weiwei, Carroll Dunham, and Jack Bankowsky. Artists and lay people alike will find this a fascinating and enjoyable read. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

OCAC Events

Thesis Orals Exhibition Week Two

April 8, 2015 to April 12, 2015
Opening Reception WED APR 8 | 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.

Please join us this afternoon for the opening of Thesis Orals Week Two in the Hoffman Gallery 4pm – 6pm showing the work of:

Christain Dray
Jordan Pieper
Zenia Diller
Christopher Rehwalt
Erin Brady
Melina Bishop

Gallery Hours: 10am-3pm daily

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Grand Patron in memoriam Jean Vollum
Honorary Chairs Dolly Lemelson & Carol Smith-Larson

Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) celebrates the 20th year of its annual auction gala, Art on the Vine 2015.  This highly anticipated event takes place on Saturday, April 11, 2015, and will be held at the Pure + Flex Space located in Northwest Portland’s Pearl District – 1315 NW Overton Street.  Attended by 500 patrons, artists, gallerists and community leaders from across the Northwest, this event offers guests an evening filled with art, wine, food and friends. The evening begins at 5:30pm.   

Proceeds from Art on the Vine support scholarship funding for OCAC’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Craft students and for children, youth and teens attending the Jordan Schnitzer Family Art Adventures Camps. 

The evening will include the Silent Auction of over 100 works of art and 40 diverse wine packages, and the Live Auction which will showcase outstanding works of art, “Art of Living” cultural experience packages, and special entertainment – all while enjoying a gourmand’s dinner created exclusively for the evening.

Featured Periodical: Metropolis

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The current issue of Metropolis features a cover story by Sam Jacob that asks “Is everyone a maker?”. You can read it online here. I think this kind of question appeals to our community, and could bring about some interesting discussion. This issue also has a couple brief features of some artists from the Pacific Northwest. Come to the library and take a look! The periodical section is right by the couches and coffee pot. See you there!


From their Facebook page:

“In the quest for why design happens in a certain way, Metropolis explores economic, environmental, social, cultural, political, and technological contexts. With its innovative graphic presentation and provocative voice, Metropolis shows how richly designed our world can be.” 

“Metropolis is a national trade magazine for architects and designers that attracts a wide audience. It examines contemporary life through design—architecture, interior design, product design, graphic design, social responsibility, planning, and preservation. Subjects range from the sprawling urban environment to intimate living spaces to the objects we use every day.”

Book Review: Just Kids

Synopsis from

“In Just Kids, Patti Smith’s first book of prose, the legendary American artist offers a never-before-seen glimpse of her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the epochal days of New York City and the Chelsea Hotel in the late sixties and seventies. An honest and moving story of youth and friendship, Smith brings the same unique, lyrical quality to Just Kids as she has to the rest of her formidable body of work–from her influential 1975 album Horses to her visual art and poetry.”  


It’s a great book to pick up after you’re done writing that thesis! Smith’s writing style is really inviting, and it was so interesting to read about that period of time in New York through the lens of these two extraordinary people. I enthusiastically recommend it! –Elsa

Find it in the stacks: ML 420 .S672 A3 2010