The Darwin Machine: Damien Gilley, Jeff Sheridan

January 25 - March 8

Darwin Machine: Damian Gilley and Jeff Sheridan, multimedia artists

Curated by Fairbanks Gallery Coordinator Andrew Nigon, the exhibition's name is derived from a 1987 article by William H. Calvin, titled “The Brain as a Darwin Machine,” describing how the human brain arrives at complex conclusions through a natural selection process where many slightly varied random possibilities compete against one another to be the most affective. Within a millisecond, a winning solution is elected, implemented and finally catalogued into a long chain of memories and experiences used to choose future winners. Every decision made affects our neurological hardware and so affects all future decisions. Nigon says the studio practices of Gilley and Sheridan are Darwin Machines.

GilleyDamien Gilley is an artist and educator working in Portland, Oregon. His work exposes hidden architectures through site-specific perceptual installations that combine drawing and sculptural approaches. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including Tetem Kunstruimte (Enschede, Netherlands,) and Dam Stuhltrager (Berlin, DE.) MORE
Jeff Sheridan is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Portland. His cartoons are anecdotes on contemporary issues, social tics, psychological minutiae, and the environment, and have been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists, and featured in Creative Loafing, The Tampa Bay Times, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and the Portland Mercury. MORE



MONTAGE: Juried Exhibition of OSU Student Work

December 12, 2016 - January 23, 2017


The Montage Collective Juried Show gives Oregon State University student artists the opportunity to submit their art and have it juried for inclusion in the Fairbanks Gallery.

Any OSU student is eligible to submit original work to be considered for inclusion in the exhibition. In past years the show has included photography, painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking and other artistic media. This year Montage is also accepting poetry submissions.

The Montage Collective, a long-standing student arts organization, organizes, publicizes and installs the exhibition. For the second year, Montage Collective has called upon someone from outside the university to jury the show.

This year's juror is Bruce Burris, director of ArtWorks/CEI in Corvallis. Burris has been a leader in the field of arts and disability nationwide for some 35 years. He has served as an executive director, program developer, facilitator, publicist and employment specialist with programs devoted to supporting artists considered to have disabilities. Himself an artist and curator, Burris is also the founder of ELandF Projects, a performance based organization.

pale-blue-eyes: Ingeman



(l-r) Pale Blue Eyes, Angelica Ingeman, oil on canvas; Tea Party, catherine Fitzsimmons, photography; Coochi, Mike Chasco, oil on canvas



November 17 - December 5, 2016



Kerry Skarbakka’s work lies at the intersection of performance-based practices and staged photography. Over the past 15 years he has used his own body as a physical metaphor, addressing issues of uncertainty, war, equality, identity, politics, economy and the environment. Currently, Skarbakka is dedicating his artistic energies in creating scenarios that express the anxiety and fear associated with being human. While the exploration of the fragilities of the human condition is a common thread in his work, Skarbakka says his goal has always been “to transform these universally difficult emotions into poetic and meaningful visual expressions.”

In recent years, Skarbakka’s work has received an impressive amount of media coverage. He has appeared live on television, including an interview by NBC’s Matt Lauer on the Today Show in the U.S. and on Today on Sunday in Australia. In 2013, media coverage from the Huffington Post, Wired, Slate, the Guardian and many other internet resources was translated, reaching more than 125 countries.

Skarbakka currently has an exhibition at the Haifa Museum of Art in Haifa, Israel. To date he has exhibited photographs in more than 100 solo and group exhibitions around the world. His work has appeared domestically at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, N.C.; the Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles; the George Eastman Museum, Rochester, N.Y.; the Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Penn.; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; the Aperture Foundation, New York City; and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Skarbakka’s images can be found in the permanent collections of such notable institutions as the North Carolina Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Illinois; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Among Skarbakka’s honors are a 2005 Creative Capital Foundation Grant, a commission from the City of Seattle through the 1% for the Arts Program, and an Illinois Arts Council Assistance Grant. His work has been featured in many important publications including Aperture, Art and America, After Image and ArtReview International.

Skarbakka received his Bachelor of Arts in studio art from the University of Washington and his M.F.A. in photography from Columbia College Chicago. He is assistant professor of art at OSU, where he teaches courses in photography and combined media. This is his first solo exhibition in Corvallis. It focuses on some of the more immediate and pressing threats to our existential stability, and is comprised of past and current projects that illustrate the scope and trajectory of Skarbakka’s combined media approach to photography.

Skarbakka’s work is generously supported by Creative Capital, 1% for the Arts for the City of Seattle, and the Illinois Arts Council. For more information:


Oct. 3 - Nov. 2, 2016

Julia Bradshaw, a photographic artist, and Anna Fidler, a painter, share an interest in using photographs as source material.

