Check It Out!


I’m Mary, and I’ll be posting all the interesting things I find while shelving books during my work study shift.

For those of you who don’t know me personally, I’m That Girl With The Purple Hair. If I’m not in the library, I’m usually lurking around Book Arts or hiding out in my thesis studio.

If you’d like to know me personally (or, you know, if you want help finding a book or something), stop by! I’m here Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon til two.

And if you’re not feeling as amped about the library as I am, check out our coffee!

It’s free and is loaded with delicious, nutritious caffeine, to perk you up and get the old noggin in gear for some serious book ogling.


Check it out!

Mary J Wilson

Summer’s coming…

Isn’t that great?! Although many people in our community are incredibly busy right now, the end of the semester is upon us and the glorious summer is right around the corner. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone for a wonderful Spring semester, and to wish you all a happy break.

A couple reminders:

The library is open during the summer break! Please take advantage of that! Our hours are reduced, however, so please plan accordingly.

Monday-Thursday 12:00-4:00 pm

If you’re not going to be in the area during the break, please remember to return your library materials before you wander off.

Let me know if you have questions, and hope to see you this summer!




BFA Thesis Oral Exhibitions

Join us in the Hoffman Gallery today as we honor the fourth week of thesis exhibitions!

We’ve already seen some outstanding work from our graduating artists, so come check out the next batch this afternoon.

Here’s the schedule in its entirety:


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, 4:00 – 6:00pm

Week 2 April 13-17
* Opening Reception Wednesday, April 13, 4:00 – 6:00pm

Week 3 April 20-24
* Opening Reception Wednesday, April 20, 4:00 – 6:00pm

Week 4 April 27-May1
* Opening Reception Wednesday, April 27, 4:00 – 6:00pm

Week 5 May 4-8
Post -Baccalaureate & Certificate Exhibition
* Opening Reception Wednesday, May 4, 4:00 – 6:00pm

Heidi Schwegler At Bullseye Projects: The Emotional Life Of Objects

MFA AC+D Chair Heidi Schwegler exhibits work at Bullseye Projects, on view from January 6 – March 26, 2016.

Err, cast glass, 2015

“Bullseye Projects presents a group exhibition that examines our complex relationship with objects through the mixed media sculpture of Silvia Levenson, Dante Marioni, and Heidi Schwegler. The Emotional Life of Objects will be on view January 6 –March 26, 2016.

Humans have a complex relationship with objects, which can be seen as mundane artifacts but also become enmeshed with meaning through human use. We often use objects as placeholders for our emotions, for memories, and as extensions of ourselves. They are imbued with useful, aesthetic, or sentimental purpose and this can be fulfilled, exploited, ignored or frustrated. The lives of objects are rich and full. Each object is the culmination of the history that made its creation possible and the individual story of where it has been. The work in The Emotional Life of Objects looks past the commonplace or decorative appearance of objects to find the ways in which our lives are entangled with theirs.”

Bullseye Projects
300 NW 13th Avenue
Portland, Oregon






Happy Winter Break!

Hello OCAC!

This is to let you know that the library will be closing from December 23-January 3rd, 2016. We will reopen with regular hours on the 4th of January. In the meantime,  I hope everyone enjoys a well-deserved break after a busy and productive Fall Semester!

When the library re-opens, we will have a new interim library director, Darla Garcia! She will be at the helm of the library while I am on maternity leave until after Spring Break. Darla comes to us with a great deal of academic library experience, and she’ll be a great addition to the community at OCAC, so come and say hello!

Take care, and have a safe and happy break!


Conversation On Craft: Mending

November 14, 2015
OCAC Campus 8245 SW Barnes Road
3:00PM Vollum Drawing/Painting/Photography Building
The Oregon College of Art and Craft’s MFA in Craft and Fibers Department present Conversation on Craft: Mending, a panel discussion investigating Mendingthe iconoclastic undercurrents within making-based creativity, featuring artists and educators Jovencio de la Paz, Rock Hushka, Mark Newport and Tali Weinberg. Together, with moderator Emily Nachison, head of Fibers at OCAC, they will establish an open dialog concerning the metaphorical, figurative, and formal process of mending in contemporary craft, fiber, and art. Attendance is free and open to the public.

To mend is to repair, to correct, and to improve. Historically this was a common practice of making greater use of the objects in our lives. In recent years, however, mending, repair, and patching has become a political act of anti-consumerism by sustaining an object beyond its obsolescence and a declaration of individuality by opening an opportunity to hack, modify, decorate, connect, and take.

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.

Mark Newport, Detail of “Mend 3,” 2015. Embroidery on muslin, 17″ x 13″.

Oregon College Of Art And Craft Presents A Conversation And Book Signing: The New Explorers By Kris Timken


Release date: September 28, 2015
Press contact: Kris Kebisek, Executive Assistant to the President
Program contact: MaryAnn Deffenbaugh, Director of Public Programs

Oregon College of Art and Craft Presents a Conversation and Book Signing: 
The New Explorers by Kris Timken, November 19, 2015
Oregon College of Art and Craft
8245 SW Barnes Road   Portland. OR 97225
7 PM (doors open at 6:45 PM)

Portland, OR – Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) will present a Conversation with author Kris Timken, artists Camille Seaman, Linda K. Johnson, curator NewExplorers_FrontCover_PP3_0Prudence Roberts as part of the OCAC Connection: Intersecting Tradition and Innovation speaker series.  This event is open and free to the public and will engage the community in bringing makers and thinkers of international renown to explore the relationship of craft to other disciplines and fields. 

