MFA in Visual Studies Visiting Artists Lecture Series 2014 FALL SEMESTER
Pacific Northwest College of Art + Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies
Jesse Sugarmann | Thursday, September 18th at 12:30pm
Jesse Sugarmann is an interdisciplinary artist working in video, performance, and sculpture. His work engages the automotive industry as a manufacturer of human identity, accessing automotive history as an index of both cultural progress and social development. Jesse has exhibited work both nationally and internationally in venues such as the Getty Institute, Los Angeles; el Museo Tamayo, Mexico City; the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Oregon; the Banff Center, Canada; Filmbase, Ireland; Human Resources, Los Angeles; Michael Strogoff, Marfa; el Museo de Arte Moderno de Santander, Spain; Drift Station, Omaha; Spirit Abuse, Albuquerque; Fugitive Projects, Nashville; the 21c Museum, Louisville; the Knockdown Center, New York, High Desert Test Sites 2013, Joshua Tree; and is planning an upcoming solo exhibition at MOCA Indianapolis. Jesse’s work has been written about in publications including ArtForum, Art Papers, ART LTD, Art Cards, Art Fag City, Art Car Nation, Frieze Magazine and The New York Times. Jesse’s current project, a series of conceptually managed Pontiac dealerships titled We Build Excitement, will be a featured component of PICA’s 2014 TBA festival. Jesse lives and works in Bakersfield, CA.
Rachel Adams | Wednesday, October 1st at 6:30pm
Rachel Adams is an independent curator and writer living in Austin, Texas. Adams is currently the 2014-15 Curator-In-Residence at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center of Portland. Her most recent projects include a solo commission by Richard T. Walker at The Contemporary Austin, a group exhibition in New York titled Interstice and a solo exhibition including catalogue by artist Justin Cooper at testsite in Austin. Adams joined Arthouse at the Jones Center in June 2010 as the Curator of Public Programs, After the merger of Arthouse with the Austin Museum of Art, Adams became the Associate Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs. Upcoming projects include an outdoor commission by Seattle-based John Grade at The Contemporary Austin. She recently wrote for the Prospect.3 Biennial catalog and is also a contributing writer for Artforum.com, Arts + Culture Texas, Art Papers, Modern Painters, and Texas Architect.
MFA in Visual Studies + Caldera Report | Friday, November 7th at 12:30pm Room 101
MFA in Visual Studies candidates who participated in the MFA VS Caldera residency, along with visiting artist, Arnold J. Kemp, and guest faculty member Emily Ginsburg present the experiences and work completed during the 10-day residency. PNCA Caldera Laboratories is a collaborative effort between Caldera Artist Residency and Pacific Northwest College of Art, who have joined forces to construct a program where visiting artists, scholars, curators, and critics come together with PNCA faculty and MFA in Visual Studies students to engage in art making, research, and visual and written investigations in a laboratory setting.
Arnold J. Kemp | Friday, November 7th at 6:30pm
Arnold J. Kemp is an Associate Professor and the Chair of Painting & Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University. His work can be found in the collections of institutions such as The Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC; The Tacoma Art Museum; The University of California-Berkeley Art Museum; and others. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants such as the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship, and the Pollock Krasner Foundation Fellowship. Arnold J. Kemp formerly held the position of Assistant Professor and Chair of the MFA in Visual Studies Program at PNCA. He is represented by PDX Contemporary in Portland, Oregon.
Alyssa Taylor Wendt | Thursday, November 20th at 6:30pm
Alyssa Taylor Wendt works as a multimedia artist in Austin, Texas. After earning a BA degree with an emphasis in photography from NYU, she moved to the West coast and performed on records, in many awarded independent films, on stage and with collaborative art projects. Wendt received an MFA degree from the International Center of Photography and Bard College. From 2008 to the present, Wendt has performed at the Numu Art Space, Location One, St. Cecilia’s, envoy gallery, Colab Projects, the Fusebox Festival in Austin and The Museum of Art and Design in New York City. Wendt’s current projects involve developing the ability to translate the visceral sense of her inner self into objects, photographic evidence and the moving image. Her installation work revolves around this animism: non-linear videos with layered sound shown with assemblage sculpture, large format production stills and participatory performances that have a transformative social aspect.
All lectures are free and open to the public.
Lectures held in Swigert Commons at Pacific Northwest College of Art unless indicated otherwise.
PNCA 1241 NW Johnson Street. Portland, OR 97209
Surrender Flag at Ampersand featuring works by Alumna, Victoria Reynolds
Joshua Abelow, Victoria Reynolds, Roger Anderson, Heather Cavalieri and Adam Winner
August 27 to September 28, 2014
Ampersand is pleased to present Surrender Flag, an exhibition featuring works on paper, photographic prints and paintings by Joshua Abelow, Victoria Reynolds, Roger Anderson, Heather Cavalieri and Adam Winner. Waving a white flag signifies a moment of surrender, a desire to cease aggression and communicate. It’s the starting point where a new language is employed toward a different type of resolution. For our purposes, the title Surrender Flag represents a white space on which each artist intervenes with varying degrees of subtlety or violence. It’s the moment where an empty space takes on the shapes, colors and textures that are singular to each artist’s language of intent. Further, just as the shapes that comprise any given flag convey a multitude of meanings, each artist is trying to tell us something specific, yet often times it’s enough to let all that go and surrender to the simple act of looking.
We invite you to preview more works on our website here.
ARABESQUE is an ongoing, illustrated fantasy world with its origin in word play. Drawn with markers and color pencils, it describes an untraceable, endless conflict between handsome Arabian princes and ballerinas equipped with high-grade weaponry. This sequence of drawings, displayed as two armies of free-standing soldiers, can be collected and rearranged. Inspired by the obsessively specialized military heroes of popular video games, hobby models, and action figures, these drawings utilize fashion and armament to explore the genre of realism and its relationship to the expressive potential of the decorative.
(alongside Jenene Nagy’s BRILLIANT in the main gallery)
September 9th at PDX Contemporary Art
925 NW Flanders, Portland, OR 97209
Congrats to Mark Palmen (‘14 alumnus)!!!!!
Congrats to alumnus, Mark Palmen. His work was accepted into a juried exhibition at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans. Read more below:
Jonathan Ferrara Gallery is pleased to announce the 18th edition of the annual NO DEAD ARTISTS International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Art. The exhibition will run from 27 August through 27 September with an opening reception on Saturday, 30 August, from 6-9 pm.
The NO DEAD ARTISTS exhibition was founded in 1995 to give a voice to emerging artists. The exhibition’s name is derived from the old adage that artists never achieve success until they are dead. NO DEAD ARTISTS turns that notion on its head and gives emerging artists their first break in the art world. In the 90’s, the exhibition was open only to New Orleans artists and subsequently grew to include artists of Louisiana. In 2010, the exhibition expanded to become a national juried exhibition open to artists from the entire US, and now in 2014 the call is international.