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Sculptor gains media attention

  John Paul Gardner, a 2010 MFA graduate living in Vermont, has exhibited his work and is gaining regional renown for his unique focus.   John Paul Gardner (MFA ’10) was featured recently in publications including Split Rail, 491 Magazine and ArtHash. Split Rail featured the artist in its October 2011 issue, where he discusses his installations, which recently focus on “the grid and its power to shape and mediate spatial experiences,” forming a backdrop for Gardner’s creations.



Experimental class explores performance art

The class investigates how unconventional methods define and interpret performance art. Taught by Colin Ives, the class is funded by the David G. Foster Endowment to encourage innovative teaching. A walk past the EMU Amphitheater on Friday mornings and the welcome sight of breakfast and newspaper for all to enjoy greets passersby. As part of Associate Professor Colin Ives’ class, the only catch is that anyone who partakes in the picnic can do anything with the paper – except read it.

Students in Colin Ives class have breakfast outside the EMU.


Exhibition to trace connections between UO art faculty

“The Long Now” will feature 22 faculty artists at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on the UO campus in Eugene and at the White Box at UO in Portland.-- Artists and faculty members in the Department of Art regularly exhibit their art across the nation and often around the globe, but rarely at home. Through collaboration with a professional curator in New York, work by twenty-two of these artists-educators will go on display at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene and at UO in Portland starting in January.

Stamatina Gregory meets with faculty artist Ying Tan.


Emmy winner lauds UO for ‘wondrous’ time

Kaz Aizawa says his studies in animation at UO ’made me a better, well-rounded artist, which affects all that I create today’ in his job as a background painter at Nickelodeon.--

Nintendo artwork


Digital art festival to transform downtown

(sub)Urban Projections is a project by UO students in partnership with the City of Eugene.-- A digital art festival will project artists’ work from around the world onto the walls of downtown Eugene in November, with streets and alleyways featuring contemporary digital art projections in a new concept that expands the possibilities of public art.

A “projection bomb” at an alley in downtown Eugene.


Student Exhibition and sale at MODERN in downtown Eugene

In lieu of the 16th annual Cheap Jewelry Sale, the Jewelry & Metalsmithing program will have an exhibition and sale of production jewelry on Friday, November 4 at MODERN (207 E. 5th Ave) in downtown Eugene. The event will begin at 5:30pm on November 4, and the exhibition will be on view through December 4. Alumni, BFA, and Intermediate and Advanced students in the Jewelry & Metalsmithing program in the Department of Art will present at least 200 pieces of jewelry.


Mike Bray | Black Glass at Ditch Projects

Black Glass An installation by Mike Bray Oct 22 – Nov 12, 2011 Opening reception Saturday, October 22, 7pm


Losing Themselves in a Distance to Far Away Heights - A New Installation by Tannaz Farsi

Losing Themselves in a Distance to Far Away Heights A New Installation by Tannaz Farsi Opens Saturday, October 8 from 6 to 9pm October 8 – November 5 Gallery Hours: Fri – Sun 12pm – 5pm


Art undergraduate publishes original ceramics glaze technique

Research and experimentation leads to “startlingly unique” surfaces, article in ‘Clay Times’ magazine  A University of Oregon art undergraduate has developed an eye-catching new ceramics glaze so unique that Clay Times magazine features it in the current issue. Last year, Rachel Sturino enrolled in an intensive two-term course in firing practices and glaze chemistry. Sturino’s research into glazing began after she mistakenly fired an electric kiln at the wrong temperature. The mistake caused the glaze to melt and produce circular, colored spots.


UO Art Department faculty Charlene Liu participates in The Shape of the Problem, 30th Anniversary Exhibition at Elizabeth Leach Gallery on view August 4-27, 2011.

Launched in 1981, the gallery is focused on presenting prominent Northwest and internationally established artists working in a wide variety of contemporary media, bolstering a dynamic dialogue between the local community and the global art world. The Shape of the Problem will include nearly 70 artists who have exhibited at the gallery over the last three decades, and will feature three components, celebrating the past, present, and future of the gallery, the Portland art community, and their relationship to the art world at large.