While the opening has come and gone, this show is still up at Vernissage :
“There were around 300 artists who moved to Soho: dancers, poets. musicians, visual artists…We felt that all institutions were aligned with the establishment, and so they needed to be turned upside down and reevaluated. And so the “out-of-the gallery movement” was born. Art wound be non-exclusive, taken to the streets and the contryside, to where the people were. Gordon loved the idea…”
Happy reading! New Library Materials
For almost 5 years, the OCAC library has thrived under the leadership of Elsa Loftis, our Director of Library Services. We congratulate Elsa, as she moves into a new leadership position, the Humanities and Acquisitions Librarian at Portland State University. The entire OCAC community misses Elsa’s boundless energy and inspirational passion for supporting students and faculty in their research and studies.
Elsa has also been a wonderful mentor, leader and boss. For two years, I have had the pleasure of working alongside Elsa, as I complete my Masters in Library Science (MLS). In her absence, I am serving as Interim Director of Library Services–big shoes to fill, I know!
I am honored and excited to serve as the Interim Director at our special little library, where BIG things happen. If you have a chance, feel free to stop by, say hello or even email me with any library/research questions!
As the the header suggests, the Oregon College of Art and Craft Library Blog will be on Hiatus until September when Fall semester resumes. Thank you all for visiting our site and participating in many lively and thought-provoking discussions. It has been a most rewarding experience to meet you all and to get to know you. Thank you for your support! We look forward to resuming the blog after the Summer break and reconnecting with you all then. We wish you all the best.
The Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) Thesis students are putting on a group show of their own in downtown Portland, Oregon(Friday, May 18, 2012 from 6-10 pm on the corner of NW10th Avenue and Hoyt in the Pearl District).
This is a very important event for our students. Each thesis student has spent the past year creating a body of work, and this final exit show is an opportunity to display their work as an entire group, and, to a broader group visitors. You can show your support by visiting the following site (which has more details and examples of the students’ work): http://ocac2012.weebly.com
More information here: http://blog.oregonlive.com/my-portland/2012/05/ten_four_2012_ocac_exit_show_5.html
Where: Ten Four (formerly the Attic Gallery) | NW 10th Ave. and Hoyt
When: May 18th, 6 – 10pm. Runs through May 31st (11am – 7pm, Tuesday – Sunday).
Phone: 503 297-5544
Buy local and support Portland’s emerging artists at the annual Oregon College of Art and Craft Spring Art Sale. Explore the functional, inventive and sculptural ceramic, book arts and fibers pieces, as well as the affordable, limited edition original jewelry created by OCAC students.
Organized by faculty, students and alumni, the sale proceeds fund the participating student artists, visiting artists, and the purchase of studio equipment.
Admission is free and open to the public.
Where: Oregon College of Art and Craft | 8245 SW Barnes Rd.
When: Saturday and Sunday, May 19th and May 20th.
Phone: 503 297-5544
OREGON COLLEGE OF ART AND CRAFT GRADUATION COMMENCEMENT
Public Reception 2:30pm-4:30pm
The Board of Trustees of Oregon College of Art and Craft is pleased to announce commencement exercises for the graduating class of 2012 at the Jean Vollum Drawing, Painting and Photography Building on the OCAC campus.
Johanna Branson | Commencement Speaker
Johanna Branson was graduated fromWellesleyCollegewith a B.A. in art history; she received a PhD in the same field from Brown University in 1976.
Dr. Branson has published widely on modern and contemporary art. Special projects have included Seeing Through “Paradise”: Artists and the Terezin Concentration Camp, an international exhibition and catalogue; Homeland: Use and Desire, an exhibition of contemporary art from the American southwest; and essays on topics ranging from Kara Walker to Huynh Phuong Dong, a Vietcong artist and soldier.
Dr. Branson spent her professional career at the Massachusetts College of Art, first as Professor of Art History, and then as the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Dr. Branson is currently a Fellow of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and continues to serve as an accreditation team chair. She is also a consultant and speaker on various topics in higher education, art, and design.
Where: Oregon College of Art and Craft, Jean Vollum Drawing, Painting and Photography Building | 8245 SW Barnes Rd.
When: Saturday, May 19th, 12pm (invitation only) 2:30 – 4:30 Public Reception | Free!
Phone: 503 297-5544
This Friday, May 18 OCAC Metals Department will be hosting their Annual Tea Party featuring teapots handcrafted by the 3rd year students from the Metals Department. In the 3rd Year Teapot Class, students design and create – through raising and forming, large scale soldering and fitting processes – a functional, sterling silver teapot in this intensive course. They make decisions about construction methods and design, choose materials for handles, and study historical and contemporary examples of teapots and other hollowware. The course, essential to the vocabulary of a metalsmith, has traditions dating back to ancient history that are still practiced today. Techniques associated with creating a hand-made teapot give students the opportunity to leave OCAC and make a living through creation of utilitarian objects. They also come away understanding design and function and how to balance these two components.
image: Lizzy Gladstone, 2011
To celebrate this annual event and possibly entice readers interested in the subject to explore more about teapots and teapot making, the library has selected Garth Clark’s amazing book on the subject, The Eccentric Teapot: four hundred years of invention. As the stated in the book cover, this book “introduces us to some of the most sublime, outrageous, and exotic teapots ever to grace a Mad Hatter’s tea party”! There are portrait teapots of Oscar Wilde, Brooke Shields, and Queen Elizabeth. Teapots that resemble lions, tigers, and bears–Oh My! And teapots that are “so far removed from the concerns of function that they resemble nothing so much as drawings of teapots”! The result is a fun and exhilarating romp through a colorful gallery of idiosyncratic designs that begin to boggle the imagination and stretch one’s notion of the relationship between form and function! Also the concept of beauty – or what is beautiful – since many (at least IMHO) of the results are profoundly ugly but always always always provocative and thought-provoking!
Check it out!
“There is nothing like a Tom Cramer show. The iconic Northwest painter and sculptor heaps so much gold and silver onto his gleaming geometric compositions, it’s a wonder they aren’t bought and sold on a commodity exchange. Past shows have featured imagery inspired by trips to Indiaand Egypt, as well as waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge, rendered with a slippery, sexualized organicism that alludes to the female body. It will be fascinating to see where Cramer takes his ever-shifting, polymorphously perverse vision this go-round. May 3-June 2″ By Richard Speer from the Willamette Week (here)
Where: Laura Russo Gallery | 805 NW 21st Ave
When: Fri, May 11th
Phone: 503 226-2754
“It’s surprising what goes well with beer: Sunny Delight, Roquefort cheese, early MTV music videos. Laidback boozers’ haven Beulahland serves up a delectable dish of the latter every Sunday night, screening a hand-picked selection of finely aged pop videos to accompany your choice of friends and drinks.” By SM from the the Portland Mercury (here)
Where: Beulahland | 118 NE 28th
When: Sundays, 9pm | Free!
Phone: 503 235-2794