MFA AC+D Exhibition Closing Reception: Friday!



The MFA Applied Craft + Design Class of 2015 Graduate Exhibition

May 22, 2015 – June 5, 2015

421 NE 10th Ave, 97232

The joint MFA in Applied Craft + Design is pleased to present the culmination of two years of hands-on designing and making. The exhibition features the 2015 graduation class’ practicum projects that explore the convergence of art, craft, and design practices.

We are makers of objects, interfaces, environments, and experiences. Through actual and digital means, we exhaustively explore material, investigate process and manifest ideas in provocatively meaningful ways. We have learned to build with intention, always seeking meaning and purpose, not just highly polished results.

As we reach this stage of our creative endeavor, we stop to reflect – several steps removed – so that we can better observe and gain perspective on our personal and creative progress.

We invite you to join us in a celebration of steps concluded and steps yet to be taken.

Exhibition Hours –

June 2 – June 5,  12 – 2pm & 5 – 7pm

Closing Reception – Friday, June 5, 6 – 9 pm.

Featuring Work from: Bukola Koiki, Jadene Mayla, James Rouse, Jennifer Cooke, Marie Goebel, Michael Schnitman, Nicholas Parker, Rachel McKenna, Reese Bowes, Richard Decker, Ryan Newson, Samantha Estrella-Boyland, Shawn Daughton, and Tyler Peterson.

Exhibition Review: Barb Tetenbaum’s “My Antonia: Instructions for Seeing”

If you are in Lincoln, Nebraska anytime soon, you will have the wonderful opportunity to view Barb Tetenbaum’s (our amazing Book Arts Department Chair) current show “My Antonia: Instructions for Seeing”. If you are not able to make it in person, please have a look at this wonderful write up by L. Kent Wolgamott here

The installation maps a classic novel set in Nebraska by Willa Cather called “My Anonia”.

5554ea2d58633.imageCongratulations to Barb on a great review and a wonderful show!

Featured Periodical: Sculpture

   Luisa-Rabbia Emilie-Brzezinski

Sculpture is an international, monthly magazine dedicated to all forms of contemporary sculpture. It contains provocative criticisms, knowledgeable technical discussions and timely exploration of new materials and techniques. The members’ edition of Sculpture includes the Insider newsletter, which contains information on professional employment, commissions, and exhibition opportunities for sculptors and On Record (announcements of members’ accomplishments).

“Receiving Sculpture magazine every month brings weeks of enjoyment and
revisiting the past issues is doubly fulfilling. Sometimes those past issues
feel as fresh as the new ones, almost as if I had never seen them before.”
Sculpture magazine reader

John-Greer               Vincent-Barre

The President in our Library!


We interrupt your regularly scheduled OCAC library blog post for an important announcement: our beloved Director, Elsa Loftis, has been voted the new president-elect of the Oregon Library Association! Elsa is very active on behalf of Oregon libraries and in OLA, and we of course feel that the association could not have made a finer choice.

Besides serving as Director of Library Services here at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, Elsa has been a librarian at Everest College and Portland Community College. She has also worked as a website coordinator for NW Central (, which is a continuing education site for librarians in the Pacific Northwest, and acted as liaison to the Oregon Library Association’s Executive Board. She also served on the Advisory Board of Answerland (formerly L-Net), which is Oregon’s statewide virtual reference service.

She received her M.L.I.S. degree at the Pratt Institute in New York, NY in 2009. Before that, she received her undergraduate degree at the University of Oregon in International Studies and Political Science. She also holds a Teaching English as a Second Language Certificate from the INTESOL, in Prague, the Czech Republic.

Her professional interests include reference, instruction, and emerging technologies.

She loves to travel, and has lived abroad in Belgium, Denmark, Thailand, Italy and New Zealand. When she’s not in the library, she’s home with her husband, son and dog.

Elsa will serve as vice-president for a year before beginning her tenure as president of OLA. Congratulations, Elsa!


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.