Jack Ryan named 2015 Hallie Ford Fellow in the Visual Arts
Jack Ryan, associate professor in the UO Department of Art and founding director of UO’s CoreSTUDIO program, has been named a 2015 Hallie Ford Fellow in the Visual Arts. The prestigious award being presented by The Ford Family Foundation recognizes Oregon visual artists for demonstrated excellence of their work and potential for significant advancement in their practices of art. Ryan’s practice uses sound as a conduit to explore distortions in contemporary culture. He will receive a $25,000 unrestricted award.
Park nets Excellence in Pedagogy award
John Park, career instructor in the UO Department of Art’s Digital Arts Program, has been awarded the Thomas F. Herman Award for Excellence in Pedagogy. One of the most prestigious teaching honors at UO, the award recognizes senior faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and expertise in a particular area of teaching.
Centennial: 2010s look forward to new A&AA home
A&AA is wrapping up its 100th anniversary this month after a full year of events, exhibitions, and celebrations. The school is now embarking on a capital campaign to imagine the future of art and design education and facilities for the next 100 years. In envisioning the school’s future, the A&AA Building Project Work Group in January issued a request for proposals (RFP) from student teams for a competition to design a transformative learning environment for A&AA. In May, the finalists were announced.
John Park awarded Herman Award for Excellence in Pedagogy
John Park, career instructor in the UO Department of Art’s Digital Arts Program, has been awarded the Thomas F. Herman Award for Excellence in Pedagogy. One of the most prestigious teaching honors at UO, the award recognizes senior faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and expertise in a particular area of teaching. Park works at the intersection of creative pedagogy and technology.
Centennial: 2000s expand A&AA to White Stag Block
In fall 2008, the University of Oregon completed its move into the White Stag Block (WSB), a refurbished facility that merges parts of three historic buildings in downtown Portland. The move culminated efforts—compressed into just two years—to adapt three vacant historic buildings into the interconnected high-tech complex that today comprises the School of Architecture and Allied Arts’ most urban presence.
Spring Storm returns to Lawrence Hall
“2015 Spring Storm: Department of Art 3rd Annual Senior Show” will take place at the University of Oregon one evening only, Friday May 29, from 5-8 p.m., on the first and second floors of Lawrence Hall. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
The Watershed to host BFA photography exhibition May 1
The Gallery at the Watershed is hosting an exhibit showcasing works by the graduating BFAs in photography. Salute these talented Ducks in person at their artist reception at the gallery on May 1 during the First Friday Artwork, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m., 321 Mill St., Suite 6, Eugene. The students include Emily Albertson, Brinkley Capriola, Katherine Carlson, Matt Ellis, Megan Griffin, Diana Patin, Keelan Sullivan, and Rachel Troiano.
MFA exhibition May 8-31 in Portland
The 2015 University of Oregon MFA Thesis Exhibition will take place in May at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland. The third-year graduating artists will exhibit their work May 8-31, with the opening reception May 8 from 6–9 p.m. Concurrently, a group exhibition of work by second-year MFA students will be on view May 7-30 at the White Box Gallery in Portland. The exhibitions are free and open to the public.
Centennial: 1990s consolidates A&AA spaces
In the fall of 1987, the Oregon Legislature approved $8.03 million for a long-awaited “Architecture and Allied Arts Addition and Alteration” project at UO. The move marked the fulfillment of a twenty-two year commitment to expand A&AA that began in 1965. The project was direly needed, as Wilmot “Bill” Gilland, then dean of A&AA, said during the dedication of the project after it was completed, in 1991: To give you some idea of what this change means, let me just recount my own experience in studio locations during the past twenty-two years. When I first came to Oregon I had a studio on the second floor of the old Boiler Plant adjacent to the then woodshop, so conversations were often impossible and tables were blessed with sawdust. [Later] I had a studio on the North Site on the second floor of the old Farmhouse, where the roof leaked and it was so cold that students had to wear gloves while drawing.
Faste, Swanson collaboration opens April 16 at Bellevue Arts Museum
Collaborative works by Assistant Professor Trygve Faste, in the UO Product Design Program, and Instructor Jessica Swanson, in the Department of Art, are featured in an upcoming exhibit at the Bellevue Arts Museum featuring young designers in the Pacific Northwest. Faste and Swanson’s studio, "Something Like This Design," is an experimental studio that creates thoughtful, functional designs and ceramic work. A free preview party at the museum, in Bellevue, Washington, on April 16 from 6-9 p.m., will feature artists, curators, and collectors. The show runs through August 16.