Art in Moreland Hall

Muslims in the United States

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. 


Before the Beginning After the End

"Before The Beginning After The End" is a dynamic series of paintings by Corvallis-based artist Subarna Talukder Bose. Drawing on themes of singularity and multiplicity in the cosmos, this series inspires reflection on diversity, and cycles in the universe. Talukder Bose incorporates imagery from Mughal and Hindu architecture and Indian miniature painting on wood panels that grow and shrink in size, each piece functioning as a work of art in itself as well as part of a larger whole.






The People of Moreland

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.




Call and Response

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.




Gorgeous Nothings: Visual Abstraction as Explored Through the Words of Emily Dickson

Students in Anna Fidler's Painting II Abstraction and Multi Media class selected two poems by Emily Dickinson for their projects. The first poem was from The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson’s Envelope Poems; the second poem was a Dickinson poem of their choice, but with words rearranged and edited by the artist.
Students made coded color charts, which interpreted words as colors from each poem to develop two distinct color palettes. 

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.