Featured Database! Mango!

Interested in learning a new language? Why not come back to school in the fall with a brilliant new skill! Did you know that your library card gives you access to Mango, a great, interactive, language tutorial? It’s a wonderful tool, and will help you to brush up on your Spanish, Danish, or 63 other languages (seriously, you have to see this list–amazing choices, they just added Cherokee!).

Language_Learning_whole_family_200-x-150So what are you waiting for? Try Mango, and learn a new language! You just need your library card and your PIN (don’t know that one? try the last 4 digits of your phone number, or contact the library to reset it).


Book Review: Snapshot Poetics


In a time when American poetry was still constrained by formalist rules, the Beat Generation broke down convention in favor of uninhibited expression. Suddenly, poetry became immediate, unposed, a moment captured on the page. Allen Ginsberg‘s work is emblematic of this style, and, in Snapshot Poetics, his photographs are too. Find this book on wccls.org or on the shelf here at OCAC: PS 3513 .I74 Z475 1993.

Featured weekend art event: OCAC Experimental Fashion Event at Disjecta!

Friday, April 24th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Disjecta Contemporary Art Center is pleased to present Oregon College of Art and Craft’s Experimental Fashion Event. This collaborative event is created by the OCAC Fiber Department’s Experimental Fashion class, which addresses the relationships, crossover and theories of fashion, costume, sculpture and culture. The students will be showcasing a variety of concepts and skill sets through costumes, contemporary fashion, installation, and performance.

OCAC_FashionThe Experimental Fashion Event features the work of Donald Bergstrom, Jennifer Cooke, Meera Duncan, Tesla Kohl, Phoenix McNamara, Madeline Mitchell, William Moss, Rebecca Owen, Chardonnay Tobar, Una Rose, Emily Silvis, and Elizabeth Supica.

Participating students are from the OCAC BFA program and the OCAC and PNCA joint Applied Craft + Design MFA program.

Admission is FREE, people! So get over there! More info: http://www.disjecta.org/exhibitions-events/ocac-experimental-fashion-event 

Wednesday, April 29: Anders Ruhwald | MFA AC+D Visiting Artist Lecture

Anders Ruhwald lives and works at Cranbrook Academy of Art outside of Detroit, USA. He graduated from the Royal College of Art in London in 2005.Ruhwald has had more than 20 solo exhibitions for the last 10 years in museums and galleries around the world including Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (UK), The Museum of Art and Design (Denmark) and the Saarinen House (USA). During the this time his work has also been shown in more than 80 group shows at venues like Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), Fondation d’entreprise Richard (Paris), Pinakotek der Moderne (Munich), Taipei Yingge Museum (Taiwan) and Kunsthal Charlottenborg (Copenhagen) His work is represented in over 20 public museum collections including The Victoria and Albert Museum (UK), The Denver Art Museum (USA), The Detroit Institute of Art (USA), Musée des Arts Décoratifs (France), The National Museum (Sweden), The Museum of Art and Design (Denmark) and Taipei Yingge Museum (Taiwan).

In 2011 he was awarded the Gold Prize at the Icheon International Biennial in South
Korea. He also received a Danish Art Foundation three-year work-stipend in 2010 and the Sotheby’s Prize (UK) at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2007. Reviews include publications like the Guardian (UK), Wallpaper (UK), Artforum.com (US), Financial Times (UK) and Avenuel (Rep. of S. Korea).

Ruhwald has lectured and taught at universities and colleges around Europe and North-America since 2006 and has held an associate professorship at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Currently he is the Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Ceramics Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, USA.

Co-Sponsor Mudshark Studios

Lectures are free + open to the public.

April 29, 2015

New Resource: Legal Information Reference Center

The navigation of legal issues can be difficult and complicated. EBSCO’s Legal Information Reference Center aims to uncomplicate these challenges with handy guides and access to forms. Here’s a description from Arlene Weible at the Oregon State Library:

The State of Oregon Law Library has purchased EBSCO’s Legal Information Reference Center. This resource is accessible from any browser, any location, within the borders of the state of Oregon. People do not need to come to a library for access.

This service contains a large number of NOLO legal reference books and various legal forms. NOLO publications are books on common legal topics aimed at non-lawyers. The NOLO books are a good resource for people looking to get a handle on common legal problems.

Oregonians simply go to the link, enter their county of residence for their “patron id” and “oregon” as the password. Neither is case sensitive.

Libraries are free to link this great legal resource to your website and encourage people to use it. If people need more assistance with this and other legal resources they can contact their local county law library or the State Law Library.

Book Review: Self-Portrait as Your Traitor


Is it a poem or a painting? The answer is yes. Or it is a sculpture and a story, an illustration and an essay. Debbie Millman’s work happens where visual art meets the written word, and in Self-Portrait as Your Traitor, the resulting images are compelling both in narrative and design. See for yourself! Click the cover image to find this title on wccls.org.

Tonight: Conversations on Craft

From ocac.edu:

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.