What are the experiences of Muslims in the United States in 2018? This photographic exhibition (above) shares the stories of local Muslims who were photographed and interviewed by Clark Honors College students from the University of Oregon's Department of Anthropology. Representing a range of emotions, insights, and personal identities, these portraits celebrate our diverse Muslim community which has been frequently stereotyped and silenced.
If the walls of Moreland Hall could talk, they would have decades of stories to tell. "The People of Moreland," a project inspired by "Humans of New York" and created by Writing minor Miranda Crowell, combines portrait photography and interviews with SWLF students, allowing them to tell their stories in their own words.
To view the collection, visit the Moreland Hall lobby through Fall term or click here to view online.
The paintings and written pieces presented here are based on an interdisciplinary, collaborative exchange between between Anna Fidler’s upper-level painting students in OSU's School of Arts and Communication and Jennifer Richter’s graduate writing students in OSU’s MFA program.
Students from both classes read Bluets by Maggie Nelson, a lyrical, philosophical exploration of the color blue and a personal narrative of love and loss. “And so I fell in love with a color—in this case, the color blue—” Nelson confesses, “as if falling under a spell, a spell I fought to stay under and get out from under, in turns.”
After responding in writing to a prompt sparked by Bluets, the two classes shared their pieces anonymously with each other. Fidler’s students then made two blue paintings: one inspired by their own written piece, the other inspired by an MFA student’s writing. (The paintings displayed here represent the latter category.)
The objectives for Fidler’s students were to use a monochromatic blue palette, collaborate with graduate-level writing students, and to use words as a method for abstraction rather than illustration.
The overlapping nature of this installation is meant to call attention to the project’s spirit of collaboration: all of the pieces, regardless of medium, are in constant conversation with each other.
Using hard edge techniques with materials such as masking tape combined with scraped techniques with hand-made tools, students composed two abstract paintings rooted in the words and colors of Dickinson’s poetry.
Students visited Cape Perpetua on Oregon’s coast as a part of OSU’s Creative Oregon Series, offered through University Outreach and Engagement. While there, students gathered textures from nature to integrate into their paintings.