Good Reads

As a library, I think it is important to advertise avenues for book lovers. If you like books and you like libraries then you have probably already heard of good reads. In case you haven’t, this is our Christmas gift to you. Enjoy!

Good Reads is an online social platform for people to share and build book lists. It is one of the worlds largest sites for book recommendations and book lists. The site allows you to build book wish lists and reading lists, as well as keep tabs on books you’re in the process of reading. You can look at specific genres you are interested in reading, collaborate in book clubs. You can even choose to judge a book by its cover if you wish and search one of the many image based lists (including “Best cover of all time”, “Breathtaking book covers” or “Horrible covers”). Good Reads even has a focus for academic life or the art world. Here is a book list for some of OCAC’s craft departments. Check them out. If you find a book you really like, please come into the library and we will try to track it down for you.

Book Arts: Not represented, create one!








Wood: Not represented, make your own list!


Things to do in Portland this weekend: (05/18/12 – 05/20/12) “Thesis Exhibition opening reception at the Ten Four gallery & Annual Spring Art Sale at OCAC & Oregon College of Art and Craft Graduation Commencement”


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):

More information here:

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




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



Allan Wexler Lecture TOMORROW!












Wednesday, March 14 @ 6:30pm

MFA in Applied Craft and Design Studios @ The Bison Building

421 NE 10th Avenue and Glisan Street

“Allan Wexler has worked in the fields of architecture, design and fine art for twenty-five years. He is represented by the Ronald Feldman Gallery in New York Cityand currently teaches at Parsons the New School for Design. Allan’s works explore human activity and the built environment. He works as an investigator using series, permutations and chance rather than searching for definitive solutions. He makes buildings, furniture, vessels and utensils as backdrops and props for everyday, ordinary human activity. The works isolate, elevate and monumentalize our daily rituals: dining, sleep and bathing. And they, in turn, become mechanisms that activate ritual, ceremony and movement, turning these ordinary activities into theater.” (from here)

Image: Allan Wexler

The MFA in Applied Craft and Design is a joint degree program offered by Oregon College of Art and Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art.


44. Martin Puryear edited by John Elderfield.

Today, OCAC is honored to have another incredible artist, Heechan Kim (our Artist-in-Residence in Wood) give a lunch-time talk in the Centrum Studio. According to his artist statement, “[Kim] explore[s] issues of intense emotional tension, obsession, violence and sexuality through the material process of bending thin wood strips and stitching them with metal wires. These construction methods express the understanding that every human being is connected, bounded and destined to exist together.  […] When we surrender our view of distinction and containment, we allow ourselves the possibility to become something much greater.” (here) Kim’s work and particularly its attention to detail are testaments to the ongoing relevance and resiliency of woodwork as an art form and enduring craft.  Its ability to capture the viewer, not only in a visceral sense or by the maker’s evident skill, but also as a means of starting a dialog with viewers on larger sociological issues as “human coexistence in modern global society.” If you’re interested, you’re welcome to come listen to his talk today at 12:45pm in the Centrum Studio. See you there!

After looking at Kim’s work online (here), we couldn’t help see a resemblance to another great sculptor, Martin Puryear. For this week’s library pick, we’ve selected, Martin Puryear edited by John Elderfield, a book published in conjunction with the exhibition, Martin Puryear, at the Museum of Modern Art, November 4, 2007 – January 14, 2008.

John Elderfield’s essay, Martin Puryear: ideas of otherness, is a close critical review of the artist’s work, spanning the 1970s to the present. It highlights themes in his work throughout his career but also pays special attention to the concept of metamorphosis. Elderfield addresses how Puryear negotiates the limits of sculptural form and the limits of material, and that “his negotiation is, of course, a broadly cultural one that he makes it ours as well” …and this has, like Kim’s work, sociological implications: “to imagine changes in immobile things has always been, ultimately, to grapple with transformations of the self” (51).

The book also includes another fantastic essay about Puryear’s work by Michael Auping called “Artisan,” that covers the artist’s philosophy of art-making as well as talks about his process. In addition to the many high quality images of Puryear’s work, there is also an intimate interview with Richard J. Powell about the artist’s early work and how he arrived at the kind of artist he is today, a conversation that is definitely worth checking out!

If you’re already familiar with Martin Puryear’s work, this book will only strengthen your appreciation. If you’re unfamiliar with the artist, this book and his work will blow you away.

More information about Puryear (including a video clip from the Art21 series) can be found here.

Judy Arginteanu quotes Doug Meyer: “He also welcomes …”

He [Doug Meyer] also welcomes the patina old metal has. “I’m working with material that might have been used for maybe 40, 50 years, and it bears the distress of what it’s gone through. That’s nothing you can make happen–it’s something you have to let happen” (019).

Arginteanu, Judy. “Product Placement : Necessity, Mother of Cool Furniture.” American Craft. October/November 2011. pgs 018 – 019.

29. “A Life Well Lived: fantasy coffins of Kane Quaye”

In the Centrum Studio this afternoon at 12:45pm, OCAC will have the pleasure of hosting a visiting art lecture by Eric Adjetey Anang. His coffin-making demonstration/installation will run from October 31st – November 4th in the Centrum Courtyard. Don’t Miss it!

Eric Adjetey Anang is the grandson of Kane Kwei, who first designed and made fantasy coffins in Teshie, Ghana during the 1950’s. Eric Adjetey Anang, as well as his father before him, has continued to carry on the tradition of crafting fantasy coffins today, and his work is collected by museums and galleries around the world.

For this week’s library pick, we have selected an exhibition pamphlet that celebrates the work of Eric Adjetey Anang’s grandfather. It is titled, A Life Well Lived: fantasy coffins of Kane Quaye.  The book not only provides a thoughtful introduction by Christine Mullen Kreamer that helps place the artist’s work within social and cultural contexts, but it also provides a lot of information about the significance of funerals in Ga Society as well as large, colorful images of many of the artist’s fantasy coffins, including: “Bull,” “Chicken,” “Fish,” “Fishing Canoe,” “KLM Airplane,” “Leopard,” “Lobster,” “Mercedes Benz Automobile,” and (possibly my favorite) the “Yamaha Outboard Motor.”

Each piece, as the curator (Craig Allen Subler) notes is “rich in symbolism and replete with faithfully recorded and masterfully interpreted images” and they “stand for lives well lived and remembered” (3). Prepare to be amazed.

First Thursday celebrates 25 years in Portland’s Pearl District!

Today First Thursday celebrates 25 years in Portland. More about the history of First Thursday can be found in this article from the Oregonian.

The Oregonian has also provided a guide to various exhibitions and events for tonight.

Visit the websites for individual galleries to find out what else might be worth visiting. A list of Portland area galleries can be found here.

There are also two openings tonight on the OCAC campus: In the Centrum Gallery, work by students from the Wood department will be on display (Opening reception Thursday, October 6 from 4:00-7:00pm); and in the Hoffman Gallery, work from artists from the Artist-in-Residence program will also be on display (Opening reception Thursday, October 6 from 4:00-7:00pm).

Being the 25th anniversary of First Thursday, it is bound to be an unusually memorable night. Don’t miss out!

Don’t forget an umbrella, and, as the Rolling Stones would advise, “Don’t forget, if you’re on your bike, wear white“.  Have a great night, everybody!

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