If there is no geographic territory on earth left to discover, are explorers obsolete?

In the twenty-first century, the farthest reaches of the earth have been surveyed, mapped, and photographed. One could argue that our planet is now in a near-perpetual state of overexposure. With no “new” lands left to discover and conquer, is the archetype of the explorer still relevant?
“This book offers a compelling selection of some innovative creative interpreters of the American land…They evoke the charisma and courage of the original explorers of the new nations, but probe instead into the world that we made collectively – a constructed landscape whose complexities and mysteries are as rich and varied as its inhabitants.” – Matthew Coolidge, founder of The Center for Land Use and Interpretation

“Like the artist explorers examined in her book – Marie Lorenz ferrying passengers around New York in a plywood rowboat, Alison Davies traversing desolate landscapes in a hazmat suit, Jamie Kruse using her own body to measure the layers of earth vaporized in a Nevada nuclear blast – Timken seeks to train our eyes differently…This is a wonderfully provocative book.” – James T. Campbell, Edgar E. Robinson Professor in US History, Stanford University; author, Middle Passages: African American Journeys to Africa 1787-2005.

The author and artist, Kris Timken, was born in Ohio and earned a degree in history from Stanford University. While raising a family, she embarked on a BFA degree at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, going on to finish that degree at the California College of the Arts where, in 2011, she also completed a dual MFA and MA degree in Social Practice and Visual and Critical Studies. While in graduate school she began to research material that led to The New Explorers. Ms. Timken is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in visual studies at University of California, Santa Cruz.

Artist, Camille Seaman was born in 1969 to a Native America (Shinnecock tribe) father and African American mother and graduated in 1992 with a BFA in Photography from Purchase College, the State University of New York.  Her documentary/fine art photographs have been published in National Geographic, TIME, The New York Times Sunday magazine, Newsweek, Camera Arts and American Photo among many others.  Her photography has received many awards including: the 2006 National Geographic Award and the Critical Mass Top Monograph Award in 2007. From her base in Emeryville, California, she photographs across the globe using digital and film formats and, since 2003, has concentrated on the fragile environment of the Polar Regions. “The Last Iceberg” was the title of her one-person exhibition at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D. C.   She is represented by the Richard Heller Gallery in New York and the Adamson Gallery in Washington, D. C.

For over 25 years, dancer and performance artist, Linda K. Johnson, has performed and worked on the West Coast as a choreographer, performer, educator, arts administrator, curator, and public artist.  An Oregon native, her concerns are social and environmental and address our collective relationship to and with site, place and community. From her first site-based, large-scale interdisciplinary performance event in 1992 – Finding the Forest, Johnson has gone on to author over 15 major works, most often collaboratively, that utilize unconventional compositional forms, formats and venues to pose and frame questions about how we live where we live.  She has been awarded residencies at Rauschenberg Artist Residency Center, Yaddo, Caldera, and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.  Her work has received critical review in diverse venues, including Dance Magazine, Landscape Architecture, Metropolis Magazine, NPR/Living on Earth. 

Former curator of American Art at the Portland Art Museum, Prudence Roberts, currently teaches art history and directs the Helzer Art Gallery at Portland Community College’s Rock Creek campus. Roberts was the curator of Disjecta’s Portland 2012 biennial and has been a guest curator at the Art Gym, Marylhurst University; and at COCA in Seattle. A member of the Board of Disjecta Contemporary Art, she has served on panels for the Regional Arts & culture Council, the Ford Family Foundation, and the Oregon Community Foundation. She is co-chair of Portland Community College’s Women in Art Lecture series, which has brought such notable artists as Carolee Schneemann and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith to Portland audiences. Roberts was born in Philadelphia and moved to Oregon in 1985. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY; and her MALS degree from Reed College. 

Fascinated by the importance of context in shaping a region, Professor Ethan Seltzer is a recognized authority in the subjects of regional planning, regional development, and the region of Cascadia. Dr. Seltzer teaches interdisciplinary courses on themes of regions, planning, and place. His current research focuses on citizen participation in planning, specifically the use of crowdsourcing as a participation tool, and on the development of a “region ethic” as a way to contextualize local and regional planning.  In 2011, he co-edited Regional Planning in America: Practice and Prospect published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and Toward One Oregon: Rural-Urban Interdependence and the Evolution of a State published by the Oregon State University Press. Dr. Seltzer is also engaged in matters of art, culture, and the environment exemplified by his serving on and leading the boards of the Oregon Environmental Council, 40-Mile Loop Land Trust, and PICA.  

The New Explorers: A Conversation and Book Signing with the Author and the Artists 
Thursday, November 19, 2015
7 PM (doors open at 6:45 PM)
Oregon College of Art and Craft
Vollum Building
8245 SW Barnes Road
Beaverton, OR 97225

Copies of the book, The New Explorers, with an introduction by Lucy R. Lippard will be
available for sale, and author Kris Timken will be available to sign copies of her book.

RSVP BY NOVEMBER 16: or 971-255-4165
This event is free and open to the public.