Anna Fidler - JumpstART Director

Anna Fidler is an artist and instructor in Corvallis, Oregon. Fidler moved from Traverse City, Michigan where she attended Interlochen Arts Academy and Western Michigan University (B.F.A. Painting) to the Pacific Northwest where she received her M.F.A. in Studio Art from Portland State University.

Fidler’s large-scale works on paper are composed of glittery mica-enriched acrylic washes and colored pencils. Her work depicts invented landscapes, mythical happenings, and unseen energy in the universe involving such diverse subject matter as Victorian feminists, vampires and rock stars. Her work has been exhibited worldwide in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Washington D.C and has been shown in The Portland Art Museum’s APEX series, The Boise Art Museum, The Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science, and Art, The University of Southern California, and The Japan Society in New York. Her exhibitions have been reviewed in Art in America, The Washington Post and The San Francisco Chronicle.

Fidler has received numerous grants and awards, including an Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship, a Regional Arts and Culture Council Project Grant, and Residencies at Painting’s Edge in Idyllwild, California. Fidler is represented by Charles A. Hartman Fine Art in Portland, Oregon and Johansson Projects in Oakland, California.


Evan Baden - Core Studio 2 & Photography

Evan Baden earned his MFA from Columbia College in Chicago in 2014. His bodies of work include The Illuminati, Technically Intimate, Under the Influence, A Conversão de São Paulo, and The _______ High School Yearbook Project. They have been widely exhibited internationally with museums and galleries throughout Europe and the United States. His work is held in public collections such as the Walker Art Center, George Eastman Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, FOAM Amsterdam, the Finnish Museum of Photography, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, and the Kinsey Institute. His work has been featured in numerous publications including TIME, The Guardian, FOAM, New York Magazine, Le Monde, D della Repubblica, Geo, and DIE ZEIT and many others.

Baden has been the recipient of the Jerome Fellowship for Emerging Artists, the Stuart Abelson Graduate Research Fellowship, and Artist in Residence at the Oregon College of Art and Craft. 


Michael Boonstra - Core Studio 2 Instructor

Michael Boonstra examines landscape, time, place, and scale through a creative process that continually shifts between drawing, photography, installation, and sculpture. Recent awards include project funding from the Ford Family Foundation, a Career Opportunity Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission, and Ford Family Foundation golden spot residencies at Playa and the Djerassi Resident Artist Program. Boonstra has had recent solo exhibitions at Duplex in Portland, the A.N. Bush Gallery in Salem, and Fairbanks Gallery at Oregon State University.

He has created site-specific projects in Michigan, California, and at numerous sites throughout the Pacific Northwest and Great Basin. Boonstra received his BFA from the University of Michigan and his MFA from the University of Oregon. His studio practice is based out of Eugene, Oregon where he lives with his wife and two children. Boonstra currently teaches sculpture and core studio at Oregon State University.


Andrew Nigon - Core Studio 1 Instructor

Andrew Nigon is an artist and educator working in Oregon. His sculptural and installation work has been shown nationally and internationally in both solo and group exhibitions at venues that include Space 1026, The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood and Primary Projects. His work has been featured in Vogue Italia, The Miami Rail, Citizen Brooklyn, Wonderland Magazine, and Beautiful Decay.




Katherine Spinella - Core Studio 1 Instructor

Katherine Spinella is an artist based in Portland, OR. She currently instructs printmaking and foundations courses at Oregon State University and Linn-Benton Community College. Formerly, she has instructed printmaking at the University of Oregon and served as Studio Operations Manager and Instructor at the Independent Publishing Resource Center, an Oregon 501C3 Non-Profit. As a Co-Founding Member of Carnation Contemporary in Portland, OR, she currently serves administrative roles in data management, programming, social media marketing and fundraising. Recently her work has been exhibited at Woodshop Projects in Corvallis, OR; One Grand Gallery in Portland, OR; UNA Gallery in Portland; and the Portland Art Museum. In 2017, Spinella was selected as a Publication Fellow for Peripheral Vision: Journal Issue No. 7, III. Artist as Archivist, written by Georgia Erger. She received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Studio Practice with an emphasis in Printmaking and Installation/sculpture from the University of Oregon.


John Whitten - Afternoon Focus Instructor - Digital Animation

John Whitten is a Portland, OR based artist whose drawings, videos, and photographs employ meditative methods by which personal experience is mapped. Throughout his work, the potentially ambiguous nature of signal and noise is explored as both positive and negative, signifier and obstruction, sacred and profane. He received his MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR in 2014 and his BFA from Watkins College of Art in Nashville, TN in 2007. His work has been included in recent exhibitions at CICA Museum of Contemporary Art in South Korea; Disjecta in Portland, OR; The Umpqua Valley Arts Association in Roseburg, OR; S1 in Portland, OR; the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, TN; Melanie Flood Projects in Portland; and the Nightingale Gallery at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, OR



Yuji Hiratsuka - Afternoon Focus Instructor - Printmaking

Yuji Hiratsuka was born in Osaka, Japan. He has a B.S. in Art Education from Tokyo Gakugei University, and degrees in printmaking from New Mexico State University (MA) and Indiana University (MFA). He currently is a professor of printmaking at Oregon State University.




Christine Gallagher - Afternoon Focus Instructor - Graphic Design

Christine is an instructor and program coordinator of graphic design at Oregon State University, where she has worked for the past 12 years. She has her BFA in Painting from the University of Oregon and an MFA from The Rhode Island School of Design. In addition to teaching, Christine takes on a few small designs and/or art projects every year. One of her current design clients is Central City Concern – a non-profit organization in Portland that supports people impacted by homelessness, poverty, and addictions. She has collaborated on many design/art projects with her good friend from RISD, Susie Nielsen – under the name farm. These projects have included artist/gallery catalogs, exhibition concept/curation/design/execution, and branding.



Felix Oliveros - Afternoon Focus Instructor - Painting

Felix Oliveros is the head advisor for the School of Arts and Communication he advises all Art and Graphic Design Majors. He earned his B.A. in Fine Arts and his Master’s in teaching art from Western Oregon University. Felix is a painter and uses acrylics as his primary medium. As an advisor, he enjoys seeing his students grow into creative OSU graduates and challenges them to bring creativity to others in their own way.