Bradshaw - Circle (2016)Bradshaw treats photographs as malleable two-dimensional material, creating topographical landscapes and geometric shapes from source photographs that refer to the fore-edges and top-edges of paperback books.

She is interested in creating an infinite variety of forms and shapes that refer to the original photographed object but evoke a different sensibility. Segmented geometrical forms reference her interest in the roots of minimalist abstraction whereas horizontal stacks of books are combined to suggest gently rolling topographical landscapes. In making the work, Bradshaw uses a variety of photographic techniques, from historical darkroom techniques to current computer-based photographic imaging.

“As a photographer, I am envious of the playful methods of automatic drawing and geometrical abstraction practiced by painters,” Bradshaw said. “This is my response to that envy. By working with source photographs in a shape-shifting manner, in much the same way a ceramicist might use clay, the photographs become malleable and have infinite creative possibilities.”

Fidler: We Can't Wait 'Til Tomorrow (Autumn)Having spent most of her life in Oregon and Michigan, Fidler paints landscapes that allude to the woods found in those states. Her series for the exhibit references the four seasons and occurrences of energetic exchange between individuals and the forests that surround them. Using historical photographs as source material, Fidler constructs figurative silhouettes by gluing together many layers of paper to make dimensional, topographic forms. These forms are less about the specific individuals and more about the energy emanating from their actions.

“While making this exhibition I became aware of the artist, Hilma af Klint, who was one of the earliest artists to work with abstraction. She was a member of a female group of artists called ‘The Five,’ who were interested in complex spiritual ideas and practiced séances to be in touch with higher spirits,” Fidler said. “My painting of ‘The Five’ depicts these women working on their abstract paintings in a Swedish forest.”


Right: Anna Fidler, We Can't Wait Till Tomorrow (Autumn) - 52" x 40" Acrylics, colored pencil, gouache on paper, 2016
Above: Julia Bradshaw, Circle - 56" x 56" Photograph inkjet print, 2016


OSU Art Faculty Exhibit

June 16 - September 28, 2016

Bradshaw - Wet Tent

Julia Bradshaw, Wet Tent, Photograph, 20" x 24"

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Last Year

OSU Graduating Art Senior Show

Annual Exhibit

May 31 - June 10, 2016


Ben Buswell

Embellished photographs, mixed media, sculptures, drawings

May 2 - 25, 2016


Michael Boonstra

Transitory Surface

Digital prints on aluminum, mixed media, drawings

April 4 - April 27, 2016


Nigel Poor

The San Quentin Prison Report Archive Project

Inkjet prints with handwritten text

February 8 - March 1, 2016


Craig Goodworth

Blood & Honey

Sculpture, installation and poetry/performance

January 11 - February 3, 2016


Contemporary Japanese Prints

A selection of contemporary Japanese artists working in a variety of printmaking media

November 9 - December 1, 2015


Recent Past

2014-2015 Schedule.pdf

OSU Art Faculty
James B. Thompson, Schemata: Rural Life and Leisure Pursuits

       Ralph Pugay, Everything Taste Like Chicken

       Chang-ah Choi, Artifacts & Incidents

       OSU Photo Faculty, Showcase

       Fritz Liedtke, Astra Velum

       Frank Boyden, Oregon Icon

OSU Graduating Art Seniors


2013-2014 Schedule.pdf

OSU Art Faculty

       Jacinda Russell, Two, Nine & Twelve

       Michael Paul Miller, The Long Road

       Nicole Jean Hill, Artifacts & Incidents

       Samantha Wall, Only Part of the Story

       John Maul, A Generous Life

       Royal Nebeker, Prints

OSU Graduating Art Seniors


2012-2013 Schedule.pdf

OSU Art Faculty

       Analee Fuentes, Del Corazón (By Heart)

