CROSS SECTION: Work from OCAC Department Chairs and their Students


June 4, 2015 to July 29, 2015


Opening Reception Thursday, June 4, 4:00 – 6:00pm

Featuring outstanding selected work created by the chairs and their students from the OCAC departments and programs of Book Arts, Ceramics, Drawing/Painting, Fiber, Metals, Photography, Wood, OCAC MFA and MFA Applied Craft + Design.



Featured Periodical: Juxtapoz


Take a look at Juxtapoz on Tumblr, Facebook, or right here in the library!

The San Francisco–based arts and culture journal Juxtapoz was founded in 1994 by painter Robert Williams as a response to the dominant critical aesthetic of the New York art scene, which he saw as favoring abstraction and Minimalism over representational forms of art. The magazine aligned itself with Surrealist traditions of figurative art, contemporary pop culture, and the “graphic tradition of EC comic books, psychedelic rock posters, sideshow freak banners, and Zap comics,” giving voice to a generation of artists working in genres that were variously described as “Lowbrow” and “Pop Surrealist.”


Graduate Exhibition and Commencement!

Join us tonight for the opening of the OCAC graduate exhibition!


 OCAC Undergraduate Class of 2015 | Graduate Exhibition 

525 NW 10th Street (Corner of NW 10th & NW Hoyt Street)

 Opening Reception: May 22, 2015- 5-9pm 


May 23 – June 2: Gallery Hours 10am-6pm

 Public Tours: Sunday May 24, 2pm

Sunday May 31, 2pm 

Curator: Sarah Margolis-Pineo



Congratulations to all of our graduates: tomorrow is the big day!

Thom Collins, the new Executive Director and President of the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, PA, will be the Commencement speaker at Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC). An innovative curator and educator, and an accomplished art historian, administrator and author, Mr. Collins has more than 20 years of experience at some of America’s top arts institutions. Prior to joining the Barnes he served for five years as Director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami, Florida (PAMM).

Commencement will be held at the Winningstad Theater, 1111 SW Broadway Avenue, Portland OR at 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 23, 2015. The commencement will celebrate and officially recognize the academic achievements of 64 students from the college’s Master of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Post-Baccalaureate and Certificate programs in Craft. The degree candidates come from 17 states, Puerto Rico and four countries.


Tonight! MFA Thesis Show Opening

We’re so proud of our graduates: come celebrate them with us tonight!



Opening Reception Friday, May 15, 6pm – 8pm
With implies merging (coffee with cream), while And conveys a quality of autonomous association (salt and pepper). WITH/AND, the inaugural MFA in Craft Graduation Show of the MFA in Craft, explores the intersectional nature of art and craft, revealing a space where ill-defined boundaries touch or blur.
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Featured Periodical: American Craft


Mariko Kusumoto is featured in the April/May 2015 issue of American Craft


American Craft is a wish book that helps creative people to see the world with fresh eyes. Its memorable stories and images inspire readers to craft a conscientious, expressive life they feel good about. The magazine celebrates the age-old human impulse to make things by hand, in order to communicate, learn, heal, and connect. Our core audience values community, sustainability, quality and authenticity.

June/July 2015 is our museums issue. We announce the winners and finalists of our Emerging Voices Award, celebrating artists and scholars in the first five years of their career. A panel of museum pros talk about staying relevant while dealing with fractured audiences and increased competition. We spend some time admiring Paula Kovarik’s free-motion quilt drawings while she explains how she became a full-time artist. The founders of Brooklyn’s Wax/Surf Co. share their adventures in custom surfboards. For more on the issue, check out this trailer.


Spilling Open: The Art of Becoming Yourself


About Spilling Open:

“We are all facing choices that define us. No choice, however messy, is without importance in the overall picture of our lives. We all at our own age have to claim something, even if it is only our own confusion. I am in the middle of growing up and into myself. This book is my life in progress.”
Spilling Open: The Art of Becoming Yourself is the creative expression of one young woman’s attempt to understand herself as she grows into adulthood. Sabrina Ward Harrison shares her private journal and art, offering us lessons in life and empowerment that resonate with fresh, youthful wisdom.
Written when Harrison was between the ages of eighteen and twenty-one, Spilling Open captures the artist’s journey of self-discovery with a powerful and courageous voice. This book is an intimate and moving picture of what it means to enter a contemporary adult world that is filled with contradictions about womanhood. Harrison reveals with tender honesty that, in spite of the women’s movement, she has found more questions than answers about growing up female.
Harrison’s writing and multimedia art explore questions about love, faith, growing pains, being true, peer groups, and identity. A truly unique experience, Spilling Open will help open your heart and your mind.

From the Trade Paperback edition.