Fairbanks Gallery

2017 Eclipse Event 

Monday, August 14 - Thursday, September 28

Open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday

Open until 8 p.m. on Aug. 17 and Sept. 21 for Corvallis Art Walk

Admission is FREE 

Closing reception Thursday, September 21.

TOTALITY is lyrical, conceptual, scientific, fantasy, and historic responses to the universe or to humankind's space exploration.


Curated by Assistant Professor of Art and New Media Communications, Julia Bradshaw, with work by Eric William Carrol, Penelope Umbrico, Julia Oldham, Tom Carrico, Julie Anand and Damon Sauer, Miwa Matreyek, John Whitten, Rick Kleinoski, Ben Buswell, Lee Ann Garrison, Kaitlyn Wittig, Eric Dickey, Michael Gamble, Ryan Biesack, Bradshaw, more.


“That the eclipse is happening in our back yard is very special, but everyone’s reasons for viewing it is different. Our relationship to the Cosmos is like that: some are interested in space as a vehicle for fantasy and some are interested in in space as a vehicle for scientific exploration. With this exhibition, and the companion arts activities, I bring together artworks and artists who put us in touch with our human relationship to the Cosmos in some manner." Julia Bradshaw, curator

As part of many exciting events happening on campus in conjunction with the August 21st Solar Eclipse, "Totality," is more than an art gallery exhibition. Totality includes a five-week exhibition in Fairbanks Gallery, as well as a full range of arts programming over Eclipse Weekend, including photography workshops, performance art, storytelling and performances of new music.

TOTALITY will include:

Historical Responses

Photographer Eric William Carroll’s project “Standard Stars;” which documents the deterioration of emulsion peeling off astronomical glass plate negatives. Drawn from the Astronomical Photographic Data Archive, these images document the history of photographing the sky from the late 1800’s until the end of the 20th century on a now obsolete medium.  Visually and metaphorically, "Standard Stars" represents the human attempt to study, represent, and organize the Universe.

Social Responses

Continuing her exploration of the most shared images online, New York-based Artist Penelope Umbrico samples images of the most consumed and produced subject matter ‘sunsets’ in her visually mesmerizing single-channel video “Sun/Screen”.

Space Exploration

Artist Julia Oldham’s animated video “Laika’s Lullaby” tells the story of one of the many animals sent into space as part of early space exploration; reminding the viewer of a not so pleasant aspect of man’s exploration into space. Julia Oldham lives in Eugene.

Scientific Responses

Corvallis-based astrophotographer Tom Carrico exhibits two photographs of nebula; an image of a dying star and a birthing star. The photography of which is a scientific and engineering feat.

Space as a Surveillance Tool

Julie Anand and Damon Sauer have spent three years photographing the concrete calibration markers initially installed in the 1950’s as part of the government’s Corona project to enable orbiting satelites to calibrate their devices. They then map the GPS coordinates and altitude of the satelites orbiting the earth at the time they take the photograph and draw arcs onto the photographs representing each satellite’s trajectory; making the invisible, visible.

The Cosmos as a Vehicle for Fantasy

Miwa Matreyek’s animated single-channel video “Lumerence” was originally inspired by a visit to Mt Wilson Observatory. The short film explores the human desire for space-travel as a way of connecting with the universe. Making a similarly fantastical response, Rick Kleinoski’s “Homeless Journals” include drawings of aliens and poetry written during a time when he lived outdoors.

Lyrical and Artistic Responses

Portland-based artist John Whitten’s obsessive and meticulous drawings are part meditation, partly an exercise in chance, and partly inspired by the upcoming eclipse. Painter, and Director of the School of Arts and Communication, Lee Ann Garrison connects our humanity with the moon in her painting; imagining the moon with an internal heart. In addition, Portland artist Ben Buswell will anchor one wall of the gallery with his large-format embellished Lamda prints titled “Four Suns”.

A complete schedule of events will be posted here soon.

For more information, contact Julia Bradshaw.