Michael Lazarus, Are You Real

OSU Photography Instructors, Focus/Refocus

Susan Seubert, Ambrotypes

Rae Mahaffey, Oil on panel

       Heidi Schwegler, Grayout

OSU Graduating Art Seniors


Fairbanks 2011-2012 Schedule.pdf

OSU Art Faculty

       Sean Caulfield, Darkfire and the Waiting Room

       Kate Hunt, Transcendence

Mark Newport, Alter Egos

Clarence Morgan, Material Traces

Cameron Anne Mason, Surface.Form.Stitch

Cara Tomlinson, Paintings

OSU Graduating Art Seniors


FB 2010-2011 Schedule.pdf

OSU Art Faculty

Jeesoo Lee, Degree of Beauty

Rachel Hines, Rachel Huffman, Rachel Warkentin, 3Rach(a)els

Shelley Jordon, Materfamilias

Nancy Froehlich, Nadra Moritz, Zvezdana Stojmirovic, Azin Valy: Type/Life

Linda Hutchins, Through Line

Cascade Print Exchange V

OSU Graduating Art Seniors


FB 2009-2010.pdf

OSU Art Faculty

Luba Lukova

Susie Nielsen & Christine Gallagher

Stephen Hayes

Fred Burton

Shawn Bitters

Chang-Ae Song

OSU Graduating Art Seniors


2008-09 .pdf

OSU Art Faculty

Berkley Chappell

Sarah Grew

Debra Beers

Karen Kunc

John Sexton

Marilee Salvator

OSU Graduating Art Seniors



OSU Art Faculty

Jenny Schmid, Free Citizens of the DzR, Linocut, Etching, Lithography

        Pat Boas, Idiom, Drawings

        Emily Ginsburg, Habitual, Prints & Video

        World Visions: Selections from the Department of Art Fine Art Print Collection

        Lauren Grossman, Whithersoever, Mixed-media sculpture

        Heejung Kim, The World Between, Sculptural Books

                &  Sarah Pucill, Stages of Mourning, Film

        OSU Graduating Art Seniors, Annual Exhibit



OSU Art Faculty

Tala Madani, Cake Men, Oil & Acrylic on Canvas

Yuji Hiratsuka, Recent Works, Prints and Drawings

Martha Wehrle, New Works, Mixed Media

Ed Musante, Cigar Box Paintings, Mixed media

Bill Viola: The Reflecting Pool & Observance, Video Installations

Art Werger, Overview, Mezzotints & Aquatints

Tom Nakashima, Stewart’s Sticks and Huddled Masses, Collage on canvas

OSU Graduating Art Seniors’ Exhibit



OSU Art Faculty

Andrew Myers, Be Useful, Mixed-media Drawings

Yoshiko Shimano, Prints

Impressions, Prints from the Department of Art Fine Art Collection

Sandra Dal Pogetto, Wild Time

Plenkiwiesich Scholarship Exhibit;

Jay Backstrand, Mixed-media paintings

OSU Art Emeriti Exhibit

OSU Graduating Art Seniors.



OSU Art Faculty

Stu Levy, Grand Canyon, Photographs

Sue Coe, Tragedy of War, A Print Cycle

Michael Schultheis, Paintings from Harmonic Oscillations

Reallegories, the Poetic Narrative in Painting

Carol Ann Carter, Waiting Room: A multi-media installation

Harry Widman, Paintings

OSU Graduating Seniors

Philip Pearlstein, Nine Prints, West Gallery.



OSU Art Faculty

Tony Fitzpatrick, Etchings & Lithographs

Yoonmi Nam, Bamboo Forest, Installation,

Loren Nelson, Under Wraps: Buildings In Transition, Photographs

Kay French, About the Plants of Paradise, Painting

Minoru Ohira, Nature’s Hand, Sculpture

Cody Bustamante, Paintings

OSU Graduating Seniors.



OSU Art Faculty

Rick Bartow: Sweat & Steam, Paintings and Drawings

Ajay Garg: Conemporary Miniature Indain Paintings

Fine Arts Print Collection

Katherine Ace: Momentary Histories, Painting

Shelley Jordon: Open Skies: Recent Paintings

Robert Hess: Cast & Forged: Bronze Sculpture

OSU Graduating Seniors



OSU Art Faculty Exhibit

Geraldine Ondrizek, Stem Cells and Cellular Tissue, Installation

Contemporary Prints: Dine, Warhol, Lichenstein and Others

Ted Wiprud, Selected Works 1964-2002

Bill Rades, Paintings and Drawings

Julie Green & Clay Lohmann, Paintings

Dick Arentz, Platinum and Palladium Prints

OSU Graduating Seniors.



OSU Art Faculty Exhibit

Lee Imonen: Recent Sculpture

Chang-ae Song: Soul of Seoul, Paintings

Gordon Gilkey: Memorial Union Gallery

Clint Brown: Studies in Sanguine

Bruce Barnbaum: Cosmic Earth: Photographs

Plinkiewisch Scholarship Students

Polish Posters by Andrea Marks

Wendell Black: An American Master

Mail From the Edge: Stamps of Michael Thompson & Michael Henandez de Luna

Graduating Seniors Exhibit



OSU Art Faculty Exhibit

Melinda Thorsnes, The Last Decade; Paintings and Drawings

David Nez, Mixed Media on Paper & Mixed Media Sculpture

Marina Mangubi, Paintings and Softground

John Maul, Works in Bronze and Mixed Media

James Lee Hansen, Bronze Sculpture

OSU Art Students

OSU Graduating Seniors

West Gallery Exhibitions: Ying Tan, Multi-media

American Institute of Graphic Arts